How to Order My Favorite Essential Oils

Ok, OK....I get it!!!  This whole ‘essential oil thing’ can be a bit overwhelming at first.  With that in mind, I created a beginner's guide for … [Continue Reading]

doTERRA! doTERRA! doTERRA!

A new day...a new adventure!!! Those of you who have been following my antics over the past few years know I am on a journey of natural health and … [Continue Reading]

Planting Potatoes on Top of the Ground

Well...finally!  A beautiful spring-like day and I was chomping at the bit to get outside and get started doing something...anything in my little … [Continue Reading]

Piedmont’s Gardening To-Do List for March

OK, Piedmont gardeners, you Zone 7'ers!!!  Whether you are a container gardener or full blown farmer, it is time to get your ducks in a row and get … [Continue Reading]

Best Buys for March

Saving money becomes more and more important for most of us and knowing when to buy to get the best price is most helpful.  This information regarding … [Continue Reading]

Spring Garden Planner

Another favorite spring 'tool' to download from Organic Gardening... Spring … [Continue Reading]

Seed – Starting Chart

Download Organic Gardening's Seed-Starting Plan for a great tool to guide you on when to start your plants inside and when it is safe to transplant … [Continue Reading]

Store-Bought Honey Imposter?

Why should you buy honey from a local beekeeper?  There are MANY reasons but one of the most important is if you are buying honey from a store you may … [Continue Reading]

‘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 … [Continue Reading]

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 … [Continue Reading]

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 … [Continue Reading]

February Garden Plans in the Piedmont

 Always wanted to try your hand growing a 'crazy good' vegetable garden?It is easier than you think and February is the time to start your plans and … [Continue Reading]

Buy These in February

We all want to get the best 'crazy good' deals on the products we purchase, right?  Well, knowing when to shop for certain items is the key. Based … [Continue Reading]

B12 Deficiency Facts

Do you have any of the following symptoms?  Fatigue, Anxiety, Irritability, Depression, Weakness, Stomach/GI problems, Neurological issues???  These … [Continue Reading]

Fight Colds With Food

We all know being proactive is advantageous in most situations and preventing or fighting a cold is no different.  Here are some crazy good foods that … [Continue Reading]

Crazy Good Creations Saves You $

Whole Foods or Crazy Good Creations?  You decide~ So...I get a text from my Philly daughter this week who found these at Whole Foods: They are … [Continue Reading]

Best Buys for January

According to Consumer Report magazine the following items are best purchased in January for the best pricing: Bedding Carpeting CDs & … [Continue Reading]

Natural Spider Repellent Recipe

I DON'T LIKE SPIDERS!  I use this 'crazy good' natural spider repellent that I make at home to notify spiders that they are not welcome inside!  It … [Continue Reading]

Crazy Good Gardening in the New Year – Zone 7

With the new year comes longer days (yea!) and preparation for your crazy good spring gardening plan (YEA!).  Based on Organic Gardening information … [Continue Reading]

Recycle Candles & Save $$$

Why haven't I been doing this all along???  Such a CRAZY GOOD CREATION!!!  Make new candles from the leftover portions of old ones...super simple, fun … [Continue Reading]

Seed – Starting Chart

Seed – Starting Chart

Download Organic Gardening’s Seed-Starting Plan for a great tool to guide you on when to start your plants inside and when it is safe to transplant them outside!

 

Thank you, Organic Gardening, for this helpful gardening tool!

 

Store-Bought Honey Imposter?

Store-Bought Honey Imposter?

Why should you buy honey from a local beekeeper?  There are MANY reasons but one of the most important is if you are buying honey from a store you may not be getting a crazy good creation  at all!

Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey

BY ANDREW SCHNEIDER

Here is their list of the store-bought honey that contains NO POLLEN!

honey-without-pollen-food-safety-news1 “The food safety divisions of the  World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others also have ruled that without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.”

Once again…it is in YOUR BEST INTEREST to shop locally and to educate yourself about the foods you are eating and feeding to your family!

I found this article and many other interesting ones at Food Safety News, a most informative website regarding breaking news about the foods that are available for our consumption.

Again, I say, EDUCATE YOURSELF!!!

‘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!