Dog Days

When I was out running errands yesterday I saw noticed this pair

Just chillin’ in the front seat of the Jeep waiting for their mommy or daddy to come back.

The one in the passenger seat was camera shy and kept turning his or her back to me.  It was cute.

Unlike Skylar who’s always a ham and can’t wait for the next photo op.  Food blogger’s kid, indeed.


Here she was just finishing licking her plate clean at TJ’s.

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What was on the plate?

A free sample of TJ’s hummus and chips

Facial stuffage + plate licking = Always fun in public.

I make my own 4 ingredient 60-second vegan hummus but it’s always more fun to eat samples.

And boy, we partook in lots of samples.  Like the new TJ’s coconut milk

During the dog days of summer some of my favorite things are:

Gay Pride Parade and Weekend here in San Diego!

It’s going to be pure insanity here this weekend.  And I can’t wait!

Just like you can see from my crazy Pride Parade pictures from last year!  Can’t wait to take Skylar to a 4 year old’s birthday party tomorrow morning and then the Pride Parade.  Never a dull moment here.

And during the dog days I like cold treats like:

Vegan Mango Banana Vanilla Softserve


Vanilla Avocado Banana “Ice Cream”

Does not taste “healthy”.  Better than real ice cream.  I promise!

And of course, just chilling at the beach is always a good thing during the dog days.

Photo from our recent Aruba trip

Too bad I have to work all weekend and won’t have any beach chill time.

From my last post, it was fun to hear what you’ve checked off your list lately.

And glad to know I’m not the only one who lives in retail big box stores after moving into a new place and spends a small fortune in the process.  Bed Bath & Beyond is my new source of debt my second home after a move.


1. Weekend plans?

Working, Pride Parade, working out, yoga, cooking, kitchen time, and unpacking a bit more from our move which was just two days ago!

2. What do you do during the dog days of summer?  Or any foods you crave?

Truth be told, it’s not even that hot here.

About 74F, sunny, light breeze, no humidity.  Typical, i.e. perfect, San Diego weather.

We had a hot snap in the mid 80s about 10 days ago but that’s done.

But I will always crave watermelon! 

P.S. Thanks for the Summer in a Box Giveaway entries.  Keep them coming!


  1. those dogs are too cute!! my sisters dog loves riding in the front seat, why is it always so funny to see big dogs up front?? haha

  2. can’t wait for this weekend!! my 10 mo nephew’s baptism tomorrow (i’m a godparent :)) then my niece’s 4th bday on sunday!! yayy for family gatherings!!

  3. Love it!

    A weimaraner was my very first dog love! They are gorgeous, friendly, mellow companions…perfect for a child! Mine was called Beau and he practically my babysitter ;) I’d love to have another some day, but for now we have a full house with a maltese, chinese crested/chihuahua mix, (and yard) black lab, & golden retriever. Bella, Clementine, Johnny Cash & June Carter… our little loves.

    Summer livin’ is my favorite!

  4. AVERIE! How are you?
    You take such lovely photos.. your daughter is so beautiful (like you!)

    haha I LOVE the photos of the dogs.. so sweet

    your food is amazing

    I am sorry i havent been commenting.. I am just starting blogging again.. <3

  5. AW, you know I love the pup photos!! I love weimaraners. Skylar is adorable as always :D

    we have a friend staying the weekend, arriving in 27 minutes, and I JUST finished cleaning the house. sat down to catch up on blogs and yours is the first! so our weekend starts with taking guest out to SUSHI (wee!), going to a party tomorrow (my friend holds an annual ‘talent show’ party, always fun) and bbq + pool time! enjoy Pride weekend – that is always a blast here in Portland.

  6. The natural design on that watermelon is stunning, nature is amazing! In the summer I CRAZE cold slices of cantaloupe sprinkled with a pinch of salt (yes, I’m one of those people). I’ve also been enjoying applesauce with cinnamon, and crunchy fresh salads!

  7. I am home alone this weekend so I see some major relaxing in my future :)

  8. Cute dog pics, how fun. I’m jealous of the parade this weekend, sounds like a blast. Yum, I’ve gotta try your Vanilla Avocado Banana “Ice Cream” soon!

    1. Hardly any which is fine after a busy last few weekends, plus I’m on call for work.
    2. Watermelon, lots of watermelon! :-)

  9. The Pride parade sounds sooo fun! I think my uncles attend the one in Atlanta? According to their Facebook, anyway, lol.

    It must be so awesome to be in the heart of… EVERYTHING! haha

    Both of those “ice creams” look incredible. I still have that fresh mango I spoke of the other day. :oops: I’m trying to befriend it!

  10. OMG love the doggy pic. Too funny. I am all about summer, even the dog days ;-)

  11. oh those dogs are too cute! they look like a married couple don’t they?? my weekend plans consist of relaxing and eating great food!!
    xx ~ kristina

  12. Okay, too funny. First of all I went to Trader Joe’s yesterday and was so excited about the coconut milk too! AND……. we live in SD and tomorrow is “date night” for my husband and I so we’re staying downtown. I DID NOT know it was the parade weekend. It’s going to be a madhouse. ha ha ha! So much for an uncrowded weekend in downtown.

  13. Your photos of those dogs belong in a magazine or on a calendar. It is prize winning!

  14. Those pups are too much — so adorable! Congrats on the move! I’m *still* making pretty frequent trips to BB&Beyond; not sure what that says about how slowly I get settled! And I’m glad to hear about SD’s perfect weather – Hubby and I are going to SD for our 3 year anniversary!! :)

  15. LOVE the photo of the dogs in the Jeep! Have you ever seen William Wegman’s work? He dressed Weimeraners (like in the picture) in human clothing and posed them as if they were doing human things. He wrote children’s books about them, too, and his dogs were even on Sesame Street! I watched them growing up :)

    Happy Friday, Averie!

  16. Awww love the doggies! And the Jeep with the top down. That’s what I crave in my Jeep during the dog days of summer!

    And Skylar is such a cutie!

  17. “We had a hot snap in the mid 80s about 10 days ago but that’s done.”

    …you sent it this way ;) and during that time period…nothing, nothing beat banana soft serve and iced coffee!

    sounds like you’ve got a fun weekend planned already! enjoy it!

  18. awww- what cuties in the car ;) I love that your little lady loves getting her picture taken! I kind of hope the peanut is a ham too. Have a fantastic weekend

  19. Weekend plans — went to dinner + movie with Jason tonight, then tomorrow we’re home for most of the day, then Sunday we are going to a wedding reception. Nothing too excited, but enough to keep us busy!

  20. there’s SO MUCH going on up here this weekend! jazz festival, rib fest, car-free sunday celebration…i’d love to go to a pride parade for a New Experience – have fun!!! and it’s going to be hot and humid, too – yippee!

  21. work work work for me. I bust my bum waitressing long hours thursday- saturday but then get more of a relaxed week with my other job that is mostly from home, so not complaining here.
    Free sample are indeed the best, at our wholesale store we used to just walk up and down the sample aisle multiple times haha. Have fun at the parade, looks like such a blast!

  22. I LOVE your photos, girl! Those dogs are cracking me up! So nice to get to know you :)

  23. Be sure to take lots of pictures at the parade; wish I could see it live!
    I just had two days in a row of customer service training and staff meetings, so I’m looking forward to a day off tomorrow. Jump-rope intervals at home, then off to the Farmer’s Market for my grass-fed beef, then I need to finish reading Switch by Chip and Dan Heath for my book-club next week.

  24. hahah that dog photo is too funny! during the dog days of summer I usually stay indoors eating frozen treats :)

  25. Frozen fruit! Summer gets pretty hot in Australia and during the heat waves I always head for the frozen fruit- bananas, grapes, orange slices aka smileys (you know when you put the whole thing in your mouth and have a great orange grin?) watermelon, apple, mango- every thing tastes awesome in the heat! & frozen fruit + water blended = awesome healthy slushies.
    Loving the dogs! Love your photos! heck I just love your blog :P
    All the best xxx

  26. I admire your ability to get so much done – and all your blogging too! Super-Woman :)

  27. Ahh weimaraners! That’s my dog! She totally does that too when we get out of the car, just hops right into the driver seat and sits there until you get back like a total human being. Even after you open the door she just stays there like “What? you want me to move or something?”

  28. Those dogs are so cute! And as always, your little one is so so adorable. I am not doing anything exciting this weekend, although I many get some beach time! I crave melon and mango in the summer time.

  29. It is going to get HOT and HUMID tomorrow and Sunday. I’m heading to a waterfall hike tomorrow after strawberry picking and farmers market.

    Harry Potter RULED. :)

  30. I love samples. They are one of the main reasons I go to Costco :-)

  31. I was such a huge fan of your posts from last year’s Pride weekend, I can. not. wait. for this year’s wrap up!! Take a zillion photos, for all of us who are stuck 3,000 miles away!!

  32. Ahhh those weimaraners are awesome! Just chillin… whut whut! :D

  33. HAHA! That’s hilarious with the dogs! I always feel bad for dogs locked in their hot cars during the middle of summer, but these two look like they’re enjoying taking over the front seats. ;)

    Skylar is such a cutie, and sounds like a great weekend ahead for you guys! Have a wonderful Saturday! :)

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  35. Too funny, love the dog photo! It’s making me laugh, brilliant photo!

  36. Love the dog photo! What a cute pair!
    But LOVE the Aruba photo! I’m no pro or anything, but it just screams ‘beautiful perfection’ at me…I say screams, but mean it in the most tranquil scenic way. It sure belongs in a travel magazine!!!

  37. Yeah, what is with the west cost lately? Up to your north in OR it’s only supposed to be something like 66 today. Insane!

    No big plans, just tons of errands as usual. At some point, I’ll have a weekend where I don’t have a huge checklist of things to get done. Someday… ;)

  38. Thank you for posting the dog photos! <3 them! :)

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  40. CUTE doggies!!!!! And good to sit in the open Jeep like that….

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