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Happy Valentine’s Day

I haven’t posted for a while and thought I’d better drop in and say I’m still around. Things have been a bit busy and life has thrown me many challenges recently. With 3 deaths in the family over the last 6 months and all the holidays, I just haven’t had the time to post here. But I am hanging in there and hope to post more useful ideas soon.

In the meantime you can always check out my crafting blog My Recycled Bags to see my latest projects and free patterns. Here is my Danish Valentine Heart in honor of Valentine’s Day. This was a fun project which does make for a beautiful little gift for the holiday.

Well, best wishes to all and Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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Cruical Catch

October is breast cancer awareness month.
Pink Cancer Ribbon
The NFL is promoting Crucial Catch and intercepting cancer. I can’t think of a better theme to write about to bring awareness to cancer. Early detection is so very crucial in as they say Make a Crucial Catch by having that mammograph, schedule that doctor’s appointment, have that required screening, and do those self-exams. Early detection is so vital. I should know, I found my own lump and had it scanned and biopsied right away. It probably saved my life as my lump was cancer. But early detection and immediate treatment, did make a difference. I am happy to report that for over 10 years now, I am cancer free.

So let me make a very useful suggestion for the most helpful idea I can share, make that crucial catch and intercept cancer. Battle this beast, and be strong. God willing that we can all share this vital information and above all, be diligent and don’t wait.

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Homemade Doggie Bone Treats

Here is my quick and easy recipe for homemade dog treats that look like a dog bone. I call them Doggie Bones and they are about 2 inches long.

Homemade Dog Bone Treats


Homemade Doggie Bone Treats

Makes about 20 dog treats – 2 inches long

Ingredients:
1 cup flour (whatever kind you prefer)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 egg
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup water (add more as needed)
1-2 tsp olive oil (add more as needed so not sticky on hands)

Homemade Dog Treat Dough

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl to form a dry dough ball
  • Take a small amount and roll into a log shape between your hands (add oil to your hands if needed)
  • Pinch into a bone shape in the middle to look like a dog bone

Doggie Bone Treats

Bake 375 F degrees for 15-18 minutes (light brown)

Doggie Bones will be pretty hard which is what you want. Allow to cool. Continue Reading →

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Mini Cast Iron Cornbread

Here is a new cast iron cornbread idea that I want to share. I frequently need just a small batch of cornbread as I am generally just cooking for two. Using my vintage #3 cast iron skillet is just the right sized pan for cornbread for two. My old #3 cast iron skillet is nearly 7 inches wide. Official size stamped on the bottom says 6-5/8 inches.
Cornbread in Cast-Iron #3

I used a small recipe of cornbread and filled my cast iron skillet about 3/4 of the way full and then baked at 400 degrees for about 15-16 minutes. Watch for the light browning before Continue Reading →

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Bleeding Hearts

I purchased a package of Bleeding Hearts from a fundraiser project for our local schools. The package contained two bush starts. The starts were pretty small and needed some TLC before planting them in the yard. Here is a photo of the package.

I planted the whole thing into a clay pot with some enriched potting soil. I watered it well and hoped for the best as the starters hardly looked alive. But after a week, it really perked up and here is a photo after a few weeks.

As we live in the woods, deer and other critters love to eat our plants and bushes. Bleeding Hearts are supposed to be deer resistant which is one of the main reasons I purchased this package. So after a few weeks, I was able to replant both plants into the ground.

Bleeding Hearts

So far so good as the Bleeding Hearts bloomed and the deer apparently didn’t bother them. The flowers were small but I understand the plant is perennial Continue Reading →

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