Meet our new joy! Baby girl puppy Lexi “Peanut” !!

Lexi says “Hello Friends!!!”. She’s probably going to be a little confused at all this blogging world, but hopefully you all can re-assure here that you’re all a group of super nice folks who will welcome her to the blog with open arms!

Meet Lexi, our itsy-bity-tiny cute-sy Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, aka “Peanut”.

Her nickname given to her by her breeders is “Peanut” because she is the runt of the litter of 11 puppies. Lexi “Peanut” is almost nine weeks old now, but when she was born she came in at only 5 oz. Super tiny for a ridgie puppy. She barely even made it in this world, but she has the spirit and heart of a ridgeback and is now charging through life fearlessly. And with lots of love, care and attention from the great breeders, she’s now ours to take home and to love to bits and pieces!

Though Lexi is only nine pounds, she still holds up to her own. She loves to play and explore the backyard garden with curious puppy eyes. Lexi and Sierra have bonded quite quickly and their sisterhood began as soon as they started sharing toys and beds.

As you all can tell, we’re super happy to have our two-dog family back together again since we lost Dante last year. Our little family feels complete again.

So expect many puppy pictures over the next few weeks!! months!! or even years!!


diane, todd, sierra and lexi “peanut”

Sierra and Lexi became quick friends

 They can share outdoor beds for now, but we’ll have to get a new one soon!

Lexi and her little “ridge”

Lexi learning to “sit”

Lexi and her first heirloom tomato. She says “yuck, not interested”.

becoming sisters…

back to our two-dog family!


{ 147 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Carol Borchardt

    That photo is enough to melt the crustiest heart! Welcome Lexi and hope to see more of you!

  2. canvas printing

    how adorable these shots made me smile so cute

  3. Ana Beatriz

    Considering the number of comments, you can tell that she has been more than welcome! And she is the cutest thing ever!

  4. Courtney Bui


    I stumbled across this trying to find a do chua recipe. I am American and married a Vietnamese guy – hence my new last name – and we are experimenting with banh mi recipes. Your story was great and I will definitely go try these out! Then I saw the puppies. That little ridgeback is adorable! We also have two dogs – both are basset mix rescues – but we think one is half bulldog and looks a lot like a mini Sierra and the other we actually think is half ridgeback! I had a cooking blog for a while as well and just lost the time. But lately I’ve been inspired to start it up again. I love your photography and recipes and will now visit often!

  5. Will

    Wow, I just saw Lexi on your instagram, nice to see changes. she’s big now !!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Big body, still somewhat of a puppy mind though. She has turned into such a sweet dog!

  6. Jeanmarie

    Lexie must be about 2 years old now. We have two wonderful Ridgebacks, one of whom is at my feet as I type. They are wonderful, wonderful dogs. We love ours so much. We have a male and a female. Would love to see more Lexie photos!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Lexi will be 2 in June. She’s turning out to be such a sweet and beautiful dog. Fastest dog on the beach – as long as the greyhounds don’t show up. 😉 She’s our second ridgie, our first one, Dante, passed away a few years back. We love the breed so much and will always have to have at least one in the family. We’ll try to make sure we sneak a few more pup pictures into the posts for you. Lexi, and our boxer Sierra are frequent subjects on Todd’s instagram. When we were shooting our cookbook, Lexi was just a wee lass and her cute little puppyness is now immortalized in print. Always great to meet another Ridgeback family. Thanks for saying “hi”!

  7. Macy Oldre

    This puppy is so cute! I love her name(s) too. I am definitely a dog person, however, I have never gotten to have one growing up. As soon as I have a house and family of my own, I WILL have a dog or maybe two. I love little puppies. My mom and I have actually gone to the humane society to look at dogs, however, it’s taking a little more convincing on my dad.

  8. topdiablo3

    SO precious. This makes me want to pull the trigger on getting our Dakota dog a sister too!

  9. Victoria Barton

    She is so adorable! How quickly is she taking the training now that she’s 4 months old?

  10. Jenn

    Congrats on your Rhodesian puppy! Rhodesians are such lovely dogs. They have such great personality. Mine keeps me laughing. Can’t wait to see more pictures of her.

  11. Meghan F

    post more puppy pictures, please!

  12. Tracey @cookingwithlove

    Soooo precious!

  13. Helle (Helen)

    What a great picture of Sierra and Peanut on the outdoor bed – the size difference is so sweet. We once had a half Rhodesian-something else dog, the best one ever. All the best to you and your dogs.

  14. Sophia Harcourt

    Oh my goodness! She is precious. You betcha I welcome her with open arms…just be glad these arms are in NC;). I love her left “milk” leg that matches Sierra’s coat.

  15. Christine

    Aw! I had a part-Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy for a little bit, and seeing one just makes my heart swell up.

    Have fun with her! They’re such energetic dogs! :)

  16. John Knox

    Awwww… I <3 both your boxers. I have two as well. My white one looks just like yours. My other is brindle. Not only do you love food, but boxers. I am sold!!!!

  17. KristineB

    My 11 mo. old pit/boxer mix is named Lexi! I first gravitated to her because of her adorable wrinkled forehead. All I can say is you have great taste!

  18. ila

    HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGH sooooo cute!!! look at her paws, she’s gonna get sooooo big!

  19. Kirsti

    Our itty baby puppy dog, Zach the Ridgeback, died recently of old age. He was 150 lbs of muscle. His brother, Mowgli – the little one at 105 lbs, misses him so much. Lexi is a lucky puppy, but I think you are the super lucky ones. Congrats..

  20. DebbieB

    She is so adorable. Love the last photo of the two of them together. Congratulations on your new addition and look forward to watching her grow up.

  21. Leslie "SlimSmitty" Smith

    OMG how precious!!!!

    My 17 year old Rodesian Ridgeback just passed away. She was the gentlest, loving dog… She never bit or snapped, the cats would sleep in between her paws.

    Mazel tov on your new addition <3

  22. sally cameron

    Oh T & D! My heart jumps for joy for you with the addition of your new little Lexi. She is beautiful! Lucky girl to be brought into your family. Such beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing this special moment!

  23. Lori Lynn

    What a little cutie-pie. The photos are so sweet. I am considering another one now too.
    Wilson sends his regards to the sistas…Congrats!

  24. Judy

    AWEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! She’s adorabe..Welcome Lexi!! and I can see from those big front paws, though you may be small now, you won’t be for long! Look forward to watching you grow.

  25. idiosyncratic eye

    Congratulations! She is gorgeous, it’s just scary (and mind boggling!) to think just how much she’s going to grow! I have a soft spot for ‘runts’, bless their hearts, you got to admire that spirit. :)

  26. thyme (Sarah)

    Oh, sheesh. That fifth photo just has me guffawing all over the place. We’ve always been a two pet family too. Our first was a huge Pyrenees Mountain Dog with our little sheltie. You can never bore us with pet photos, that is for sure!

  27. Dani G.

    She is so sweet!

  28. lisa dowling

    love! so glad your pack is complete again. as a two dog family, we “get it”!

  29. Su Yee

    She is super CUTE….!!!… So adorable… Lovely…!! So happy for you all!! :)

  30. Katie

    Gahhhh she is so cute!!! Congratulations on the new puppy!

  31. Susan in the Boonies

    Our Labrador Deacon D. Dawg passed away about 3 weeks ago, which leaves us wondering whether or not to get Pilgrim P. Dog, our lonely nine year old German Shepherd, a playmate.

    We’re still in mourning, and wait and see mode.

  32. Jaina

    That is just so much adorable in one post. So beautiful! They make a great pair!

  33. Janet Foster

    What a cutie pie! I’m so glad your pack is now complete.

  34. arundati

    oh my god! so beautiful… just loved that last picture although its so tough to pick one!

  35. Cassie

    Oh my goodness, she is precious…THEY are precious together. How sweet!

  36. Denise

    OMG!!!! She is too cute, and I adore both names. We are on the fence about getting a dog; we wish we did not have to travel so much, as it would make the decision easier. Enjoy your bundle of joy!!!!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Denise- you and Lenny would be great doggie parents. That will be a lucky dog one day.

  37. Ellie

    Your puppy is absolutely adorable!!! I remember when I lost my first dog; the sadness was almost unbearable because I’d had him since I was born and didn’t know life without him! But a new puppy just brings new life and joy to your home, and I’m so glad you two have welcomed a new member to your clan!!

  38. Greta

    Beautiful girl! I have owned several ridgebacks and love the breed! My oldest daughter learned how to walk holding onto the collar of Claudey. Nothing could get near her or me without his permission. Enjoy!

  39. Chris

    That’s the perfect ingredient to compliment your family !!!

    I have a Vizsla I walk around my studio in Eastside Costa Mesa and am asked often if he is a Ridgeback. I reply ” They are kissing cousins “

  40. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    OMG. Adorable.

  41. dervla

    Oh wow, she’s divine!

  42. ChristinaBakes

    Congrats! So cute! Looking forward to pics and stories in the future!

  43. Ham Radio

    I really like the food writing and recipes, but many thanks for the dog pictures. They are wonderful.

  44. Helene

    Oh my so cute! I want one :)

  45. Dana (BuenoVida)

    WOW!! Beautiful and inspiring, thank you! Dana

  46. Veronica

    Peanut!!!!!!!!!! Love your adorable puppy face.

  47. Emily

    Seeing those two together warms the heart. Everyone should have a big sister and it looks like Lexi got the pick of the litter. 😉

  48. Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    Be still my puppy loving heart! Sweetness!!!!!! Congrats. I for one am looking forward to many pictures :)

  49. Amanda Szucsik

    Todd and Diane,

    Greetings from Utah! Lexi is just adorable! What a cute Ridgeback puppy :) So glad that you two (and your caring, responsible breeder) saved the runt of the litter. Lexi is fortunate to have both of you as ‘dog parents,’ as well as Sierra as a canine sister. I’m looking forward to many more photos over the next several months and years. Thanks for posting! I’m so very happy for all of you!


  50. TidyMom

    she’s ADORABLE!! my whole family just saw this post and they all want her! lol……….um, did I tell you we already have 4 dogs? lol

    It was great seeing you last week Diane, sorry we never ran into each other again.

  51. rene


  52. Kristina

    Wrinkly doggy knees make me melt. Beautiful puppy and I love the two dogs on the bed. Congratulations, and thanks so much for the gorgeous photos.

  53. Marie

    I’M IN LOVE! Oh my, I don’t think a puppy could be any cuter. Congrats to you both for welcoming such a delightful creature into your lives. Looks like Sierra as already adopted her, they’re so cute together! I dream of the day I’ll have a puppy too and your pics only make me more eager to adopt one! <3

  54. Magda

    Oh my god, she’s so cute!!! I want a dog too but our landlord won’t allow it. :(

    Love these posts of yours!!

  55. Alison

    SO adorable!!

  56. Christyna (Baker With a Cause)

    Super cutie alert! Too too cute for words! I want her. Guess I’ll have to settle for all the fab pix I’ll get to see of her in the near future <3 congrats on your new edition!!

  57. Shut Up & Cook

    Oh congrats, congrats, congrats!

    We’ve got two “bully breeds” and they are just the sweetest thing you ever did see.

    They also often grace the Shut Up & Cook blog so I’m thrilled to know we’re in such good company.

    Keep those pix coming!!

  58. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    That puppy is ADORABLE!!!

  59. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    Oh my gosh!!! She’s so stinkin cute. I can’t let me girls see her or they’ll beg me nonstop for a dog lol

  60. Hannah

    What a little love! Congratulations to you – so happy to see your sweet bundle. Your photos are marvelous, too.

  61. Stacey S

    Soooooooooo cute! Love the great images of the pups together too, so sweet.

  62. Jill

    SO precious! They look like they took to each other quite well, too (the dogs and humans and dogs). :)

  63. @MissBrisbo

    We didn’t know Cali as a puppy, but I imagine she looked a lot like this. Adorbs.

  64. Flavia

    Hi Diane and Todd, Congratulations on the addition of Lexi “Peanut” to your family. She is absolutely beautiful! I got teary reading how she almost didn’t make it after she was born. I am certain her doggie guardian angel was looking out for her because she was meant for you. I can’t wait to see more pictures of your sweet girl {and Miss Sierra too}. Our Irish Setter Sienna sends all of you hugs and doggie kisses! Have fun!

  65. tisse's mom

    she is soooo cute!!!! have fun with her!!!

  66. Beth

    Sooooo cute! I heart Ridgies! Can’t wait to see more photos!

  67. brandi

    Aw, yay! Puppies are one of the best things about life. So happy you guys have a new friend for Sierra and someone else to share the love with after losing Dante. She is adorable!

    puppy video soon?!

  68. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! Lexi is adorable!

  69. hima

    that face! those giant paws! she is absolutely adorable…congratulations on the new addition!

  70. Alyse

    You both made my day with these photos. I keep going back to look “one more time”.
    Ok, maybe just once more…..

  71. meghan

    SO precious. This makes me want to pull the trigger on getting our Dakota dog a sister too!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Meghan- do it, it’ll be life changing but enriching. We can’t imagine a life without two dogs and Sierra having a sibling. xoxo

  72. @cravingsomethin

    I am DYING from the cuteness. Adorable! RT @WhiteOnRice Meet our new bundle of puppy joy! Our baby girl Lexi !!

  73. Allie

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! So cute! Video please???

  74. Jamie @ green beans & grapefruit

    She is adorable!!!!! Looks like her let foot stepped into a bucket of paint…so cute!

  75. Steve-Anna

    I can’t tell if I’m happier for you and Todd, or for Sierra!! She looks like a little love, and a perfect addition to your family ; ) Can’t wait to meet her, and give hugs all around.


    1. White on Rice Couple

      Steve-Anna- you’re one of the first people we thought of when we brought Lexi home! thank you for always being there for us and being such an important part of our two-dog family. xoxo

  76. baker in disguise

    look at those eyes.. who can resist her?!?! love all the pics.. but the ones of the two sisters.. precious!!

  77. Michelle

    Puppy!!!! There is nothing more cute! How sweet that your pups get along so well!

  78. Rachel - A Southern Fairytale

    She’s so beautiful!!! Congratulations, I’m so happy for y’all! <3

  79. chris

    So Precious! Having two dogs is just the best – they always have a companion. Love the nickname “peanut” too. We have a “moose” and “squirt” in our house. Any chance Sierra and Lexi will be in your studio Sept 20 (Nestle shoot)? :) Keep posting those puppy pics!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Chris- if you made the request, we can certainly make it happen!

  80. Sarah from 20something cupcakes

    This makes me so happy! Enjoy, you two deserve it!

  81. LiztheChef

    So happy for you and your family. X0

  82. Rachel

    Aww! So sweet! Congratulations :)

  83. Bev @ Bev Cooks


    she’s perfect!

  84. Karen Milling

    You’re killing me with the cute. That is a very lucky puppy! She will love her new home and family!

  85. Colette @JFF

    Awwwww, she’s so cute. Great that Sierra likes her new li’l buddy.

  86. Ashley

    I am a sucker for dog photos. Especially involving puppies + boxers. Way to make a girl melt. :)

  87. shelly (cookies and cups)

    ADORABLE!!!!! I want to eat her up :)

  88. Kathy

    The pic of them together on the bed made me Ahhhhhh!! out loud!!!! What a great addition to your lovely family!!!

  89. Nancy@acommunaltable

    Congratulations!! She is absolutely, positively adorable!!! So happy for ALL of you.. give Lexi a welcome “hug” from me!!! (And of course a “hug” for Sierra too!!)

  90. Mary Ann

    oooooooooooooh, puppies! Puppy breath! Cute as can be. Lucky you. Congratulations!

  91. Meegs

    She is a sweetie! And look at those paws… I beat she’s not going to be a little thing for long.

  92. Marian (Sweetopia)

    Awww, how sweet she is! I’m so happy for all of you! xo

  93. Deeba Rajpal (@vindee)

    What a precious little handful! CUTE is the word. Love her eyes, expression, paws, ears …. SWEET! We got a cocker an year ago, Coco, and she is the best thing that happened to us in a while!

  94. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    Oh my! She is so darling! This makes me want to buy another pug puppy!

  95. Diane, A Broad

    What a sweetheart, with her one sock!

  96. Bri

    She’s so adorable! I love how the two girls are already bonding, I’m sure they’ll get in lots of mischief together. Congrats! :)

  97. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    Congrats!! My friend has a ridgeback and he’s a wonderful dog…looking forward to more pics :)

  98. @RachBarb

    I love her! Congrats & can’t wait to meet her! RT @WhiteOnRice: Meet our new bundle of puppy joy! Our baby girl Lexi !!

  99. Jade Sheldon

    She is so so so so so darling! And I just love how the two of them are already so loving towards one another. Congratulations on the new member of your family.

  100. Megan

    Okay, puppy wiggles and pictures like this make me all teary! This is worse than a Hallmark commercial! In all the best ways, naturally. I’m going to hug my puppy now. Welcome to the blogging family Lexi! Huck says Woof!

  101. Paula - bell'alimento

    Oh my goodness! Precious. Just precious xoxo

  102. Kaitlin Jenkins

    Congrats you guys! Lexi is absolutely adorable, and I’m so happy to hear she has restored some balance to your lives. Looking forward to many more photos and stories of puppy adventures! 😀

  103. Garrett

    She. Is. Adorable. XD
    Congrats on the new addition!

  104. Lindsay

    And my heart just melted. Adorable. So happy for you!

  105. Winnie

    Oh my, she’s gorgeous. Love all the photos, but the one with the 2 doggies sharing a bed most of all. Congrats and enjoy xoxo

  106. @winnieabramson

    My heart just melted a bit: Congrats @whiteonrice!!!

  107. @alicia_carlson

    @WhiteOnRice Ahh! ADORABLE! Congrats! xoxo (pics made my morning brighter :) ) | Meet our new joy! Baby girl puppy Lexi

  108. @mtnmamacooks

    She couldn’t be any sweeter! Congratulations! RT @WhiteOnRice: Meet our new bundle of puppy joy! Our baby girl Lexi !!

  109. @ohsweetbasil

    Hubby says he will dog sit anytime 😉 “@WhiteOnRice: Meet our new bundle of puppy joy! Our baby girl Lexi !!”

  110. Rachel

    SO sweet — love Ridgebacks. Congrats!!

  111. EatLiveRun

    Puppy posts make me tear up….this is amazing! She is perfect in every way. I can’t wait to meet her!

  112. @Madame_Chocolat

    OMGcongrats! super cutie Peanut’s adorable!Sierra’s an awesome big sis!“@WhiteOnRice:@Madame_Chocolat Hi Auntie Hasty!”

  113. Cynthia A.

    So, so, so cute! What a wonderful addition to your family. I’m glad big sister Sierra is loving her. Smiles and joy to you all~

  114. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee

    So happy for you guys! She is a beauty!!!

  115. megan @ whatmegansmaking

    so so sweet. New puppies are so precious. So happy for you guys :)

  116. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Too adorable! Congrats on your new addition and I breathed a sigh of relief for you when you said your family feels complete again. Awesome!

  117. Michelle

    Congratulations!!!! Dogs bring great joy, specially puppies 😉 she is adorable! Many blessings to you & your now “new” family.

  118. Clare

    Lexi is one lucky little pup to be joining the WoR family! I cannot imagine all the fabulous table scraps she’ll be getting, and all the love and affection she’ll enjoy. Congratulations to you both – I cannot wait to meet Lexi in person! xo

  119. claire @ the realistic nutritionist

    She is absolutely PRECIOUS!!!

  120. Maria

    She is perfect! I just love that little face!

  121. @clarekleinedler

    @WhiteOnRice Oh. My. God. I just want to reach into my computer and squeeze him!! SO SO CUTE! Congratulations!

  122. Rebecca Orr

    She is adorable!! Sierra is the cutest as well!!

  123. Pavlína

    Incredible love ! :-)

  124. JulieD

    Omg, yay!!! I’m so happy for you guys!!! Must meet her soon!! She’s so cute & what a great big sister Sierra is. I know your hearts are so full right now. xoxo I’m so thrilled for you guys. Can’t wait to show Curtis. :)

  125. Julie

    Congratulations. She is such a cutie. Glad to see you have 2 great pups again.

  126. Pooja

    Hello Lexi, you are wonderful. May you grow to be a very adorable dog. Welcome to the family.

  127. Jenny @ BAKE

    She is just the cutest!!!! the one of her sharing the dogs bed just slays me! I am so jealous I can’t wait to get a puppy!

  128. olga

    she is gorgeous and so leeetle!! my favorite dogs ever!! congratulations, you guys! cannot wait to see more pictures of her as she grows up. xx

  129. Kate

    Aw!! So sweet! Congrats on getting back to “full” family status! If only my (cranky) old, lady cats would allow me to get a puppy…

  130. pam

    Oh, she is adorable!

  131. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Eeee!!! So cute!! What a great addition to your growing family :)

  132. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

    You know to sit here at 6:30 in the morning and to have this puppy be the first image I see……..made my day. Welcome Peanut.

  133. Victoria

    Hi, Lexi. You left me breathless. Aren’t you just the luckiest little Ridgeback in the world? I think so! Congratulations on being part of a great family. I look forward to watching you flourish.

  134. sreebindu

    hey lexi new fan here :) I love you :)

  135. Deanna

    You know, I make an excellent dog sitter. She is adorable! Rhodesian Ridgebacks always make me think of Harry Potter…one of the dragons was a norwegian ridgeback. Sometimes my nerdiness astounds even me.

  136. Cheryl | Black Girl Chef's Whites

    I am now a puddle. . . too much puppy cuteness!

  137. Yen

    Ohmygoodness she is just too precious!

  138. Trysha

    Squeeeee!! Oh what a sweet puppy!

  139. @CaterhamHill

    Meet our new joy! Baby girl puppy Lexi “Peanut” !!

  140. jenjenk

    *gasp*…i’m in PUPPY LOVE!!! I can’t wait to meet her!!!! what a sweetheart – Congratulations!!!!!!

  141. Jen Yu

    OH MAH GAH!!!!! I cannot wait to meet her!! I may just have to make a trip JUST to meet the new baby puppy :) yayayayayayay!! Love you guys xoxo

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