Homemade Dog (Puppy!) Treats…

It is a snow day here in Colorado….  

The novelty of no school lasted for exactly one hour and three minutes.

 We then progressed to the “I’m bored” stage of the day which is such a wrist cutting sound clear que to do something fun an creative with the kiddos.

In anticipation of our new pup (arriving this weekend!) we decided to make homemade doggie biscuits.  I have had this recipe forever (we had pre-marriage dogs up until a few years ago) and it is all natural and super easy for all to make.

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Recipe & Ingredients:

1 cup cornmeal

1 cup shelled sunflower seeds (optional)

1 cup water

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 egg

1/3 cup vegetable oil

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Mix all ingredients together well.  Knead for for about one minute.  Roll out dough with rolling pin.  Cut with cookie cutter or make small logs–pinch ends to look like a dog bone.

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Bake at 350 degrees on a cookie sheet or I have found a large pizza stone works even better and holds more treats at a time.   Bake for 35-40 minutes.

These make great gifts, too!  Many a teacher and neighbor have received these over the years from my kids…..

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Will send puppy photos next week!

Stay warm…..dcb

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The Friday How-2 is “4 Santa”……

Happy Week’s End everyone!

Today’s how to is actually a variation of an awesome blog I saw on sweetlittlethang.  Her blog inspired me to try this out!

Supplies:

white plate and mug  (I found these on clearance at Target, and I have also seen them at the dollar (pound) store)

your favorite stamp and any stamping ink

How-2:

First:  Stamp your image on to your plate and mug.  If you mess up during this process, I have found that a little squirt of Shout or Spray-n-wash makes the ink come right off and you can start over.

Second:  After you have your stamped image the way you wish, stick the plate and mug right in your oven….yes, I said oven!   Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  You can set them right on your oven racks.

This process “bakes” the ink on to the mug and plate so it will never smear and it becomes instantly dishwasher safe (as long as your plate and mugs are dishwasher safe).  Pretty cool, right?

So, these are for Santa’s treats on Christmas eve.  I intend to pair them with a super awesome “Santa Snack Mat” from myfivelittlepeppers who also brought you the amazing Mug Rug.

Other ideas:

This same process as you will find on the sweetlittlethang blog can be done with a Sharpie pen.   Have your kiddos write a note to Santa or Rudolf on the plates and/or a message for him on the mug.  It also makes a great gift by stamping initials, names or colorful stamped images.

Whatever the image–it won’t come off or smear!!

Happy Baking!  dcb