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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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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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Rose Hips Harvest

I noticed that the Rose Hips along our driveway were already red and many have already dried up and died. So I took a quick walk down the driveway to harvest what remaining Rose Hips I could find. It may not look like much but I was glad to be able to pick some before they were all gone for the season.

Rose Hips Harvest

Usually I harvest the Rose Hip berries later in the Fall like September or October. But this year, it appears with all the heat and lack of moisture, they dried up and fell off their branches early.

As few months ago I wrote a Rose Hips post on how to identify Rose Hips growing in the wild along with pictures to help in recognizing the plants.

There are several different varieties of wild Rose Hips. You can see in the photo above that I have a few different types of berries growing in my area.

I will cut off the leather skins and remove the insides. Remember to always remove the skins from the seeds and other materials inside. The seeds and little fibers inside are an irritating, hairy-looking substance you do not want. You need to remove all of the insides and rinse the red skins thoroughly to remove this unwanted material before you can use the remaining valuable portion of Rose Hip berry.

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Wild Rose Hips

This post will help identify Rose Hips growing in the wild. From everything from their tiny little rose buds, to their thorny branches, and finally their blooming flowers.

Rose Hips do have several different varieties and colors of the flowers and fruit can vary. The following photos are of the main variety of Rose Hip that grows in the wild on our Northern Idaho property.

First here is photo of a pink blooming Rose Hip and a tiny rose bud.

First always look for thorn-filled branches and you will know that this is truly a Rose Hip bush. Also take notice of the leaves and their shape.

(Click on any photos to supersize them)

Thorny little buds starting to grow in this photo.

Another blooming Rose Hip photo.

And finally a Rose Hip formed and growing.

I hope you have found these Rose Hips photos useful in your search of them in the wild. They grow freely all around our property and there are many uses for this natural fruit. Rose Hips have many medicinal uses and are a good wild source for vitamin C, make an excellent tea and herbal throat reliever just to name a few things.

Just remember to always remove the skins from the seeds and other materials inside. The seeds and little fibers inside are an irritating, hairy-looking substance you do not want. You must remove all of the insides and rinse Continue Reading →

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Feeding the Deer Naturally

Just a fun photo to share on how we are feeding the deer on our property naturally. We recently had to cut down a tree that was hanging dangerous over the house. After limbing the tree there were all these branches on the ground with tons of witch’s hair on them.

Well it didn’t take long for all of these does to come munch on the treats. The dried material often misrepresented as moss is really Lichens. The formal name is Alectoria sarmentosa or witch’s hair and is sometimes classified as a fungus.

Anyway the deer love witch’s hair from the limbs which provides an outstanding food source for deer and other animals. I should also mention that witch’s hair is a good firestarter. Just find some dried stuff under branches if you are in the woods and in need of some tinder for a fire. It works great and is usually easy to find hanging from tree limbs.

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Recycled Christmas Decorations

Here are some useful ways to recycle and reuse old Christmas cards. One idea to reuse Christmas cards is to craft them into new Christmas ornaments. I love to take the old cards and crochet around the edges with yarn. Here are a few examples of recycled Christmas ornaments.

Here is the tutorial with step by step instructions how to make your own recycled ornaments from old Christmas cards.

If you don’t want to crochet around the edges, you can always just stitch around the edges with a needle and thread such as this ornament.

Another idea is to make gift tags from the old cards. You can either use a template to cut out the tags using scissors or use a store-bought tag maker to punch out the tags. Here are some gift tags I punched out using a tag maker.

Here are more examples of recycled Christmas ornaments made from old cards. Continue Reading →

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