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. Rewardyourdog’sgoodbehavior 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.
– 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)
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.
1 Large, washed sweet potato
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.
Latley I’ve been helping some other sites with blogs and content. I was very pleased to be part of a three week blog series with feeding babies on Ginger Garner’s site. Ginger is founder of Professional Yoga Therapy (PYT), the first education program for Complementary and Alternative Medicine practice in medical therapeutic yoga in the United States. Ginger has traveled across the US teaching yoga and Pilates as Complementary and Alternative Medicine, while also raising awareness about mothers’ rights and improving women’s health. She also is a mother of three. Her youngest James, is eating my apple puree above.
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my daily life with school age kids, I forget about new babes coming into the world. Then I see a cute photo or read a kind email or post about a mom feeding their baby for the first time, and I wish I was right back there. If you’re looking for tips for feeding babies and a recipe for apple puree – a perfect first solid food, please see my guest posts here.
I get a lot of nice emails from parents and caregivers thanking me for help with recipes and information in my cookbooks. I received this message on New Year’s Day which was a very pleasant way for me to start year. This DC mom not only made Petit Appetit recipes for her son, but also shared gift boxes full of homemade treats with her playgroup too. I love that! So with permission, here’s the story (and her fun photos) I’d like to share…
“I am a first time, stay-at-home mother to Nicholas who is two years old. I breastfed my little guy for the first year and fed him both handmade and store bought organic purees while he was still tiny and learning to eat. As he grew bigger, he ate and still eats like a little bird. He is pretty typical, in that he likes pasta, grilled cheese, cheese wraps, Mac and cheese (he loves cheese) and turkey dogs, but while I was making these things healthier (whole wheat or veggie pasta, whole wheat bread and cheddar cheese, etc.) I longed for a fruit or veggie to be thrown in there, and perhaps a little variety (gasp- I know).
I went to my local library and checked out a slew of cooking for kids sneaky type books and yours was one of them. I went through it and marked about 20! recipes that I wanted to try. I have made the graham crackers, Lisa’s cookies, fruity gelatin, citrus corn muffins, banana apple bran muffins, couscous pudding, and this very morning my son and I enjoyed a mango tango smoothie together. Your book was definitely my favorite as I believe in the organic lifestyle as much as I can find and that doesn’t break our budget, and the recipes are truly tasty to me, and more importantly to my son!
I do quite a bit of baking, and this year for the holiday season, instead of making tons of unhealthy cookies to give to my son’s friends and their mommies, I made gift baskets full of healthy goodies that could be eaten as a breakfast (citrus corn muffins or banana apple bran muffins), or snacks (graham crackers or Lisa’s cookies). Therefore, saving my mommy-friends a little extra time in the kitchen, and they had the piece of mind knowing that their kids were eating something homemade, healthy, and organic to boot. Some of the kids ate all the snacks right then and there during the play date and for others the goodies didn’t even last overnight. I was seriously happy that an entire morning in the kitchen paid off and well, they are your recipes so I have you to thank. Thank you again. Sincereley, Aimee from a DC Burb”
I’ve had a few guest bloggers, but no one under 21 years old, has ever written a review of my food. This was so exciting to see this post from a friend of mine’s daughter, Jenny, age 14 (unsolicited even). I’ve told you about her mom, Elaine Smith. She’s the founder of ChowBella Kids cooking events for kids. Well her daughter is on her way to being a food connossieur, blogger and instructor too. Check out her making my recipe for Chicken Apple Bites here…http://www.foodbackwards.com/2011/05/14/yummy-chicken-apple-bites/
Note this was on the Doof-A-Palooza website. Doof is food spelled backwards, and teaches kids the amazing journey of food from its source to their table, with an interactive, imaginative, sometimes messy and always hands-on experience. The Doof food festival in the Bay Area is this Sunday May 22nd, from 10 – 5pm at Jack London Square. While I do not have a booth this year (just too many family commitments), I know this will be a fun time for all ages who come out to play with and sample food from local growers, chefs, purveyors, culinary instructors, authors and restaurants. Learn event deatils here…