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Cavapoos and cast iron

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I’m sure we aren’t the only ones who are eating through our stash of groceries faster than anticipated. As the cracker and cereal boxes get down to the crumbs, I’m more and more appreciative of those who continue to help serve in the grocery industry and more during these different days. But it isn’t just the carbs that are being eaten up around here… so were Wade’s glasses.

             

That’s right. The dog ate a pair of eyeglasses.

             

For a brief moment, Wade left them unattended while roughhousing with the boys. Enter the sneaky, special, little dog…

             

It’s not Perry Boy’s first offense. On any given day, the dog consumes his special diet food and then gives into the temptation of feasting on newspapers, Legos, every possible type of plastic dinosaur, sidewalk chalk, house plants, socks, stuffed toys, and/or permanent markers. Take last Easter, for instance, when someone forgot to warn the Bunny about the puppy. When the boys rushed their baskets anticipating the spoils of the springtime celebration, they were left with leftovers and beach towels. Perry had consumed eight Reese cups, 1.452 chocolate bunnies, a dozen marshmallow Peeps, and three plastic eggs filled with 1 dollar bills.

             

Despite my numerous calls to the vet asking if this is the time he needs his stomach pumped, he hasn’t had to go (yet). And he ain’t slowed down one bit, folks. Perhaps this is his breed’s one redeemable quality other than curly adorableness: cavapoos must have cast-iron guts.

             

As you probably know, cast iron is basically indestructible. I love that when well-seasoned, a cast iron skillet is a chemical-free alternative to nonstick manufactures. Many cooks, including my own mother, designate one skillet for cornbread. The idea is that the skillet will remain perfectly seasoned and there will always be a flawless cornbread with supper and minimal clean up after.

             

Mom gave me a special skillet after Wade and I married. I’ve not used it for anything other than cornbread, but I’ve been so tempted… like silly Perry Boy, I guess.



Neena is a Kentucky wife, mother, daughter, and beekeeper who does life in Owensboro. Her first novel, The Bird and the Bees, is a Christian contemporary romance set to be released in April 2020. Visit her at wordslikehoney.com.

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