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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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Revisiting Irish Spring Soap to Repel Mice

It’s been over 3 years since I first posted about using Irish Spring soap to repel mice and other rodents. You can read my original post here and all the many comments concerning the pros and cons of this method.

A few things to mention and clarify are that you must use the original Irish Spring soap. Do not use the Aloe Vera scented soap as it doesn’t work and may actually attract critters with the added scent. Do not leave the soap in the box as this is also an added attraction to rodents as they love to chew on the cardboard.

Just use a small piece of soap about 1 inch square or trying grating it with a cheese grater and leave the shavings spread out to deter the rodents. Also make sure you use fresh soap and change it out to keep the odor fresh.

Also remember some people have had success with using original Irish Spring soap to ward off mice while others have not. But give it a try and see if this useful idea works for you and please share your results with us all.


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Defrosting Food on the Woodstove

Here is one more tip for woodstove users. I needed to defrost some frozen food and recently used my woodstove. Here is a photo of my frozen container which I placed into a pan with water on the woodstove.

Defrosting Food on a Woodstove

My fire in the woodstove was burning low so I used the front lower level on the woodstove. If your fire is burning hot, use the back shelf and watch your pan closely. As my frozen container was plastic, you do need to pay close attention that the plastic doesn’t get too hot. Watch your water too so it doesn’t boil down which could cause the plastic to get too hot also.

I hope you find this useful idea of defrosting on a woodstove a good alternative to defrosting in a microwave or on a conventional stovetop. It sames energy and is a handy way to defrost food.

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