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Pupcakes

1 large apple
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
1/4 cup oatmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons honey 2 eggs
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

For the Frosting
8 oz Neufchatel Cheese (lowfat cream cheese)
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
2-3 tablespoons flour

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 ° F (200 ° C). Grease muffin tins.

Core, slice and mince the apple (use a food processor if you have one). Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together flour, oatmeal, baking powder, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, blend together the yogurt, water, oil, honey, and eggs, then stir in the apple and cheese. Add to the flour mixture and stir until mixed.

Spoon into the muffin tins, filling each cup about three-quarters full. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let rest in the muffin tins for a few minutes, then remove and set aside to cool.

For the frosting, combine the Neufchatel cheese (at room temperature), honey, and yogurt until smooth. Add enough flour to thicken the frosting to a good spreading consistency. Frost the pupcakes and you’re ready for a doggone good party!

Makes 16-18 pupcakes. If you prefer a single-layer cake, spoon the batter into a sheet pan and bake for an extra 15-20 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean). Let the cake cool, then frost and decorate.

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I will have to try this one out.

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Apple Cinnamon Drops

1 large apple 1/4 cup honey 1/2 cup of water 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup oatmeal 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1/8 cup whole wheat flour

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).

Core, slice and mince the apple (use a food processor if you have one). In a large bowl, combine the minced apple bits, honey, water, cinnamon, and oatmeal. Gradually blend in the wheat flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.

In a small bowl, add 1/8 cup wheat flour. Spoon the dough by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches (5cm) apart. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in the wheat flour (to prevent sticking), flatten each spoonful of dough into a circle. Adjust the size of the drops based on how big a treat you like to feed your dog.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each cookie to brown evenly on both sides. Reduce oven temperature to 325 ° F (180 °C). Return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Let cool overnight.

Makes about 3 dozen crunchy cookies, depending on how big you make them.

Doggie Carrot Cookies

On this Fall day here in New England comfort food is what we strive for 🙂
So make these carrot cookies for your favorite canine and cuddle up.

You will need:
2 cups carrots — boiled and pureed
2 eggs
2 tablespoons garlic — minced
2 cups unbleached flour — *see Note
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
*or rice flour or rye flour.

Combine carrots, eggs and garlic. Mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients. Roll out on heavily floured surface and cut into bars or desired shapes. Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes or to desired crunchiness. The centers will continue to harden as they cool. Brush with egg white before baking for a glossy finish.

Frozen Dixie Cup Dog Treats

FROZEN DOG TREATS Ingredients: Three 6 ounce Containers of Plain, Low-Fat Yogurt 1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter (all natural w/out salt & sugar would be best) 1 Four Ounce Jar of Banana Baby Food … 1 Tablespoon of Honey (organic, local honey if you’re so inclined) Directions: In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Blend well. Pour mixture into small cups (like Dixie Cups). Place dog bone in mixture (to serve as the handle). Freeze. Once frozen, peel away paper cup and serve!
Photo: FROZEN DOG TREATS

For A Hot Weather Treat: Yogurt Pops

It’s HOT.HOT.HOT and humid in New England so this sounds divine 🙂

16 ounces plain nonfat yogurt

3/4 cup water

1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules

Instructions:

Dissolve bouillon in water

Combine water and yogurt in blender and blend thoroughly

Pour into small containers for freezing, cover and freeze.

Eggshell Powder

DIY Eat – Eggshell Powder

Eggshell Powder

One of the most important supplements you’ll need to add to your dog’meal is calcium. If dogs had the ability to chew on a good bone every day, they would be scraping off bits of bone that then would be broken down in the their body and used to strengthen their own bones and teeth. It’s the job of the parathyroid to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. If a diet is deficient in calcium, the parathyroid will go looking for it in your dog’s bones. When the parathyroid starts secreting extra hormones in order to balance the calcium-to-phosphorus ratio, it creates a condition known as secondary hyperparathyroidism. This disorder can cause permanent damage to the skeletal system, arthritis, and even broken bones. Extra calcium will be excreted in the urine, but while it’s in the body, excess calcium inhibits the absorption of phosphorus. So don’t overdo a good thing. By diverting eggshells from the compost bin you have an inexpensive and easy solution to providing your dog the appropriate amount of calcium. It requires only a couple of teaspoons of Eggshell Powder to balance out the phosphorus in most diets and this recipe will make about 12 teaspoons, each with about 1800 milligrams of calcium.

Ingredients • 12 eggshells, cleaned and dried

Once clean and dry, eggshells can be left at room temperature in an airtight container until you save enough to make a batch.
Preheat the oven to 300F.
Spread the eggshells evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes. The eggshells will still be mostly white or brown, but might have a light tint, which is okay. Baking eggshells any longer can produce an unpleasant smell.
Allow the eggshells to cool, then grind in a blender or clean coffee grinder for 1 minute, or until you achieve a very fine powder with no sharp edges.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
Amount to feed: Eggshell Powder should be added to homemade diets at approximately 3/4 teaspoon per cup of prepared food.
Yield: 12 teaspoons.

This recipe is from a new cookbook we’re loving, Feed Your Best Friend Better: Easy, Nutritional Meals and Treats for Dogs (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2012) by Rick Woodford, aka “the dog food dude.” We highly recommend checking it out for its inspiring, easy, super-healthy, vet-approved recipes your dog will adore.

Lazy Kitty Treat

Want to give your kitty a little sumpin..sumpin on a lazy day?

Mix 1 can of tuna with

1 teaspoon of honey and

mix with your cats regular food.

I would use half the mixture if your kitty is watching his/her waistline 🙂

Easy Recipe For Homemade Dog Treats

Easy Recipe For Homemade Dog Treats.

Salmon Treats

Use cookie cutters to create a fish shape.
It makes them tase even better!

1 can salmon with juice (8 oz.)
½ cup chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tsp dried)
1 tsp dill weed
3 eggs — shells included
½ cup sesame seeds ground up in coffee grinder
½ cup flax seeds ground up in coffee grinder
2 (or more) cups whole wheat flour — (2 to 3)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F (190° C).

Put all ingredients into a food processor and mix very well. NOTE: Pour flour through the opening while the processor is on. Use enough flour to make the dough about the consistency of a pie crust (it will roll into a ball – once it does, it’s ready to remove.)

Place on a floured surface and knead more flour into dough until it is easily rolled out. Roll out to about ¼” thick. Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. Poke each cookie with a fork once or twice, so that cookies will not puff up. Bake on cookie sheets that have a nonstick spray coating.

Bake for 20 min. Turn and rotate cookie sheets, then bake about 10 more minutes.

Cottage Cheese Balls

Ingredients:

2/3 Cup cottage cheese

6 Tsp. milk

6 Tsp. flaxseed oil (optional: olive oil with a sprinkling of flaxseeds)

1 egg yolk

2 Cups oatmeal

Directions: Mix all ingredients and form small balls. Bake the treats approx. 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. until the dog treats are crunchy. You could add other cheeses, liver, bacon, or ham. Let them cool and then use as treats! You’ll have one happy dog! (or more, depending on how many dogs you feed them to ;))
Enjoy this dog biscuit recipe!