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by: Brenda Mullard

Table of Contents:

1. February is Responsible Pet Owners Month!

2. Welcome New Subscribers

3. What's new? Homemade Valentines Day Gift Ideas For Men and Everyone Else On Your List!

4. Project of The Month

5. Reader Recipes

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1) February is Responsible Pet Owners Month!

Winter is definitely here and not only do we need to protect ourselves from Old Man Winter, but the same goes for our pets. Here are a few things you need to make sure are in check during the winter months: Do you have enough of the following items to last a few days, should the roads become unsafe or businesses need to close for a day or two due to inclement weather?

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• pet food

• cat litter

• fresh water supply

• soft warm bedding

• any medications your pet takes on a regular basis

Here are some precessions that need to be taken for outdoor pets: Some pets are kept outdoors. There is a common misconception that dogs and cats will be "fine" if left outside. This is not true! All pets need adequate warm shelter from the elements. Insulated areas are important and a must in extreme cold temperatures. Pets should not be left outside for long periods in freezing weather - like humans, they can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite. The young and the senior pets are especially at risk.

Indoor accommodations are best during extreme cold temperatures, but if that is not possible, set up a suitable house in an area protected from wind and snow. Insulation, such as straw or blankets will help keep in the animal's body heat. Be very careful if your animal is prone to chewing, animals can ingest fabric and other materials causing a whole different set of problems! Make sure water sources do not freeze. Check often throughout the day when temperatures dip below freezing. Also increase the amount of food you are feeding your dog. The body burns more calories when it’s trying to stay warm.

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3.Welcome New Subscribers A big welcome goes out to all of my new subscribers! This website wouldn't be worth creating if it weren't for my wonderful valued readers. Thanks for your continued support! I have been receiving some awesome homemade gift ideas from many of you. Keep them coming. Don’t forget to attach pictures along with your instructions.


4)What's new? Homemade Valentines Day Gift Ideas For Men and Everyone Else On Your List! We have so many great homemade gift ideas on this site! Valentine’s Day gift ideas are no exception!

More Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Men.
More Valentine's Day Gift ideas for Men

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Artists and Crafters... WE WANT YOU! Do you like to create homemade gifts or have a crafty hobby others would like to hear about? We want YOU!! Like always, if you try a gift idea from the website or any other, show us pictures and tell us how it all went for you! We all learn from each other.

5) Project Of The Month Check out our project of the month pick for February. Big thanks to Destiny for her neat idea submission!

6.Looking for reader recipes!

Do you have a great recipe that you would like to share? I know I am always looking for a super yummy recipe to take to the family and friends as homemade gifts. What about a family friendly recipe for a casserole or a yummy batch of cookies? Please send them my way! Here’s another yummy recipe from one of our valued readers!

Red Raspberry Mousse This recipe is not only festive for the Valentine’s Day holiday, but it is absolutely delicious. Oh, and did I mention it’s pretty easy to make?

Raspberry Mousse Ingredients 2 cups fresh raspberries

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1-1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin 1/4 cup cold water

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Mousse Directions

Place the raspberries in a food processor or blender; cover and puree. Strain and discard seeds. Transfer puree to a large bowl. Stir in sugar and lemon juice; set aside. In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Stir over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir into raspberry mixture. Refrigerate until slightly thickened, about 1 hour. Transfer gelatin mixture to a large bowl. Beat on high speed until foamy. Gradually add cream; beat until thickened, about 2 minutes. Spoon into dessert dishes. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set.

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