Great Dane Commentary

My husband and I adopted a Great Dane from a local Dane rescue just under two years ago now, and it’s been a fun and challenging journey. Ever since we adopted her and she’s traveled with us, gone out in public with us, etc. I’ve felt compelled to write about the things people say when you own a Great Dane – mostly because I stand there confused with a blank stare. My favorite is when we’re walking and people in cars actually stop or slow way down, to gawk. They draw a lot of commentary from toddlers to the elderly, regularly – so here it goes.

  • GASP! That dog is huge.
  • Oh. My. God. Look at that dog.
  • Mommy, mommy! Big doggy! Big Doggy!
  • Whoa.
  • Holy Shit, honey! Look at that dog, babe, you’ve gotta come look at this dog!
  • How much does that thing eat?
  • Is that a Dalmatian? Ummmm, nope.
  • [Solicitors walking by] Is that the house with the crazy barking dog?
  • Is she nice?
  • Is she harlequin? No, she’s Merle. Aren’t they the same? Clearly not.
  • [Neighbor to neighbor across the street] – oh, your little dog is fired up because a huge, massive dog walked by [pointing] see, down the street? I can hear you.
  • Can I pet your dog?
  • What kind of dog is that? Great Dane. Oh, so big, so big, so scary. ???
  • She’s soooooo pretty.
  • Wow, drool!
  • I heard your dog barking when I rang the doorbell, is it safe to go in the backyard?
  • Does she eat off the counter?
  • I always wanted a Great Dane.
  • Wow, you could put a saddle on that horse and ride her! (what?)
  • How much does she weigh?
  • Does she have her own couch?
  • My neighbor used to have a Great Dane, so neat!
  • My neighbors Great Dane ate someone’s pet hamster.
  • Is that a Mastiff?! No, she’s a Great Dane. Oh, well, basically the same thing! Nope.
  • My toddler could ride her! (WTF NO. DOGS AREN’T FOR RIDING. EVER.).

There are more, I just can’t think of them right now…meet Venus, she may not have her own couch but she has her own chair and she’s really good at side-eye:




Sweet Potato Nachos

Fall temperatures arrived early here in Minnesota this year, and I’m getting a serious itch to cook allllllll the things. Craving nachos one night but not really wanting to eat corn, I decided to use a couple sweet potatoes we had on hand and whip up some sweet potato nachos. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite versatile vegetables for replacing grains in recipes.

I thinly sliced two sweet potatoes and tossed them in avocado oil, salt and pepper so they were generously coated and roasted them at 400 degrees until starting to brown (about 20-25 mins with one flip half-way through). Then I sprinkled shredded cheese and bacon bits on the tray of roasted sweet potatoes and popped them back in the oven to melt the cheese just a couple minutes.

Having previously prepped toppings, I let individuals make their own like a “nacho bar” style. Toppings included green onion, black olive, sour cream, etc. Really easy, and a big hit!


Sesame Cucumber Salad

Garden produce season is alive and well here in the Midwest, which means since our house is the pit-stop in between my parents house in Iowa and our family’s cabin in Northwest Minnesota, we get regular produce deliveries from my parents. Right now we have yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers and 5 million jalapenos. It’s been pretty hot and humid in Minnesota, so I’ve been eating fresh [cold] cukes a lot. I threw this salad together the other night, it’s really easy and has great flavor. The coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute) adds the perfect sweetness to the nutty sesame flavor.

Sesame Cucumber Salad

  • Cucumbers
  • Sesame oil
  • Coconut aminos
  • Sea salt
  • Garlic salt
  • Chili flakes
  • Sesame seeds

Slice cukes and drizzle oil and coconut aminos over top (more or less depending on how much sauce you prefer, I wanted it to be a light flavor), then sprinkle with sea salt, garlic salt and chili flakes. Toss, and then top with sesame seeds last so they don’t get soggy.