Month: May 2012

My love for chalkboard paint.

I have always loved the look of a chalkboard wall, have a look at these great ideas for chalkboard paint and ways that you can use it throughout your home.

Simply paint your pots to better organize your indoor herb garden.

Paint the tops of your mason jars to label herbs and spices or teas.

Paint a feature wall of your home so you can personalize it with a drawing or inspirational quote.

Paint the inside of your kitchen cupboards to write recipes or grocery lists.

Paint the top of a table for keeping score during family game nights.

Be creative with your space by drawing your bed headboard right on to the wall.

Impress your guests with these personalized reusable  name tags for your table setting.

Quick & easy wraps on the BBQ

Image

These wraps are quick, easy and happen to be low in fat as well. Simply just toss some vegetables of your choice in olive oil and salt & pepper. Then place them on the grill and let them cook through. On a whole wheat soft tortilla, spread sour cream and sprinkle grated cheese then top with grilled vegetables. Fold up the wrap and place it back on the grill to melt the cheese. Try them out!
Note: Vegetables can also be tossed in a sauce to add flavor. example: jerk sauce, Frank’s hot sauce or salad dressing.

Mosely’s recovery process

Image

It has now been over 3 weeks since Mosely’s operation and she is back to normal and feeling great.  I was a little concerned at the beginning because she was becoming very attached to her toy lamb and was carrying it around with her everywhere and whining.  After a late night of googling, I found out that this was a very rare trait in female dogs after they are spayed.  It is referred to as a “false pregnancy” and the female dog will display the same characteristics of a dog that has given birth to a litter.  She will carry toys around like they are puppies and try to find nesting places in the home.  In some severe cases, the dog will go into a false labour and the ‘false pregnancy’ can last for up to 70 days.  The vet told us that keeping her busy with walks and playing at the park will help her to overcome this issue.  They were right about that, thank goodness…. she has now let go of her lamb and is back to normal.  Just in time for a beautiful summer in the city.

Great tips for dog owners

Image

 1. Using metal water dishes outside in winter may be a risk, because your pet’s tongue could stick to the frozen metal. In the summer, metal bowls can get very hot and burn your dog.

2. If you have a puppy that pees on your carpet: After soaking up most of the mess with a paper towel, sprinkle a generous amount of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) over the area and leave it to absorb both the traces of urine and the odor.

3. If your dog runs away from you and you finally catch up to it, no matter how angry you are at the dog, do not yell or smack it or your dog will never come to you when called for fear of being punished.

4. Do not leave your dog unattended on a choke chain. The chain could get caught and strangle the dog.

5. Do not leave your dog in the car unattended on hot days. Even with the windows open, temperatures in cars WILL reach deadly levels. It only takes five minutes! If you see a dog locked in a very hot car do something to try and help it before it’s too late.

6. Do not make your dog walk on extremely hot or cold asphalt, cement, etc. The pads of their paws are not made out of steel. If it is too hot for you to walk barefoot, then chances are that it is too hot for your dog also.

7. To keep your dog busy, buy toys with little holes in them (such as a Kong), put both big and small pieces of kibble in the toy and give it to your dog.  This will keep him busy for quite a while, presuming he has a few small ones that he gets out quickly. You can also wedge dog biscuits in the holes with a smear of peanut butter.

8. When your dog is teething, instead of have him chewing on couches, walls, etc., buy a few (cheap) washcloths. Soak the washcloth with water and put it in the freezer. When fully frozen, give it to the dog to chew. It will thaw out so have another one ready in the freezer. (Be careful when doing this with very small dogs, as they may get a chill. I have heard of small dogs getting too cold too quickly when chewing on ice.)

9. For teething puppies, mix chicken or beef broth (look for low fat, low sodium brands) with 1 ½ cups of water. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays to made broth ice cubes. They are tasty treats on hot days. (Be careful when doing this with very small dogs, as they may get a chill. I have heard of small dogs getting too cold too quickly when chewing on ice.)

10. Do not leave your pet in an area with dangling phone cords, drape cords or other items that it may strangle itself on. Be aware of electric cords that may be chewed by the pet.

11. I have a dog that used to love to dig. When I’d fill the hole and re-seed, he’d just dig it up again. One day I was watching him wander around the yard, and I noticed he took extra care not to step in his droppings. So, the next time I filled up a hole, I buried a little dung at the bottom and left some dung on top. He avoided the freshly-seeded grass, and his droppings made excellent fertilizer. This won’t work for all dogs…I also have another dog that loves to dig. This trick does not work on her, as she does not care where she steps.
Please note: the feces of dogs or any other meat-eating animal are NOT SAFE to use as fertilizer on plants that will be eaten by people, such as veggies, fruits or herbs. The feces can spread disease, even if it comes from a healthy dog.

12.  Is your dog digging? Try putting cayenne pepper in the holes—they don’t like the sensation when they go back to dig again.

13. Dog urination burns your lawn? Try giving them some tomato juice every day (either in a bowl or on their food) and it should solve the problem.

14. After soaking up the majority of urine or picking up the poop, baby wipes do a great job and pick up all smells with no stains left behind.

15. Male guide dogs always squat to urinate. This is so the handler can quickly determine whether the dog is urinating or defecating during potty breaks by feeling down the length of its back. This assists the handler in determining where the poop will land so they can clean up if the dog is hunched up to defecate.

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com

Summer Sangria

Image
The beauty of the basic Sangria recipe is that it is as delicious as it is easy, and it only gets better as you spice it up with your own additions! Really, it is hard to add the “wrong” ingredient here, think favorite fruits, spice and liquors. Chill and enjoy!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja reds, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 Orange cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Shot brandy
  • 2 Cups ginger ale or club soda

Preparation:

Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.

If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.

Addition ideas: sliced strawberries, peaches, handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, a cup of ginger ale, citrus soda pop or lime juice.