Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Hot Dogs and Relish...and a Thank You Giveaway

Tabby and Jenn
the Dakota Dachshund Rescue
Halloweenie Photo Contest Prize Winners

There was some heavy campaigning on Facebook and Twitter during the final hours of the contest, and I apologize for cluttering your news feed with my Hot Dogs' photo again, and again, and yet again. But, Tabby and Jenn greatly appreciate your votes. They couldn't have gained the victory without your support. My hot dogs are relishing the incredibly generous prize package of treats and toys from the always awesome Dakota Dachshund Rescue.

Dakota Dachshund Rescue Cookbook
As a thank you for all your Facebook likes, the girls want to offer you a treat of your own. How about a chance to win the Dakota Dachshund Rescue Cookbook, Wieners and More! It is a collection of tried and true recipes so good your tail will wag. In addition, each recipe divider features photos and the stories of some of the DDR alumni. It is so heartwarming to hear the tales of all the sweet pups finding their forever homes.

We will make it simple to enter the giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment here, on this post, on the blog.
  • Tell me the name(s) of your pet(s) and a little about them. 
  • OR...If you don't have a furry family member, I won't leave you out. Tell me what animal would steal your heart.
  • If you chose to comment anonymously (which is perfectly fine), be sure to sign your comment with your first name and initial so that I can identify you, if you win. 
Bonus to earn an additional chance for the cookbook:

I am looking forward to your entries and relish getting to know your cherished companions. Drawing for the winner will be held Friday, November 15, 2013.

Now, speaking of relishing...Hubs has become obsessed with some Sweet Pepper Zucchini Relish that I canned from last year's garden. (This year's garden had the big zucchini fail, if you remember.) I used sweet red peppers from the garden in combination with zucchini, onions, and spices to create a hot dog (or any sandwich) topping that has just the right kick balanced with some sweetness.

Sweet Pepper Zucchini Relish
(adapted from Simple Bites)

6 cups red sweet peppers, chopped
6 cups zucchini, shredded
2 large onions, chopped
2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons mustard seeds
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

I used my food processor to shred all the vegetables. HUGE time saver for preparing relishes. 
Combine the vegetables with vinegar in a large, heavy pot.
Simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes, until tender.
Add sugar, salt, and seasonings and continue to simmer for about 10 more minutes until the flavors meld.
Ladle relish into prepared jars leaving 1/2 inch head space.
Process in hot water bath for 10 minutes. 
(If you are unsure of the canning process, there are many informative sites online. I am not a canning authority.)

BTW--because of a little spam/troll issue, I do moderate comments. Don't panic if it doesn't appear immediately, I will check frequently and authorize all entries for the cookbook. ALSO--If you choose to comment anonymously (and not register with Blogger), please be sure to include your first name or nickname in the comment so that I can identify when you win. Thanks!

Disclaimer or whatever: This blog post is not sponsored. I purchased the Dakota Dachshund Rescue cookbook and am offering it to you simply as a thank you for supporting me and my girls. All opinions stated are purely my own.


  1. My husband and I rescued Obi Wan Kenobi from an animal shelter when he was 6 months old. He just turned 2 on Halloween, he is our little Halloweenie! He loves to lick, sleep under the covers, and cuddle with our tabby cat Princess Leia.

    Sara H.

    1. Sara! You and Obi Wan Kenobi have won! Please contact me with shipping info.

  2. Ruby is a beautiful chocolate lab. She loves to hunt and is an excellent bird dog. The happiness she feels running through the fields flushing out pheasants is incredible.

  3. Trixie is our little "baby doll". She is a one year old Chihuahua and extremely spoiled! She likes to play ball and has her own toy basket that she will happily "get a toy" from so anyone and everyone can play with her.

    Kathy K.

  4. Chloe and Tila are our petite Chihuahuas. They think rule the roost and show it with their feisty little attitudes. Shelby, a border collie, is our "moose". She likes to wrestle and play toys. Her most prized possession is a chunk of deer antler.


  5. Jack is the sweetest cat and he is always up for some cuddles. His brother Sam is a little more mischievous but they both are great companions.

  6. Ollie is our dogs name and is so spoiled its sunful. LOL He only weighs 4 pounds. He just brings alot of smiles to our faces. Dont know how we lived without him...

    Jan G.

  7. We rescued our Rascal 9 years ago from the local Humane Society.. Or I should say he rescued us. He is a tuxedo cat the truly lives up to his name.
    Cheryl S

  8. We rescued Rascal nine years ago from our local Humane Society, or I should say he rescued us. Don't know what we would do without him. He is a tuxedo cat that truly lives up to his name.
    Cheryl S


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