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October 2016

Five Ways to Use Your Old Jack O’ Lantern

Here at C-A-L Ranch, we love carving pumpkins as much as the next person. It’s one of those Halloween traditions we look forward to all year. Unfortunately, a Jack O’ Lantern starts to mold and stink up our doorsteps after a couple weeks. It won’t be long until we start seeing rotting Jack O’ Lanterns smashed across streets and sidewalks. Sure, smashing pumpkins is relatively harmless, but it’s not the best use of your old Jack O’ Lantern. Here are five economical ways to reuse and repurpose old Jack O’ Lanterns.

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Learn How to House Train Your Puppy

Many people have high expectations when they first bring home a puppy. You anticipate the puppy’s warm snuggles, wet nose, and the joy and entertainment he brings to your family. If you’ve had a puppy before, you may have forgotten the difficult parts of puppyhood. If this is your first puppy, you’ll quickly find out it’s not all tail wags and puppy kisses. Just like you potty train children, you must house train your puppy so he can grow to be the beloved, well-mannered dog he was meant to be. Keep reading for tips on how to successfully house train your puppy.

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Carving Pumpkins Made Easy

The Simple Way to Carving Pumpkins

People have been carving pumpkins in America for centuries. The tradition to carve a pumpkin originates from Irish folklore. The Irish would carve out turnips and potatoes to ward off the mythical Stingy Jack and other evil spirits. When Irish settlers came to America, they found pumpkins and decided to use those instead. Americans have been carving Jack O’Lanterns into pumpkins ever since.

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DIY Leaf Removal

Removing fall leaves can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve got a large yard. Even if you have a small yard or live in a subdivision, it can still be quite the chore. Many people opt to hire a service to remove their leaves. While this may be easier on your back, it’s harder on your wallet. Plus saving your leaves can actually end up saving you money down the road. Here’s some easy ways to get rid of your leaves this fall.

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How to Make Deer Jerky

Making Deer Jerky In Your Oven

Some people love hunting just for the sport, but for most of us it’s all about the meat and what you can do with it. When it comes to venison, making deer jerky is one of our favorite things to do. Making jerky may seem like a daunting task. Many people think you need a food dehydrator to make it, but all you really need is a working oven. While deer jerky is easy to make, it does take several hours to dehydrate. In all reality, the most complicated part of making jerky is simply choosing the marinade recipe. Follow these simple steps to make your own deer jerky today!

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Preparing for Natural Disasters and Emergencies

Basic Emergency Preparations

With Hurricane Matthew approaching the east coast, many families are having to evacuate their homes and head for higher ground. Although most of us out west don’t have to worry about hurricanes, this storm is a reminder that we need to prepare our families for other natural disasters and emergencies. Many of our folks live far away from the ocean, but everyone knows that while inland states may not have the same coastal dangers, they can still get extreme weather including flooding, severe thunder storms, tornadoes, etc. Not only that, but blizzard season is coming up, bringing with it power outages, dangerous driving conditions, and more. Read on to figure out how to prepare your home for disasters and emergencies.

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