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

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

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 | 0 | 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 | 3 | Snack recipes for babies and toddlers

Up to 12% off on selected salmon treats

From June 17th through 23rd, you can save up to 12% off on selected  Salmon treats

*** 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

**Surf Turf Jerky 1 oz

Surf Turf Jerky is made with American fully grass-fed buffalo meat with wild-caught salmon with skin on. We do not use the grass-fed buffalo meat with grain finished.

th_Surf turf jerky

You can read more on Surf Turf Jerky in the taste testing entry titled “Palette’s note:Surf Turf Jerky”. Please click here to read the entry.

Surf Turf Jerky will be made to order approx. 16 hrs before shipping time,and we offer freshest Jerky on the market.

Please store this Jerky in freezer for longer shelf life in your air-tight zip bag after receiving your order.

Surf Turf Jerky is lab tested,and registered with department of agriculture.

** Greek biscuits 4 oz

Wild caught salmon biscuits made with gluten free,grain free Garbanzo bean flour.This 4oz package contains approx 15 biscuits.

Greek biscuits blog

You can read more on Greek Biscuits in the taste testing entry titled “Palette’s note:Greek biscuits”. Please click here to read the entry.

Greek biscuits will be made to order approx. 12 hrs before shipping time,and we offer freshest Biscuits on the market.

Please store this biscuits in freezer for longer shelf life in your air-tight zip bag after receiving your order.

Greek Biscuits is lab tested,and registered with department of agriculture.

** Dried Salmon fillet 2.3 oz

100% dried Wild Pacific Salmon Fillet made in Canada.

Salmon is great natural source of Omega3 and, Omega3 is great for skin and coat.

This treat is very healthy, nutrient packed treats without fillers.

th Dried Salmon Fillet

** 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 17, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Yassy’s note: Liam’s first year; 1 month old baby development

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.

He could finally came home on the day 22.

Now that Liam came home, our real parenting journey has begun. I find that being a parent is such a hard job but, it is very rewarding job as well.

Anyway. on the day 31, he turned 1 months old. This entry is summary of 1 month old baby development.

<Growth development; 1 month>

According to Mayo clinic’s “Guide to your baby’s first year”, babies loose weight from the birth weight during the first few days of life and gain the weight back and continue gaining weight and, height will lengthen by 1.5″ to 2″.

It also says that growth spurt is at 7-10 days and 3-6 week of age.

Liam lost weight during the first few days since birth and gained the weight back at NICU, and continued to grow.

At his first month, he was 6 lb 9 oz. He was born 5 lb 6 oz

<body development>

Babies have lots of reflex

Baby reflex; when you stroke baby’s cheek or corner of his mouth, he will turn toward your hand and move his tongue in the direction

grasp reflex; placing your finger into his palm would cause him to grasp your finger and when you try to remove your finger, he will grasp it even tighter

startle reflex; when babies hear loud noise, he will react by throwing out his arms and legs

tonic neck reflex; when baby turn s his head to the side, same side of his arms and legs will extend out

stepping reflex: if you hold baby upright, and let his feet touches the surface, he will pick up 1 feet and then the other as if walking.

<sight/sound/taste>

Japanese e-magazine says babies at this age can hear well and they can tell which direction sound came from.

Eye sight is about 0.02 and, it is about they can see the thing placed 30 cm ahead of them at best.

However, they can see clearly if the item had clear color contrast.

As for taste, they have more taste buds than adults

<Eating>

According to Mayo clinic’s “Guide to your baby’s first year”, babies eats every 2-3 hours a day,8-12 feedings

Liam had milk time every 3 hours, but I learned that at this age, you can let the babies have milk as much as they want.

Goal for the feeding is more than 8 feeding times a day.

My Japanese e-magazine says that by the 1 month old, amount of milk babies drink per time would increase and, breast feeding time gets shorten and lessen.

It also says that average amount babies drink is as following. This is based upon formula amount.

0-1 week: 60 ml-80 ml per time x 8 times

2 weeks beyond: 80 ml – 120  ml per time x 7-8 times

1-3 month: 120 ml – 160 ml per time x 6-7 times and average amount of milk babies drink would be about 700 ml – 1,000 ml. Some babies drink with long interval between the feeding time.

If you feed breast milk and formula, let the babies drink breast milk first and then  let them drink formula about 30 ml – 40 ml if they looked still wanting to drink after breast feeding time.

The feeding number is still same to formula feeding and 8 times a day is the goal.

If you let the babies drink breast milk only, let them drink as much as they want and 8 feeding a day is average feeding time and mord than 5 minutes on each breast.

When the babies looked satisfied with one breast then, let them drink from other side first on the next feeding session.

In the case of Liam, since he was naturally did not drink as much as other babies would from the beginning, at 1 month old he was drinking roughly 450 ml – 480 ml (50 ml – 60 ml per feeding) a day plus direct breast milk from breast feeding practice time.

<Food journal for babies>

I am not sure if other moms had done this /do this, but right from the day one he came back to our home, I started keeping food journal for Liam.

It logs date, time of feeding, milk/food he gets, amount of milk, and diaper contents (pee/poo) and if there were any different things going on in his diaper contents,I wrote that too

Since people are not capable of remembering detail of something happened a few days ago etc.., it is good to keep track of baby’s growth with food journal like me.

When questions of concerns arise, I made sure I write down on the note so I can ask our pediatrician without forgetting to ask them.

This personal system worked out great for me.

<Sleeping/ daily schedule for babies>

According to Mayo clinic book titled “Guide to your baby’s first year”, babies sleep 16 hours a day with 1-3 hours spurts. More than 70% of the day, babies spend time sleeping.

The babies cannot differentiate between day and night yet and they will wake up middle of the night and asking for milk.

My Japanese e-magazine says that babies pee about 15-20 times a day and they poop about 2-8 times a day.

<Mental/Brain development>

Japanese e-magazine says at 1 month, no expression on babies still. Sometimes, you look at babies and think they are smiling but this is social smile and not expression of the babies.

However, they can tell you clearly when they had discomfort by crying such as being hungry, too hot etc..

They can also tell mother’s voice or smell from others and when they get being picked up and feeling “mother” via smell or sound, they feel secure.

By learning about babies through magazines and books,I think I could gain a bit of confidence in raising Liam without either of our parents at our house or close by.

Being a parent also made myself grow up as well.

Knowing what to expect at next step is a plus and, I cherish the moment with our precious son every day.

He makes me smile and I enjoy every moment with him.

Kids really grow up fast right in front of your eyes!

Make sure to take a lot of pictures of their first whatever moment (milestone development such as being able to lift his/her head up or roll over or cruising and more.)

I tend to take a lot f picture of Liam’s first whatever moment.

Jun 13, 2016 | 0 | parenting

Up to 12% off on selected Grass-fed Moo!Odor free bully sticks

From June 10th through 16th, you can save up to 12% off on selected  Grass-fed Moo!Odor free bully sticks

*** 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

 

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor free Junior Twisted Bullys 5″-6″

Grass-fed Moo! Odor free Junior Twisted Bullys 5″-6″ 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 5-6 inch

** Grass-fed Moo! Odor-Free Angus beef bully sticks “Select” 12″

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

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

Grass-fed Moo Odor Free Angus Beef bully sticks 11-12 inch Select

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.

** 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 10, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Olive Garden menu: Chicken and Gnocchi soup Yassy’s Version

As you already know, I like re-creating meals with some twists from restaurants or eatery places that I have visited. It is fun to brain storm what is in the sauce or soup.

One of the restaurants I like to go to is Olive garden.

In their soup menu, I like ” Zuppa Toscana” and “Chicken and Gnocchi soup”.

One night, I decided to recreate this soup at home and making gnocchi from scratch.

The gnocchi came out pillow soft and I am happy with the result.

Since we have a little son who likes tender food, and I worried if I made it too hard, it might choke him with less teeth in his back molar area.Therefore, my gnocchi in this recipe is touch softer than I myself would prefer but it was all good.

If you prefer harder gnocchi than mine, you can add in more flour to your preferred softness in the dough.

Olive garden Gnocchi and spinach soup blog

Chicken and Gnocchi soup ….

<Gnocchi>

Ingredients for Gnocchi:

2 yukon gold potato
1 Egg
1/2tsp kosher salt
1/8tsp ground black pepper
1/4C freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/3C all purpose flour
pinch of ground nutmeg

<Chicken and Gnocchi soup>

Ingredients for Chicken and Gnocchi soup;

Boneless skinless chicken thigh 8 oz
kosher salt
ground black pepper
parsley handful
2 carrot shredded and chopped roughly (chopping is optional)
handful fresh spinach chopped fine (or you can chop rough)
1/2 sweet onion chopped
1 celery chopped fine (or thinly sliced)
1 clove garlic chopped
2 tbs butter
5tbs flour
1.5C chicken broth plus some for steam baking
2C milk
1C heavy cream
dash of dried thyme

< Gnocchi>

1.Wash Yukon gold potato and wrap them with plastic wrap and microwave about 7-8 minutes til tender (or, you can boil the potato to tender)

2.peel off the potato skin and mash them (if you have ricer, use it to make softer gnocchi) and cool down

3.In a small bowl, add in lightly beaten egg,salt,pepper and nutmeg and stir

4. In the potato bowl, add in egg mixture above and mix

5.To the counter, put the potato egg mixture and knead with hands and little by little, add in cheese, and flour to smooth sticky dough

**Do not knead too much or you get heavier gnocchi

6.Dust the surface and take some dough off from the dough ball and start forming the log by rolling the dough under both of your hands back and forth

7.Cut off the log into 1/2″ or so pieces or the size you like the gnocchi to be, and set them aside on the flour dusted plate

8. Cut off plastic wrap and place it over small baking sheet and place extra gnocchi you made and cover them with another sheet of plastic wrap and place the baking sheet in the freezer so you can freeze the gnocchi for the next time.

When gnocchi gets frozen put them in the freezer bag and keep them in the freezer.

For this recipe, you would need about 8-9 oz only

<Chicken and Gnocchi soup>

I start off preheating the oven at about 425F

1. To small baking sheet, line the non stick foil and place 2-3 boneless skinless chicken thigh (about 8 oz) and sprinkle kosher salt and pepper all over and let them sit for 15 minutes.

2. Then, add in a little bit of chicken broth (less than half the height of thigh) enough to steam baking the chicken thigh and, bake them in the oven for 12 minutes and flip over and continue baking them for another 12 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165F

3. When chicken is done, set it aside and cool it down

4.  To the sauce pan, add 2tbs butter and let it melt, and add 1 clove of garlic chopped, and when you can smell the garlic, add in 2 carrots shredded and chopped (for our son,I chopped to shorten the shredded carrot length but you can simply use the shredded carrot ), 1/2 sweet onion chopped fine, 1 celery chopped fine, and sprinkle dash of dried thyme and stir and cook a bit til vegetables are tender

5. Add 5 tbs flour and stir and cook a bit and add in 1.5C chicken broth, and stir and add in 1C milk and let it simmer

6. Chop up the cooled chicken thigh to bite size pieces and add to the soup and stir

7.When soup is close to finish, add in about 9 oz of gnocchi and cook until gnocchi float to the top and add 1C heavy cream, chopped fresh spinach about handful

8.  Cook  about a couple of minutes more

9.  Season the soup with salt and pepper to your taste, and add in handful of parsley chopped very fine and serve

Enjoy!

Jun 06, 2016 | 0 | Restaurant Challenge

Up to 15% off on selected Buffalo treats, Lamb treats

From June 3rd through 9th, you can save up to 15% off on selected Buffalo treats and Lamb treats

*** 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

** Buffalo liver Baguette biscuits;Grass-fed Buffalo liver biscuits<4 oz> 15% OFF

baguette biscuits
This is our buffalo liver biscuits with a little exotic twist using fully grass-fed buffalo liver.

Biscuits will be made to order,freshly baked before shipping time. All will be vacuum-packed to seal-in the freshness.

Let’s watch our K9 executive chef “Palette” in action with taste testing Baguette biscuits.

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

Palette and Baguette biscuits..

You can read/watch more on Baguette biscuits in the entry titled “Palette’s note: Baguette biscuits”. Please click here to read the entry.

** Puffed USA Lamb ear

Puffed USA Lamb ears made in USA.

This American Lamb ear is soft texture, and it has been one of our k9 executive chef “Palette’s favorite chew since when she was a puppy. She still get this old time favorite chew as jackpot treat sometimes.

puffed USA lamb ear

Single; 5% OFF

25 pieces bulk; 10% OFF

** 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 03, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

All natural dog treats and chews; Pick your deal week

From May 27th through June 2nd, you can get the deals you want from the choice below.

Deal A; free shipping with order over $40  with coupon code *MEMORIAL*

** Merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $40.Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

Deal B. 15% off on your entire order with coupon code SAVE15

Deal C; 20% off on made in USA treats,chews, supplements listed under USA sourced and  made in USA category.Use the coupon code USA

** No minimum order required

If your order was over $100 after all discount applied, you can get free shipping automatically without coupon code

*** May – June 2 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

Carob Coconut Bliss Biscuits

Order over $80* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $80) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   Carob Coconut Bliss Biscuits 5 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.

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.

*** May only flat rate shipping rate***

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

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

$0 to $20 shipping fee is at $.5.95

$20.01 to $40.00 shipping fee is at $.7.45

$40.01 to $50 shipping fee is at $.8.95

$50.01 to $100 shipping fee is at $.9.95

$100.01 and over is Free shipping

** If you order on Saturdays over $100* (Merchandise subtotal after all discount applied must be over $100.Shipping fee, sales tax excluded) , you can get one count of free GDK treats; 6 oz Buffalo liver Carob Cake Biscotti.

For more information on Snack Saturday offer, please click here .

** 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

May 27, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen