Archives for July, 2016

Up to 12% off on USA sourced ,USA made chicken treats

Through August 4th, you can save up to 12%  on USA sourced,USA made chicken treats..

*** July 2016 Snack Saturday 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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** Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz

Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz,made in USA.

This treats comes in 10 oz bag with approx 20 feet in average.

Dehydrating process removes moisture out from feet, and it makes dehydrated feet treats crumble rather than splinter sharp like when dogs chew cooked bone.

Poultry feet is great source of natural glucosamin/chondroitin and, good for joint. I give our dog “Palette” fresh poultry feet regularly, but when I ran out of fresh ones,I give this treats.Palette literally drool over my hands, anxiously wait for my release call. This is small nice snack for dogs as well.

Due to natural products, each feet size can vary.

th dehydrated chicken feet

 Palette’s taste testing blog entry is here.

** Dehydrated Chicken breast 8 oz

Dehydrated Chicken breast 8 oz made in USA.

This treat is made from Bell and Evans brand Chicken breast.The chicken breast is thinly sliced and dehydrated.

th Dehydrated Chicken breast 8 oz

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

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some example menu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** Shipping schedule ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** Flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the checkout

Charge is based on the order total.

$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 29, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Japanese/Chinese cooking; Shumai dumpling

When you go to restaurant, often times, you can find Gyoza dumpling (pot stickers) in appetizer section.

It is one of my favorite dish to enjoy since childhood in Japan.

Similar to Gyoza dumpling, there is a dish called shumai dumpling.

I do not see them much under the appetizer section at American restaurants’ menu, but we find Shumai dumpling (type of dim sum) under appetizer section at Asian restaurants menu now and then.

I love shumai dumpling. Have you had them?

If you lobe Gyoza dumpling, you would love shumai.

It is pork dumplings,  and ginger pork fillings are wrapped in wrapper and one piece of green peas on top and they are steamed.

My mother has deep fried the shumai dumplings when I was a kid and put it in my bento box to bring to school.

Deep fried one was also delicious one.

Shumai dumpling is very popular dish in Japan.

 You may think that making the shumai dumpling is difficult but,it is not so. It just that a little time consuming to make it.

How to make them are not so complicated.

You can find frozen shumai dumpling at grocery store but I am surprised to find how much the store charge you for one package. It is almost tripe priced compared to the price I remember I was paying for in Japan.

Save your money and make your own.

The recipe that i share here is basic one. You can tweak the filling as you wish.

 shumai dumpling

Shumai dumpling..

**( I know wrapper can be made just warm water and flour, but I have not tried making it on my own, and I would update wrapper recipe if I could make wrapper nicely myself here)

Ingredients for filling;

200g Ground pork
1/4tsp table salt
1/4 tsp white sugar
1/2 tsp sake
1/2 Egg white
1/8 sweet onion chopped fine

(or you can use about 50g of bamboo shoot)

1 tbs corn starch

(traditionally, we use katakuriko which is made from potato)

About 11 wrapper

1tsp sesame oil
1 tsp soy sauce
5/8tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Ingredients for dipping sauce;

1 tbs soy sauce

1 tbs rice vinegar

dash of sesame oil

pinch of mustard (optional)

<Sumai dumpling>

1. To a bowl, add in 200g ground pork , 1/2tsp table salt, 1/2 tsp white sugar, 1/2 tsp sake, 1/2 Egg white, 1/8 sweet onion chopped fine,1 tbs corn starch, 1tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp soy sauce, 5/8tsp grated ginger, 1 tsp ground black pepper and mix until you feel sticky (but do not over mix the filling)

2. To a piece of wrapper, put about 1 tsp-2 tsp worth of filling and wrap them, and place one piece of green pea on top at the center

Here is the youtube video to show you ow to wrap the filling for shumai dumpling

How to wrap the shumai dumpling filling

3. Pour some water in the wide mouth pan and place vegetable steamer on top and place parchment paper or cabbage leaves so shumai dumpling won’t stick to the steamer

Make sure that water depth is just enough to touch the vegetable steamer and you should not feel the water puddle above the vegetable steamer. If the water was too deep than it should, your dumplings would get soggy bottom.

4. Place shumai dumping on the parchment paper lined steamer and place clean big kitchen washcloth/towel and put the lid on and put the edge fold back up on top of the lid (all 4 corners)

This will prevent the water dripping onto the dumplings and steam the dumpling very well.

5. Steam the dumpling at high heat about 6-10 minutes or juice running clear when you poke the dumpling with a toothpick

6. Make dipping sauce by combining everything in the small container; 1 tbs soy sauce, 1 tbs rice vinegar, dash of sesame oil, pinch of mustard (optional)

7. Enjoy!

Makes about 11 dumplings

You can freeze them if you made too many to eat at one sitting.

Jul 27, 2016 | 0 | Asian cooking 911

Up to 44% off on selected bully sticks

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

*** July 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

baguette biscuits

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

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

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

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

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

One Package contains 3 bully sticks.

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

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

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

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

10 pieces bulk set is listed here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some example menu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** Shipping schedule ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$0 to $20 shipping fee is at $5.55

$20.01 to $50.00 shipping fee is at $7.55

$50.01 to $100 shipping fee is at $9.77

$100.01 and over is Free shipping

Items will be shipped via USPS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sign up form can be found here

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

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

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

Washi (Japanese paper) in Japan

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

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

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

These machine made washi does not have the same characters.

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

History and usage of Washi (Japanese paper)..

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

There are several area famous for Washi making.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Mino Washi paper is made..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mino Washi Japanese paper..

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

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

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

It was a lot of fun.

Here are some articles I found on Mino washi paper.

You can read the washi article at japanesepaperplace website here.

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

Jul 18, 2016 | 3 | Japan

Up to 11% off on selected pork treats

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

*** July 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

baguette biscuits

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

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

** Grass-fed Oink! Pork trachea

Grass-fed Oink! Pork trachea made in Argentina.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Due to natural products, treats thickness can be different.

Knotted double porky stick 2-pack

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

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some example menu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** Shipping schedule ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$0 to $20 shipping fee is at $5.55

$20.01 to $50.00 shipping fee is at $7.55

$50.01 to $100 shipping fee is at $9.77

$100.01 and over is Free shipping

Items will be shipped via USPS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sign up form can be found here

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

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

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

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

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

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

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

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

On the day 31, he turned 1 months old.

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

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

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

I never forget the precious moment.

Liam growing nicely …

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

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

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

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

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

Liam always migrating 2 Aug 16 2014

Liam 32 days old…

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

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

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

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

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

We both needed to learn the technique of breastfeeding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to do when grocery shopping..

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

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

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

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

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

Some moms wear ergo carrier (sling) and shopping.

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

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

It took double time to finish the shopping.

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 12, 2016 | 0 | parenting

Up to 40% off on selected beef treats

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

*** July 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

baguette biscuits

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

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** Bavarian Brot Biscuits 5 oz 11% OFF

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

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

** Dehydrated beef lung 4 oz 9% OFF

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

Great as training treats as well.

Dehydrated Beef Lung

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some example menu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** Shipping schedule ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$0 to $20 shipping fee is at $5.55

$20.01 to $50.00 shipping fee is at $7.55

$50.01 to $100 shipping fee is at $9.77

$100.01 and over is Free shipping

Items will be shipped via USPS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sign up form can be found here

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

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apple dumpling..

Ingredients for crust;

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

Ingredients for apple filling;

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

Ingredients for the sauce;

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

1 tsp heavy cream

Ingredients for the cinnamon sugar;

1 tbs white sugar
3/8 tsp ground cinnamon

<Crust>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Enjoy!

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

14% off on Duck treats and July 4th special

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

*** July 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

baguette biscuits

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

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

*** 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