Pumpkin Dog Treats

You may have seen a picture floating around facebook of a dog treat recipe.  A few people on my friends list have shared it.  Last fall, while I was making all of my pumpkin recipes (cheesecakes, muffins, pastas, and a pasta sauce, just to name a few…) I meant to make dog treats, but I didn’t get around to it.  While hubs was gone to a meeting tonight, my son and I made “puppy tookies”, as he called them.

Start off with some canned pumpkin (make sure it’s just pureed pumpkin, not pie filling), or real pumpkin if it’s that time of year:

Pumpkin Dog Treats

Add some eggs and stir:

Pumpkin Dog Treats

Next, I added some salt and fresh parsley (don’t worry, dried is fine!)

Pumpkin Dog Treats

Now it’s time for the dry ingredients, powdered milk and flour.  It will form a stiff dough.  Kind of reminded me of biscotti.  Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!

Pumpkin Dog Treats

Pumpkin Dog Treats

Once the dough is combined, roll it out to the desired thickness.  We have a big dog, so we rolled it out to about 1/2″, but you can make it thinner if you wish.  Then cut it into shapes.  I found the cookie cutter at the Bulk Barn for 69 cents.

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After they are on the cookie sheet, you can pierce holes in them with a fork if you wish.  Go down about halfway.

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I baked them at 350 for about 18 minutes, flipped them, and then baked for about another 15.  You may need to adjust cooking times depending on the size of your treats.  After they cooled, someone was waiting patiently for her treat!

Pumpkin Dog Treats

Pumpkin Dog Treats

Pumpkin Dog Treats

Verdict: pretty yummy!

Pumpkin Dog Treats

  • 1/2 c canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 t dried parsley (although, I put a few handfuls of fresh into my food processor and chopped it up… ended up equaling about 1 T)
  • 2 T dried milk
  • 2 1/2 c flour

1.  Whisk together pumpkin, eggs, salt, and parsley.  Gradually add in the milk and flour, making a stiff dough.

2.  Roll out to desired thickness, and cut cookies.  Put onto cookie sheet (I used parchment paper) and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, flip, and then bake for another 15.

3.  Once cooled, let your doggy enjoy!

**Some notes on the ingredients:

I used brown rice flour.  Some dogs have trouble digesting wheat, like humans.  It’s up to you what you want to use, though!

Pumpkin is great for dogs because it can help with their digestion and regularity.  Some dogs eat pumpkin straight out of the can.

Parsley is for the breath.  I haven’t tested it out to see if it has worked yet, though.  I’ll get back to you.

Finally, I think I found the original source for this recipe.  The shared photo on facebook didn’t have a link to the original site, but this one seems to be pretty close to what was posted.

As for the left over pumpkin, because it was a ginormous can… we’ll probably make another batch of dog treats later this week, but in the meantime, I’m going to see what kind of smoothies I can make with pumpkin puree.  Yum!

Smoothie Freezer Packs

Smoothies are pretty easy to make, right?  But sometimes in the morning I don’t have a ton of time to hull strawberries, chop pineapple, or peel oranges.  I came up with a solution to make my mornings go a little smoother (smoothie/smoother?).  It will take some time (preferably on the weekend, or a weeknight, when you have some to spare), but the effort is definitely well worth the pay-off.

Here is how to make smoothie freezer packs.

First, start with an empty freezer bag (I used the sandwich size):

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Add your ingredients (I put in half a banana, about 6 strawberries, and some coconut):

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Next, you can add some yogourt if you wish.  This can always be added when you are blending the smoothie.  My preference is for Greek, but you can put in your favourite!

Smoothie Freezer Pack

Finally, seal them up and throw them in the freezer.  When you are ready to use, put it in the blender with about a half cup of liquid (more may be necessary), like milk or juice.

Strawberry Banana and Coconut Smoothie

Yum yum!  It took me about 15 minutes to make 6 freezer packs.  The next morning, it took me 1 minute to make a smoothie.

Feel free to experiment with other combinations!  What are your favourite combinations for smoothies?

 

Quick Quiche Recipe

We were given some fresh eggs this week, so we ended up with three dozen in the fridge.  If you’ve got a lot of eggs, a quiche can be a way to use some of them.  Here’s the recipe that I made over the weekend, with great results.  Here are the ingredients that you’ll need (but really… you can throw anything into a quiche, and it will taste good):

  • Pie crust (frozen is fine!)
  • 6 eggs
  • cheese (I used a few slices of Havarti)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 slices of prosciutto
  • black pepper to taste

I first chopped up the pepper.  I put in on a cookie sheet with the prosciutto and  broiled it until the prosciutto was crispy and the pepper started to caramelize (blacken), which took about 10 minutes.  Make sure to turn after 5.  Put the pepper and the prosciutto on the bottom of your pie crust and add the cheese and pepper.

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Then pour your eggs over the top.  Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes, or until the eggs have cooked and the crust is golden.

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Yum yum!

**Note… I took these pictures with my new phone.  I think I’ll stick with the camera…