Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits and Pumpkin Dog Cookies

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I like to make my own dog treats especially in light of all the dog treats that are recalled and those that are killing our pets.  I just don’t trust any of them.  I usually give my dogs vegetables as treats but I like to give them a biscuit now and then.

These treats have no preservatives so if you make them, I would put most in the freezer so they don’t spoil.  I gave almost all of them away to my friends dogs at the dog park.

The peanut butter recipe is from Paula Deen ~ who I swore I would never make another recipe from but I justified it by telling myself it’s just dog biscuits.  The pumpkin recipe I found on Cesar Milan’s website.  Both were given 2 paws up by my mutts!

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Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

3/4 cup milk ~ I used 2%
1 egg
1 cup smooth peanut butter
2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour ~ I used white wheat but you can use regular flour
1 tbsp baking powder

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and peanut butter. Add in the flour and baking powder to make a very stiff dough. You may have to use your hands to mix in the last bit of flour.

On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes.

Bake at 325º on a parchment-lined baking sheet for approx. 20 minutes or until hard.

Cool completely before giving any to your dog. Store extras in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Serving size varies according to the shapes you cut them in but expect to get at least 2 dozen.

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Pumpkin Dog Cookies

1/2 cup canned pumpkin
4 tbsps molasses
4 tbsps water
2 tbsps vegetable oil
2 cup whole wheat flour ~ I used white wheat but you can use regular flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon, optional ~ I used 1/2 tsp

Preheat oven to 350º

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil. and water.

Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon and mix. The dough will be semi-stiff.

Scoop out dough ~ I used a small scoop, abt a tbsp ~ and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Flatten with a fork.

Bake about 25 minutes or until hard. Cool completely before giving any to your dog. Store any extras in your freezer.

Makes at least 2 dozen dog cookies.

Happy Cooking!

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Sausage with Peppers and Onions

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First, thank you to everyone who has written and asked about Minnie.  She is doing wonderfully.  She is starting to play a little bit and exploring the house more.  She is still afraid of people but is becoming used to us and has stopped shaking when she is with us.  She is walking great on a leash although stairs and door jams are still hard for her.  She will be having surgery in May to fix her eye and to spay her so that is our next big hurdle.  Zippy is being a great  brother and helping her along.  Here she is (she’s afraid of the camera):

Baseball season finally started on the 1st and even though I root for a perennial loser and a perennial winner, I always get excited when the season starts.  So, in honor of baseball season, I made some baseball park food ~ sausage and peppers and hot dogs.

The sausage recipe came from Food.com and I have made it a few times for get-togethers.   It always goes over big and everyone wants the recipe.  It was originally posted by yooper and it’s a winner.  I add the onion and leave off the cheese ~ just personal preference.

Sausage with Peppers and Onions

3 green bell peppers
3 medium onions, sliced into rings
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
1 lb hot Italian sausage, I cut them to make 2 or 3 inch pieces
1/3 cup red wine

Preheat your oven to 350º.

Remove stems and seeds from the green peppers and cut into large chunks and slice onions into rings.

In an ovenproof baking dish that can also be used on top of the stove, saute green peppers and onions in the olive oil until they are soft then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Remove vegetables from the pan and set aside.

Brown sausage in the same dish.

When sausage is browned, add the red wine.

Cover with lid or foil and bake about 40 minutes.

Uncover baking dish and add cooked green peppers and onions.

Bake an additional 30 minutes.

Place sausage and peppers and onions in a hoagie roll and if you like cheese on it, add cheese and stick under the broiler for a few minutes until melted.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

Happy Cooking!

If You Are A Pet Lover…

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please sign the petition to urge the Obama family to adopt a shelter dog. It has been reported that they will be adopting a dog after the November election ~ what a great way for them support animal rescue.

I am a BIG fan of Best Friends Animal Society (who has started the petition) ~ they truly do good work and you may have seen their show on the National Geographic Network. They received some of the MIchael Vick dogs and it is amazing what they have done to turn those dog’s lives around.

Anyway, if you are so inclined, you can sign the petition HERE .

They may be lucky enough to find a dog as cute as this:

or this:

Thank you!