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Caramel Popcorn Recipe And More Jar Gifts.

This caramel popcorn recipe makes an excellent gourmet gift.Be sure to use real butter it tastes much better.This would be a really nice gift for just about anyone on your list.You can put it in a jar or tin, and make multiple gifts.

10 cups popped popcorn
1 1/2 cups of dry roasted peanuts
1/2 cup butter cut in cubes
1/4 cup of corn syrup
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
Use a roasting pan or a really big mixing bowl.Be sure to coat everything with cooking spray , makes clean up easier.
Pop your popcorn, pour the popcorn into your pan and sprinkle peanuts over top. Pre-heat oven to 200 F.
In a saucepan melt butter, corn syrup ,brown sugar, and salt over medium heat. Stir often and bring to a boil. Let boil for five minutes without stirring.
Remove saucepan from heat and add baking soda right away with the vanilla and stir.
Immediately pour mix over popcorn and mix using two spoons coated with cooking spray.
Spoon mix onto a well greased cookie sheet , bake 1 hour stir every 15 minutes.Cool completely and add to jars or tins. Great gift idea!
I have also added some more jar gift ideas that are really neat little gifts.
Bead jar with string for kid’s. Hair ribbons ,and things for a little girl. Baby wash clothes layered in a jar really cute! Pin cushion jars filled with sewing items. Treat in a jar layered with cake icecream ,icing and whip cream.
Use star bucks bottles to fill with candy. You can paint them to put flowers in them and write on the bottles. Also for dog lovers add some homemade dog biscuits you can’t forget the pets!

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Too Have and Too Hold from this Day Forward.

ImageImageImage This little hound and I do not get along during the day for various reasons.However at night time unknown to me we obviously get along quite well.The kid’s took the picture to prove it to me.

Nickel’s is only a year old and I am trying to teach him some manners, which is proving to be quite difficult for me.He leaves his nose prints all over my windows,and paw prints all over my doors.He goes completely crazy if he sees a cat,or another dog.Then knocks everything down in my porch.

Nickels will not stay outside by himself without barking incessantly,shock collars are 150 bucks,but he is getting one anyway.The newspaper delivery boy,and the mail girl dread delivery to our house,can’t say I blame them.Nickel’s waits until their close then goes in for the kill.I can’t tell you how many poor people walking by that he has scared the beejesus out of,myself included.He gives no warning until the person is real close.One lady almost fell down from the shock of it.Kid’s run by now the poor ones who are expecting it.

Nickel’s is quite hyper so training him has become quite a challenge for me.

I bought a new table cloth the other day with some placemats,and some nice flowers.I guess he didn’t care for them so he jumped up on my table yes! my table ,and peed on my flowers.Everyone else thinks it’s funny ha! ha! Were working on it believe me.

My kid’s and hubby refuse to replace him.I beg to diiffer.The best of it is I picked him out,which I am reminded of on a daily basis.What the hell was I thinking? Anyone have any training tips for me?

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Getting Rid of Skunk Spray.

ImageIt’s late that’s when this stuff usually happens.It’s 2:00 o’clock in the morning and your dog needs to go out.What’s the first thing Fido does is head for the bushes,guess who’s lurking in there Mr skunk.You can’t leave the dog out all night because he will probably bark and drive the neighbors nuts.Although I would like to trap the skunk in a cage and when animal control shows up it’s all theirs.Can you tell I don’t care for our animal control woman anyway,because she also gives parking tickets! Any way back to the skunk spray,so I decide a good place to start is aroma therapy?hmmm.Turns out skunk juice is one aroma without a therapy.The best solution and I know this from experience is to mix 1/4 cup of baking soda,about a cup of peroxide,one teaspoon of soap,add this to a half quart of water and stir.Cover Fido with the solution everywhere avoid the eyes.Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse well.He will be a blond only temporarily,but like they say blondes have more fun,but the smell will be gone.

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Bad Breath and Your Dog.

ImageHave you ever been the recipient of a big wet sloppy,loving, kiss from your pet,and their breath is not as sweet as they intended the kiss to be.It’s not their fault he just forgot to brush. One time we were at the beach and we had our dog scrappy with us.Believe me this pup would eat anything,he stumbled upon a dead fish that was flattened into the ground and must of been dead 10 years, or so.Well we chased him trying to stop him from eating his catch which we failed at miserably.So scrappy jumped into the back seat, and us in the front,we were not to pleased with him.Then he slapped us with an even bigger insult he belched right between us.Well the smell was hideous.So I had to brush his teeth when we arrived home. I used two teaspoons of baking soda,1/4 teaspoon of water,and just a drop of olive oil,then mix it all together it will turn into a paste.Then go ahead and brush your pets teeth.It will keep his teeth,and gums healthy,and fresher breath. You can give your dog extra calcium just dry egg shells in the oven at 250 degrees F for 30 minutes.Then crush the shells and add to your pets food.It is also good for the birds.

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Natural Flea Repellents.

ImageThese biscuits are a great way to prevent your dog from getting fleas,and your dog will love your homemade biscuits.As well as the biscuits, there is a spray you can make for Fido to keep him from being driven nuts from those blood suckers that like to feed on  him. 

Flea Hater Dog Biscuits



  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup of brewers yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoon of canola oil
  • optional 1 clove of garlic chopped or 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup of chicken stock, plus 3 Tbsp for basting


Heat oven to 400 degrees F, line a sheet with parchment paper. Mix flour, wheat germ, brewers yeast, and salt together in medium bowl. Combine oil and garlic, add 1/2 cup of chicken stock. Mix until well combined. Knead for 2 minutes by hand on floured surface, dough will be sticky. Roll dough out about 3/8 inch thick. Cut out bone shapes, put on cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes, rotate baking sheet, baste with remaining chicken stock. Bake 10 minutes longer. Turn off oven; let pan sit in oven for 1 and 1/2 hour longer.                                                                                                                                                 Cut up 6 lemons,and boil about a quart of water.Add the lemons into the water and let it steep for a few hours.Then strain the juice into a spray bottle,using a funnel helps.Spray all over your pet avoid the eyes.Your pet will thank you,and there is no chemicals to hurt your pet.

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