Xena’s Thankful Thursday

Today we are joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday, with thanks to Brian for hosting it!

Hi there friends. I wanna start by saying sometimes it may seem to you like I’m just a needy, snarky little schnauzer. OK, so sometimes I am. I can give that snarky “look” with the best of them. And I can be relentless in jumping up and down on my hind legs for what seems like the zillionth time in a day for Mommy or Daddy to pick me up and “baby hold” me (or to let me see what’s on the table or counter top or cooking on the stove).

But none of that stops me from being really thankful for what a great life I have. For instance, I am super-duper, over-the-moon thankful that big ol’ Riley hasn’t bitten my head off. I know he could, and I know he would like to sometimes, but he respects the rules, and one of them is No Biting off the Schnauzer’s Head.

This is one of our rare sniff and touch nose moments. That’s Lucy in the background wanting us to quit bonding and play with her.

This next picture is of me as a puppy, wearing that gawd-awful red plaid whatever-you-call-it.

I was only about six months old here.

I saw Mommy put it up for sale on the Nextdoor app. I am so very thankful that
1. It doesn’t fit me anymore, and
2. Mommy’g getting rid of it. No one’s bought it yet, and I can understand why. But it is still out of my life forever.

I am thankful for my very best friend, my sister Lucy. She’s the best sister in the whole world. She understands me, and that takes a lot for a bully breed to understand a terrier breed. But she’s super good at it and never ever gets mad at me for acting like, well, acting like a little sister, I guess. She plays with me and hangs out with me and eats and barks and runs with me, and all that good stuff. We get a bit jealous of each other once in a while, but our folks always make sure we both get lots of attention and the same amount of treats.

I’m thankful for a lot of other stuff too, but I think this is enough for today. There will be more Thankful Thursdays…

I am the blessed Xena Schnazuer Warrior Princess

In Purrsuit of Flavors

Xena: It seems Mommy found a way to both comply and to rebel, all at once. I will have to watch her techique and learn that trick. She said since a cookie sheet is usually used to cook sweets, why not use a pie plate – which is also used to cook sweets – to make an all-in-one main meal? With that in mind, she made a tomato pie — at our Dad’s request. Tennessee tomatoes are big and juicy and kinda sweet. You’d better have a napkin under one if you bite into it. And we are having a very good year for tomatoes. The fresh market just down the road from us has local tomatoes that range from the size of a baseball to the size of a softball. Mmmm. I can’t wait until this comes out of the oven!

Crustless Tomato Pie

  4 tomatoes sliced
1-2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon butter
1 yellow onion sliced
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons fresh oregano chopped
1 to 2 fresh leaves basil, chopped
1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded, plus a little extra for sprinkling over top
2 eggs beaten
1/4 Cup pesto (optional)
1/4 Cup black or kalamata olices (optional)


  • Slice tomatoes and lay sliced on plates. Sprinkle lightly with salt and let sit at least 10-20 minutes, and up to 30 minutes.
  • Melt butter in small skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute’ until onions are soft (about 8 minutes). Transfer to a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add cheese, eggs, herbs, and pepper to bowl. Stir to combine. 
  • Drain water off of plates with tomatoes, With a paper towel, gently blot tomatoes to soak up excess moisture.
  • Arrange tomatoes in a single layer in a pie pan. Top with about a tablespoon (or more) of pesto and some of the cheese mixture. Repeat until all ingredients have been used, finishing with a layer of tomatoes. Top this layer with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese.  
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. 
  • Allow to sit 5-7 minutes before serving
    Note # 1: Mommy used Buffalo Mozzarella, and it was too soft to grate, so she just mixed it in and it was fine.
    Note #2: If her tomatoes look a bit strange, it’s cause she peeled and seeded them to be in compliance with this “no lectin” diet her and Daddy are on.

Can you believe they ate the whole thing in one sitting?! OMD! Not even any leftovers for us. Mommy’s gonna have to find someone else to help her with these food posts in the future. I’m done.

Xena Schnauzer Warrior Princess

Poor, Pitiful Oscar

Lucy: Hey Xexe, what did you do to Oscar? Where’s his nose? And what happened to his beard? But mostly, where’s his nose?

Xena: Um, I was grooming him, you see, and I was trimming his beard with my teeth, and, well, and I must have gotten too close to his nose.

Lucy: You ate his nose? Are you a barbarian?

Xena: I didn’t eat it!

Lucy: What if Mom did that to you when she’s grooming you? Look at Oscar. He’s pitiful. Poor puppy.

Xena: I’m so sorry, Oscar. I didn’t mean to hurt you.

I’ll tell you what, Oscar, sweetie. We’ll get dogtor Lucy to fix you up, and I’ll ask Mommy to groom you from now on. What’s that? Will it hurt? No *giggle* not at I’ll. I’ll gas you and you’ll sleep right through it.

*a short time later*

Lucy: That was a delicate operation.

Oscar didn’t have any health insurance, but he said to send the bill to you, Xena.

Lucy and the failed groomer aka Xena Schnauzer Warrior Princes, (and Oscar)

Now, to reveal what my #10 mystery item was on the Scavenger Hunt. (If you missed it, you can read it here.) Ruby, Millie & Walter, and Phenny & Nelly all got it right.

It’s a lamp, one of two that I bought from a dance studio that was closing. Thanks to Hootin’ Anni for hosting this hop. It’s going on until the 15th, so go ahead and have some fun with it by clicking here.

Remembering Madi

Today Blogville comes together to honor Diva Madi, a favorite across all species. A large soul in a petite body, she brought so many together with love and frolics. We didn’t know you long, dear girl, but are honored to have had the chance to visit back and forth with you in our blogs and comments. In your honor…

In your honor, Madi, I am taking a nap in my red chair with my red blankie. Your BFF, Xena the Schnauzer Warrior Princess

This is from a couple of years ago when Riley was still my boyfriend and living with us. We were “boxing.” Please notice I am wearing my red collar (this was before I ran away from home and lost my collar.)

This box is for you, Diva Madi. Your BFF, Lucy

Since mean old WordPress won’t let us join the blog hop, please visit Madi’s blog to visit with her Mom and everyone else honoring her.

Thankful Thursday with Ludwig

Ludwig: Xena, do you know what I am thankful for?Xena: Hmm, let me think. I know! You are thankful that I am so beautiful!

Ludwig: Of course, Beautiful Princess, I appreciate your beauty and your friendship. But that is not what I am thinking just now. I am thankful, Xena, that I got to come live with you and your family and friends.And that I’m beautiful, right?

Ludwig and Lucy: *sigh* 

We thank Brian’s Home for sponsoring this Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.