Homemade Dog Food


hate to waste anything which is how this recipe was birthed. I have two dogs, a hound (who could eat anything without a problem) and a Yorkie, who has a sensitive stomach. Both love the homemade d

og food and seem to be perkier since adding this to their menu.

I should say that I’m not a vet, or a K-9 dietician. I did a little internet research is all. Do your own research or ask your vet if this is okay for your dog before introducing. My dogs eat table scraps (despite how much naysaying I’ve heard over the years, all of my dogs through the years have done fine with them and th

ey’re dogs, what would they be eating if they were on their own? Besides, if I had to eat the same dry dog food every day, well, boooooring. (I’m not judging you if this is what your dog eats btw.)


Okay, fine print out of the way. When I cut up veggies/produce, or have scraps of bread, pasta, whatever left overs, I add them to a freezer bag I have marked (“dogs”) and just keep adding them to that freezer bag (of course kept in the freezer) until it’s full. Make sure what you’re put

ting in there isn’t on the toxic to dogs list: http://www.caninejournal.com/foods-not-to-feed-dog/

I’ve read that something like 50% of a dog’s diet should be protein. Normally, I will take a leftover chicken carcass (one we’ve eaten a meal from) and pressure cook it until the bones are pretty soft. [30 minutes to an hour. ]  Once they’re soft enough to bend, I pour the bones, stock and whatever other nasties from the pot into a food processor and blend until smooth, adding water until it’s a pate consistency. At this point, it smells just like canned dog food.

I use my slow cooker for everything else. I add the above paste to whatever veggie bits I have. Normally, I’ll have to add extra starch to keep a balance (whole wheat pasta, bread ends, rice, whatever).

Be sure to add some fat. I usually add a bit of oil or bacon grease to whatever fat com

es off the skin of the chicken carcass). Dogs need some fat in their diet. (Just like we do. It’s essential to brain function, and for their skin and coat not to dry out… among other things I’m ignorant on.)

They also need quite a bit of calcium. (I will grind dry egg shells into a talcum like powder if I’m not including chicken bones and add that to their food while cooking.)

I left this mix cook over night, then turn it off while I’m at work so it’s cool by the time I get home. For my dogs, one crockpot full will last 3 days. I keep it in the fridge.

Because they also eat a steady diet of store bought dry food, I don’t stress about any vitamins they’re missing in my homemade concoction. If they were only eating homemade, I’d probably add a doggie daily vitamin.

Bon appétit!

Don’t Throw Away Those Bread Tails! (Homemade Bread Crumbs)

If your house is like mine, no one wants to eat the bread crusts… or the mashed pieces. You could feed them to the birds, which is nice. Or add them to your homemade dog food. Or for a sick dog, dipped in milk and egg helps an ailing belly (per my country boy husband, and it does seem to help). But, my favorite use is homemade breadcrumbs.

I haven’t had to buy any in many years. I reuse my store bought breadcrumb tube as a container.

Recipe: (super simple)breadcrumb

Take old pieces of bread or crackers and lay them open to air until COMPLETELY dried out. (this is important or they will mold.) I lay mine on the empty bread wrapper and then will tuck them inside once dry and tie up until I’ve accumulated enough to make a batch of breadcrumbs.

Throw these dried pieces of bread into your food processor (a blender works too, but you’ll just have to break the bread into smaller pieces or it will catch). Add seasoning (if you like) and a pinch of salt. (I use italian seasoning). Keep in your breadcrumb container or any tupperware with a lid.



Homemade Spray Deodorant

There’s been a lot of scientific back and forth regarding whether or not the aluminum used in antiperspirants is linked to breast cancer and other health issues (like Alzheimer’s). With the jury out, many are looking for other alternatives. I like to save money and use natural products when I can so I love this recipe. I’ve been using it for several weeks now and it works like a charm to nullify body odor.

I originally had a recipe for men’s aftershave, but my husband is particular and didn’t use it. A friend shared a link for her 16.00 a bottle (3.4 oz) spray rose deodorant, which got me to thinking…

I made a modification to the aftershave, and voila!

spray bottleHere’s the recipe:

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

1/4 witch hazel

1 tsp glycerin (softens the underarm where the alcohol might dry it out)

as many drops of your favorite essential oil as you like for scent. I use rose and it serves dual purpose as my fragrance.

Simple mix and pour some in a small spray bottle. I found mine on (where else?) Amazon. 

I keep the extra in a sealed mason jar and I imagine this one batch will last me most of the year.

Super Simple Homemade Laundry Detergent

It may sound like a lot of trouble to make your own laundry detergent, but it’s ridiculously easy. Truth be told, few things make me so deliriously happy as mixing together a batch, knowing it’s costing me pennies to whip up enough for the month. I only wish I figured this out sooner. For me, every penny saved (in this case quite a lot of dollars!), is money that goes into my savings for retirement. Security is something I’m beginning to value a lot as I enter middle-age. I don’t count on social security to be there for me. Taxes eat away at half of what I make and with 5 kids between myself and my husband, well….

Photo on 2014-02-13 at 09.00    Super Simple Laundry Detergent:

   1 cup Borax (Kmart, Walmart, grocery stores usually carry, if not, Amazon.

   1 cup Wash Soda (I make my own from baking soda, it’s easy and a lot cheaper and easier to find. Directions below)

   1 cup soap flakes. (You can buy these as is, but I make my own by using bar        soap (choose one that has a nice smell if that does it for you. I like Irish Spring, but will use whatever is on sale.) I’ve tried to use a food processor. It didn’t come out so good. A good old cheese grater (the big metal kind with four sides. I use the biggest grate.) This is a chore I give my boys. They do two bars each about once a month.

That’s it, just mix it into a bucket. I use a plastic tub with lid I bought Value Kroger brand detergent and I write the recipe right on the front so I always have it handy.

 2 tablespoons per full load. For me, it works great.

To make wash soda:

Photo on 2014-02-13 at 09.02

Wash Soda










Spread baking soda onto a cookie sheet (I do two cookie sheets at a time.) Bake at 400 degrees for half an hour to hour. The texture should go from a baby powder feel to a course, almost salty feel.

I make extra and keep it in a big jar because I also use it for dishwashing detergent. I make sure I always have plenty handy and make it when it starts running low.



Jesus Freak Hideout Reviews Wings of Glass

Author Gina Holmes does a masterful job pulling the reader into this character’s life without overloading the reader in a world which can be disconcerting to many. Rather than begin the story in a tedious development of abuse, or saturate us in the violence of the present, she starts us at a point where Trent is injured, leaving Penny to fend for their family, offering her both challenges and opportunities. As Penny writes to her young son, Manny, “I hate to wish bad things on you, son, but I hope you get the privilege someday of having no one to lean on but God. It changes a person. It sure changed me.” Penny is forced to connect with others, and as God often does, He provides someone who can see through the lies Penny uses to “protect” her husband, and can guide her in ways to protect herself.” Jesusfreakhideout.com Read the rest HERE.

Join me, Karen White, Diane Chamberlain and others February 9th…

Book Club Movable Feast

Bookmarks invites you to join us for a Book Club Movable Feast 
Sunday, February 9
3:00 – 5:00 PM 
Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

Back by popular demand, Bookmarks will present our 2nd Annual Book Club Movable Feast. It will be held at The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, in Winston-Salem, NC. 

The program will begin at 3:00 PM sharp. Attendees will be seated at tables where they will be joined by an author. Over the course of the Movable Feast, 25 published authors from all over the country will sit with attendees to talk with them about his or her recently published book. This year, each table will be visited by 8 authors for 10 minutes each. Opportunity for further discussion will proceed and follow the Movable Feast.

Doors open and book sales begin at 2:15 PM. Booksignings will follow the program.

Tickets include light refreshments which will be served throughout. 

From Instagram

Just saw this on Instagram and it made my day. Thanks Robin Salvadore!

“..sometimes, love demands the impossible.” – Crossing Oceans <3 Getting halfway done though I just started reading it. It’s the second Gina Holmes’ book I have and I’ve already read the other one. Both books are astonishingly written. I just love this author so much :)) ugh. I have classes tomorrow but I can’t stop reading. ️ #crossingoceans #ginaholmes #greatbook #book #quotes #love #quotw #bookquote #reading

A Lovely Review From Goodreads (Wings of Glass)

From Goodreads: (Thanks Audrey!)

Audrey Grant rated it 5 of 5 stars

“Amazing how REAL AND EXACT some of the thoughts and emotions are, even if the story isn’t exactly the same! The Author NAILED it! If you want to “understand” “WHAT IS/ WAS SHE THINKING?!?!”.. read this book. My copy is full of yellow highlights and I’m going to have my own “Manny” who is almost 19 read it to further explain some things to him better than I ever have.

Wow, What a Month!

We have lots of exciting news this month:

Gina’s latest novel, Wings of Glass, is again an ECPA and CBA bestseller for November 2013!

Wings of Glass was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal for 2013.

Wings of Glass is a finalist in Romantic Times’ Reviewer’s Choice Awards.


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