Monday, December 21, 2015

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Doggie Treats

I have to begin by saying, I am a girl with many ideas (some stolen). But none the less, I have them. I am not however, excellent at executing those ideas in a timely manner. In fact, my husband is the "idea executer professional" in our family. You'd think me being a Project Manager and all, I'd be an excellent idea executer at home... drum rolllll..... and you're wrong :)

For Halloween I realized I wanted to be one of those new moms who took TONS of photos of their baby during ALL THE HOLIDAYS. So, I had the brilliant idea for Brad to buy us a small cute little pumpkin so I can sit miss Joanna next to it and take some cute little photos. He bought me the pumpkin. It was the perfect size! And it just sat there... for 3 weeks. It sat there for so long that Thanksgiving was beginning to roll around and it was now fall decor instead of Halloween decor. It sat there for so long that grandma kindly decided to cook it before it went bad and my cute little pumpkin WOULD become a total waste! Needless to say, Joanna did not get any Halloween photos with that pumpkin #ideafail

So one evening the week before Thanksgiving, grandma washed the pumpkin, cut it in half, put it on a cookie sheet faced down and put it in the oven to bake (I'm not sure exactly how long but the house smelled really good). The outside was slightly brown before she took it out of the oven. Once she deemed it done baking, she set it on the counter and let it cool over night. The following day, she spooned out all of the good insides of Mr. Pumpkin and there was no turning back.  Well I think there was no turning back once she cut it in half... but who's keeping record? (If you are reading this... I love you grandma)

So, we made two homemade pumpkins (one of which we ate entirely before Thanksgiving day ... just to make sure that the one we saved for Thanksgiving Day was cooked perfectly) and we also made homemade doggie treats. I found the recipe here and literally just followed it exactly. I did such a good job following it that I took tons of pictures of my puppies and grandma and I's efforts in their doggie treats just to share with you guys :)

3-Ingredient Homemade Peanut Butter
Pumpkin Dog Treats

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter

1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Stir in the flour 1/4 cup at a time just until dough is no longer sticky.
3. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough, then place on the prepared pan.
4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

Toby was keeping an eye on us
Hemi couldn't wait to eat them

Both puppies absolutely loved them (and still do)!
Do you make homemade dog treats? If so, what kind? 

We also thin slice chicken breasts and put them in the dehydrator to cook. Doggie treats are a little time consuming, but very economical and I'm sure that the puppies appreciate the effort we put into it!

Dog-Mom and Chef Stephanita 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

We are in Texas!

I feel like we've fallen off the grid - I've got so much catching up to do! Joanna was about 4 weeks old when we sold our home and moved into grandma's house temporarily. 5 more weeks and we found ourselves in Texas. It's been a whirlwind of a journey (a successful one at that)... but it's still been pretty hectic. I'm happy to report that we are all moved into our new Texas home (another temporary rental until we figure out exactly where we want to plant some roots) and just focusing on spending time together as a family before we all head back to work and daycare next month. 

Planning our move to Texas started back in June when I was offered my dream job at 7 months pregnant. My heart jumped for joy while the little voice in my head said, "How in the world are we going to pull this off?" Brad has been extremely supportive since day one. Once we decided we were moving, every time I questioned how we were going to get through X, Y or Z ... He'd reassure me that we'd find a way to make it work. 

I've been thinking a lot about blogging since we've been here. But after a day of unpacking, settling in or just enjoying our new town... I am pooped! We lay the baby down to sleep, and all I can think about is what I have to do before my head hits the pillow too - wash bottles, clean the kitchen, finish laundry... #thestruggleisreal

I've got lots of things I want to write about! The homemade peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats grandma and I made the puppies before we left, my pumping journey to build a freezer supply of breast milk before I head back to work, overcoming mastitis at 2.5 months post partum, my efforts in starting running again... but most of all, I really want to write about my decision to get rid of my personal scale - because with how busy life can get, who needs to define their happiness with a number on a scale?

I spent 6 hours at my new office today meeting with my new manager about my new role when I return from maternity leave in January. I had a great day and the time spent at the office really helped me mentally prepare myself for what's to come. I am really excited to take on this new position! But as soon as I got home to my baby, the rush of how much I missed her just slapped me in the face. I literally spent the rest of the evening nursing, talking, bathing and cuddling with her. It made me realize that I need to become the most efficient possible version of myself when I'm at work. It also made me accept that I'll probably be sleeping a little less than I currently do. Oh sleep, how I'm going to miss you. 

For now, I'll leave you with this moment in time... Her and I thoroughly enjoying our warmth before bedtime <3