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.
Our last day started the same as the first – with french toast. My kids and husband had french toast with yogurt and fruit on top. My son asked “Where’s the powdered sugar?” Then he quickly remembered. Yes, in the cupboard but behind an unhappy “not to eat” face. I had the last of the oatmeal with a sprinkle of granola and half a banana. So glad I bought those last evening. I mistakenly put the last of the grapes on the table near my daughter and they were quickly eaten without sharing. She likes her fruit.
My kids both had soccer games, so that also meant snacks provided afterwards. My daughter enjoyed fruit kebobs while my son had strawberries and pirate booty (not my favorite – oh well).
For lunch my son had flatbread with sunflower butter (we’re almost out). My daughter had a hummus wrap. My husband had the last of the turkey, hummus and a spoonful of avocado (left from dinner). I ate last night’s taco left-overs – a few beans, some tofu and ground beef. We rationed the last of the carrots – trying to save some for dinner. We finished the bag of pretzels. It kind of seemed bottomless during the week. We were so hungry, I missed photos of lunch, except for mine (above). Doesn’t look super appealing does it? Ellery’s best friend came over and I felt bad not being able to offer more than carrots, pretzels, and water (although that’s what she usually eats at my house).
My daughter went to a friend’s birthday party. Besides fun and friends, she got a cupcake. Seemed like such a luxury I’m sure. Friends of mine asked (who knew we were doing the challenge) if my kids would be allowed “outside” food. I said yes. I’m mean, but not cruel. But I didn’t accept any food. Thus when the party was done and we were home about 4pm, I was famished, with a headache. I poured my last 1/2 glass of iced tea and finished off the last of the yogurt (so glad 32 ounces lasted through the week), topped with a bit of granola. I felt much better almost immediately.
Dinner wasn’t so hard – mostly because there wasn’t much to choose from. There were eggs and bread, one sweet potato, some spinach, some leftover rice and a few carrots. I don’t usually make individual meals, but I let each person decide how they wanted their eggs. I made egg salad (I still had 2 hard boiled eggs from the week, and I made 2 more) for my daughter and husband. Then my son and I chose poached/fried. Acutally my son came up with egg in a basket. Good thinking. I decided to eat the remainder of the stir fry rice, topped with some sauteed spinach and egg on top. We also had sweet potato chips.
We always say our “thankfuls” at dinner each night. Tonight’s involved soccer, birthday parties and completing the hunger challenge. I’m thankful for my family participating again this year and putting up with me this week (tired, hungry, preoccupied). We’re all thankful we don’t have to live on a food stamp budget as a way of life. I’m thankful my kids aren’t teenagers. I can’t even imagine how you feed a 16 year old boy with these limitations. (And what about a pet? We only have hermit crabs who eat a little spinach or fruit now and then).
I’ll be happy to going back to the convenience and freedom of eating when, what and where we want. Healthfully, of course. I also won’t be so (overly) preoccupied with food and photos. And we’ll be more social. I don’t like not being able to freely share food and host meals for friends and family. Hunger effects everything – your mind, body, spirit, and your way of life.