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Moose Family Photo

Who needs a game camera when you can look out your window and see this?

Moose Family Photo

Check out this moose family out for a morning walk right through our yard. I have been seeing this mama moose and her baby but was very surprised when I looked out and saw a bull moose out with them. So cool to see beautiful wildlife like this so close.

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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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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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