DIY: Microwavable Rice Heating Pad

Owwwwie!! Ouch. I hurt. Why? Because I sprained my back doing ballerina stretches on my kitchen counter like a cool guy. I can’t bend, sit, lift, or do anything you do in normal life without pain. On top of all that, I broke my gallbladder and it needs to be removed, soooo I really need to get my back in working order STAT. Heat always helps my frequent aches and pains disappear so I’m always using my heating pad for something. Cramps, pulled muscles, tension headaches, etc etc etc. You name it. Even my abnormally low body temperature benefits from a heating pad from time to time.

I haven’t used an electric heating pad since mine got run over by a semi-truck after a road trip luggage accident a few years ago. One night I was in need of a heating pad and in a pinch went back to something I remembered from when I was younger. I had a toothache a family friend told us about making heat packs since our heating pad wasn’t comfortable on my face. She recommended trying salt but that was a dirty lie and the sock/salt combo that I tried burned up in the microwave. My mom was pretty mad. Anyway, I tried the rice version and it worked! It’s awesome and molds to your body so the heat really gets into the contours (and I have plenty hehehe). It’s also cordless so no annoying cords get in the way and it only costs pennies to make. You can use a sock, a pillow case, or make your own pouch as I demonstrate below.

All you need is fabric and rice.

DIY Rice Heating Pad

Cut your fabric (I use muslin) to the size you want. This one is for my lumbar and pelvic area so it’s about 10″x5″. Sew together at the sides leaving one end open. Turn it inside out so your seams are facing inside.

DIY Rice Heating Pad

Mix a few drops of your favorite scented oils into your rice. Without the oil the rice can smell rather…well…ricey when heated.

Cedarwood Oil *sniifffff*
Cedarwood Oil *sniifffff*

Fill the muslin pouch with the rice. Be careful not to over pack it. You want it to still be flexible to mold to your body. Sew up the open edge.

DIY Rice Heating Pad

 You can leave it just like this or you can make a cute changeable/washable pouch for it, like I prefer to do.

Cut fabric pieces 1/2 inch larger than your muslin pouch on each side. Fold over open ends and sew.

DIY Rice Heating Pad

Fold over a few inches on one side.

DIY Rice Heating Pad

Then bring right sides together and sew bottom and side edges together.

DIY Rice Heating Pad

Turn it right-side out and it’ll look like this.

DIY Rice Heating Pad

Finish turning it right-side out and you’ll see you’ve created an envelop pouch! It’s like a small pillowcase for your rice pad.

DIY Rice Heating Pad

Slip your rice pad in it like a rice-y little pillow.

DIY Rice Heating Pad

Microwave it 30 seconds at a time until it’s as hot as you want it. I usually heat mine for 60-90 seconds and the heat lasts around 30-60 minutes until I feel the need to reheat it. The weight from the pack helps the heat really sink it, so PLEASE be careful not to make it too hot the first time you use it. I don’t need hate mail about how you burned yourself. Just kiddingggg. Now go enjoy your DIY heating pad!

DIY Rice Heating Pad

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Chicken Jerky Dog Treats | Healthy Pet Recipes

We are proud parents of two 11 year old Shih Tzu fur-babies that are like our children. Obsessed. Fully.

We take great care in watching what goes into their bellies. Our boy, Mango, has tummy issues and a list of foods he’s sensitive to. Our girl, Pandie, has a stomach of steel…usually. When they started showing strange signs of illness last year, we took a step back and reevaluated their diet. That’s when we heard about the FDA cautioning pet owners about chicken jerky dog treats. Complaints and concerns from consumers are still popping up on the regular, along with petitions to ban foreign made treats from shelves. Very scary stuff! Even though we thought we were buying a good product, we realized the treats are made in China and quite possibly making our dogs sick. We started purchasing only American made products for our dogs at our local specialty pet food stores. Since the switch we have not had any more severe bouts with vomiting or diarrhea.

While making room in the freezer we came across some left-over chicken breasts. That’s when Jvee decided to make homemade chicken jerky. I don’t eat chicken but Jvee does. So, whenever there is any left over, it goes straight to the dogs.

Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

We use good quality chicken breasts. Remove any extra fat. Cut VERY thinly with a sharp knife.

Grease a baking sheet with a small amount of olive oil to prevent sticking. Line the sheet with the raw chicken pieces. Don’t worry, small amounts of olive oil is safe for dogs.

Set your oven to 170 degrees fahrenheit and bake the chicken for about 8 hours until all the moisture is removed and it is dry. Be patient. Just let it hang out in there. Let the jerkey pieces cool completely. You can store these in airtight containers.

Mango and Pan are so obsessed. They wait by the oven every time we make them. Not only are they feeling better, but we can bribe them to do just about anything now. Worth it.

If your pups prefer biscuits, check out our Cheddar Peanut Butter Biscuit recipe.