Natural Dog Treats To Prepare At Home

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Preparing your dog treats at home is a good option to save money, provide healthier food and pick on fresh ingredients that are good for your precious fur baby.

Commercially made treats can be harmful too and there have been many instances where some of these products have been recalled due to harmful ingredients used. Home-cooked treats are more natural and organic in a way because you can control what kind of ingredients to use.

Before embarking on the preparing natural treats for your dog, please ensure that you are familiar with the many other ingredients that a dog cannot ingest. Here are few examples of food to avoid when preparing your dog’s natural treats:

Onions – can be poisonous to a dog affecting its blood and causing anaemia

Grapes/Raisins – can cause kidney failure

Chocolate – contains methylxanthines which is a toxin for dogs

Xylitol – found in sweeteners used for candies and gums, it can cause liver failure

Macadamia nuts – can cause muscle weakness and paralysis

Canned goods (human consumption) – due to high levels of salt (and sugar for some canned goods)

There are more but be careful with your food preparation.

 

Below are lists of resources where you can find recipes for your fur babies’ treats that you can make at home to ensure the highest level of quality and freshness your dogs deserve.

http://www.natural-pet-essentials.com/homemade-dog-treat-recipes.html

http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/

http://www.cesarsway.com/ – This is Cesar Milan’s site (the dog whisperer) and you can also find many tips on how to care, train your dogs

http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/homemade-dog-food-recipes.html – contains list of other sites that offer natural dog treat recipes

http://www.topdogfoodrecipes.com/

 

Have fun with the doggie treat preparation and couple that with lots of love and affection!

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2015!

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5 Things Your Kitchen Needs

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Renters everywhere know that a good kitchen is hard to find… and extremely valuable when you finally do. To really have a kitchen that works, you either need to build it to spec or use what you have cleverly. It’s also about what you bring to the space. Regardless of whether you’re renting or building, here are five things every good kitchen should have.

1. Hardware

Having the right tools for the job is essential. Manufacturer websites, like the one run by Asko, are an excellent resource when researching kitchen appliances because they cover just about everything – ovens, kitchen cooktops, fridges, and dishwashers… the lot. Knowing things like size, shape, price ranges, and even build quality in advance will allow you to get the most optimal equipment for your money.

2. Utensils

Having a wide range of quality cooking utensils is a must for any quality kitchen. Utensils can be anything from oven mitts to a quality set of kitchen knives to meat thermometers. These will facilitate the creation of any number of recipes and solve any prep problems as they crop up. Again, these tools come in all kinds of price ranges and levels of build quality, so you should absolutely spend some time researching online before making a purchase.

3. Space

One area that many people seem to forget when building a kitchen is simply having enough space to move about in. This is so important, especially if you’re building an investment property to be rented out. A kitchen should be big enough to accommodate two or three people at a time for preparation of larger meals, or just to allow people to pass through the room during prep times without causing a pileup. Again, this is a frequent concern for the long-time renter.

4. Airflow

A well-ventilated kitchen should be considered mission-critical. A properly installed rangehood above the cooktop to hoover up any smoke or steam and large windows nearby in case the rangehood isn’t able to catch it all are a must. You don’t want the house filling with smoke and accidentally setting off the smoke alarms when all you were trying to do was fry some bacon on a Sunday morning!

5. Waste Disposal

Proper waste disposal is another must-have for the kitchen, whether it’s in the form of an actual in-sink waste disposal system or just a nice, large bin nearby for tipping scraps, offcuts or vegetable peelings into. This helps you to perform that simplest of kitchen rituals: the ‘clean-as-you-go’ strategy. Cleaning up after yourself as you cook means much less washing up after the meal when you’ve got a full belly and would really rather watch some TV or go straight to sleep.

These are just a few of the things that could be considered for every kitchen, but everyone’s tastes are different. Everyone uses their kitchen for different things and that means what one person considers essential, another may not. What are your must-have items for the kitchen? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Practice Before You Take The Test

Before you get into a business of building houses, you will likely need to take a test to prove that you know what you’re doing with the equipment and the design. You can take classes at most community colleges, and before you get any kind of certificate, you can take practice exams online or from a book to make sure you remember the information that you have learned.

When you take a practice exam, you need to make notes on the material that you don’t know so that you can go back and study it before the final test. You can usually take as many practice tests as you need to take so that you are comfortable with the format and know of the way that the tests are set up before taking the final exam. The practice tests will often have different questions on each test. This is why you can take as many as you want in order to make sure you have the information in your mind before getting your certificate or degree. After you know the material, you can take the test that you need to complete so that you can begin your career in building homes.

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Easy To Prepare Green Snacks For St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. It is celebrated every 17th of March and St. Patrick is widely known as the Patron Saint of Ireland.

Many people around the world celebrating St. Patrick’s Day will be preparing festive gatherings for family and friends. And here are some easy to prepare green snacks for your Paddy’s Feast.

St. Patrick’s Parfait

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(recipe and photo from food.com)

What you need:
1 (3 ounce) box Jell-O instant pistachio pudding mix (4-serving)
2 cups milk
2 kiwi fruits, peeled and thinly sliced
Cool Whip or any whipped cream
3 drops green food colouring
Green sugar as garnishing (used in Christmas cookie sprinkles)

DIRECTIONS

Prepare pudding according to package directions using the milk; chill until set.
When pudding is chilled, layer pudding, kiwifruit and green-tinted Cool Whip in clear dessert glasses (wine glasses will work well)– do pudding-fruit-coolwhip then repeat, ending with a layer of Cool Whip.
Sprinkle a tiny amount of green coarse sugar on parfaits and refrigerate until serving.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Crispy Treats

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(recipe and photo from food.com)

What you need:
6 cups Rice Krispies
1⁄4 cup margarine
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄2-1 teaspoon green food coloring
1 (10 ounce) package mini marshmallows

DIRECTIONS

Line a 13x9x2 baking pan with foil, lightly spray with Pam cooking spray or butter.
Melt margarine in a large pot on low heat.
Add marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.
Remove from heat.
Add vanilla extract and food colouring stir until smooth.
Add cereal quickly to the melted marshmallow mixture, stir until well coated.
Press into the ready greased baking pan with a buttered spatula. Set aside and cool.
Cut into bars or you can use a shamrock cookie cutter.

 

Kiwi Lime Jell-O with Yogurt

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(photo and recipe from food.com)

What you need:

1 package lime Light Jell-O Gelatin
1 cup boiling water
2 cups ice cubes
1 cup kiwi fruit, thinly sliced and slices cut in half,reserve 4 slices for garnish
1⁄4 cup plain yogurt

DIRECTIONS

In a bowl, add boiling water and jello powder, stir until completely dissolved.
Add ice cubes, stir until jello thickens (3 to 5 minutes).
Remove any icecubes that have not dissolved.
Remove 1/2 cup jello and set aside, to chill for 30 minutes.
Chill remaining jello separately until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes.
Fold kiwifruit slices into remaining jello.
In a small bowl, add the 1/2 cup reserved jello and 1/4 cup yogurt.
Beat reserved jello and yogurt, at high speed, until doubled in volume.
Pour jello/yogurt mixture over kiwifruit/jello mixture.
Chill until set.
Top each serving with a blurb of yogurt, with a slice of kiwifruit arranged on it.
This dessert looks special set in stemmed clear glasses.

And here are more suggestions I have found from other wonderful blogs out there. Be sure to visit their blogs for the recipes!

Green Velvet Cheese Cake from Something Swanky

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St. Patrick’s Day Jell-O Cream Cake from Food Librarian

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Loaded Leprechaun Minty Mint Barks from Love Bakes Good Cakes

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