Homemade Dog Biscuits and Pupcakes for a Paw-ty!

emmie-puppy-dog-birthdayMy 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. ūüôā¬†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!

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Easy Dog Treats – Biscuits

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups oats (ground)
  • ¬Ĺ 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  <Рwhere 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

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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!

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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!

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Gluten Free Cran-Nut-Apple Cobbler

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Another one of my favorite holiday foods is this Cran-Nut-Apple Cobbler.  For lack of a better name, it is named for its ingredients Рcranberry, walnuts and apples.

I’ve served this cobbler as both a dinner side casserole and a dessert cobbler.¬† It goes great as a side because it’s sweet and fruity to complement any meaty dinner.¬† BUT if you don’t happen to had a dessert for dinner, this is sure to impress!¬† Just add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!¬† The warm “cobbler” is sweet and the cold creamy vanilla tastes so good with it.

I’m not a cranberry fan so in attempt to like new things, this is the perfect “starter” cranberry dish!¬† After your taste buds like this, try my Gluten Free Baked Brie!¬† Chances are you will have some fresh cranberries left over so give the brie a try!

GF Cran Nut Apple Ingredients

Another thing I love about this recipe is that it’s gluten free!¬† In order to stay on the GF theme, I enjoyed a glass of organic red wine!¬† I got a bottle of Orleans Hill Cote Zero Organic Red from a great friend for my birthday.¬† This Organic Red was so yummy!¬† The makers of this wine suggest pairing this wine with “duck breast or vegetarian chili.”¬† Since I didn’t have either this night (or ever – duck?! What?!) I paired this wine with my cobbler… I’d say it paired quite well!

I’m also a huge (new) fan of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free products.¬† These are a little hard to find but I found the jackpot at none other than, Big Lots.¬† Seriously!¬† Big Lots¬† actually has¬†a big Bob section!¬† You can get a variety of flour, oatmeal, flax seed and all sorts of beans.

GF Cran Nut Apple ApplesSo here you go!  The Gluten Free Cran-Nut-Apple Cobbler:

  • 3 cups peeled, chopped Granny Smith apples
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp gluten free flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal, gluten free
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Walnuts (or pecans) and¬†extra¬†cranberries¬†for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine the apples, cranberries and 2 tbsp flour.  Add white sugar and mix well.  Put these in a 2 qt casserole dish.

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Now combine oatmeal, walnuts, brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour and cinnamon.  Add melted butter and mix well.

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Last step Рscoop oatmeal mixture on top of fruit mixture.  Bake for 45 minutes.

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This recipe is super easy and chances are, you already have these ingredients!¬† Don’t completely give up on cranberries until you have tried them a few different ways!

Bon Appetite!

Mashed Potato Maddness

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Anyone else think mashed potatoes are understated?¬†¬† Maybe it’s just me who undervalues this startchy veggie.¬† Mashed potatoes are probably one of the last side dishes I select at a restaurant unless they are known to be awesome at that place.¬† I do love a baked potato at BBQ restaurants but will always go for baked beans and mac n cheese first.

Even though potatoes lack color, they don’t lack substance.¬† Baked potatoes are high in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium, providing just over 25% daily value in 1. Potatoes¬†belong to the same family as tomatoes, eggplants and peppers, all my favorites.¬† World’s Healthiest Foods rate potatoes as a “good” food, under very good and excellent.

During the holidays, I had 3 random baked potatoes left uncooked and not planned for anything.¬† In order to eat something other an a whole potato, I wanted to change it up with yummy mashed potatoes…. so this super easy mashed potato recipe was born!

mashed pot potatoesIngredients

  • 3 baked potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 3 oz light cream cheese
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, boil water.  Add a dash of salt.  Cube potatoes and boil for about 10 minutes.  Drain.

Meanwhile, chop parsley and onion.

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When the potatoes are done, Mixed in a large bowl with parsley, onion, milk, cream cheese, milk and salt and pepper.

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I absolutely love Silk¬†PureAlmond unsweetened almond milk.¬† I don’t drink cow’s milk anymore and haven’t for quite some time.¬† An added bonus you might not have thought of- almond milk stays better longer than cow’s milk!

Aside from being super excited to decorate for Christmas this year, this recipe¬†got me¬†in the spirit for mashed potatoes!¬† I¬†forgot how much¬†I liked these until I¬†added some¬†onion and herbs.¬† Yumm!¬†ūüôā

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