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Friday, June 10, 2022

PetHonesty Advanced Hip & Joint Chicken Flavored Soft Chews Joint Supplement For Dogs Review

PetHonesty Advanced Hip & Joint for Dogs has a great flavor!

 I personally don't know this but my 2 gobbled these supplements up without turning their nose.

 In the past other similar products didn't fair so well. Being soft they were especially easy for my geriatric dogs to eat being they do have teeth missing. The resealable container keeps them from drying out. I did notice a big improvement in their mobility, my Corgi mix can now jump on the bed! 

I would definitely recommend these to anyone who has older dogs.

Available at chewy.com  

I may have received one or more of the products mentioned above for free or a discounted price. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

In The Garden ~ WW

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Harvesting Herbs ~ Use Fresh or Dry

Growing herbs is just half the fun.
Cooking with them and tasting the efforts of 
your work is the icing on the cake!

Here are some simple ways to use fresh and/or 
preserve your homegrown herbs. The savory smell 
and fresh flavor will have you salivating for your
 favorite dish.

Flavorful Herbs


*Make a brush with fresh Rosemary sprigs by tying the ends. Use to add sauce to meat while barbequing. You'll not only brushing on your sauce/marinade but adding Rosemary flavor also.

1. Harvest early in the morning just after the dew has dried off the leaves
2. Remove any soil/dirt/dust by rinsing them under cool water.
3. Shake off excess water.
4. Gently pick off any dead or discolored leaves with your fingers.

Lemon Verbena

5. If leaves are large like Bay Leaves, pick off each leaf and set aside on a layer of paper towels in a dark place until dry.

*When cooking with Bay Leaves be sure to remove prior to serving as they are a choking hazard.

Bay Tree

*TIP* Bay trees are easily propagated. Bay Tree propagation begins by taking cuttings, do this in summer when the wood is green and pliable. Take three or so cuttings at least 6'' long. You want the cutting to be firm but the wood should be easy to bend. Strip off all leaves from each cutting except the top two or three. Dip stems in rooting hormone and place in small pots. within a couple of months you should have rooted cuttings. Give them an easy tug, if you feel resistance you have roots!

6. For smaller leaves, gather stems into small bunches and tie off with rubber bands. The rubber bands will shrink as the stems dry holding them together.


7. Hang bunches in a dark, cool, dust free, well ventilated area.
8. Take down bunches in 2-3 weeks, when they are dry.
9. Strip leaves from stems.
10. Store leaves in glass jars, bottles, etc.

*TIP* Herbs are easy to grow. Most like full to partial sun, Semi-moist soil (meaning they can dry out between watering's), and they like to be trimmed. Trimming not only makes them more compact, but gives you trimmings to cook with.


10. Larger dried leaves can be easily crumbled between palms for a finer consistency.

*TIP* Mint loves to spread! Before you know it you will have a good patch of mint. To keep it in bounds, plant in a container to contain roots. Be sure to pinch off any flower buds you see. If you let them flower, seeds will form which is another way they sprout and spread easily.
*Use savory herbs in your main or side dishes for added flavor.
*When making French or regular bread, croutons, muffins, biscuits, etc. Rosemary makes the perfect addition.

Edible Flower Petals


Roses, Violets, Lavender, Borage, Chives, Cornflower, Marigold, Nasturtium, Lilac, Clover and Pansy are just a few of edible flowers

Roses and Calendula

Pick herbs/flowers early in the day for the strongest flavor.
Be sure herbs/flowers have not been sprayed with anything.

1Strip fresh petals from stems and place in a single layer on clean paper towels.
2. Leave until dry in an area with good ventilation and no direct sunlight.
    Timing for drying will depend on temperature and humidity.

These can be used fresh or stored dry for later use in jars, bottles, etc. in a cool dry, dark place.


*Toss fresh petals in a salad for for extra color and flavor.
*Make Rose or Lavender flavored sugar by filling a clean jar approx. 1/3 full on sugar. Scatter a small handful of fragrant petals over the sugar. Cover petals with sugar until 2/3 full and add another handful of petals. Cover with sugar to fill jar, leaving approx. 1/2" headspace. Shake jar, place in a cool dark place. Your sugar will be ready in 2 to 3 weeks, becoming more flavorful with age. 
* Top your baked potato mashed potatoes with fresh Chives.
*Add fresh or dried flower petals to your baked goods.

Potpourri from assorted dried flowers

*TIP* Flowers mentioned are easily grown, either from seed or 6 packs you can pick up in the store. Roses and Lilacs are the exception regarding plants seeds. Best way is to buy these two as plants. Full to partial shade in the garden will suffice. Let the ground dry out a bit in between watering's.

Fresh to dried ~ Perfect for cooking, decoration and crafts. Examples: wreath making, potpourri, candle making, salves, and the list goes on.

Should you not be lucky enough to have an herb garden,
I do have several varieties in my Etsy Shop.


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