Archives for February 2013

‘Crazy Good’ Dog Treat Recipes

‘Crazy Good’ Dog Treat Recipes

With the continual scares regarding pet treats we are making our own.  You can, too!!!  Here are a couple of easy recipes to get you started…

cheese, please! (This is Gabe’s favorite!)*

  • 1½ C          oat flour
  • 1½ C          brown rice flour
  • 1 C               shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • ½ C            grated parmesan cheese
  • 1                   egg
  • ½ C            water

Preheat oven to 350°.  Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly until a dough forms.  Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to ¼” thickness.  Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes – I found a dog bone cutter that is adorable.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet (they can be close together as they don’t spread much while cooking.)

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. (We put ours in the freezer to make them extra crunchy for our big dogs!)

plumpkins*

  • 1½ C          oat flour
  • 1½ C          brown rice flour
  • ½ t             cinnamon
  • ½ t             ground nutmeg
  • ½ t             ground ginger
  • 1                  egg
  • 3 T              applesauce (unsweetened)
  • ¾ C           canned pumpkin or fresh, pureed pumpkin
  • ½ C           water

Preheat oven to 350°.  Combine all ingredients together and mix thoroughly.  Spoon mixture out with a tablespoon and drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  These cookies will not rise or flatten so if you want a flatter cookies press it down before baking.

Bake 18 – 22 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Venison Jerky  (This is their all-time favorite!!!)

If you have access to venison and a dehydrator this one is super easy.   Cut strips of venison and dehydrate until desired consistency.  We usually do ours for 8 – 10 hours dependent upon the thickness of the strips.  We store these in an airtight container in the freezer.

These treats are all it takes to keep our four-legged children following commands and begging for more. 😉  If they are doing something they aren’t supposed to be doing while they are outside, I will go to the door and whistle once (and being a ‘girl’ I don’t whistle very loudly)…it stops them in their tracks and they come flying into the house for a jerky treat!!!  Yes, they get pretty serious about their treats~9 2011

If you have a favorite homemade treat that your pups love please share in the comments section or send me an email and I will post!  DO NOT BUY STORE BOUGHT TREATS IF YOU LOVE YOUR PETS!  You cannot be certain what is in them unless you make them yourself!!!

*The first two recipes are from the book, organic dog biscuit cookbook, Bubba Rose Biscuit Company.  Made with all-organic ingredients and no wheat, corn or soy!

Terms & Origins…Very Interesting~

Terms & Origins…Very Interesting~

Where did the term “piss poor” come from?  How about “dirt poor”?  Tomatoes were thought to be poisonous for 400 years???  Read on for some ‘crazy good’ fun facts about terminology~

“They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot.  And then once it was full it was taken and sold to the tannery…if you had to do this to survive you were “piss poor”.

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot…they “didn’t have a pot to piss in” and were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some facts about the 1500’s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor…hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.  The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children.  Last of all the babies.  By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.   Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!”

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.  It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.  When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.  Hence the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs.”  There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.

This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.  Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.  That’s how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.  Hence the saying, “dirt poor.”

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery In the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing..  As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, It would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.  Hence: a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren’t you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.  Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers In the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.  Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.”

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.  It was a sign of wealth that a man could, “bring home the bacon.”  They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat”.

Those with money had plates made of pewter.  Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death.  This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.IMG_2767

Bread was divided according to status..  Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle,  and guests got the top, or the “upper crust”.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky.  The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.  Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.  They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.  Hence the custom; “holding a wake.”

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people.  So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave.  When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.  Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, “saved by the bell” or was considered a “dead ringer”.

Hope you found these as interesting as we did…add your own history facts in the comments section below if you’d like…we LOVE to learn!!!

P.S.  I would love to give credit to the original author of this piece; however, I received this information in an email from my Mother (thanks, Mom) but there was no indication of its origin.  So…to whomever you are…I am trying to credit you for your efforts…I just don’t know who you are…

 

 

February’s Best Days in the Garden (2013)

February’s Best Days in the Garden (2013)

Gardening by the signs has always proven to be beneficial for our family.  I would imagine my grandfather mastered the Blum’s Farmer’s and Planter’s Almanac (located and published in Winston-Salem, NC) and all it had to offer.  Me?  Well…I am still learning but would not dream of gardening without it.

As promised here is what Mr. Almanac, as I fondly refer to ‘him’, says about gardening and the month of February:

  • Plant above ground crops:  12, 13, 16-18, 21, 22
  • Plant root crops:  1-4, 7, 8, 27, 28
  • Plant flowers:  1, 21, 22, 27, 28
  • Transplant:  2, 3, 4
  • Prune:  To encourage growth:  2, 3, 4  To discourage growth:  10, 11, 14, 15
  • Apply organic fertilizer:  2, 3, 4
  • Destroy weeds:  9, 25, 26
  • Harvest crops:  5, 6, 9

Mr. Almanac also forecasts the weather for the month of February and it looks like this current weather pattern of wind and wet will continue throughout much of February for the Atlantic Coast so batten down the hatches.IMG_3190

I am thinking I will be doing a lot inside this month…planning….crocheting scarves and toboggans…cooking…cleaning out…and praying for SPRING and warmer days so I can get outside and get some dirt under these fingernails!  Yep, I am just that weird…I think they call it being a ‘tomboy’ in the south~ 😉  But, hey, I can dress up with the best of ’em…it just isn’t my preference!