Crock Pot Week - Dilled Pot Roast

After a day of shopping, come home to this hearty, filling roast that is ready and waiting in your crock cooker.


2  to 2 1/2 pound boneless beef chuck pot roast
2 Tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 Cup water
1 teaspoon dried dillweed
1 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 Cup plain yogurt
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 Cups hot cooked noodles

1. If necessary, cut roast to fit into a 3-1/2- to 4-quart crockery cooker. In a large skillet brown roast on all sides in hot oil. Transfer to cooker. Add the water to cooker. Sprinkle roast with 2 teaspoons of the fresh dillweed or 3/4 teaspoon of the dried dillweed, salt, and pepper.

2. Cover and cook on high heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on low heat setting for 10 to 12 hours, until meat is tender. Transfer roast to a serving platter, reserving juices; cover roast and keep warm. Pour cooking juices into a glass measuring cup; skim off fat. Measure 1 cup of the reserved juices.

3. For sauce, in a small saucepan stir together yogurt and flour until well combined. Stir in the 1 cup reserved cooking juices and remaining dillweed. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Serve meat with sauce and noodles. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings: 6 to 8 servings

Calories 373; Total Fat (g) 12; Saturated Fat (g) 4; Cholesterol (mg) 136; Sodium (mg) 443; Carbohydrate (g) 22; Fiber (g) 2; Protein (g) 41; Vitamin A (DV%) 0;
Vitamin C (DV%) 0; Calcium (DV%) 4; Iron (DV%) 33

It's Crock Pot Week!

The single most important appliance in my kitchen is my crock pot.  I use it all year long; however during the Holidays it is going almost every single day.

Simply dump the ingredients in the crockpot, go about your daily business, and enjoy a delicious healthy dinner later on. This is crock pot cooking at its best.

This week I'll be sharing a few recipes to help you take advantage of the ease of crock pot cooking. It's easy, cost effective as well as a time saver....what more could you ask for?

If you are a crock pot virgin then take a leap and find out what you've been missing. I'm sure that you can find one at a very reasonable price during the Holidays or check out Value Village© or Goodwill© - I found my last one at a thrift store and it is still working after 3 years and a $5 investment!

Have fun and let me know how your recipes turn out - or better yet, share your recipes with us!


As I get older I have come to appreciate the loveliness of...aprons! Yes, really, aprons!  They can make a dreary day fun with their bright colors as well as be very practical while cooking, cleaning and/or dealing with the kids. I found this adorable little book which would make the perfect gift for the apron lover in your life.

With features on CBS's Sunday Morning and NPR's All Things Considered, EllynAnne Geisel raises the apron to cult status. This little book asserts, "You can never have too many aprons or too many memories." Apron anecdotes and aphorisms merge with quotes, photographs, and memories to offer down-home-spun, no-nonsense wisdom that is tinged with humor. For ultimate giftability, the book's case wrap mimics fabric.

EllynAnne Geisel, an essayist and apron aficionado, celebrates the spirit of the men and women who wore aprons through her traveling exhibit, Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections, now managed by The Women's Museum (Dallas, TX), a Smithsonian affiliate. Her passion for aprons can also be seen through her inventive vintage designs for her company, Apron Memories. Her aprons have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and worn by Bree Van De Kamp of the Desperate Housewives television show. Retail price $5.99

A Little Bit About Peaches

With their distinctive fuzzy skin, peaches are on of the prettiest fruits. And in addition to their beauty, peaches also provide some powerful nutritional benefits.

Each peach is 80% to 90% water, and contains approximately 3 grams of fiber. The high-water/high fiber combination is very beneficial to the gastrointestinal system – it helps you stay regular.

Peaches also contain high levels of many cancer-fighting phytonutrients, and also have a low glycemic index – which keeps your energy levels balanced and makes you feel full longer between meals.

To ensure you get all the nutrition from the peach, don’t skip the fuzzy skin. A high percentage of the nutrients are contained in the skin.

According to the Environmental Working Group, peaches top the chart of fruits with high concentrations of pesticides. Therefore, buy organic peaches whenever possible.

Article by Robin's Got Health A little on Peaches.

What's causing your inflammation?

This is a great article and I hope many people take it to heart.

I suffer from inflammatory disease and can attest to the fact that my pain & inflammation are much worse when I eat refined sugars. I have recently gotten off of them again & am working on converting recipes to healthier alternatives. Sugar is very, very addictive - it took me 3 days of headaches etc. to get it out of my system. As bad as refined sugar is for you HFCS (high fructose corn sugar) is just as bad, perhaps worse for you, and is found in just about every kind of food product. Some food items you might not think contain HFCS are catsup, relish, tomato sauce, many soups, jellies, practically all crackers and cookies and other packaged goods. Read your labels!

Americans are on a bona fide sugar binge. During the past 25 years, the average person’s intake of sugar and other natural sweeteners ballooned from 123 to as many as 160 pounds a year. That breaks down to more than 20 teaspoons of the added white stuff per person per day. And our collective sweet tooth is growing. For the past decade, Americans’ sugar consumption has edged upward at the average rate of nearly 2 percent a year.

Why the sugar obsession? Read full story

Great Snack is Easy to Make

A good friend of mine got me hooked on this easy and good for you treat a few years ago. It is especially great during the hot months of summer; however I eat a bowl in place of high fat ice cream (which my husband enjoys each evening).

This snack is power-packed with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, protein, fiber as well as the healthy benefits that yogurt provides to your system.

I purchase bags of frozen Blueberries and Strawberries from Costco as well as freeze my fruit in Ziplock Freezer bags; really any fruit will do. It is very tasty with bananas and berries too. 

Don't forget that any yogurt will do, any granola, any fruit HOWEVER check your sugar and fat contents! Most yogurt that has fruit in it has a ton of sugar or high fructose corn syrup...and granolas do to!

One of the best things about cooking is the fun you have experimenting ~ so have some fun and please let us know what you come up with.

Layer in bowl:
1/4 cup Mountain High© fat free plain Yogurt

1/4 cup Blueberries, frozen, unsweetened, unthawed
Sprinkle with a bit of Splenda©, Sugar or your choice of sweetener

Top with:
1/4 cup Nature's Path© Organic Pumpkin Flaxplus Granola

Total calories: 120 per serving

Benefits of yogurt
Benefits of Blueberries 
Benefits of Flax Plus Granola

Garlic Wards Off Flu!

I'm admittedly not a huge garlic fan...makes me a bit upset in the tummy; however I have purchased minced garlic from Costco in a large container (it is not dried but fresh in liquid) and been able to incorporate it into most night's dinner without any problem. I may have to experiment more after reading the article below.  What is your experience with Garlic?

It’s flu season again. Every year those nasty little viruses take hold of our bodies (probably to get a bit of warmth) and rule just about everything we say, do, feel, or think–at least for a few days. This year’s swine flu has people particularly nervous. If you’re trying to survive flu season unscathed or to beat the flu you already have, make sure you eat plenty of garlic. Your friends won’t like you, but neither will the flu bugs and other viruses you want to keep at bay.

Not only does garlic beat off flu viruses, that small clove helps lower high blood pressure, prevents hardening of the arteries and lessens cholesterol buildup in the heart. Thanks to many studies on garlic’s medicinal properties, we also know it is antibacterial and antifungal. Research even implicates garlic in the prevention of stomach cancer and in giving the immune system an overall boost. Just what the doctor ordered at this time of year.

While garlic contains potassium and germanium, two minerals that are critical to health, it is best known for its sulfur compounds, particularly allicin. These are the main phytochemicals (natural plant chemicals) you’ll want in your diet.

Unfortunately, many manufacturers of garlic supplements haven’t captured enough of the active ingredient to make the pills worth popping. However, some of the aged garlic extracts are effective. Forget garlic powder you can purchase in most grocery stores. It is the lazy person’s garlic and doesn’t offer many rewards in exchange for the saved time. Pill or powder, neither compares to the real thing.

So, heat up your oven and start chopping. It’s time to throw some fresh garlic into your favorite soup, stew, chili, stir-fry, meat, or veggie dish. For those of you scared to offend the significant other in your life, try roasting garlic by cutting off the stem, exposing the top of each clove and drizzling a bit of olive oil over it. Wrap it in foil or place in a garlic roaster and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour. This greatly minimizes its powerful aroma but creates a spread that tastes fabulous and has the consistency of butter. For even more potent health benefits, add raw garlic to your meal after it has been cooked. Or, top your favorite toasted bread with minced garlic, some sea salt, chopped tomatoes and a dash of olive oil for a fast and delicious bruschetta.

There are three main types of garlic: Creole, Italian or Mexican, and Tahitian. Most of the garlic on our grocery store shelves comes from California and is likely of the Creole variety. Italian or Mexican garlic is a bit smaller than its Creole counterpart and has a slightly purplish-coloured skin. Tahitian garlic is also known as elephant garlic largely because of its size. It is several times larger than its Creole, Italian or Mexican sisters. But, don’t let the size fool you. When it comes to garlic, good things come in small packages; the Italian or Mexican variety is the most potent.

Look for garlic that is firm and free of black mildew on the skin. Store it at room temperature in a well-ventilated spot such as a garlic keeper. Most experts suggest trying to get at least one clove a day to reap the maximum health benefits. But, if your taste buds shout for more, let them have it.

So, if your flu hasn’t already abandoned ship at all this talk of garlic, whip up a garlic-laden dinner and it will be running scared.

So will your friends, you say? Find some friendship among fellow garlic eaters. And consider that Roman centurions marched side-by-side into battle and across the European countryside sporting their finest military garb and cloves of garlic between their toes (to ward off fungal infections).

How’s that for friendship among the ranks?

Michelle Schoffro Cook, RNCP, ROHP, DAc, DNM, is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. Learn more at:

Banana Cake

Makes 18 servings

One of our family favorites! This Banana Cake is a fabulous way to use up very, very ripe bananas—in fact, the blacker the banana peels...the better the recipe tastes. This is a very moist cake which is easily made in a sheet pan so it works great for potlucks or picnics. It is very delicious! I have made this with all white flour; an alternate with all wheat flour and this way with a mix of both ~ cooking is about experimenting so have fun!


Sift together in large bowl:
1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 cup All Purpose Flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice

Mix in:
1 cup Splenda Granular
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 1/4 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Beat In:
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 cups Bananas, Mashed

Add In:
4 Eggs, one at a time

Beat In:
1/4 cup flaked Coconut
1/2 cup chopped Walnuts

Spread batter into 12x18 pan which has been sprayed lightly with Pam™.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool. Cut into 18 squares and serve.

Frosting options:

  •  Frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting and 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts; 
  • Sift Splenda Powdered Sugar* over the top;
  • Serve unfrosted with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of Cool Whip
Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 71.0g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269,  Calories from Fat 167

% Daily Value* Total Fat 18.6g  29% , Saturated Fat 2.9g  15% , Trans Fat 0.0g , Cholesterol 41mg  14%, Sodium  188mg  8% ,  Total Carbohydrates 23.4g  8%,  Dietary Fiber 1.8g  7% , Sugars 10.1g,  Protein 3.7g,  Vitamin A 1% ,  Vitamin C 3%,   Calcium 6%, Iron 6%

* Based on a 2000 calorie diet - Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.

Portion Control and Diet: 10 Easy Tips for Smaller Servings

I have personally found that writing down everything I eat into a journal has been the best way to actually watch what I eat. I use which has an easy to use FREE online journal and gives you full details of the calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium etc. for each entry. You will probably find this to be a real eyeopener! There is something about writing everything down which makes us fully accountable for what we eat and also makes us think about what we are many times have you licked your fingers while baking? Do you unconsciously snack at your desk, while watching a movie etc.?  If you have to write down those snacks you probably won't eat them, or as much of them. Give it a try and let me know if it works for you. It may take you a few days getting use to it but give it a chance for at least a week...I lost 5 pounds the first week that I started food journaling!

The good news is that with a little practice, portion control is easy to do and can help people be successful in reaching and then maintaining a proper weight.

Here are 10 simple ways to keep your portions a healthy size:

1. Measure accurately. For foods and beverages, use gadgets like a measuring cup, tablespoon, teaspoon, or food scale.

2. Learn how to estimate serving sizes. “‘Ballpark’ food portion sizes by estimating serving sizes in comparison to known objects,” says Rose Clifford, RD, clinical dietitian in the department of pharmacy services at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. “For example, three ounces of cooked meat, fish, or poultry is about the size of a deck of cards.” Other easy measurements to eyeball include:

  • ½ cup is the size of an ice cream scoop
  • 1 cup is the size of a tennis ball
  • 1 ounce of cheese is the size of a domino
3. Use portion control dishware. Pick out smaller plates, bowls, cups, and glassware in your kitchen and measure what they hold. You might find that a bowl you thought held 8 ounces of soup actually holds 16, meaning you’ve been eating twice what you planned.

4. Dish out your servings separately. Serve food from the stove onto plates rather than family-style at the table, which encourages seconds.

5. Make your own single-serving packs. “Re-portion bulk quantities of favorite foods such as pasta, rice, and cereal into individual portions in zipper bags so that when you’re in the mood for some food you’ll instantly see the number of portions you’re preparing,” says Jennifer Nasser, RD, PhD, assistant professor in the department of biology at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

6. Add the milk before the coffee. When possible, put your (fat-free) milk into the cup before adding the hot beverage to better gauge the amount used.

 7. Measure oil carefully. This is especially important because oil (even the healthful kinds like olive and safflower) have so many calories; don’t pour it directly into your cooking pan or over food.

8. Control portions when eating out. Eat half or share the meal with a friend. If eating a salad, ask for dressing on the side. Dip your fork into the dressing and then into the salad.

9. Add vegetables. Eat a cup of low-calorie vegetable soup prior to eating a meal, or add vegetables to casseroles and sandwiches to add volume without a lot of calories.

10. Listen to your hunger cues. Eat when hungry and stop when satisfied or comfortably full. “Try to gauge when you are 80 percent full and stop there,” says Clifford. “There will be more food at the next meal or snack!”

Releasing Your Expectations

How often do you get upset when someone doesn’t comply with your expectations?

How often do you get upset with yourself for not doing something better?

Look closely at your expectations of yourself and others. Think about the last time or the last person that caused you disappointment because you felt let down, hurt, angry or resentful.

Of course, we all have expectations of one another to some degree.

You expect that the waiter at a restaurant will serve you; that a
dentist will work on your teeth; that your mother will love you; and
that your friend will want to go to a movie with you.

But what if they don’t—what if the waiter ignores you, the dentist makes you wait an hour, your mother doesn’t make time for you one day and your friend has made other plans? Do you shrug it off, or do you get very upset?

Different situations will trigger a variety of reactions. The stronger your reaction, the more likely you are expecting too much.

Expectations, like negative emotions, are hardwired into you. They exist to signal you that you are unhappy or that something is out of balance within you or around you. Your expectations reflect a distorted representation of your deeper needs----Your deeper needs of needing to be enough or have enough.

When you hold the fear that you are not enough or do not have enough, you will develop expectations or deep needs for others or for circumstances to help you feel better. That is why the expectations are false.

False expectations—not seeing a person or situation for who (or what) he or
he really is apart from the role he or she plays—have the unwelcome
side effect of putting you into your Fear Response. You are not seeing
this person’s or the situation’s true qualities. Rather, you are hoping he or she (or it) will fulfill the qualities you lack in yourself. This is a setup for disillusionment
and dissatisfaction and an invitation to the Fear Response to come right in.

I am not telling you that it is bad to have expectations, just to be aware of them. Your expectations and how attached you are to them is your signal of being out of balance or that your Fear Response is in active mode. Your expectations are clues that can guide you to healing your deeper needs.

Here is something you can do:
Let’s say, you find yourself getting upset over someone or something not meeting your expectations. Good. Now,

1. slow down that active brain thinking and imagine your SHIELD or golden rays of light shining down upon you, surrounding you in unconditional love and grace, so that you can Inhale deeply and Exhale completely.

2. Listen to your needs. Ask yourself, “What is it that I really need from this situation? Is it love? Respect? Validations? Acceptance? Approval? Money?”

3. Decide to meet your own needs: Imagine the golden light is filling your body, especially your heart with whatever it is you need—love, abundance, respect, etc.

4. As you do so, repeat these words: “The support I need is here. I have all that I need.”

5. When you feel that the light has filled your heart and it is overflowing, practice The Love Circle with your breath:

Focus on the inhalation.

Breathe in deeply.

Focus on the exhalation.

Exhale completely.

Notice how much air you can take in before you feel as if you are going to explode.

Notice how easily you let it go.

Notice how you cannot hold on to your breath even if you try.

Notice how when you exhale completely, your inhalation begins immediately.

Notice that there is no way to stop the cycle.

Notice how every time you let go of your breath, a new breath of life comes in.

Focus on your chest as the breath moves in and out.

Breathe in life.

Let go, sharing it with the world.

Breathe in love.

Let go, sharing it with the world.

Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

If you have never used the Whole Wheat Pastry Flour which is recommended then you really are in for a treat! It makes delicious tasting food that is still good for you. I use it often for pancakes, cookies, dessert breads etc. Have fun and let me know if you try this recipe and how it turns out!! ~Marie

These cookies taste decadent, yet are made with ingredients that have healthful benefits: oats, almonds, fruit and chocolate. The thumbprints are versatile as well - use a different type of filling or different extracts to create a completely different cookie.

Yields 2 dozen cookies


1 cup whole almonds

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour, (see Note)

1/2 cup oat flour, (see Note)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup light oil, such as safflower or canola

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup apple juice

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup chocolate chips, preferably bittersweet

2 tablespoons raspberry preserves


Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.

Process almonds in a blender in 2 batches until finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl and add whole-wheat flour, oat flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk oil, maple syrup, apple juice, almond and vanilla extracts in a medium bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; stir to combine. Use your hands to knead the dough together; add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional apple juice if the mixture is too crumbly.

Form level tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Gently flatten each ball into a disk, then make an indentation in the center using your thumb or a small spoon. Place a few chocolate chips in each indentation, then cover with 1/4 teaspoon preserves.

Bake the cookies, one batch at a time, until golden around the edges, 15 to 17 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Notes: Whole-wheat pastry flour is milled from soft wheat. It contains less gluten than regular whole-wheat flour and helps ensure a tender result in delicate baked goods while providing the nutritional benefits of whole grains.

Oat flour, made from finely milled whole oats, is a good source of dietary fiber and whole grains. It can replace a portion of all-purpose flour in many baking recipes and adds an oat flavor and texture.

Nutritional information:

Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving

Calories 116

Calories from Fat 53

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 5.9g  9%

Saturated Fat 1.1g  6%

Trans Fat 0.0g  

Cholesterol 1mg  0%

Sodium 27mg  1%

Total Carbohydrates 14.2g  5%

Dietary Fiber 1.0g 4%

Sugars 5.1g 

Protein 2.1g

Vitamin A 0% • Vitamin C 2% • Calcium 4% • Iron 4%


Welcome to 'That Girl Can Cook' ~ before we get into recipes and cooking tips I'd like to give you a bit of history so that you know where I'm coming from.

I am a women in her forties that is a food addict. Many of you have never heard of being a food addict however it is essentially the same as being an alcoholic, compulsive gambler or drug addict, but my drug of choice is food.  I eat when I'm happy, I eat when I'm sad, angry or hurt.  Once I start eating junk...I cannot stop.

I have started this blog as an outlet to share the recipes that I have created using healthier ingredients, to share my journey towards living a healthy lifestyle, to let others in the world know that they are not alone.

My main food of choice has, and always will be, sugar. I crave it! I set out a few months ago to cut down calories and fat in sugary items so that I can still satisfy my sweet tooth from time to time and still receive a bit of healthy nourishment. I've read many articles about dieting, vegetarianism, healthy living, etc. and I've learned many things; however I admit that I have a very long journey ahead of me. 

The statements in this blog are mine...I don't expect everyone to agree with me as they are my personal opinions and life experiences. I have chosen to live a simple life where I work for myself, don't eat out, make simple meals in the crockpot or casserole dish...I'm hoping that maybe you will find some great ideas that you can incorporate into your life to make it easier.

We are all in this journey may be a different journey at the moment but it's still a journey.

Welcome again and please feel free to comment or ask questions at the end of each post.

10 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

By Yumi Sakugawa,

Apple cider vinegar is my favorite new DIY household product. Just as how baking soda has a huge range of uses from personal self-care to household cleaning, apple cider vinegar can do pretty much anything–for your skin, your hair, your house, and even your pets.

I learned about apple cider vinegar when I was researching ways to get rid of the fleas that had unfortunately begun cropping up in my apartment from my roommates’ two cats. Apple cider vinegar, apparently, when rubbed on the pet and added to the pet’s water, can greatly help repel the fleas from the animal.

Why should we all start using more apple cider vinegar? First of all, apple cider vinegar is a completely natural product: apple juice is fermented to hard apple cider, which is fermented a second time to apple cider vinegar. In integrating this natural product into our homes, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our daily lives.

Here are many other benefits of apple cider vinegar that can be applied to your lifestyle. Read the list below.

Hair: It is widely known that apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing to add healthy body and shine. Recycle an old shampoo bottle and fill it with 1/2 a table spoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour through your hair after shampooing several times a week.

Face: Did you know that apple cider vinegar can help regulate the pH of your skin? Dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball as a toner. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. You can also dab apple cider vinegar directly onto age spots and leave them on overnight to lighten their color.

Hands and Feet: Are your hands and feet feeling tired and swollen after a long day? Treat yourself to a personal spa massage by rubbing apple cider vinegar onto them.

Sunburn: Suffering from a bad sunburn? Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak for 10 minutes.

Teeth: Did you know that apple cider vinegar can help remove stains from teeth? Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar and rinse out.

Aftershave: Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and shake to blend.

Weight-Loss: For daily weight and pH balance maintenance, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 oz of water. Sip this concoction throughout the day.

Detox: Add 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a 1 or 2 liter filtered water bottle. Drink this throughout the day to cleanse your body and kidneys all day long.

Cleaning: Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. You can use this concoction to clean microwaves, bathroom tiles, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors. This mixture also works as a disinfectant.

Flea Reduction: Rub apple cider vinegar onto your pet’s skin. Add a little bit of apple cider vinegar to their water. Spray apple cider vinegar, diluted 50 percent with water, onto your pets and onto your furniture to repel the presence of fleas.