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Strawberry Tart

Every year, when Valentine’s Day comes around the corner, chocolate becomes the king of sweets. Many stores sells chocolates in fancy
decorated box or cute heart shaped containers with or without cute stuffed animals.

As a kid, I remember visiting grocery stores near our house every
February for the special Valentine’s Day, trying to find the best
possible chocolate for my father and for the boy I liked.

In Japan, as I wrote in the previous entry titled “Loves in the Air!! Valentine’s Day in Japan“,Valentine’s day is “the Confession” day for women if she was single.

Woman gives chocolate to a man she likes, and tell him that she is in love with him.

If she has a boyfriend, then the day becomes the day to show him she loves him very much.

On the Valentine’s day, men do not give anything to women,and
he does not give answer “Yes” to the women who gave him a box of chocolate asking to become his girlfriend.

In Japan,there is a day called “White Day”. It is the day men give women “yes” or “No” answer;to whom he got chocolate from. It is on the exactly one month away:March 14th.

 This tradition is actually still short history because it started in 1980’s. But it is a day that guy who has received “Ho n me i chocolate” gives woman candy (marshmallow,cookies,and other kind of candies) and answer “yes” or “no” to them.

If men got “Gi ri Chocolate” then,it is a day to return the favor and nothing deep meaning in the candies the male workers give female workers.Simply meaning “Thank you for the Giri Chocolate”.

When woman gives chocolates on Valentine’s Day,sometimes, those chocolate comes with hand-knit sweater or  muffler to the man to confess her love to him.

Hand-knitted stuff was very popular items to give with chocolate when I was a student. I saw girls knitting during the break for special someone.

These chocolates given to special someone in love are categorized as “Ho n me i chocolate”. What it means is that it is a chocolate to confess the love.

The chocolates given to other men such as father,male workmates, male boss are categorized as “Gi-ri chocolate”.

It is translated ” Obligation Chocolate”. It has no meaning of “I am in
love with you” but it just became tradition in Japan.

Anyone can buy a box of chocolates, or can take you to a fancy restaurant for special meal created by restaurants’ chefs for the special day and, those romantic dinner dates are great.

However, if you make something for your loved ones,even if you make something simple, it has lots of feeling in there, and becomes quite personal and it has a lot more meaning to it.

I am sure you can put a huge smile on your loved one with something special made by you.

This year, I have made “Strawberry Tart” for my husband for valentine’s day.

I picked strawberry as star ingredient of this dessert because our little son loves strawberry, and I was going to share it with him..

For our son, the dessert it low sugar but it still tasted good and my husband and our son loved these.

In this entry, I would like to share the recipe of strawberry tart.

Maybe next year’s Valentine’s day, or on your special occasion, you can make it yourself and enjoy this tasty dessert.

This tart is very fresh taste from fresh strawberries and tart itself is not sticky sweet.That is what I like about it. Next time, I may bake with different fruits.

You can enjoy decoration by using different colored fruits as well.Color of the fruits really pops from bright beautiful color and I love using fresh fruits for decoration.

Japanese cake in general use a lot of fruits, and use that as color for baked goods. This tart baking reminded me of Japanese cake baking a lot.

Strawberry tart Feb 15 2016

Strawberry Tart..

Ingredients for tart crust;

50g (1.8 oz) butter

1/2 Egg

100g (3.6 oz) unbleached all purpose flour

20 g (0.7 oz) Almond flour

50g (1.8 oz) granulated white sugar

Dry beans for weight when baking

Ingredients for creamy custard cream;

1 whole egg

1 tbs unbleached all purpose flour

3 tbs granulated white sugar

200 CC ( 7 oz) milk

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for almond cream;

50g (1.8 oz) butter

50g (1.8 oz) granulated white sugar

1 whole egg

50g (1.8 oz) almond flour

Ingredients for decoration;

167g (6 oz) stem removed sliced strawberries

small amount of granulated white sugar for garnish

<Tart crust>

1. Bring up the 50g (1.8 oz) butter,1 egg to room temperature and preheat the oven at 340F

2. Shift the 20g (0.7 oz) almond flour, 100g (3.6 oz) unbleached all purpose flour separately into the each bowl.

3.In the bowl, add 50 g (1.8 oz) butter and cream it with 50g (1.8 oz) white sugar until color turns to pale yellow

4. Add in 20g (0.7 oz) almond flour and mix it and add in 100g (3.6 oz) unbleached flour a little bit per time and careful not to over mix it

5. When the dough became mixed without white spots of fliur in the dough, put it onto the saran wrap and wrap it into round dough and let it rest in the fridge for about 30. minutes or so.

6. After the resting roll the dough to round about 1/4″ bigger round than the tart pan and cover the tart pan bottom with non stick foil and wipe the side edges with butter wrapper to grease it up a bit or wipe the sides with paper towel that has bit of melted butter on it and place the dough in the tart pan

7. Poke the tart crust bottom with fork and put non stick foil directly on the bottom of the tart crust and pour some dry beans for the weight

8. Bake the tart crust at 340F for 20-25 minutes

9. Let it cool

10. When cool, pour the almond cream in the crust and spread it around so all the bottom gets covered and then bake it in the 340F oven for about 30 minutes

11. Let it cool

<Almond cream>

1. In the bowl, beat the soften 50g (1.8 oz) butter and add 50g (1.8 oz) white granulated sugar and after a bit, add in 1 whole egg, beat and then add in 50g (1.8 oz) almond flour, and when everything got mixed in,it is done

<creamy custard cream>

1.. In the cool sauce pan, add in 1 whole egg, 1 tbs unbleached all purpose flour, 3 tbs granulated white sugar, and whisk them good

2. To the pan, add in 200 CC ( 7 oz) milk and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract and mix well

3. Put the pan on the stove with high heat and keep strring and when the mixture started getting thicker, turn the heat to medium heat and keep strring and continue whisking until desired thickness

<Assembling>

1. Smear some of custard cream over the baked almond cream, and decorate with sliced strawberries and shift small amount of  granulated white sugar through the kitchen shieve to garnish the tart

2. Enjoy

A slice of strawberry tart Feb 16 2016

A slice of strawberry tart…

What can you do with leftover custard cream?

 1. You can smear on the toasted bread and eat.

That was how I liked enjoy leftover custard cream. In Japan, we have desserty bread at bakery and one of the kind is called cream pan (pan in Japanese means “bread”).The cream pan is the sweet dinner roll like bread dough filled with custard cream inside.

I love them.

You can also use up leftover strawberry by sprinkle the berries over the custard cream smeared bread and enjoy the strawberry-custard cream sandwich.

This is one of great toddler snack of the day. Liam loved the sandwich very much.

Liam snack of the day strawberry custard sandwich Feb 16 2016

strawberry custard cream sandwich..

Enjoy!

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Feb 29, 2016 | 0 | Miscellaneous (Cooking)

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*** February 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

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** Barker’s dream variety set;Beef chews 6″ -Ships Free $20.20

** Deer Antlers XS 6 count- Ships Free $26.07

** Aunt Jeni Joint Health variety set; 1 bag Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz , 1 bag Dehydrated duck feet 10 oz, 1 bottle Aunt Jeni’s Arthritis/Joint Aid for pets 120 chewable tablet $46.16

** Aunt Jeni Variety Treat set A; 1 bag Dehydrated chicken breast 8 oz , 1 bag Dehydrated duck feet 10 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated Beef lung 5 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated fish treat (sardine treat) 8 oz, bulk deal made in USA. $40.93

** Aunt Jeni Variety Treat set B; 1 bag Dehydrated chicken breast 8 oz , 1 bag Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated Beef lung 5 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated fish treat (sardine treat) 8 oz, bulk deal made in USA. $40.93

** Aunt Jeni Variety Treat set C; 1 bag Dehydrated chicken breast 8 oz , 1 bag Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated Beef lung 5 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated fish treat (sardine treat) 8 oz, bulk deal made in USA. $54.63

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

Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe is the mystery bag that consists of variety of all natural beef dog treats.

Each bag contains 6-9 products per bag and, shipping and handling is already included in the price.The shipping method will be determined by us.

Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Dine & Play Bag is the mystery bag that consists of variety of all natural dog treats (protein source can be mixed or matched) AND toy.

Each bag contains 4-6 products per bag and, shipping and handling is already included in the price.The shipping method will be determined by us.

Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety bag is the mystery bag that consists of mystery items from sitewide;can be mixture of all natural dog treats,toy,grooming supplies,gifts for dog lovers,training tool,collars,travel accessories etc…

Contents can be the same or different from one bag to the other.Number of products in the bag also can be different from one bag to the other while the value of the bag remain the same.

** 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

This offer is valid while supply lasts. These menu can be found under “Bulk treats of the month&Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag” category.

** Selected Dog toys on sale. You can use the code against toys on sale. To visit the Dog toy page,please click here.

** 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 as Facebook Page fan, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100.Shipping fee, sales tax also excluded.)

** Orders will be shipped on every Monday,Tuesday, every other Wednesday.

** Now with offline orders, we are offering variety of shipping method; first class parcel,retail ground,flat priority mail and priority mail.

Max first class parcel (merchandise weight+box/envelope under 13 oz weight) shipping handling charge is at $6.36 nationwide in USA,delivered in 1-3 days.The order can contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky since transit time is the same to priority mail.

USPS offer Retail ground shipping method to those who live in zone 5-9 from us zip code 22501; IL to west, FL,HI,AK. If you use contact us form on our website with list of items you like to order with your area zip code, we can give you the shipping estimate.Shipping charge can be different depending on where you live in, weight and volume of order box.

USPS offer this retail ground method only for customers zone 5 to 9. We can offer this retail ground method to those who live zone 5-9 as offline order shipping method. Order will be delivered in about 7 days.

With this retail ground method , you cannot order our brand of made to order biscuits and Jerky.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; our zip code 22501.

You can check your zone number by visiting USPS zone chart page here.

Click on “Get zone for zip code pair” and enter 22501 (our zip code) in origin zip code box and yours in destination zip code box and click the get zone button. You will know what zone you are in from us.

Please contact us with your list of items you like to order,name, and address with zip code.

We will customize your shipping method to your preference

** If you order on Saturdays over $55* (Merchandise subtotal after all discount applied must be over $55.Shipping fee, sales tax excluded) , you can get one count of free GDK treats. 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.

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

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Feb 19, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 20- day 21

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.

The entry was about his poor feeding, growth day 8 through day14, and breast pump and insurance company.

Also, I wrote that we met the lady doctor who was filling in our initial guy doctor who suggested the stomach tube for Liam.

Then, in the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 15- day 19“, I wrote that we learned the baby massage and also learned that our little son Liam yanked out his feeding tube from his nose and the lady doctor wanted to let him be and observe his feeding without it. The nurse was going to let him try taking milk via bottle without feeding tube.

That day,the nurse told my husband who brought breast milk for Liam that he did really good in terms of taking milk via mouth although she did not tell him how much he took.

It was looking hopeful that he be home soon..

When I heard about the incident, I could not help but thinking he really is acting like we named him to be for the middle Japanese name:-)

Naming the babies..

In Japan, we name kids with the parents’ hope in the Chinese character’s meaning for the baby to grow up to be.

For example, my name “Yasuko” in Chinese character means “Healthy kid”. My parents hopde I grow up to be healthy kid.

My sister’s name “Masako” in Chinese character means “graceful kid”, and my parents hoped she will grow up to be a graceful kid.

We named Liam’s middle name “Tsubasa”,which is Japanese name written in Chinese character.

The character consists of one left half that means “sheep” and the other half that means”wing” and it makes one Chinese character that be read “Tsu-ba-sa”.

The Chinese character “wing” on the right hand side means “help,support” and it means to help people,support people around him and when it becomes together with Chinese character meaning “sheep”,it means to be a good person inside out.

This Chinese character  as one also means, just like bird opening wings wide and flying high in the sky, we wish he will make an effort to his goal he set.

Feeding improvement..

After the feeding tube incident, when I visited him in NICU, he was drinking 35ml out of 50 ml to start with.

He used to drink only 10-15ml out of 50ml (I believe 2 oz is 60 ml so, 50ml is a little less than 2 oz) . Therefore, it was a good improvement for him.

Liam 19 day old About to yawn Aug 2 2014 blog

Liam 19 days old After the feeding..

While Liam was in NICU, I thought that it would be a good opportunity to read up more on baby care and I was reading “Your babies first year” for dummies and “Mayo clinic guide to Your babies first year” .

I found it interesting books to read and good ones for first moms trying to learn more about baby care. 

In addition to those books, I started subscribing the Japanese e-magazine on baby care, and it was/is full of information and I really like reading them.

It said that formulas you can buy at the stores is hard on babies stomach and it makes babies sleepier and mom’s breast milk is easier to digest and they can get hungry as they should throughout the day.

I find that when he got formula, it tended to make him gassy or hard for him to burp.  All the reasons that it is good for him to learn breastfeeding technique including myself for the feeder side of technique.

Every time we fed him in NICU, we hold him in turn after the feeding, and enjoyed looking at our little son looking happy with the tummy full of milk.

Liam, the popular kid in NICU..

Next day, I noticed that Liam was such a popular kid in NICU and nurse loves to talk to him, cheer him up and I am surprised when one nurse we have not met came up to us and said ” Oh my god! He has no food tube? I thought it will be my contact lens or something and thought tube might be behind the pacifier he is sucking like a champ but oh my god.He got no tube!”

She noticed that very tiny visual change with him in a split second:-)

We told her he yanked the tube out and he is off the tube and working with bottle exclusively with some breast feeding practice here and there.

According to the nurse then, he was 5 lb 13 oz (he was born at 5 lb 6 oz) and he was doing real good with bottle.

He took 45 ml, 47 ml etc out of 50 ml they want him to take via mouth and, when my husband was bottle feeding him, nurse put 55 ml milk in the bottle to push him a bit and he took 51 ml out of 55 ml!!

It is a good, very good improvement with him.Nurse said Liam does great job drinking milk when inside the bottle is mother’s milk:-)

Nurse also said if he keeps up like this, he may comes home next week.

She gave us one towel Liam was swaddled with for Palette to sniff and get familiar with the scent and sleep with.

Palette got Liam’s t-shirt, hat, and towel already:-)But more stuff to make a pillow out of,lol.

During the week, we participated in the class for caring for premature babies routines via NICU nurse.

I think that he was at NICU and I had to spend time away from him long time and it was not good.

However, on the flip side, he was cared in good hands and we get to have opportunity to learn small things from how to change diapers, how to swaddle, how to bathe him etc.. and I think it was good learning moment for us.

Graduation test from NICU..

By 21st day, I was told that I would be tested by NICU nurse to make sure that the primary care person (me) can make Liam drink 50ml at each feeding time.

Since I am a primary care person for Liam, NICU wants to test my nursing ability with Liam to make sure I can handle daily stuff on my own without help as well.

If he could do that with primal care person (me), he can come home.It was a graduation test for me and Liam in a sense.

I was feeling a bit pressure and nervous and excitement…. all the emotion mixed up.

I did 2 feeding a day before the test day and he took 35 ml out of 50ml… It was good but not good enough to graduate from NICU.

Maybe I had a magic hand that makes him so comfy and snuggie… He started off like a champ and I was excited for it but he started snoring in the middle..and.. fell asleep…

I tried tricks I could think of but nope, he would not be up.

It seemed like he tends to fall asleep in my arms lot faster than the time when my husband feed him. I used to feed him cradle style but now with nurse’s suggestion, since a day before, I started feeding him the way Liam facing toward me on the breastfriend pillow so he would not feel my heartbeat and no warm body temperature from to make him go ZZzzz faster. But still, he slept faster with me..

When I unwrap him or tickle or touch him with wet wash cloth etc.. he gets move around some and makes face a bit but in a matter of second, he goes back to snoring..

I was told that next day, I will be tested with half the feeding schedule;4 feeding times; 9 hours long.

Then,to clear the test, I must make Liam finish up the 50 ml bottles at each and every feeding schedule. That is the goal we two must clear to be able to come home together.

I was not worrying about changing diaper or taking temperature thing because I got hang of it but feeding.. it was still something I needed to work on.

On the graduation test day I was to be tested for ability of care Liam (how handle things on my own) plus for Liam, it was test for him to show them he can drink the amount of milk he needs to drink at each feeding time with me.I was there from morning to the evening.

I knew it was not the test exclusively for my ability to care Liam by NICU nurse but I was nervous enough and, I had to go back to get the pump parts I was going to bring to hospital.

When I arrived at NICU, Liam was up and moving hands as if swinging backwards and his eyes were more open than I used to see him.

He cried loud and got mad here and there but we were good.

During one of the feeding time, he yanked his heart beat, respiratory rate and oxygen level monitor patch that were sealed onto his chest (I noticed that when the monitor went 7 for heartbeat and respiratory rate monitor showed question mark etc…

I wonder if it was his way of saying “I no need this,I can go home now!”

He took almost 60ml (formula) at the very first feeding in the morning (must have been hungry).

Then, second,third, and fourth ones were with my breast milk and nurse pour 52ml in the bottle and he took them all.

Especially the last feeding schedule time, he hold my hands over mine and when I tried to pull the bottle out since he emptied out, he did not let me do so:-)

He seemed to drink my breast milk much faster speed than formula and did not want to let the bottle go. I must had something tasty in my diet,lol.

It was a good sign. Ultimately, he passed (well, we passed our test) his test for the feeding challenge.

Therefore, he was pre authorized for discharge next day!

We both were excited for it!

One more challenge he has to clear next day was car seat challenge;he needs to be monitored his heart beat for 1.5 hr in the car seat to make sure he is good with the car seat and car seat posture.

If he cleared the test, he was allowed to come home finally to his own home!

One thing I was informed on the graduation test day and hope for the best was his hearing.

Later, it turned out to be all clear but that day, I was told that hIs one ear is perfectly good but the other one is inconclusive.It got me worried.

The screening test lady told me he needs to go see a doctor to see if the fluid inside the ear is causing the hearing problems or if it is hearing loss…

I know now he was perfectly fine with both ears but when I heard the news, I was very worried.

Right before the last feeding time, nurse showed me how to bathe Liam in the water.

I did learn how to bathe him before with other nurse but it was how to sponge bath. It is interesting to know that baby shampoo are not going to cause the problems even if soap is left behind on his skin.

A day before Liam’s home coming day,me and my husband had to have family meeting to decide which coming home clothe he will be wearing:-)

When we packed hospital bag, we brought 2 outfit because we could not decide. We thought maybe Liam could pick one on his own,lol.

We hoped Liam would pass his car seat challenge and finally be home sweet home.

Stay tuned for more Liam’s story.

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Feb 16, 2016 | 0 | parenting

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*** February 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

th Bavarian Brot Biscuits

Order over $55* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $55) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   5 oz Bavarian Brot Biscuits

**** Presidents day sale ****

Place your order from February 13th Saturday through 15th Monday, and you can get 20% off on your entire order by entering the code PD20

No minimum order required. 

If you like to receive automatic free shipping without coupon code AND this 20% off deal, the merchandise subtotal after discount applied must be over $100 (shipping fee, sales tax excluded).

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

Offer ends at 11:59pm Est on February 15th.

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**Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Angus beef bully sticks “Super M0nster” 6″

6″ Grass-fed Moo! Odor-Free bully sticks Super Monster, 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 Odor Free Angus Beef bully sticks Super Monster 6 inch

Single: Normally,it is $5.22,with sales price,it will be $3.48

** Grass-fed Moo! Odor-Free Angus beef Braided bully sticks 5″-6″

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 braided bully sticks 5-6 inch blog

Lets watch our k9 executive chef “Palette” in action with taste testing “Free range Moo! Braided bully sticks” below.If you are a blog subscriber,please click here to watch the video.

You can read/watch more on Free Range Moo! Braided bully sticks in the taste testing entry titled “Palette’s note: Free Range Moo! Braided bully sticks” here.

6″ ; Single: Normally,it is $4.43,with sales price,it will be $4.17

6″ 10 pieces: Normally,it is $41.39,with sales price,it will be $38.70

*** Bulk treats of the Month ~ February~ ***

** Barker’s dream variety set;Beef chews 6″ -Ships Free $20.20

** Deer Antlers XS 6 count- Ships Free $26.07

** Aunt Jeni Joint Health variety set; 1 bag Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz , 1 bag Dehydrated duck feet 10 oz, 1 bottle Aunt Jeni’s Arthritis/Joint Aid for pets 120 chewable tablet $46.16

** Aunt Jeni Variety Treat set A; 1 bag Dehydrated chicken breast 8 oz , 1 bag Dehydrated duck feet 10 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated Beef lung 5 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated fish treat (sardine treat) 8 oz, bulk deal made in USA. $40.93

** Aunt Jeni Variety Treat set B; 1 bag Dehydrated chicken breast 8 oz , 1 bag Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated Beef lung 5 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated fish treat (sardine treat) 8 oz, bulk deal made in USA. $40.93

** Aunt Jeni Variety Treat set C; 1 bag Dehydrated chicken breast 8 oz , 1 bag Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated Beef lung 5 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated fish treat (sardine treat) 8 oz, bulk deal made in USA. $54.63

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

Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe is the mystery bag that consists of variety of all natural beef dog treats.

Each bag contains 6-9 products per bag and, shipping and handling is already included in the price.The shipping method will be determined by us.

Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Dine & Play Bag is the mystery bag that consists of variety of all natural dog treats (protein source can be mixed or matched) AND toy.

Each bag contains 4-6 products per bag and, shipping and handling is already included in the price.The shipping method will be determined by us.

Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety bag is the mystery bag that consists of mystery items from sitewide;can be mixture of all natural dog treats,toy,grooming supplies,gifts for dog lovers,training tool,collars,travel accessories etc…

Contents can be the same or different from one bag to the other.Number of products in the bag also can be different from one bag to the other while the value of the bag remain the same.

** 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

This offer is valid while supply lasts. These menu can be found under “Bulk treats of the month&Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag” category.

** Selected Dog toys on sale. You can use the code against toys on sale. To visit the Dog toy page,please click here.

** 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 as Facebook Page fan, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100.Shipping fee, sales tax also excluded.)

** Orders will be shipped on every Monday,Tuesday, every other Wednesday.

** Now with offline orders, we are offering variety of shipping method; first class parcel,retail ground,flat priority mail and priority mail.

Max first class parcel (merchandise weight+box/envelope under 13 oz weight) shipping handling charge is at $6.36 nationwide in USA,delivered in 1-3 days.The order can contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky since transit time is the same to priority mail.

USPS offer Retail ground shipping method to those who live in zone 5-9 from us zip code 22501; IL to west, FL,HI,AK. If you use contact us form on our website with list of items you like to order with your area zip code, we can give you the shipping estimate.Shipping charge can be different depending on where you live in, weight and volume of order box.

We offer only to offline order for this retail ground method and only for customers zone 5 to 9. Order will be delivered in about 7 days.

With this retail ground method , you cannot order our brand of made to order biscuits and Jerky.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.

Please contact us with your list of items you like to order,name, and address with zip code.

We will customize your shipping method to your preference

** If you order on Saturdays over $55* (Merchandise subtotal after all discount applied must be over $55.Shipping fee, sales tax excluded) , you can get one count of free GDK treats. 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.

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

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

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Yassy’s note; Liam in NICU; Baby massage for crying and grizzling at night

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note;Liam in NICU; Baby massage on legs and feet“, I wrote while Liam was in NICU,during the second week, me and my husband learned about the baby massage.

In this entry, I would like to share how you can use baby massage to ease the night time problems such as crying and grizzling.

For overall baby massage information and how to baby massage on legs and feet,please read the previous entry “Yassy’s note;Liam in NICU; Baby massage on legs and feet”.

Also for the information as to how to massage arms and hands, please read the previous entry  “Yassy’s note;Liam in NICU; Baby massage on arms and hands

For the information as to how to massage face and chest, please read the previous entry  “Yassy’s note;Liam in NICU; Baby massage on face and chest.”

For the information as to how you can manage the problems associated with summer using the baby massage technique, please read the previous entry  “Yassy’s note;Liam in NICU; Baby massage for problems in summer.”

For the information as to how you can help baby’s digestion problems such as constipation using the baby massage technique, please read the previous entry  “Yassy’s note;Liam in NICU; Baby massage for Constipation

Baby massage 1-2-3..

Sit on the floor with your baby right in front of you on the blanket.

Start with a gentle conversation to your baby.I used to talk to Liam while I touch/stroke his head to catches his attention.

If the baby were quiet ,calm, and in gentle mood, then gently massage baby’s body section by section.

Massage is not like recipes for one dish. You would work section by section first. Then, when the baby got used to the whole idea of being massaged, then, you can do a few techniques in one session.

If you see your baby yawning,trying to get away from you or crying etc (sign of stress) ..,stop  the massage and done for the day.

For today, I will introduce you how you can use the baby massage on trouble shooting the specific problems.

These are something that I learned through my Japanese e-magazine.

Baby massage for crying baby at night

  1. When babies cries at night….

You can massage baby’s butt and lower back to loosen up the muscle around the area to cause them to feel relaxed and it helps to make less crying at night and also rubbing around those area can make the baby to sleep easier; it tends to make the time to go into sleep shorten.

That being said, from my personal experience with Liam, he sometime had night crying not because cannot sleep well but because making him feeling uncomfortable and, when that happened, I woke up and performed infant tummy massage.

To prevent his uncomfortable feeling in the tummy with gas from happening, I made sure he burped well, and performed tummy massage after a bit of time rest from burping session after the feeding time.

Here is how I did on Liam as tummy massage.It helped his gas situation greatly.

We rarely faced the gas problems since tummy massage has been done.

Infant Tummy Massage

Babies digestive system works clock wise motion. Babies’ uncomfortable side tend to be left hand side;12’oclock to 6 o’clock side…

1. Head touch; with your left hand side, cup his head and with right hand give him circle motion touch on his head, to calm him

2. With your right hand, place to the cross your baby ‘s tummy. Slide hands on his tummy to the groin. Repeat with your other hand (like a water wheel),a few times

3. Place your thumbs on the center so your hands come to their side of the body.Then, slide out to the waist, a few times

4. Imagine the clock. With your left hand, gently slide your hand from 7 o’clock to 7 o’clock clock wise (big circle) ,a few times

5. With your right hand, gently give pressure and slide your hand from 12 o’clock to the 6 o’clock clockwise, a few times

6. Alternate 7 o’clock to 7 o’clock motion with 12 o’clock to 6’ oclock motion, a few times

7. With your right hand,write the Japanese Hiragana letter の;From 12 o’clock to 7 o’clock and 7 o’clock to 7 o’clock a few times

8 Hold baby’s ankle and gently bounce to relax his tummy, a few times

9. Hold onto his ankle and take his knee and, very gently push baby’s legs against his belly, hold 5 seconds. Release the leg.

10. Bounce the leg again and repeat. Can do up to 6 times with leg bend motion.

For other reasons for crying at night or grizzling at night, you can try other baby massage technique below.

Circle on lower back and butt plus slide on the arms…

  • Place your baby on belly and place your hand on baby’s one of their butt cheeks side (left side) and gently move your hand to up and to the right side butt cheek as if you are drawing the circle on their butt.
  • Repeat 5-10 times
  • Then, now with both hands on their back at the level of armpits,place one hand on one side, the other on the other side and slowly moving it to downward to their ankle
  • Now place both of your hands on their shoulder; one hand on one side, and the other hand on the other side of shoulder.Then, gently slide your hands to wrist

According to my Japanese e-magazine article, by massaging around sacral bone area and stimulate the area, parasympathetic nervous system gets turned on, and it becomes easy for the baby to feel relaxing.

 Magazine suggests to try 1 set for 2-3 times; this exercise is good for babies from newborn (0 month).

Just make sure the baby’s face is looking to the side when you perform this technique on them.

Hold the baby and baby massage on back

  • Hold baby in your arms,and making the baby feel secure
  • Then, rub baby’s back gently; slowly move your hand up and down, up and down.This will hep them calm down.
  • It is also  important that mother (you) need to feel calm and relaxed as well.
  • Repeat until calm down

Magazine suggests to try this until calm down; this exercise is good for babies from newborn (0 month).

Heart on the back…

  • Place your baby on their belly,making sure their face is looking to the side
  • Place both of your hands on their back of their neck so your hands are looking like letter ハ;your fingers are towards inner and your wrist side is outer .
  • Slowly move both of your hands down from back of their neck to butt.
  • Repeat a couple of times
  • Place both of your hands on upper spine, and draw the heart toward butt side slowly and gently
  • Repeat for a couple of times.

According to my Japanese e-magazine article, there is a big muscle on the back with the spine in the center of it.

Therefore, when you loosen up the big muscle in the back. it makes the baby breathe better and it leads to better sleeping.

Magazine suggests to try 1 set for a couple of times and this exercise is good for babies from newborn (0 month).

All these baby massage is good one but some babies do not like to be on their belly, and rather want to roll over or not staying still.

But that is ok. You do not need to force the massage on them. When they have something else on their mind, lets them be, and you could find other baby massage technique that would suit to your baby’s movement.

How long you can spend time with baby massage….

0-2 months baby; you can perform the baby massage for less than 5 minutes.Therefore, It is good enough for you to perform just arms and legs which makes you do baby massage the large area with one movement.

3-6 months baby; It is about time they start having curiosity about  their hands. If you massage hands and arms and stimulate them, it encourage the better arms and hands development. You can perform the massage by letting them hold one toy on one hand while you perform the massage on other side of arm etc..

7-11 months; Babies would get active each day. They would probably hate to be on one spot or staying still. By matching up the movement to the Rolling over or crawling, you can do massage like a game.

12-18 months; Babies would understand your easy directions and getting better at communicating each other. It is great time to use the baby massage time to teach them some words.  Perform baby massage on them by telling them where you are performing the baby massage on such as arms, legs, face etc.

My Japanese e-magazine suggests that if you perform baby massage on foot, it will be good because it is about the time where they develop muscle in the legs and nerve system around the area and foot massage, leg massage are beneficial for them.

 

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All natural dog treats and chews ; Save $5 on your order over $55

From February 5th through 11th, you can save $5 on your order over $55 (Merchandise subtotal must be over $55.Shipping and handling fee excluded) with coupon code SAVE5

*** February 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

th Bavarian Brot Biscuits

Order over $55* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $55) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   5 oz Bavarian Brot Biscuits

Place your order over $55 (merchandise subtotal  must be over $55.Shipping fee, sales tax fee excluded) between February 5th and 11th and use the $5 off coupon code SAVE5 when checkout.

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

Offer ends at 11:59pm Est on February 11th.

Facebook page fan will get the different deal this week.Please stay tuned for your Facebook page fan exclusive week special offer and code.

*** Bulk treats of the Month ~ February~ ***

** Barker’s dream variety set;Beef chews 6″ -Ships Free $20.20

** Deer Antlers XS 6 count- Ships Free $26.07

** Aunt Jeni Joint Health variety set; 1 bag Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz , 1 bag Dehydrated duck feet 10 oz, 1 bottle Aunt Jeni’s Arthritis/Joint Aid for pets 120 chewable tablet $46.16

** Aunt Jeni Variety Treat set A; 1 bag Dehydrated chicken breast 8 oz , 1 bag Dehydrated duck feet 10 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated Beef lung 5 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated fish treat (sardine treat) 8 oz, bulk deal made in USA. $40.93

** Aunt Jeni Variety Treat set B; 1 bag Dehydrated chicken breast 8 oz , 1 bag Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated Beef lung 5 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated fish treat (sardine treat) 8 oz, bulk deal made in USA. $40.93

** Aunt Jeni Variety Treat set C; 1 bag Dehydrated chicken breast 8 oz , 1 bag Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated Beef lung 5 oz, 1 bag Dehydrated fish treat (sardine treat) 8 oz, bulk deal made in USA. $54.63

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

Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe is the mystery bag that consists of variety of all natural beef dog treats.

Each bag contains 6-9 products per bag and, shipping and handling is already included in the price.The shipping method will be determined by us.

Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Dine & Play Bag is the mystery bag that consists of variety of all natural dog treats (protein source can be mixed or matched) AND toy.

Each bag contains 4-6 products per bag and, shipping and handling is already included in the price.The shipping method will be determined by us.

Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety bag is the mystery bag that consists of mystery items from sitewide;can be mixture of all natural dog treats,toy,grooming supplies,gifts for dog lovers,training tool,collars,travel accessories etc…

Contents can be the same or different from one bag to the other.Number of products in the bag also can be different from one bag to the other while the value of the bag remain the same.

** 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

This offer is valid while supply lasts. These menu can be found under “Bulk treats of the month&Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag” category.

** Selected Dog toys on sale. You can use the code against toys on sale. To visit the Dog toy page,please click here.

** 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 as Facebook Page fan, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100.Shipping fee, sales tax also excluded.)

** Orders will be shipped on every Monday,Tuesday, every other Wednesday.

** Now with offline orders, we are offering variety of shipping method; first class parcel,retail ground,flat priority mail and priority mail.

Max first class parcel (merchandise weight+box/envelope under 13 oz weight) shipping handling charge is at $6.36 nationwide in USA,delivered in 1-3 days.The order can contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky since transit time is the same to priority mail.

USPS offer Retail ground shipping method to those who live in zone 5-9 from us zip code 22501; IL to west, FL,HI,AK. If you use contact us form on our website with list of items you like to order with your area zip code, we can give you the shipping estimate.Shipping charge can be different depending on where you live in, weight and volume of order box.

We offer only to offline order for this retail ground method and only for customers zone 5 to 9. Order will be delivered in about 7 days.

With this retail ground method , you cannot order our brand of made to order biscuits and Jerky.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.

Please contact us with your list of items you like to order,name, and address with zip code.

We will customize your shipping method to your preference

** If you order on Saturdays over $55* (Merchandise subtotal after all discount applied must be over $55.Shipping fee, sales tax excluded) , you can get one count of free GDK treats. 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.

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

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

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Feb 05, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Japanese cooking; Katsu Don (Pork cutlet bowl)

 If you ask me what Japanese dishes that I like, Katsu Don (Pork cutlet bowl) will be one of the top 10 list.

Pork cutlet bowl (Katsu Don) is basically, deep-fried pork cutlet and sliced onion are cooked with beaten egg in the soy – mirin-dashi sauce and then place it over the hot steamy white rice in the bowel.

Katsu is “deep-fried pork cutlet” in Japanese. If you did not have pork in your freezer/fridge, you can use veal cutlet or maybe cubed beef steak pounded to thin and deep fry them or maybe you could pound the chicken breast into thin and bread it and deep fry them.

These days, I do not deep fry things as much as I used to. Recently, I thought of Kstsu Don and thought that I could cook it up and actually our little son Liam could eat them as well.

Therefore, I decided to make one for all of us for lunch. It was a tasty quick meal and best thing of all, Liam loved this dish as well and, I can make it again whenever I thought of making it again for all of us:-)

In this entry, I would like to share the quick easy Japanese dish;Katsu don (Pork cutlet bowl) recipe.

Katsu don Jan 29 2016

Katsu Don (Pork cutlet bowl) …..

Ingredients for Katsu (Deep fried Pork cutlet);

Ingredients;

Pork tenderloin sliced into 1/4″ thick medallion,12 medallions for 4 servings
Morton’s Natures seasons
flour
1 egg lightly beaten
Japanese panko bread crumbs
vegetable oil

Ingredients for sauce;

Ingredients;

Konbu (dried kelp about 2″x3″-4″)
6 tbs soy sauce
6tbs mirin
3/4 Sweet onion sliced
1 whole egg lightly beaten per serving
1 tbs or so frozen green peas

<Rice>

1.First,you want to start cooking rice. Rice takes longer to be done.

Rice used for Japanese cooking, my personal choice brand, is called “Kokuho Rose Rice”. You can find them at local grocery store such as Wegman’s, Walmart at international aisle or if you have ASian market, they would probably have one too. If you could not find it still, actually amazon carry it too. Cook them accordingly to the direction on its back of the package.

<Sauce>

1. Place a sauce pan over stove top, and pour 14 oz of water (400 ml water), 5cm x 8 cm size (about.. 2 inch x 3 or 4 inch size) konbu (Dried kelp).

** You can find it in International aisle of local grocery store but amazon carry it as well.My favorite brand is Shirakiku brand.

2. You could make dashi first and then can add soy-mirin. But I tend to make sauce while making Dashi.

3. Add 6 tbs soy sauce (I love kikkoman brand bottle imported from Japan), 6 tbs Mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine.I love Mirin imported from Japan) and slice about 3/4 of  sweet onion and put those onion into mixture of water,konbu, soy sauce,mirin and cook

** Once it boiled, turn down the heat to simmer and keep cooking with lid on

<Katsu (Deep fried Pork cutlet) and assembling>

1. While sauce is cooking, prepare to make Katsu (Pork cutlet)

** I usually use Pork tenderloin. Slice it into about 1/4″ thick medallion and pound them thin with meat mallet or back of the knife and sprinkle Morton’s Nature seasoning, and flour them,dip them into beaten egg and roll them onto Panko bread crumb. Then, set it aside on the plate.

** I like to use shallow frying method which makes your pork cutlet cook through faster and healthier than cooking in the deep frying.

** When 1 egg to dip into is gone, you do not need to add in more egg.You can add in water a little bit and stir and use that after dredging the cutlet onto flour.

2. Pour about 1/8″ or half the depth of oil in the big non stick skillet when placing panko crusted pork cutlet in the oil to fry.

3. When oil gets heat up, place the panko crusted pork cutlet in the skillet gently and fry them to deep golden and when it is done, prepare the plate with paper towel on and let the cutlet rest on the paper towel so it would drain extra oil off in the cutlet

4.When everything is done, place 1 qt sauce pan on the stove top and scoop up some of cooked onion in konbu-soy-mirin-water mixture from other sauce pan and pour about 1 ladle worth of sauce in the 1 qt sauce pan

5. Slice the cutlet into about 1/2″ width strip and when the sauce got bubbly, turn the heat to low simmer and put the cutlets to soy sauce mixture in the 1 qt  sauce pan,and  pour the 1 beaten egg slowly into the pan (aim at outside edge of pork cutlet in the sauce) clock wise motion and let it cook through

6. When the egg is almost set, sprinkle frozen green peas about 1 tbs per serving or so and let it heat through the green peas

7. Put rice on the bowl, put cutlet with egg and Onion onto rice by sliding it out

** My husband does not like to eat egg cooked in the sauce and what I usually do is as following

His meal: put rice,top it with Katsu,scoop some onion, and pour some soy sauce mixture without egg.He likes it that way

If you had leftover Katsu,make Katsu sandwich. Bread,cutlet, mixture of ketchup+Worcester sauce,sliced tomato,lettuce and you have big sandwich for yourself to enjoy!

If you like to make Katsu for Party scene,you can make Kushi Katsu. Kushi means toothpicks.Basically, skewed little pork cutlet with onion. I know my husband loves this but it is so time consuming and I tend to make Katsu more than Kushi Katsu. Here is how you make it.

1.  Cut boneless pork chop to strips and sprinkle Morton’s nature’s seasoning, slice onion

2.Take a toothpicks,skew them in order of Pork chop strip,onion,pork chop strip,onion and flour them,dip them into beaten egg, and roll onto Panko bread crumbs.

3.Then,deep fry them.

4.You now made Kushi Katsu.Sauce I make is usually mixture of Worcester sauce+Ketchup.

When you hear Japanese cooking, it has impression of all complicated cooking but it actually is not so.

If you have got basic of our flavor:Soy sauce,Sake,Mirin,Rice vinegar, you probably can make thousands of different kind of Japanese dishes.

Enjoy!


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Feb 02, 2016 | 1 | Asian cooking 911