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 

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