In the interests of hoping to bring Spring to its sense, she’s started to do her usual purge and clean at this time of year. Shaking out the winter cobwebs and bringing that sparkly shine to her house may just put a smile on her face. Continue reading
Let’s talk about clearing snow first–when Enviro-Girl lived in town, she marveled at the gigantic snow blowers her neighbors employed to clear 20-40 feet of sidewalk and a short driveway to the street. Shoveling is fantastic exercise–guaranteeing sweat and increased heart rate within ten minutes–and it’s the friendliest way to move the snow aside. (Take a moment to appreciate the irony of someone using a snowblower to clear their driveway before they drive to the gym to exercise…doesn’t make much sense, does it?) The trick to making shoveling a reasonable task is using the correct tool–a shovel appropriate for your build and height–and attacking the snow Continue reading
Hers has been out of the closet exactly twice in the past ten years, so she thought it would be interesting to see what other uses people had found for this interesting and stylish little strainer. Continue reading
Today, Recycla is here to talk about CHOCOLATE.
The news out of West Virginia should be a wake-up call to everyone. A chemical spill contaminated the water supply for most of the state’s population–people couldn’t use their water to drink, to wash, even do laundry. How is a tragedy like this possible? How is it preventable? How can we protect ourselves in similar situations? Continue reading
Every year at this time, Recycla craves simplicity and order in her home. After the excesses of the holidays (food, decorations, parties, etc.), she’s ready to have LESS in her life, so in the coming weeks, she’ll be organizing closets and drawers and generally bringing more order into her life.
Eco Lassie wanted to share a few reminders with you about foods to avoid for your pets as we start another year.
And she’ll share her the recipe she made for her own Radar this year.
First off, those pesky foods to avoid.
Most people are aware that chocolate in any form is a huge no-no for their dogs, but the toxic list also includes:
avocado, coffee in any form, garlic, macadamia nuts, onions, raisins and grapes, and yeast dough. You should avoid fatty foods for any pet, and xylitol , an artificial sweetener used in some foods.
Another item to avoid is any form of alcoholic beverage. Your dog’s (or cat’s) metabolism just can’t handle alcohol.
But there is a treat you can make for your dog that will have him wagging his tail: his very own dog biscuits made from simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. It does call for oat flour, but you can make your own by putting uncooked oats in either a spice grinder or a food processor.
Sweet potatoes are a really great all-around food, like pumpkin, that dogs tolerate well. In this recipe, you could use either. And you can use beets instead of carrots. Experiment to see which your pet likes or base which to use on what you have on hand. Take a taste if you like!
Eco Lassie made these today and used cookie cutters that look like a scottie dog, (even thought her Radar is an Italian Spinone) and left over dough into into circles and cones.
Here’s the simple recipe for these Oat Biscuits:
1 carrot, grated finely
1 medium sweet potato, steamed in micro and cooled (Eco Lassie used 5 mins at half power but microwaves are different, so you may need to experiment, or bake it instead until soft)
1/4 cup natural unsweetened applesauce
1/8 cup water
1 cup uncooked oats (old-fashioned or instant)
1 cup whole-wheat flour (you can sub all-purpose if you need to)
1 cup oat flour (see note above to grind more oats)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat over to 35o degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients. What could be easier?
Mix and then mash it all together, using your hands to work all the ingredients together. Knead to combine thoroughly. Add a few drops more water if mixture is too dry; if too sticky, add flour by teaspoons until you reach a workable soft dough consistency.
Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the dough until it’s 1/4″ thick. Go to town using cookie cutters into whatever shapes you like. You can use biscuit cutters for rounds or a simple pizza cutter to make strips or squares. Freehand shapes if you like.
These will last a week if stored in an airtight container. Hope you and your pet enjoy these special treats!