Make your own dog treats
Dogs love treats. You don’t have to buy expensive boxed treats. Many dogs love to munch on small pieces of fruit and vegetables, and most absolutely love peanut butter. You can make homemade treats, so you can control the ingredients. The first reader tip shares a recipe for biscuits. If you’d rather make treats without sugar added, get your hands on the “Three Dog Bakery Cookbook: Over 50 Recipes for All-Natural Treats for Your Dog” by Mark Beckloff and Dan Dye. You’ll have plenty of recipes and laugh while reading it.
Here’s the recipe I use.
2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 beef bouillon cubes, dissolved in 3/4 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat oven to 300 F. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well combined. Knead dough for about 1 minute. On a floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out with dog bone cutter and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely before feeding to pet or putting in jar. — Nancy, Virginia
My roommate loves candles, but she lets them burn too long so the wick is always burned down in a tunnel in her candles. I decided to try something with a few of her leftover old candles. Rather than buying the wicks and making new candles, I made a makeshift double boiler with a pot with some water in it and a glass Pyrex baking dish to melt the wax. I added the candle chunks I cut out of the glass candle jar and put them in the Pyrex dish.
When the wax was melted, I poured them into foil muffin pans. You might even be able to use regular metal ones, but I had the foil ones and decided if my experiment didn’t work I wouldn’t ruin a good pan, and I could just throw away the foil muffin pan. I filled each cup about 1/4 full and let the wax harden. I removed them from the pans (they came out remarkably easy) and now she has 10 homemade vanilla scented potpourri tarts to burn in her tart burner that she retired because the tarts were so expensive. One good thing about burning potpourri tarts is you can reburn them time after time. If you want to change the scent for that room, you just let the wax harden in the burner and remove the already used tart with a butter knife. So I figure, for about 45 minutes of time (melting and pouring the wax) and the couple hours max of time for the wax to harden, I made 18 potpourri tarts. I figure at $2 a piece that Yankee Candle charges, that’s $36 in savings. — Kim, Alabama
MINI TRASH CAN:
Reuse empty facial tissue boxes in your laundry room to put the dryer lint in. — Pat, Florida
ICE FOR THE COOLER:
Freeze water in 2-liter bottles and place in your cooler instead of ice to keep your foods cool. Then you can drink the water. — Stacey, Pennsylvania
I have arthritis and recently moved. I found that several of my moving boxes fit perfectly in my lower cabinets. I use them with flaps folded in to increase stability. I have boxes of plastic storage containers, cake mixes, dry goods, tools, etc. It enables me to maximize the use of my lower cupboards, and I can access the items with ease. I just pull the box partially out and select what I need. No more items lost in the back of the cabinets, and it’s is easier on my poor aching body. –Karen, Texas