Friday, December 23, 2011

Homemade Dog and Cat Treat Recipes

Our pets are like family, so make them some heathy treats for the holidays!

Soft Doggie Cookies

3 (2 1/2 oz. each) jars of baby food; either beef or chicken
1/4 cup Dry milk powder
1/4 cup Wheat germ or cream of wheat

Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well. Roll into small balls and place on well-greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 15 minutes until brown. Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate to keep fresh or freeze. Great for older dogs with teeth problems.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

½ cups water(add more water later if required)
½ cup oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup oats

Blend wet ingredients together. Whisk dry ingredients together and mix into wet mixture to form a ball of dough. Roll out and shape. Put onto a non-stick cookie tray or lightly greased one. Cook 20 minutes at 400 F. Turn off oven and allow the biscuits to cool in oven until crisp and hard. Store in airtight container

Minty Dog Bones

1 tablespoon Veg. Oil
1 Cup Water
2 ½ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
½ Cup Oatmeal
2 tablespoons Fresh or dried Mint leaves
1/3 Cup chpped Parsley
1/4 Tsp. Minced Garlic (flea prevention)

Directions: Mix Oil and Water, slowly add flour and other ingredients, roll dough out on a flat surface. Cut with bone-shaped cookie cutters. Bake 35 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Makes about 2 dozen herbal dog treats (depending on the size of your cutter). HintThey freeze well! But they'll last for approximately 1 month unfrozen.

Tuna Treats for Cats

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup nonfat, dry, powdered milk
1/2 can tuna, in oil
OR 1/2 cup cooked chicken, chopped into small pieces
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil OR cod liver oil
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup water
Catnip (Optional, but my cats LOVE IT!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mash the tuna(or chicken)into smaller pieces. Then add flour and milk. Mix well.
After all is mixed pour in water and oil. Mix well again. Now, beat egg in a separate dish until the egg gets a foamy texture. Add to mix. Mix well. The dough mix will be sticky.Using your fingers shape dough into small bite size balls, about the size of a marble. Put balls on greased cookie sheets. Flatten. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove treats from oven; wait five minutes and turn treats over so other side will cook. Bake 10 more minutes or until golden brown in color. Place treats on cookie rack to cool. Cool for 15 minutes.

Ham Treats for Cats

1 jar (2-1/2ounces) strained ham baby food
5/8 cup. wheat germ
5/8 cup non-fat milk powder
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable oil spray. Mix baby food, wheat germ, milk powder, and egg in medium bowl. Drop by 1/2 teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack. Store baked treats in airtight container or plastic bag and place in refrigerator or freezer. MAKES 2-1/2 to 3 dozen
NOTE: Beef or chicken baby food may be substituted for ham baby food

Enjoy the Holidays!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pumpkin Bling!

Looking to bring a little bling into your Halloween this year? Vicki O'Dell, the Creative Goddess, adds some serious sparkle to a once-plain pumpkin in her rhinestone pumpkin tutorial. Head over to her site for complete instructions.

I just love this idea.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Hair Rinses

Most of us are on a try these inexpensive hair rinses today!

Calendula petals: To brighten blonde hair, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1⁄4 cup of calendula petals; let cool. Use as a final rinse post-shampoo.

Catnip: For a quick dandruff cure, brew a strong tea of dried catnip leaves and boiling water and massage into your scalp after shampooing. Rinse well with cool water.

Lemon juice: The juice of 1 lemon and 1 cup water mixed together brings back life and shine to dull hair. Use as a final rinse after shampooing, following with a cold-water rinse to remove all of the lemon water.

Baking soda: 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 cup water mixed together gets your hair really clean and removes all traces of styling gels and hair spray. Massage well into hair and scalp and rinse with warm followed by cool water.

Apple cider vinegar: 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 1 cup of water gives your hair shine and bounce. Use as a final rinse after shampooing and then rinse well with cool water.

Flat beer: 1 cup of flat beet will give your hair body. The beer scent will not remain once your hair is dry. For extra body, use beer as your final rinse (do not rinse out).

Tomato juice: 1 cup of tomato juice will remove any odor, such as smoke, from your hair. Massage into hair and rinse with warm, then cool water.

Taken From Body & Soul

Saturday, June 4, 2011

New Uses for a Bar of Soap‏

I found this on MSN and thought it was worth sharing :) Some really great ideas!

New Uses for Soaps

1. Pretty Pincushion
Stick needles and pins in a wrapped bar of soap. The soap's oils make the pointy ends glide through fabric sew easily.
2. Deodorant Substitute
In a pinch, swab under your arms with a dry bar (whichever one is handy) to fight that not-so-fresh feeling.

3. Car Freshener
Tuck a cake of scented soap in your car-door compartment for a subtle aroma that's superior to any cardboard (or "rearview mirror") pine tree.

4. Insect Repellent
Put a few unwrapped bars of rosemary, lemongrass, or citronella soap on a picnic table and unwanted flying guests will bug off.

5. Mirror Marker
Keep your love notes clean: Scribble on a mirror with a bar of soap. It is cheaper than lipstick and wipes off more easily.

6. Stain Remover
Pretreat grass and dirt stains with a few gentle swipes of a dry bar (any kind will do).

7. Itch Reliever
Can't stop scratching that mosquito bite? Rub it with a bar of oatmeal- or aloe-infused soap to quell the urge.

8. Hem Guide
When you're fresh out of tailor's chalk, use a bar of soap to mark a new hem on your fashion masterpiece.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Must Sleep!

As some of you know, I now work at my regular job on 3rd shift. I believe I am getting use to it but my sleep patterns are still erratic. So, I thought I would share some personal information about creating an ideal bedroom when you have to sleep during the day.

First, I love my bed. I have a great mattress set that cost more than normal but wasn’t extravagant. When I chose it, I went to the store, spent a few hours making my decision by actually laying on all the beds. I took my time, trying them out a few times each once I picked my top three. Some people looked at me strange, but it allowed me to find the perfect mattress for me. Then I covered it with soft sheets, a fluffy comforter and many pillows.

Next, blackout curtains. This is a must if you sleep during the day. We subconsciously associate daytime with being active. So darkness helps. If you cant block out all the light, you may want to try a sleep mask.

Unwinding. I can’t come home and just go to sleep. I have to wind down. I do a few menial things around the house then go to bed. I am a TV watcher in bed. (I know they say you should not have a TV in your bedroom, but it works for me) I will relax, watch a little TV and set the TV timer to go off in anywhere from 20-40 minutes.

Cool air. Yes, you need cool air. Your body cools down during sleep so this will help you get in the mood, per se. And it prompts me to get all cozy with my quits and blankets.

Last but not least, scents. I spray my sheets with our Sweet Dreams Aromatherapy Spray. It’s a crisp, clean, fresh lavender scent that is not overpowering but helps me to relax. And if I’m having a harder time than normal to go to sleep, I break out my Dream Pillow, the Dragonfly Peaceful Slumber Pillow and tuck it into my pillow case after I inhale it a few times.

What works for you? Please share!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thank you for your patience

Time just zooms by when your old. Well, Im not old old, just feeling old sometimes. I do appreciate your patience and sticking with me. So many things are going on. New job, new schedule, new ideas.
I am working on redoing my web site. I think I was over extended.So now Im cutting down per se.
I hope to have a new look by summer with only the best of the best on the site.
More to come soon!