My sweet rescue pup, Emmie, is turning 2 this week! I adopted her in October 2013 and she is the first ever full-time responsibility I’ve had all of my own. (Well that’s not to say I didn’t have HUGE amounts of help from my dad, friends and doggy daycare.) The past nearly 2 years with Emmie has flown by… Even if those puppy stage nights of going to the bathroom and wanting to play were the longest nights of.my.life.
In honor of Emmie’s second birthday, I’m throwing her a birthday party with some of her best friends (and mine) next weekend. <— YES, I am that person. 🙂 I’ve gathered up a few great recipes and made homemade dog biscuits and pupcakes for her and her friends. These things store great in the freezer so I made them ahead off time.
These super easy heathy dog biscuits are sure to please the pups. The “thanks for coming” “doggie bags” for Emmie’s friends will be packed with these yummy snacks!
Easy Dog Treats – Biscuits
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 cups oats (ground)
- ½ cup hot water
- 1/2 cup cheese
- 3/4 cup shredded and chopped carrots
Mix everything together and knead until combined. I had to add extra flour to keep this dough doughy but not too sticky and I put it in the fridge for about 20 minutes before rolling and cutting. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and use dog bone shaped cookie cutter to make the dog treats. I remember having the hardest time finding dog bone cookie cutters in the size I wanted and ended up finding the perfect set of 3 from a random kitchen store at the Outlet Mall <– where you can find almost anything and everything random. Plan ahead and order online! This is exactly what I bought (not the store but the same product) and it was the perfect variety of sizes for the treats.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Bake 25-30 minutes, flipping half way through
What’s a party without cake for the humans and pupcakes for the four-legging friends!? Here’s a recipe for peanut butter apple pupcakes that smell so good I wanted to eat them myself!
Peanut Butter Apple Pupcakes
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
- 1 egg
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups oatmeal (ground)
- 3 heaping tbsp crunchy natural peanut butter
- 2 tsp baking powder
Bake 350 degrees for 60 minutes
Makes 18 pupcakes
A dog birthday party isn’t weird right?! Well this girl loves her pup and every year is a blessing and full of fun (and not so fun!) moments that I wouldn’t trade for anything… Even if it was for a few more hours of sleep!
I hope everyone has a blast at the paw-ty! Post party details to follow next week!
Happy early 2nd birthday, Emmie!