Feeling left behind by the grow-your-own-food revolution because you live in a gardenless apartment or have a postage-stamp yard? Take heart: Anyone with a sunny windowsill, patio, or balcony can cultivate edibles. In fact, choosing plants that are nourishing, delicious, and beautiful is the ultimate way to maximize limited space, whether you're working with one little window box or several large containers.
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If you've ever tried giving medication to your pet, whether it's heartworm medication or an antibiotic, you know how difficult it can be. In an online survey conducted February 2008, nearly 70 percent of all respondents indicated they've had difficulty "pilling" their pets.
The Best Spot in the Mouth to Place the Pill
For a pill or capsule, you have to reach inside the mouth and get it over the base of the tongue. Then you quickly hold the pet's mouth closed and gently give a puff of air in the pet's face/nostrils that will cause the pet to swallow reflexively.
What to Do for a Dog's Sensitive Mouth
It's not natural for most dogs to have their mouth pried open. Plus some dogs might have dental disease and it's painful when their mouth is opened. There are products that the dog or cat will consume readily, thinking of them as a treat, not a treatment. These type of products include those produced from a compounding pharmacy such as flavored tablets or tasty liquids with the
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These homemade biscuits are sure to make an impression. Pups will beg for more of these wholesome treats!
Makes about 2 dozen
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup brewer's yeast
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Combine flour, wheat germ, brewer's yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Place canola oil in a large bowl. Add flour mixture to oil in 3 additions, alternating with 1 cup stock; mix until combined.
2. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes (dough will be sticky). Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out rounds using a 2-inch fluted cutter. Transfer to baking sheets. Make an indentation toward the bottom of 1 circle using your thumb, then press dough to make an arch of 4 small circles on top of the thumbprint using the tip of your pinky. Repeat with
Nothing smells sweeter or feels softer than a freshly bathed baby, but bathing a newborn at home can be an intimidating experience for new parents. The first few times, it's a good idea for both parents to try it together. Once you become comfortable with the task, baby bath time can be the most intimate and interactive part of the day with your child.
Here are some general guidelines for bathing your baby:
1) Anticipate what supplies you will need for the baby during and right after the bath, and set them out ahead of time. Pick the best time of day for your baby. If a bath stimulates her, bathe her right after she awakens. If it soothes her, plan the bath before one of her sleeping periods. Try not to bathe a very tired or hungry baby.
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2) Work at your waist level to provide steady support for a slippery baby. A sturdy kitchen table works well because it is a comfortable height, there is water nearby, and the room is generallyRead More »from Bathe Your Baby with Ease
My first baby came into the world five years ago -- a little bundle of shih tzu joy. My husband named her Izzy, and she's been a mushy part of our family ever since. Later this year, however, our relationship with our girl will change, because we're adopting an actual baby.
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"A baby's appearance, unpredictable movements, and loud, screeching sounds may be unfamiliar to a dog and therefore can be frightening," says Kat Miller, a certified animal behaviorist with the ASPCA. Parents should prep their pet as early as possible before the baby's arrival to increase safety, reduce stress, and enhance bonding for everyone involved, says Katenna Jones, education programs coordinator of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Here are a few ways I'm preparing Izzy.
Little Miss Manners
Because she can't jump on and off furniture on her own, our dog, like many, relies on "notice me" behaviors, such as pawing, growling, barking, andRead More »from Prep Your Pet for a New Baby
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Follow this advice and man's best friend will be on his best behavior.
Stealing Food from the Table
Put half of a turkey sandwich on a regular plate on the table that your dog is stealing from. Let the dog go to the table and eat the sandwich. Then, place another plate with a turkey sandwich covered with plastic wrap on the table. Rub meat on the wrap so it smells like the sandwich. Move that plate on top of the plate from which your dog just stole the sandwich. Let your dog go to the table to try to eat this sandwich. When he tries to steal the food, throw something near him, such as keys or an aluminum bowl. Do not throw the object at him. Be sure to throw behind him, so he doesn't associate the sound with you. The sound of the dropping object will startle the dog, and he'll back off. Repeat until he learns not to eat from the table. You may need to repeat this procedure for each table the dog is eating from.
Each time your dog starts to pull,
These creative valentines are a breeze to make for a few special friends or an entire classroom of kids.
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Show your valentine some DIY love with our heartfelt crafts.
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- Martha Stewart | Fashion – Tue, Jan 15, 2013 3:58 PM EST
Button-up upgradeA classic, crisp white shirt is a no brainer when trying to figure out what to wear in the morning... It's pretty much appropriate for all times and situations. But sometimes you may just want that little bit extra, the surprise effect within that proper attire.Read More »from Update a Classic White Shirt with This Easy DIY Idea
So we thought of a few ideas for how you can update that white shirt in your closet (or, it is even worth buying a new one for).
You can find three ideas in our January issue of Martha Stewart Living, but here is one for Rosettes along the neck of your button down.
The flowers are very simple to make; no machine is necessary and a couple of hours later you have a new 'no brainer' for your closet.
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1) Tear the fabric, selvage to selvage into strips, and cut to these sizes: 1 by 9 inches, 1 1/2 by 10 inches, and 2 by 11 inches. (Make as many as desired; the shirt shown here has 18 on the front, shoulder, and upper back.)
2) For each rosette, start on a long side,
Easy Homemade Peanut Butter CupsThis simple, four ingredient recipe is almost just as easy to make as to buy pre-packaged. To store, place in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
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Yield: Makes 24
4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
12 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped
1. Line two 12-cup mini muffin pans with paper liners; set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine white chocolate and peanut butter. Microwave, until almost melted, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring halfway through. Set aside to cool slightly.
2. Meanwhile, place semisweet chocolate in another microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, stirring once or twice, until almost melted, 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Dividing evenly, use a spoon to layer semisweet chocolate and