Up to 44% off on selected bully sticks

Through July 28th, you can save up to 44%  on Selected bully sticks

*** July 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

baguette biscuits

Order over $30* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $30) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   4 oz Buffalo liver Baguette biscuits

*****************************************************

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor free Junior Twisted Bullys 11″-12

Grass-fed Moo! Odor free Junior Twisted Bullys 11″-12″ made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

One Package contains 3 bully sticks.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.

Grass-fed Moo Odor Free Angus Beef Junior Twisted Bullys 11-12 inch

** Grass-fed Moo! Odor-Free Angus beef bully sticks “Select” 6″

These are made from grass-fed Angus beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

10 pieces bulk set is listed here.

**Due to natural treats,thickness of the bully sticks can vary. **

Grass-fed Moo Odor Free Angus Beef bully sticks Select 6 inch

You can read more on this and you can watch Palette’s taste testing video here in the past entry titled Palette’s note: Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully Sticks Select.

**Grass-fed Moo!Angus Beef Junior Bully Skin Twists 6″ (1 oz) 45% off

Grass-fed Moo!Angus Beef Junior Bully Skin Twists 6″ (1 oz), made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Due to natural dog treats,thickness of each treats can vary.

th Grass-fed Moo Angus Beef Junior Bully Skin Twists 6 inch 1 oz

** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** Grass-Fed Moo!Odor Free bully stick 5″-6″ variety set B Free shipping $122.77

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.26

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Dine & Play Bag $40.65

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $35.67

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.This applies to all postal zones.

All orders (Free shipping or paid shipping) without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501,will be shipped via first class parcel or retail ground method unless it contains our brand of our biscuits or Jerky and orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday.

Paid shipping order weighing more than 12 oz without our brand of biscuits and Jerky to postal zone 1-4 from our zip code 22501, and free shipping order weighing more than 12 oz to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday.

Orders to postal zone 1-4 and those weight of order including shipping envelope or box less than 12 oz will be shipped via first class parcel and which case, order will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.If orders is weighing more than 12 oz or if orders contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky will be shipped by priority mail from Monday through Friday.

Orders will be shipped via USPS. For customer in zone 1-4 from us in VA, orders will be shipped by either first class parcel (less than 12 oz including shipping envelop or box) or priority mail (more than 12 oz weight). For customers living in zone 5 to west (Chicago to west coast,FL,HI,AK), order will be shipped by first class parcel or retail ground unless orders contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky.

When orders going to zone 5 – 8 had made to order biscuits /Jerky in them, order will be shipped via first class parcel or priority mail.And those will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** July only flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the month of July.

Charge is based on the order total. Enjoy shipping rate break during this month!

$0 to $20 shipping fee is at $5.55

$20.01 to $50.00 shipping fee is at $7.55

$50.01 to $100 shipping fee is at $9.77

$100.01 and over is Free shipping

Items will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

Sign up form can be found here

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Jul 22, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Washi (Japanese paper) in Japan

When you visit Japan, you will see lantern with unique Japanese paper called Washi. “WA” in Japanese in this case, means Japanese and “SHI” in this case means paper in Japanese.

Washi is a Japanese paper with long history and softer texture than Western paper.

Traditionally, it has been made by hand, but these days, some are made by machines with the use of non traditional ingredients.

These machine made washi does not have the same characters.

According to Japanese Wikipedia website here, Washi is known to have much  longer fiber compared to Western paper and, even if they are thinner, it is stronger (tough) and lasts longer and has its own unique texture.

History and usage of Washi (Japanese paper)..

Japanese paper has been made for more than 1,000 years from local plants like Kouzou (paper mulberry) and mitsumata, mixed with pure river water.

There are several area famous for Washi making.

One of them is Mino city in Gifu prefecture in Japan.

Gifu prefecture is located in the center of the main island.

Mino city is also famous for street which are in the style of the early Edo period (1603-1868).

The Washi made in Mino city is called Mino washi and highly respected in our culture.

Japanese paper making history has several theories but, according to Japanese wikipedia website, evidence you can find as paper usage is around 4 century where we started recording events on paper.

By the beginning of 6 century, paper making has started.

By the middle of 6 century, family registration on paper has begun (and we still have ko-se-ki system,where you report birth,moving, marriage,death and all that and all of those are recorded in the municipal system.).

Mino city is facing Japan’s famous water Nagara River and being surrounded by rich green mountains.

Mino washi paper is not only used for these important documentation but also used for interior items such as lantern, umbrella,paper fan (u-chi-wa), restoration for Conservation of Cultural Property.

Washi Japanese paper itself can be used for envelopes, postcards, letter paper, and business cards too.

How Mino Washi paper is made..

Below, you can watch how Mino Washi is made but here are the break down of general method of making them.

1.The bark of kouzou and mitsumata are soaked in the water to soften them.

2.The softened barks and water are placed in water and they are boiled with soda ash.

3.The bark is struck to break down the fiber into small pieces

4.Fibers and tororoaoi (suspension material made from yum) are put into water tank and mixed

5.Paper is made by sheet,using the paper mold

6.The water is drained from the paper.Paste paper which is brushed onto the board to dry.

Mino Washi Japanese paper..

If you know me, I am kind of a person who is interested in hands on experience/cultural stuff more than simply looking around the building and all that when traveling.

When my husband and I were still dating, I planned a visit to Kobe city in Japan (western part of Japan in main island). Kobe had paper making place where tourists can go there with appointment and learn how paper is made.

I thought it would be interesting for both of us and we visited the spot,and watched and learned how paper is made、 and we got to make our own paper too using the rectangle screen with two hand hold area as shown in the youtube video.

It was a lot of fun.

Here are some articles I found on Mino washi paper.

You can read the washi article at japanesepaperplace website here.

If you visit Mino city and interested in Mino Washi, you can visit Mino Washi museum there. Here is their official website for you to learn more about the museum.

Jul 18, 2016 | 3 | Japan

Up to 11% off on selected pork treats

Through July 21st, you can save up to 11%  on Selected pork treats

*** July 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

baguette biscuits

Order over $30* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $30) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   4 oz Buffalo liver Baguette biscuits

*****************************************************

** Grass-fed Oink! Pork trachea

Grass-fed Oink! Pork trachea made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed Pork that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Due to natural products, trachea’s length and width can be different.However, these are about 6″-9″ in average.

Trachea provides natural Glucosamine / chondroitin and,it is especially great for Arthritis dogs.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.

** Grass-fed Oink! Knotted double porky sticks 3″-6″ 2-pack

Grass-fed Oink! Knotted double porky sticks 3″-6″ 2-pack, made in Argentina.

The Package that I opened up for the photo contained 2 sticks that were about 6.5 inches long. These are made from Grass-fed pork that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

This bully sticks are not labeled as odor free but to my nose, t is not stinky at all and it does not stink up our room when Palette the Corgi chew these

Due to natural products, treats thickness can be different.

Knotted double porky stick 2-pack

** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** Grass-Fed Moo!Odor Free bully stick 5″-6″ variety set B Free shipping $122.77

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.26

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Dine & Play Bag $40.65

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $35.67

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.This applies to all postal zones.

All orders (Free shipping or paid shipping) without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501,will be shipped via first class parcel or retail ground method unless it contains our brand of our biscuits or Jerky and orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday.

Paid shipping order weighing more than 12 oz without our brand of biscuits and Jerky to postal zone 1-4 from our zip code 22501, and free shipping order weighing more than 12 oz to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday.

Orders to postal zone 1-4 and those weight of order including shipping envelope or box less than 12 oz will be shipped via first class parcel and which case, order will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.If orders is weighing more than 12 oz or if orders contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky will be shipped by priority mail from Monday through Friday.

Orders will be shipped via USPS. For customer in zone 1-4 from us in VA, orders will be shipped by either first class parcel (less than 12 oz including shipping envelop or box) or priority mail (more than 12 oz weight). For customers living in zone 5 to west (Chicago to west coast,FL,HI,AK), order will be shipped by first class parcel or retail ground unless orders contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky.

When orders going to zone 5 – 8 had made to order biscuits /Jerky in them, order will be shipped via first class parcel or priority mail.And those will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** July only flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the month of July.

Charge is based on the order total. Enjoy shipping rate break during this month!

$0 to $20 shipping fee is at $5.55

$20.01 to $50.00 shipping fee is at $7.55

$50.01 to $100 shipping fee is at $9.77

$100.01 and over is Free shipping

Items will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

Sign up form can be found here

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Jul 15, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year; day 34- day 36

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

As you know by now, he passed the feeding and car seat test both, and he could finally came home on the day 22.

Since then, our parenting journey has been filled with  a lot of new experiences with him and, even though being a mom/parent is difficult job, I am enjoying the each day with Liam.

Now I cannot imagine the life without him. He is the love of my life.

On the day 31, he turned 1 months old.

Already 1 month! Felt like it passed by so fast!

Liam was born with weight 5lb 6 oz . During the labor, his heartbeat dropped to 90 bpm which made us all worried and even made us worried more when we did not hear his crying when he was out from me. You always see babies starts crying in a few seconds from the time out from their mother on TV dramas.

When we finally heard his weak crying (the cord was wrapped around his neck and he needed TLC from NICU staff in the delivery room) after a bit later, me, my husband, my mother in law as well as nurse who helped our delivery all cried for joy.

I never forget the precious moment.

Liam growing nicely …

After 1 month passed, he was gaining weight nicely and he weighed just a bit over 6lb (6 lb 9 oz). As the day passes by, he was gaining weight more and getting bigger and bigger.

He had been told he was small,small in the past, but he was growing along the growth chart and, our pediatrician was happy on that note.

On the day 34,Liam could finished his milk about 65 ml of breast milk and zoned out:-)

Until about a couple of days ago,he was drinking 50 ml to 60 ml,and suddenly since the day 34, he could drink at least 60ml. It was such a good improvement considering he had feeding issue back at NICU when he was born.

Previous feeding time, after the milk time, I gave him infant massage on his face,legs/arms/hands and he fell asleep.

Liam always migrating 2 Aug 16 2014

Liam 32 days old…

I think he liked it and when he yawned, I remember it made me sleepy and I took a nap with him too.

While babies need lots of feeding time, taking a nap while babies are closing eyes were crucial for me to function well for a day. Otherwise, I was zombie tired..

One thing that I was amazed about him after taking care of Liam for 1 month is that he could move/flap his hands around so fast.

I still remember that my mother in law commented Liam was like having 6 hands,lol (just like hindu god;vishnu?).

My breastfeeding practice continued. I was thinking it would be something that would come naturally to me and Liam, but I was wrong.

We both needed to learn the technique of breastfeeding.

As the saying goes “Practice makes perfect”, his skill got better each day and mine too.

One thing that I tried while practicing the skill of breast feeding was that when Liam’s milk time came, I offered breast first before offering the bottle (the bottle of breast milk to keep track of how much of breast milk he has drunk).

I worked especially when Liam started grabbing my hand and started sucking my knuckle:-)

He seemed a little hesitated a bit at first, but he did suck 5-10 times. A little progress is made. It was such a small progress but I was happy.

After the milk time, he was still up, and flapping his hands in his bassinet.

I was not mastering breastfeeding technique fully and had difficult times but, I told myself I will keep trying because that is what I want and I strongly believe that good diet is the base of the good health and in infant case, good mother’s milk is the most important thing they could have rather than factory made formula.

If he could suck even a few times, he has potential to be able to be nursed exclusively. I wanted to believe so.

What to do when grocery shopping..

At about day 34, day 35, one thing that I kept wondering about was how to do the grocery shopping with babies.

Around that time, my mother in law was still at our house so, if she decided not to come with us for grocery shopping, we asked her to care for him while we went grocery shopping and it worked.

However, the life style would not be permanent and, she goes back to her house soon, and I was wondering how we could do the grocery shopping.

Therefore, when we went to grocery shopping, I tried looking around and see how other moms were doing.

I found some moms brings baby in a stroller;One person push cart, the other push stroller.

Some moms wear ergo carrier (sling) and shopping.

Some moms keep their baby in the car seat and put the car seat in where kids would have been sitting in the shopping cart,which made me nervous thinking if the car seat would not fall from there. It did not look stable enough for me to feel 100% comfortable with that method.

We ended up trying the shopping cart for one person, stroller for one person and tried getting items we wanted together.

It took double time to finish the shopping.

Then, we decided to try one person with stroller and cart and the other person is cart only so we can separate in the store and do the shopping done in shorter time.

It was fine but, it was awkward to go through aisles like train game, and navigate the both although time spent on the shopping was much shorter and we liked the method.

We tried carrying in sling and walk through aisle with cart and we separated in the store so I can shop at half the store area and my husband for the other half area.

It was easier for me to navigate the cart but Liam’s weight on me was tough and in the end, we picked the shopping cart and stroller pushing method.

Question to other moms out there, how did you grocery shopping with little babies? Any tips and tricks?

Jul 12, 2016 | 0 | parenting

Up to 40% off on selected beef treats

From July 8th through 14th, you can save up to 40% off on selected  beef treats

*** July 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

baguette biscuits

Order over $30* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $30) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   4 oz Buffalo liver Baguette biscuits

*****************************************************

** Bavarian Brot Biscuits 5 oz 11% OFF

This is made to order biscuits and 5 oz package contains approx 12-17 biscuits.

Our biscuits are lab tested,and registered with department of agriculture.

** Dehydrated beef lung 4 oz 9% OFF

This is dehydrated beef lung made in USA, previously known as “Beef dogitos” in larger package. This treat is sold by 4 oz resealable bag.

Great as training treats as well.

Dehydrated Beef Lung

** Grass-fed Angus beef Moo! Taffy 10″-12″ 40% OFF

Grass-fed Angus Beef Moo Taffy 10″-12″ made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Since gullet is great natural source of Glucosamine,it is especially great for Arthritis dogs.

th Grass-fed Angus beef Moo Taffy 10 inch to 12 inch

Due to natural treats,width of the each Taffy can vary.

** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** Grass-Fed Moo!Odor Free bully stick 5″-6″ variety set B Free shipping $122.77

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.26

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Dine & Play Bag $40.65

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $35.67

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.

Free shipping orders without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501, first class parcel order or retail ground order via e-mail offline order will be shipped Monday through Wednesday

Paid shipping order without our brand of biscuits and Jerky, and free shipping order to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday

*******************************************************

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** July only flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the month of June.

Charge is based on the order total. Enjoy shipping rate break during this month!

$0 to $20 shipping fee is at $5.55

$20.01 to $50.00 shipping fee is at $7.55

$50.01 to $100 shipping fee is at $9.77

$100.01 and over is Free shipping

Items will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

Sign up form can be found here

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Jul 08, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Liam’s note; Snack of the day:Apple dumpling

Recently, I was watching Food Network show called “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” hosted by Guy Fieri.

In one episode, he went to one restaurant that specialize in BBQ and he got to learn some of their popular dishes and dessert.

One dessert in particular called “Apple dumpling” was intriguing to me and I thought it could somehow make it into healthier, toddler friendly recipe for our son “Liam”.

Then, next time I wanted to make snack of the day for Liam, I decided to do toddler friendly version of Apple dumpling and started building a recipe and experimented to make one for him.

Result was good. He loved the tender touch sweet Apple inside the flaky pie crust and,he enjoyed the snack very much.

Apple dumpling known for the public is made from tart Grainy smith;cored peeled and butter usually about 4 tsp and brown sugar 2 tsp to 4 tsp inside the hole.Then the whole apple is wrapped by pie crust and being baked in some kind of syrup like.. the one made from 1.5 C brown sugar,1 C water,1/2C butter . Usually kcal for one Apple dumpling runs around 700kcal to 800kcal.

Obviously, 1 whole apple is too much for Liam, and sauce seems a bit too rich and too sweet for him. And it is high fat high sugar content and I did not want to give him such a high kcal snack either even if I make the way it should be down and give him some section for.It still is high fat,high sugar content..

This is my version of toddler friendly Apple dumpling; low calorie, low sugar, low fat.

My husband enjoyed the Apple dumpling that I made and I loved it too so, I am sure you would be able to enjoy these too.

In this entry, I would like to share the recipe for Apple dumpling toddler friendly version with you.

I do not bake with volume (using measuring cup) anymore.I do bake with weight (grams).

However, pie crust recipe is from the time I was still baking with volume and I forgot to write down the weight measurement so I am giving you the volume measurement with this one.

Please note that when you bake with volume measurement, 1 C of flour can vary from one person to the other, and baked goods result can be somewhat different.

Apple dumpling Liam snack of the day 062516

Apple dumpling..

Ingredients for crust;

1C unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 tsp table salt
6 tbs butter
2 tbs shortening
1/4C ice cold water

Ingredients for apple filling;

1/2 Fuji apples cored,peeled,sliced into 8th

Ingredients for the sauce;

1 tbs butter
1/3 C white sugar
1/3 C dark brown sugar
1C water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp heavy cream

Ingredients for the cinnamon sugar;

1 tbs white sugar
3/8 tsp ground cinnamon

<Crust>

1. In the food processor,add 1 C unbleached all purpose flour, 1/2 tsp table salt and pulse to combine

2. To that, add 6 tbs butter,2 tbs shortening and pulse so the flour mixture becomes pebble size bits

3. To that, add 1/4C ice cold water and pulse to form the dough

4. Shape the dough to log and wrap the dough in plastic wrap tightly and let it rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes

5. After the 30 minutes rest, divide the dough into 8 and roll out the dough on lightly floured surface and start wrapping the 1/16 apple that was cut into half,cored,peeled and cut into 8th (you can cut the apple first into half and then cut that into 4th and cut those in the center to make them 8 portion)

6.  Start placing then on greased 8″ x 8″ baking pan, and brush it with bit of heavy cream and sprinkle cinnamon sugar and raw sugar on top

7.  Add in sauce mixture in the pan to the 1/4 – 1/3 depth of each dumplings. you can save the rest of the sauce to use for your oatmeal or pancakes or for drunken apple in the skillet etc.

8. Bake them in the 350F oven for about 40-50 minutes or until crust gets light golden

9. Enjoy!

Jul 06, 2016 | 0 | Snack recipes for babies and toddlers

14% off on Duck treats and July 4th special

From July 1st through 7th, you can save 14%  on Duck treats

*** July 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

baguette biscuits

Order over $30* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $30) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   4 oz Buffalo liver Baguette biscuits

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*** July 4th special ***

Deal; Free shipping all orders with code JULY4

Valid date; July 3rd and July 4th

Special free shipping deal will end on July 4th 11:59pm Est

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All the sale items are listed under the sale items category here

** Dehydrated Duck feet 10 oz 14% OFF

Dehydrated duck feet 10 oz made in USA.

th Dehydrated Duck feet

Let’s watch how much our k9 executive chef “Palette” enjoy her Dehydrated Duck feet below.

Palette and Dehydrated Duck feet..

If you are a blog subscriber,please click here to watch the video.

You can read more on Dehydrated Duck feet in the taste testing entry titled “Palette’s note;Dehydrated Duck feet”. Please click here to read the entry.

** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** Grass-Fed Moo!Odor Free bully stick 5″-6″ variety set B Free shipping $122.77

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.26

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Dine & Play Bag $40.65

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $35.67

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.

Free shipping orders without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501, first class parcel order or retail ground order via e-mail offline order will be shipped Monday through Wednesday

Paid shipping order without our brand of biscuits and Jerky, and free shipping order to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday

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We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** July only flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the month of June.

Charge is based on the order total. Enjoy shipping rate break during this month!

$0 to $20 shipping fee is at $5.55

$20.01 to $50.00 shipping fee is at $7.55

$50.01 to $100 shipping fee is at $9.77

$100.01 and over is Free shipping

Items will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

Sign up form can be found here

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Jul 01, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Does your dog look like you?

You often hear dogs look like their owner.

Does your dog look like you?

I was wondering about that very question myself and, wondered if it was actually truth to it, if there were any scientific proof/view for that.

Also,I wondered if people choose the dog that looks most like themselves unconsciously.

According to BBC news article written by David Robson, Michael Roy at the University of California, San Diego was one of the first psychologists to put the idea to the test.

He went to three dog parks, and he photographed the dogs and the owners separately, and then asked a group of participants to try to match them up.

Despite no additional cues, he found that they were able to match them up with reasonable accuracy.

Similar look especially with eyes seems to be one of the cue that could helped participants to match up better.

The eye seem to be one of the key.

According to the Huffington post article written by Dominique Mosbergen, Japanese psychologist Sadahiko Nakajima who researches on dog-owner resemblance at Japan’s Kansei Gakuin University, says there’s scientific evidence to support not just the notion that humans and their pet dogs look alike, but also why that’s so. And one of the key is the eye.

Just like Michael Ray, he carried an experiment in 2009 where he ask people to match up dog and an owner simply by looking at the pictures.

He reported that people were, at a rate significantly higher than chance, able to match dogs and their owners simply by looking at photographs of their faces.

His findings were similar, to those of previous studies.

He told The Huffington Post that the evidence from his and other scientists’ research shows that the popular belief in dog-owner physical resemblance is empirically valid.

Nakajima then conducted another experiment that sought to determine if the pet-human resemblance could be traced to a specific facial feature.

For the experiment, more than 500 people were shown two sets of photographs. One set showed pictures of real dog-owner pairs, while the other set had random pairings of people and dogs.

The participants were randomly assigned to one of five different “masking” photo conditions: no-mask (in which the human’s and the dog’s faces were unobstructed), eye-mask (the human’s eyes were blacked out), mouth-mask (the human’s mouth was blacked out), dog-eye-mask (the dog’s eyes were blacked out), and eye-only (where just the eyes of the human and the dog could be seen).

The participants were then asked to select the dog-owner pairs that physically resembled each other.

participants who were shown the unobstructed photos correctly identified the dog-owner pairs most of the time. (In this case, their accuracy rate was up to 80 percent.) When the owners’ mouths were concealed, participants were correct 73 percent of the time.

But when the eyes of either the humans or the dogs were blacked out, the participants’ accuracy fell to the level of random chance — around 50 percent either when the human’s eyes were blacked out, or when the dog’s were.

When participants were shown only the eyes of the dog and the human, their accuracy rose to 74 percent.

From this experiment, you could feel the eyes really matter to pick the correct pair of dog and the human.

why do people pick the dogs who are like them?

Nakajima told HuffPost that “a major reason of the dog-owner facial resemblance is the so-called ‘mere exposure effect (we human like things that are familiar.),’” or the idea that a person might choose to get a dog who looks similar to themselves because of a preference for the familiar.

To read the huffington post article, please click here.

I can see people see the similarity in the dog-human pair with eyes, but people pick the dog just by similar familiar look is the only reason?

When you think about it, people do not choose group of friends just by look. As David from BBC article writes, we also tend to be around people who share similar personalities too.

With that in mind, Borbala Turcsan at Eotvos University in Budapest decided to test whether the same was true of our canine soulmates.

Previous tests they done shown that human traits such as extroversion can correspond to objective measures of the dog’s behavior.

Turcsan found that the dogs and their owners both tended to show similar personality profiles.

Interesting thing is that, she found that it was actually higher than the similarity found in married couples and friends.

They did not think dog has copied the personality of their owners considering the amount of time the dogs and their owners had spent living together.

They thought that the personality seemed to be part of the dog’s appeal in the first place; thus result in picking up the one most compatible to you..

To read the full article written by David for BBC website, please click here.

What is your take on this topic?

I have seen the article saying people choose dogs who got similar look not just eyes but overall appearance made bt their hair.For example…

One of the article came across said women with longer hair covering their ears tended to prefer the Springer Spaniel and the Beagle, rating these breeds higher on the dimensions of likeable, friendly, loyal and intelligent.

Women with shorter hair and visible ears tended to rate the Siberian Husky and the Basenji more highly on these same dimensions.

I personally feel that hair would not be so much effect on selecting the breed of choice or particular dog to become one of your family member.

I am more sold for eye theory and personality theory. With both theories, I would think it is good possible answer to the question why we human choose the dog who look like us.

I do not know about eye similarity with Palette for me, but she has, I feel like, a bit similar personality.

How about you and your dog?

Jun 28, 2016 | 1 | Miscellaneous (dogs)

12% off on all Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully sticks

From June 24th through 30th, you can save 12% off on all Grass-fed Moo!Odor free bully sticks*

Enter the code SUMMER to take 12% off on all Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free bully sticks*.

  • Items under bulk treats of the month are excluded from this special.

Code box will appear on the payment page after typing in the shipping information.

Code cannot be combined.

This special will end on 11:59pm Est on June 30th

*** June 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

Coconut Macaroon

Order over $75* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $75) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   Coconut Macaroon 5 oz

All Grass-fed Moo! Odor free bully sticks are made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.

** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** Grass-Fed Moo!Odor Free bully stick 5″-6″ variety set B Free shipping $122.77

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.26

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Dine & Play Bag $40.65

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $35.67

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.

Free shipping orders without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501, first class parcel order or retail ground order via e-mail offline order will be shipped Monday through Wednesday

Paid shipping order without our brand of biscuits and Jerky, and free shipping order to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday

*******************************************************

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** June only flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the month of June.

Charge is based on the order total. Enjoy shipping rate break during this month!

$0 to $20 shipping fee is at $5.55

$20.01 to $50.00 shipping fee is at $7.55

$50.01 to $100 shipping fee is at $9.77

$100.01 and over is Free shipping

Items will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

Sign up form can be found here

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Jun 24, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Liam’s note; Snack of the day: Skinny Berry berry peach muffin

When you visit grocery stores, bakery shops, you would find variety of sweet baked goods such as Muffin.

Back home in Japan, I do not remember such a wide variety of muffins or cupcakes.

Especially the one with frosting because we tend to decorate baked goods with whipping cream (we don’t do icing or frosting), and melted chocolate with or without cut up fresh fruits.

I find American bakers use more dye in baked goods than us, and it looks like more colorful dye art field than ours.

Ours highlight the baked goods with fresh fruits a lot along with melted chocolate art and they are much much less sweet.

My mother is a great baker.

I remember I was looking forward to checking out the kitchen at 3 pm every day after school,which we called “snack time”.

Our son’s snack time is also 3 pm and he looks forward to that time.

Japanese kids grow up with certain snack time (younger ones might have 2 snack time 10am and 3pm but as they get older, 3pm is the most common snack time for kids) and those are the time family sit around the table and enjoy snack together with a cup of tea.

We don’t snack throughout the day,which is good practice I think for kids. Plus our parents put some portion out for kids, and those were the amount we had each day.

Portioning out is a good practice I think because we know how much we are snacking. You never know how much you had already if you were eating right out from ice cream container or potato chips bag, for example.

When my mother was working, she would leave us kids a plate of portion; homemade snacks with a little note.

When my mother was not working, I enjoyed watching how she make things and helped her baking cakes,bread and more. It was fun.

I have had Muffin or cupcakes as a kid my mother made but, we did not have those as often as I would be having here in the states.

Now I come over here in the states and experiencing all kinds of flavors and ingredients, and I found that making muffin/cupcake is quite fun playing around with all kinds of flavor ideas combining different kinds of ingredients with or without choice of liquor or wines.

It is easy to bake muffin. When mood strikes, I like baking different kinds time to time.

That being said, now we got Liam, I am very careful for the choice of right snack for him.

Not only that, I tend to use more fresh ingredients in snack for more nutrition in mind and, I bake stuff with much less sugar.

Probably sugar I use is 3rd or so of regular basic recipes of many kinds.

I myself hate sticky sweet baked goods and I used to bake half the  sugar or less that are calling for in basic recipes. However, I have even lessen that amount now.

Still, it tastes good and having fresh fruits in it helps bringing out more taste in the baked goods.

The recipe below is toddler friendly snack recipe.

This recipe fits great for their snack recipe variety:-)

The recent muffin I made is Skinny berry berry peach muffin. I named it skinny because I used really low sugar in it.

I used blueberry,raspberry and peach and it came out real good.

It was so good that my husband said he could have eaten 5 of them in one sitting:-)

Adults can enjoy this very much. I myself loved it too.

These are not sticky sweet, dense muffin. This is the muffin filled with fruits, and they are fluffy textured muffin.

When you have it next day, I suggest that you will take off the tin cup and wrap it with paper towel so it gets steamed and microwave for good 15-20 seconds.It gets fluffy textured muffin again.

Berry berry peach muffin

Skinny berry berry peach muffin..

Ingredients for the Skinny berry berry peach muffin;

187 g unbleached all purpose flour
55 g white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp Baking powder
30 g raspberry
68 g blueberry
68 g chopped peeled pitted peach
5tbs butter
1 egg
1/2tsp vanilla extract
1/3 C milk
pinch of raw sugar to each muffin top

0. Preheat oven at 400F

1. To a big bowl, put 187 g unbleached all purpose flour, 55 g white sugar,1/4 tsp salt, 2 tsp Baking powder and mix well

2. Prepare another bowl and add 30 g raspberry, 68 g blueberry, 68 g chopped peeled pitted peach and mix

3. Add 1/3 C milk, 1 lightly beaten egg, 5 tbs butter melted, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract into the flour bowl and stir

4. To bowl of <3>, add fresh fruits mix and fold in gently

** Do not to over mix the butter

5. Pour the butter to muffin tin cup fill at about 80%. Then, sprinkle raw sugar on top and bake at 400F about 20 minutes or till toothpicks inserted in the middle comes out clean

** In the empty muffin tin area, add in about 1/4″ deep water so muffin gets steam baked. You should have 2 spots if you use dozen muffin tin pan

Makes:10 muffins

Enjoy!

Jun 22, 2016 | 4 | Snack recipes for babies and toddlers