Not only am I getting ready for lots of company arriving to spend Christmas with us but Riley, my daughter’s dog will also be coming. Riley lived with us for two years while my daughter and her husband lived overseas, and she has a very special place in our heart.
I figured she needed to be pampered while she was here, so making dog treats was on my “to do” list!
Wheat berries were freshly ground to provide the flour. The pumpkins had been harvested from our garden and I had just cooked them to make some pumpkin pies and bread. This should be the perfect treat for Riley!
Pumpkin Dog Treats
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup pureed pumpkin
2 Tbsp peanut butter
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon in a bowl.
Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff.
Roll the dough until it is ½ inch thick. Cut into ½ inch pieces. I used my special cookie cutters!
Bake in a preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes. They smell amazingly good as they are baking!
Store in an airtight container.
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Over the years we’ve had several dogs. Our first dog was a beautiful chocolate lab named Gracie. She was a wonderful family dog and our children all grew up with her. We lost Gracie two years ago after a long, wonderful life. When Gracie was six, our oldest daughter went away to college. Our second daughter decided we needed another dog. Purtie was a pug with a delightful personality. We often would say she was a big dog in a small body as she just loved to do whatever Gracie did. Purtie was also a wonderful dog and she passed away this past March.
Two years ago our oldest daughter and her husband moved to England for a two year period. Riley, their Boston Terrier came to live with us.
Recently our daughter and her husband returned to New England. It was only natural that they would take Riley back and Riley is thrilled with our granddaughter. However we are now dog-less!
For the first time in over 18 years our house is void of a dog and it is a strange feeling. Not sure what we’re going to do about it or what kind of dog we’d like to get. Any suggestions?
Riley will be coming to visit this weekend and I decided to make another version of dog biscuits for her. She’d gotten rather spoiled while living with us and had become used to home made dog biscuits! I have made two different versions previously, the recipes are here and here. This time I decided to try a third recipe. I had all the ingredients on hand so it was easy to whip up a batch. Riley will be glad to try these when she visits this weekend!
Everyday Dog Biscuits
2 tsp dry yeast
½ cup lukewarm water
2 Tbsp dry parsley
2 Tbsp minded garlic
1 ½ cup chicken broth
3 Tbsp honey
5-6 cups whole-wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the parsley, garlic, broth, honey and egg.
Gradually blend in the flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.
Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-4 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and roll to ¼ inch thickness. Using small bone shaped cookie cutters, make biscuits!
Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet, spacing them about ¼ inch apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides. Turn off oven and let cool overnight on the baking sheet, in the oven. This will make the treats crispier and crunchier.
Makes several dozen small bones that will keep and freeze well. I’ve had the best luck with the recipes I’ve found on Bullwrinkle.com. Riley has enjoyed them in the past and I’m sure she will love this version!
One of the easiest ways to save money is to make your own rather than buying store bought food. Here are just a few ideas of foods that don’t take a lot of time to mix up and will save you money,
Amazing Overnight Waffles– This recipe can be mixed up the night before so it’s just about ready to go in the morning. These waffles can also be frozen and are tastier that any store version of frozen waffles.
Yogurt– I started making yogurt on a regular basis once I found out how easy it was. I usually make it plain but it’s easy enough to add fruit or vanilla to flavor it.
Bread– Use a mixer or a bread machine or your hands. By making your bread at home you know exactly what is in it. I make three loaves at a time, and put two in the freezer for later use.
Chicken Broth– Make your own with water, bones and the chicken carcass. Freeze or pressure can for use later.
Dog Biscuits– Don’t forget the dog! These simple biscuits only take minutes to mix up. Our dog loves them!
These are just a few ideas. You’d be surprised at how little time it really takes to make some of the simple items you usually purchase in the store. What do you make from scratch?
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It’s been some time since I made a batch of homemade dog biscuits. With only one dog, Riley,
in the house now we’re just not going through the dog biscuits as quickly. However Riley does enjoy her evening treat and we were getting down to the last few biscuits so I decided to try another recipe. This recipe is from the website Bullwinkle.com. They have a large assortment of recipes and I decided to try the homemade dog treat recipe for “Good Dog” cookies. Riley was very interested as I was mixing up the dough.
The dough was a lot stickier than my previous recipe I used. I did alter the recipe just a s bit as I wasn’t sure what “Baby Food Meat” was! I used two small jars of Baby Turkey Dinner. The recipe also didn’t make as many as my previous recipe so I’ll be making more soon. However judging from Riley’s reaction they were a hit!
Homemade Dog Treat Recipe “Good Dog” Cookies
½ cup powdered milk
1 egg, well beaten
2 ½ cups flour
½ tsp garlic salt
1 ½ tsp brown sugar
½ cup water
6 Tbsp gravy
Baby Food Meat
Mix all ingredients well. Roll out on a floured board about ½” thick. Cut out cookies shapes with floured cutters.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
Cool, maybe leaving them in the oven to dry. Cookies should be hard.
Store in an airtight container.
Are you a dog lover? As we stock our pantries let’s not forget about our four legged friends! We have two dogs in our household; Riley, a Boston Terrier:
and Purtie, a pug.
Neither of these dogs were ours to begin with but they have made their home with us. Purtie was originally our daughter Katie’s dog. However Katie settled on the west coast and Purtie didn’t. Riley belongs to our oldest daughter, Jessica. She and her husband moved to London for two years and Riley came to live with us. Both dogs love their treats. They will often go outside on the coldest nights just because they know they will get a treat when they come inside. With trying to get back to basics and have a healthier lifestyle I decided to look into recipes for dog biscuits. Figured it couldn’t be too difficult. I found a very simple recipe and decided to give it a try.
They smelled delicious as they were baking!
4 cups whole-wheat flour
2 cups oatmeal
½ to ¾ cups chunky peanut butter
2 ½ cups water
Mix all the ingredients, adding more hot water if necessary.
Roll out to ¼” thickness and cut into shapes with small cookie cutters.
Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Turn off heat and let cool in the oven overnight.
I have to say they were a big success!
A sad note: I made these dog biscuits last weekend with the thought of writing about them today. Purtie, our pug has had some health issues recently and yesterday she took a turn for the worse. We think she suffered some sort of stroke. She spent the day quietly in her bed and passed away late afternoon. So this post is in honor of Purtie, she was a wonderful addition to our family and will be greatly missed.
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