Posts Tagged ‘peanut butter’

Happy Adoption Day to Our Dog – Celebrate with Homemade Treats

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Out Girl, Ally McBeagle

This is a guest post by Jenny Holt, freelance writer.  The timing was perfect as we’re celebrating our dog’s 2nd year of adoption this weekend. My kids are making the Peanut Butter Delights.

Treat Your Dogs to these Delicious Home Made Recipes by Jenny Holt

We want nothing but the best for our furry best friends. There are plenty of options for a special treat for your dog off the shelf. However, there is nothing more special than making something from the scratch, right in your own kitchen. Reward your dog’s good behavior by baking him a home cooked treat, with a secret ingredient. These homemade dog treats are quick and easy to prepare. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s prepare a surprise for your dog.

Peanut Butter Delight

These peanut butter treats are so full of nutty rich flavor that your dog and their little friends
will love to gorge on them. Here is how you can quickly make a peanut butter delight for your pet.

Ingredients:

1 cup wheat flour (can also use any other flour)

½ cup peanut butter (creamy version)

¼ cup apple sauce (unsweetened) or mashed banana

¼ cup stock (vegetable, beef or chicken)

Preparation:
Set your oven to 350 degrees before you start preparing.
Take a large bowl and use your fingers to mix all the ingredients together. Make sure that all the lumps are removed and you have a smooth dough. Once smooth, you can roll it into a ball using your hands. Place it on a silicone mat. It is important for the dough to be at least ¼ inch thick. You can also place it in refrigerator for an hour before you use a cookie cutter to cut out the treats.
On an ungreased baking sheet, place the mini bones (cut using a cookie cutter) and bake for 18 minutes until golden brown.

Sweet Potato Chews (alternative to rawhide)

Dogs love their rawhide chews. While it can keep them busy for hours, they can be really bad for your pet’s digestive system and gums. If these rawhides are digested without being chewed properly, they can make it very difficult for your dog to pass stools and they may be in some discomfort. Instead of feeding them chemical rawhides, prepare these easy to make sweet potato chews. You can not only control what your pet is eating, they are also easy on their digestive system.

Ingredients:

1 Large, washed sweet potato

Preparation:
Set your oven to 250 degrees and preheat before you start preparing.
Start by cutting the potato into slices that are at least 1/3-inch thick. You can also slice it lengthwise for bigger pieces if you have a larger dog.
Use a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper for easy cleaning. Lay slices on the sheet. Make sure that they are flat and do not overlap.
Bake the slices for 3 hours. When then have been in there for nearly an hour and a half, you can turn the slices over to bake the other side.
Hang the chews on a wire rack and let them cool completely before serving them. You can store the excess chews for up to 3-months in a freezer.
Don’t worry if the chews appear soft as you take it out of the oven. They will eventually harden and become chewable as they cool. You can make them more tasty by slathering peanut butter on top to tempt your pet to try.
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Peanut Butter Recall

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Possible salmonella in Trader’s Joe’s Valenica Creamy Salted Peanut Butter.  Here’s the recall info..

 

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New Recalls – Bagged Salad and Peanut Butter

Friday, November 18th, 2011

In the past two days there have been new recalls due to possible salmonella contamination – one for bagged lettuce sold at Trader Joe’s and Safeway the other for Smucker’s Natural Chunky Peanut Butter.  Check your fridge and pantry and read stories below.

 

Lettuce recall details here

http://news.yahoo.com/ready-pac-bagged-salad-recalled-e-coli-fears-152340977.html?bouchon=807,ca

Peanut Butter story here…

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/11/17/smuckers-recalls-jars-of-chunky-peanut-butter/

 

 

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Smooth and Soothing – The PB&B Shake

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Not, my son

My son started orthodontic treatment last week.  Boy we were all in for a shock.  Not only was his mouth sore, but the poor guy is really having a tough time eating.  Besides feeling like he’s going to choke on everything there’s the list of no’s from the doctor – nothing sticky, chewy, hard.  He asked “what’s left?”  Well, I’ll tell you – creamy, smooth and watery.  At least at first it’s been soups, smoothies, and shakes.  Even pasta was a chore.  He’s getting better at eating.  I’m getting better at packing a thermos for lunches, steaming and cutting things in small pieces and trying to keep him nourished and interested when sometimes it’s just too tiring and frustrating to eat.  Here’s a new shake we’ve created which makes him smile…

 

The PB&B

Peanut butter and banana is always a classic combo.  Whether it’s a sandwich (my childhood favorite), a muffin or this cool shake.  Feel free to substitute any type of milk.  The almond milk gave some added nutrients, vitamins and good (monounsaturated) fats here.

1/4 cup plain organic yogurt

1/2 cup vanilla almond milk

1 frozen organic banana

1 heaping tablespoon organic creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon honey

 

Cut frozen banana in same size chunks.  Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth and combined.

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Pass the Peanut Butter

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Summer means a break from the nut butter bans at my house.  We can’t pack it for school or camp, but we can for summer picnics, camping and at home playdate lunches.  Of course we check before serving, but luckily my kids’ usual friends don’t have issues.  We even got crazy and I made peanut butter cookies (recipe below).  I can’t remember the last time I did that.

 

Allery News

There have been a few articles recently about the rise in nut allergies and some pretty angry parents who are just getting into school with nut free policies.  Your child will survive at school without peanut butter, while another may not survive because of it.  Think of it that way, before you get mad at policies, schools and parents who deal with an allergic child.  Enjoy it at home and use the bans to discover something new with your kids for lunch.

 

Taste Test

We like to do taste tests at my house.  My daughter wasn’t to be fooled when we did various milks at a (see blog about our milk test for a cookie party).  She still doesn’t drink cow’s milk.  So about about finding an alternative for peanut butter when school starts?  Soy nut butter and sunflower butter are big at my house.  Or try an entirely diffrent tasting type of spread such as hummus, black bean or cream cheese.  Try it on tortiallas, bread, flatbread, bagels, crumpets, crackers, etc.  I bet you’re family will find a new favorite you can safely pack, come back to school day.

 

Enjoy these cookies before school starts, on the weekend or as an after school treat.

 

Peanut Butter Cookies

(adapted from the Ski Lodge Cookbook by Tina Andersen)

Makes 24 cookies

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 large egg, slightly beaten

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350F.  Layer baking sheets with parchment paper.

 

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on baking sheets.  Flatten dough balls with fork tines to make a crisscross.

Bake until puffed and light golden brown, 8 – 19 minutes.  Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes.  Transfer to baking rack to cool completely.

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Peanut Butter and Hazelnut Recall

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Check your jars if you have Skippy Peanut Butter and Hazelnuts in your kitchen.  The peanut butter and nuts can cause food poisoning as they may have salmonella or E.colli.  See entire story here. 

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