This treats comes in 10 oz bag with approx 20 feet in average.
Dehydrating process removes moisture out from feet, and it makes dehydrated feet treats crumble rather than splinter sharp like when dogs chew cooked bone.
Poultry feet is great source of natural glucosamin/chondroitin and, good for joint. I give our dog “Palette” fresh poultry feet regularly, but when I ran out of fresh ones,I give this treats.Palette literally drool over my hands, anxiously wait for my release call. This is small nice snack for dogs as well.
Due to natural products, each feet size can vary.
Normally,it is $11.59,with sales price,it will be $9.17
Over here in the states, Sushi will be the most popular recognizable Japanese dish and many people would think that Japanese dishes are hard to make one at home.
However, many of our dishes are very simple,quick and light and probably budget friendly recipes as well.
One of popular Japanese dishes back home in Japan beside Sushi is Gyudon. *Gyu* means * Beef* and *Don* means shorten words for *Donburi* meaning Bowl* in Japanese. Therefore, Gyudon is basically a beef bowl dish.
Gingery beef with onion is placed over hot steamy rice and served.
There are many Gyudon specialty stores back home. When I was working in Japan in the past, there was Gyudon store that gets long line outside the store because they were very famous for their Gyudon dish.
For this dish, you need…. rice,ginger,beef,onion,sake, soy sauce, mirin, and honey or white sugar. That is all.
It will take less than 30 minutes to cook it. The dish is great for busy moms like me.
This dish would probably be a big hit for people in the states since teriyaki anything seems to be popular flavor in the restaurant industries.However,I have not seen this dish on the menu yet.
Therefore,I thought I would share the recipe here with you so you can try another popular dish from Japan.
Ingredients for Yassy’s Gyudon:
kokuho rose rice cooked beef thinly sliced about 10 oz wt 1/2 onion sliced About pinky size ginger chopped sake 1 capful (recommend Gekkeikan brand) for marinade plus 2 tbs for the sauce
Soy sauce 2 tbs honey 2 tbs mirin 2tbs baking soda 1/4tsp extra virgin olive oil
1. In the small bowl, add thinly sliced beef and pour 1 capful of sake and 1/4 tsp baking soda and mix and let it marinade
2. Heat the pan and drizzle extra virgin olive oil and add chopped ginger and let it come to fragrant
3. To that, add 1/2 sweet onion sliced and cook a bit
4. To that, add mixture of soy sauce, mirin, sake, honey and let it come to boil I
5. Rinse the beef under the running water and add beef to the pan after the sauce came to boil
6. Turn the heat lower to middle and continue cooking
7. now and then, stir to prevent the beef to stick together
8. cook the beef till the sauce gets reduced to about 3rd
9. place hot steamy white rice and top it with beef onion mixture and sprinkle sesame seed (option) and serve
** You can also serve with chopped green onion or beni shouga (red colored pickled ginger) on top
We visited him everyday, and fed him at least one or two feeding time out of 8. He was well cared by NICU doctors and nurse.
At NICU, I could ask questions regarding baby care which we had never experienced before. Therefore,it was a good opportunity for us to learn the baby care basic one vs one at NICU.
I think learning from the nurse there gave us some good guidance and some confidence to be a parent.
I will write more on Liam’s NICU stay story later.
Before moving on to NICU story and my parenting adventure story, I would like to share the information that may help those who are currently pregnant.
In my case, my water broke at our high risk OBGYN on exam chair so, I did not have to worry about how we get to the hospital after the water broke but,I learned that having a big towel ready for the day your water break is the good one.
Nurse instructed my husband to put the big towel over the car seat and I wore obgyn’s medium size towel to keep the water from leaking into the towel on the seat too much.
For us, the emergency entrance for the labor and emergency was only 3 minutes or so away so, I did not have to endure the pain and I did not have to sit on the towel too long.
After everything happens, I feel like everything magically fit into the great timing.
I had to go to regular OBGYN in the morning that day and my mother in law took me there but if we did not go together that day and comes home to eat lunch and leave again with my husband while she stays at home, my mother in law would not have no idea how to get to the hospital with my hospital bag!
Also, as if Liam has planned, my water broke at high risk obgyn while I was doing sonogram,which ended up having 2-3 sonographers plus doc there ended up helping me to get to the emergency center next to the hospital.
Then, I did not have to be in pain for 30-40 min from home to the hospital and we could get to be admitted right away….
It still amazes me how everything strangely worked out such a great timing.
I sure did not enjoy when anesthesia doctor asked me to sign the paper for epidural during short break from contraction that comes and goes in 2-3 min.
I do not remember what I signed for!
Although my husband read the paper so he knows,He was a great supporter and appreciated for it:)
Hospital bag checklist..
When I got pregnant finally and coming closer to the due date, my sister told me that I should be ready to pick up the hospital bag and go by 35th week and start getting ready around early 30th week.
By around early 30th week, my parents sent me all kinds of stuff that would help my delivery from PJ after the delivery,top wear that is easy for me to nurse Liam,extra pregnancy pants etc.. It was nice of them.
The box also got gift from my sister which was kimono style front open inner wear for Liam. I really liked them!
When babies are not having steady neck,using the front open clothe was much easier to let him wear and changing diaper/clothe than using onesies which you have to slip baby’s head through.
Especially when babies diaper got leaked, I did not like to pull up messy soaked area through his head to get the clothe off when I tried onesie for Liam.
Later,I found out that carter’s onesies can pull it down through the hips but even then, wet spot could touch here and there while front open clothe can be removed right away without touching any other places.
Back home in Japan, she said to me that the hospital gives check list for what to include in the hospital bag but here in the sates, I did not get any list from our OBGYN and it seems natural practice here in the states.
One thing that helped me was e-magazine for expecting mothers from Japan I was reading because it got check list there and, I could cross out what I put, what I did not put or skip the items that I thought would not be necessary because of cultural difference etc..
Since I did not get to have a hospital bag check list from our OBGYN, I asked them what the hospital normally provide to mothers and babies.
I thought that that by asking the question opposite way, I could cross of what I do not need to bring to the hospital.
Here is my personal check list for the hospital bag
** money (cash, card both)
** insurance card
** driver’s license (ID items)
** documents; Birth certificate request form for OBGYN to fill out and sign for Liam to submit to Japanese embassy
*Things that would use right away at the hospital *
** Front open Maternity PJ;I was wearing long length PJ that comes to about knee 3 count
** pocket tissue 2 count
** slippers ; it is because I am getting used to wear a pair of slippers inside the house.Comfortable to wear it than shoes especially when I needed to go back and forth between my room and NICU for the first 3 days which they allowed me to stay for. 1 count
** hospital would have ones for you to use **
** face towel
** bath towel
** breast pump
** shorts after the delivery (cheese clothe like material.I wore it during the 3 day hospital stay)
Liam was at NICU so I could stay at the hospital maximum 3 days long.
Back home in Japan, hospital would let the mothers to stay for another week even if the little ones are not at NICU.
** pad after the delivery
** Things that would need after the delivery **
** nursing bras 2-3 count
** nursing pad
** shorts after delivery (my sister got some and shipped some for me from Japan when I said I could not find ones here in the states)
** pads (maxi pads) 1 pack
** socks 2-3 count
** jacket 1 count
** things you need for bath; shampoo, conditioner, body soap, hairdryer,comb,gel etc..
** things you need for teeth cleaning;toothbrush, toothpaste,cup,face towel etc..
It has back cushion to support my back and it has adjustment belt which I liked very much because it prevent the pillow to move around and also it works when my husband or other person would like to use it.
Also, the surface is not too squishy and flat.This nursing pillow was not too bulky.
Some other things I liked was that I can wash the cover (cover can be removed) and it got pocket at front side where you can put bottle or washcloth/bibs etc.
I really liked the front pocket. This is one of the items that we brought to hospital everyday to nurse Liam at NICU
** plastic bags (plastic grocery bags) for multiple purpose such as using one to put dirty clothe for laundry etc.. handful amount
** clothe for discharge day
** For babies **
Our son spent next 3 weeks at NICU so we did not have to worry much about things we need at the hospitals but..these are what Japanese expectant moms would bring to hospital for babies
** diapers 1 pack
** clothe 1-2 count
** swaddle 1 count
I did not get myself bottle with straw and cap for delivery, but nurse gave me one to drink water on the day after Liam was born.It was nice. I think it would be nice one to put one yourself in your hospital bag.
Besides hospital bag for delivery, you would want to be prepared for the arrival of bundle of joy at home as well.
Be prepare for the new addition to your family..
Here is the list of *must be prepared by the delivery date at least* from Japanese maternity magazine
** wash cloth; I like “Organic Washcloth” from TL Care because it is nice size and it is soft, and absorb water very well. I like their hooded towel as well.
** bassinet; we like Arm’s reach mini Co-sleeper. We really like this bassinet and we actually got 2 at home.One for upstairs,one for downstairs.
It converts to a free-standing bassinet,and it got two caster wheels which make it easier to move around the house.Also, I liked soft mesh for ventilation.
Another thing that I liked was it got nice storage space underneath the bed section; 4 side pockets and large lower zippered compartment for storage.
** baby carrier;we got ergo 360. I like them because it is easy to wear and gives me good support with wide belt around waist and feel comfortable around shoulder/neck because strap is wide soft thick one.
The strap does not come off from shoulder as well because there is one clip part to secure strap together to prevent it from coming off from shoulder.
Also, it does not make gap between baby and mother/father when it is being used.
1. 2 wheels front (sturdy), and can roll on bumpy road if needed to be 2. easy to push, and it gives smooth ride 3. easy to fold (just simply pull the string ) 4. The wheel has air inside and you can pump the air into it when the tire got flatten 5. It came with car seat 6. you can hang the diaper bag on the handle,and more space for other stuff needed to be carried under the seat 7. 2 way facing stroller 8. got adjustable handle 9. can recline the seat when the kid become the age they do not need to use the car seat in the stroller anymore but themselves
Having all of these as basic *must have* at home by the baby is born is good.
Be ready for the big day and for the new addition to your family.
What items were in your hospital bag?
Were there anything that you thought you would need but ended up not using it?
When I go back to Japan to go see my family, many restaurants we go or hotel we stay a day before to catch the flight back to the states serve Miso soup, and my mother makes Miso soup for family as staple soup.
There are many ways to make Miso soup but, big difference for this soup is the important ingredients that changes the whole taste of the soup; Miso.
There are 2 kinds of Miso;one is Aka miso, and the other is Shiro miso. Aka Miso has a little bold,strong , spicy taste and Shro miso is somewhat mild sweeter taste.
You can see the difference from the color of the products.
Aka Miso, Shiro Miso both made from the same ingredients *Soybeans* but how they are produced is a little different.
For the Aka miso,soy beans are steamed and for the Shiro miso, soy beans are boiled.
When soybeans are soaked longer and steamed at high heat for long time, you will get Aka miso.
When soybeans are peeled, soaked short and boiled, you will get shro miso.
Miso and Miso soup have different versions to it depending on region you live in.
I grew up enjoying many cups of Miso soup and, I love the soup.
Miso soup is easy to make it, but you need good Dashi (stock) and good quality Miso to have tasty soup.
Recently,one of our neighbor asked for the recipe for Miso soup and when I made one for our family,I made extra and brought it to them along with the recipe.
Miso soup is very simple easy soup to make one but, I am under the impression that many people do not know how to make one by themselves.
Therefore,I thought I would share the recipe here with you.
At the Asian restaurant, I see Miso soup but I feel the soup is over priced. 1 cup can cost you $2 or more but I do not think it cost that much to make one if you make yourself.
For this, I made very simple version of Miso soup using only Tofuy and green onion. You can add more vegetables of your choice such as daikon horseradish or seaweed etc…
There is a products called*dashi no mo to (dashi granules)*, but when you make dashi from Konbu or bonito flakes, you can have much tastier soup.
Yassy’s miso soup..
Ingredients for Yassy’s Miso soup:
1.25oz Tofu Firm chopped to dice 1 stalk green onion chopped 2 tbs Shiro Miso Dashi Konbu 2”x 3” size
1. Pour 200CC water in a pan with Dashi Konbu and let it soak for 90 minutes or longer
2. Heat the pan and bring it to boil and turn the heat down to simmer and cook 10 minutes to make Konbu Dashi
Once Dashi is made, take out the konbu piece. You can cut the konbu into thin slices and season it with Teriyaki sauce and eat with rice if you like.
3. In another pan, pour 200CC water and bring it to boil
4. Once boiled, add tofu and (wakame seaweed if you like to add) cook for about a couple of minutes and turn off the heat and dissolve 2 tbs Shiro Miso in a ladle dip into the soup
5. Turn on the heat and add 200CC Konbu Dashi and Green onion and when it gets just about boiling, turn off the heat and stir and taste to adjust the seasoning
Lets watch Palette in action with Himalayan Dog Chew Large size in her taste testing video below.
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Palette and Himalayan Dog Chew (Hard Cheese stick Chew)
Himalayan Dog Chew are available in 4 sizes;Small 3.5 oz (3-5 pieces/package), Large 3.5 oz (1 piece/package), XLarge 6 oz (one piece/package), and Big 7.5 oz (1 piece/package).
The milk used to make this chew is from Yak and Cow that graze on grass field or the ones that were fed all natural leaves from forest.
The chew has slight odor,almost like smoked cheese, and I find that the chew lasts longer than average bully sticks for our medium chewer dog “Palette”.
She chews approx 1″ per 20 minutes chewing time.
Small: 3.5 oz (recommend for dog up to 20lb)Each chew is approx 2.5″-4″ long, 1/2″ thick and one package contains 3-5 pieces of chew to make it to 3.5 oz weight.
Normally,it is $8.73,but with sales price,it is $4.66
Large: 3.5 oz (recommend for dog 20lb and up) Chew is approx 5″-7″ long,3/4″ to 1″ thick. One package contains one chew.
Normally,it is $8.93,but with sales price,it is $4.76
XLarge: 6 oz (recommend for dog 40lb and up) Chew is approx 5″-7″ long, 1″-1.25″ thick.One package contains one chew.
The XLarge size is now on Bulk treats of the month also
Normally,it is $14.57,but with sales price,it is $7.77
Big: 7.5 oz (recommend for dog 50lb and up) Chew is approx 5.5″-7″ long, 1″-2″ thick.One package contains one chew.
Normally,it is $20.21,but with sales price,it is $10.78
** If you have aggressive chewer,it might be better to pick one size up or Big size.
These chew will be perfect for those who are looking for chews that lasts longer than average bully sticks.
These chew are tested at American laboratories for its content. You can read more on Himalayan Dog Chew in the taste testing entry titled “Palette’s note:Himalayan Dog Chew”. Please click here to read the entry.
Also,please click here for the follow up taste testing blog entry titled “Palette’s note:Himalayan Dog Chew Part II”.