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Weekly highlights

Introducing the weekly highlights post…I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite events, meals, and dog happenings from the week.

Earlier this week, my sweet friend Lindsay invited me to attend a special event hosted by President Bush honoring “US service members who were severely wounded in the global war on terror.” The President invited service members to the “Warrior Open” to play in a two day golf tournament. The service members brought their family and friends along as well. The event I attended was on Monday evening on the SMU campus. Lindsay had given me a little information about the event, letting me know there would be a concert, but she wanted the name of the band to be kept a secret. I was left to speculate all day about who the President would have invited to play for such an honorable group of soldiers.

I arrived promptly at 8:15 to the event and was met by Lindsay outside. The event was held on a covered patio atop one of the buildings on campus; the name has slipped my memory. The staff working the event was very excited about the concert with the majority of them knowing who would be playing. Lindsay was able to avoid finding out all day long, but had made some very good guesses at who it might be. About five minutes prior to the band coming on state, a girl ruined the surprise for us, and confirmed that Lindsay’s guess of Rascal Flatts was correct. Although slightly disappointed that the surprise factor had been removed, our excitement of seeing an acoustic Rascal Flatts soon took over. A few moments later, President Bush was on the stage announcing the band. The room was absolutely buzzing with excitement thereafter.

Let it be known that I was slightly more excited to be in the presence of President Bush than Rascal Flatts. Don’t get me wrong, they are an awesome band with phenomenal talent, but never before have I had the opportunity to be in the same room as the President and Mrs. Bush. I was almost giddy.

Rascal Flatts played a variety of their hits and spent a lot of time talking to the audience. The whole experience felt so personal and was a really great tribute to the individuals the President had invited. I owe Lindsay a huge, huge thank you for inviting me. It was a night I won’t soon forget.

My next “highlight” is more so Wilson’s favorite moment than mine. It was more so a leaning experience for me. Wilson learned that he really likes to chew. Being a shelter dog, he has never had the opportunity before to chew common household goods. But don’t worry, Wilson made sure to make up for lost time this week. Kongs and rawhides are now things of the past; he has moved on to bigger and better items like remote controls and phone chargers. I have no one to blame but myself for this one. Lizzie has gotten over her chewing stage, except for the occasional pair of hanky pankies, so I have been rather lax about leaving items out. Lesson learned. Lizzie thoroughly enjoyed watching Wilson get reprimanded for destroying these items; it was by far the highlight of her week.

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And my easy meal of the week: stuffed Filo dough. I tried several different combinations of savory and sweet stuffing and was really pleased with how this one came out.

Stuffed Phyllo dough

5 sheet Phyllo dough
½ cup goat cheese
1 chopped green apple
4 sprigs Rosemary,
½ cup spinach
1 egg
1 tbsp milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Create egg wash. In a small bowl, whisk together one egg with one tablespoon milk.

Lay sheet of phyllo dough on top of each other. Cut in half vertically then horizontally, creating four squares. Sprinkle ingredients onto one half of each square. Brush outside of the square with the egg wash, then old the other half on top of the ingredients to completely cover the stuffing. Brush again with egg wash to ensure the dough is sealed.

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Repeat process for each square. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until dough is brown and crispy. These make great appetizers!

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