Archive | January 2021

Make Your Own Dog Food

While there are plenty of good dog foods you can buy, it can get expensive. If you have a pup with any special dietary needs, the costs can escalate quickly.

This is Picaso, our oldest doggo who has kidney issues and cancer.

We tried dog foods from our vet, but even with the discount we get because our oldest daughter works there as a vet assistant, it was still expensive. After doing a lot of research and talking with her about options, we decided to make dog food at home. It was really easy and a lot cheaper. We used the slow cooker, as that meant nothing needed watched or stirred. NOTE: This recipe is for a dog that needs lower protein due to kidney issues. If your vet recommends higher protein or your pup has food sensitivity issues, you will need to adjust the recipe. Before you change foods or start a new regimen, talk with your veterinarian.

Here’s what we did:

In your slow cooker, combine the following:

• 3 cans of chicken breast, including the water, or 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts with the fat trimmed (We used the cans because it was just easier)

• 2-3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into rough chunks

• 4-6 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks

• 1 can of beets, including the liquid

• 1 6-10oz. bag of spinach

• 4 tbsp flaxseed or flaxseed powder

• Cover all ingredients with water, but be sure there is room for the water level to rise. As the food cooks in the slow cooker, it will give off liquid.

• Cook on high for 4 hours.

•After 4 hours, use a potato masher to mash the food. It doesn’t have to be a purée but should have bite-sized chunks.

•Add 3 cups of brown rice. Close the lid and let the rice cook until tender. We used brown minute rice, but you can use rice that doesn’t quick cook. Just be sure you give it at least 60 minutes to soften.

•Mix cooked rice in thoroughly. Divide into ½ cup portions in zipper bags or reusable containers.

We keep 2 days thawed in the fridge and freeze the rest in portioned zipper bags. If your doggo need extra water (like ours) you can add 1-3 tbs of water to each portion when you serve it to your dog. Serve a ½ cup portion to your dog twice a day.

Reuse Idea: Disinfectant Wipe Containers

With COVID-19 and because we have 2 people in the house who are immunocompromised (my daughter and I both have lupus with lung involvement), disinfectant wipes, e.g. Clorox or Lysol, have become an even bigger part of our lives. I previously posted about making your own wipes here, but honestly, these days I am more likely to buy wipes than make my own. With the rate we are using disinfectant wipes, we have a lot of empty wipe canisters. If you have any experience with this blog, you know that I love reusing things like this! Check out a collection of my reuse posts here.We already use wipe canisters as plastic bag dispensers, (thread the bags through the handles, roll up, dispense in the canister), but with the volume of wipes used these days, I think there are more ways to reuse these containers.

NOTE: Because of the cleaners that were in these, I do not store any food or items that might end up in people’s mouths in disinfectant wipe containers, no matter how much washing happens.

Here are some of my favorite ways to reuse disinfectant wipe containers:

  1. Plastic bag storage
  2. Storage for laundry or dishwashing pods
  3. Craft, art, and school supply storage (either standing or get creative and glue several together horizontally to make an organizer)
  4. Tool or kitchen utensil storage (like craft supplies, either standing or create your own organizer with several)
  5. Grab and Go toiletries kit – include toothbrush in travel case, travel toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, wipes, etc. These can be personalized for each person in the family or keep a bunch together in your car as give-always for the homeless
  6. Car or desk top trash can
  7. Bathroom tool holder – put combs or brushes in it, hair bands around it. This works especially well with the thinner containers
  8. Used cooking oil – don’t ever put your used cooking oil down the drain! Instead, collect it in a wipe container once it has cooled. When the container is full, dispose of it properly
  9. Office supplies – you can cut the containers down and create a customized desk organizer.
  10. Ribbon dispenser – on its side, cut a slot the length of the container or holes for specific ribbon, depending on size, use, etc. you can easily pull ribbon out without it getting tangled. This can be mounted with other containers for more storage.

If you want to get really creative, you can wrap the containers with contact paper or washi tapes to cover the label. Or you can do what I did and just take the label off. For art supplies, my kids have drawn on the containers with markers. You are limited only by your creativity!

Do you have a suggestion for a way you reuse these containers? Drop it in the comments!