New Healthy Dog Treats!

Our dog Sitka is 4 now and we really want him to live forever and ever, or at least as long as we are lucky enough to have him to spoil and love! It’s super tempting to grab those easy, super stinky dog treats that all dogs adore from the store, but our Sitka loves homemade treats even more!oatflour

I use quick oats and process them down to a flour for pup treats…

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Same with organic cheerio type cereal…

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As well as organic rice cereal! These have a consistency of panko bread crumbs. Just wait, you’ll get it in a sec.

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These peanut butter balls are no-bakes and so freaking easy and just 4 ingredients! Here’s the recipe:

No-Bake Peanut Butter Ball Pup Treats

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats, processed into medium coarse thickness (not fine)
  • 1 cup fresh peanut butter, non-salted (I use organic, non-salted fresh peanut butter)
  • 1/2 cup water  (you can sub out the water for milk or broth if you’d like)
  • 1 4oz pouch of baby food fruit, such as apples & oats

Hand mix or food process all of the ingredients in a bowl until it looks like this gooey mess:

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Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out mixture and hand roll.

Roll the formed balls in processed oats.

It’s that easy! I store these in an airtight container in the fridge, which can last in there for up to a week, but they never last that long! 🙂

Blueberry Chia Pup Treats

Seriously, Jon even tried these and said they were bomb! (Sitka agreed!) You don’t need to worry about using chia seeds for these- they’re vet approved! Chia seeds even help with dogs shiny coats- just make sure you soak them first!

BBTREATS

Ingredients:

1 4oz pouch of baby food fruit or veggies

1/4 cup of frozen blueberries, processed or chopped

1 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup powdered cherrios

1/2 powdered rice cereal

2 tsp soaked chia seeds

1 large egg, beaten

1 tbsp honey

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I just throw blueberries into my food processor and use them this way!

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I wasn’t kidding about the baby food! It’s awesome! I make veggie treats with them too!

Instructions:

I put everything into my food processor and pulse until its all combined. Depending on the type of baby food you use, etc. you may need to add a little more of the dry ingredients to get a wet dough, but something that you can roll out and cut with a cookie cutter. I added about 1/4 of powdered cherrios today to get the right consistency.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 mins. They will be a little soft still, but firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack after a few minutes.

You can store these in your fridge for up to a week!

Enjoy!

-Mia

 

End Of Summer Ride Along ☀️


Our morning started out early today. 🙂 Jon needed to check on a cornfield for a client of his. Across the way, the same farmer was working on hay bales. 🌾


Sitka is a farm dog who usually stays close to home, but today he was able to "go bye-bye." He's so happy! 🐕


Some of the red onions were ready for me to clean up and store too! Yessssss!


Corn fields are so humid! They're crazy tall and when Jon gets back from checking on them, he's soaked! Good thing he wears a rain jacket and has super easy to dry pants. Waterproof boots help too! 🙂 Speaking of corn, I have a ton of fresh corn to process into corn salsa and corn for the freezer. 🌽


I always love when the cows greet me. (Even if they're just hoping for another meal). So cute!

I love the days before school starts back up again that I'm able to ride along with my guy. He's so much fun to chat with, and harass with my satellite radio switching from channel to channel. I make him laugh with my 80's rock. I brought along a good book for some downtime, so between catching a few chapters, walking Sitka around and enjoying the milder weather, I'm in heaven. ❤️

Happy Tuesday!

Mia

Peanut Butter & Bacon Dog Treats

Our dog Sitka has been with us for about 2 1/2 years. We adopted him from a local shelter the day after he was brought in. He is such a wonderful guy, so full of love and snuggles. Sitka is a Husky/Shepherd/Lab mix and we wouldn’t change a single thing about him! 🙂 He is addicted to treats…he will shake, high five, double shake, walk on 2 feet, spin 360 degrees and lay down for treats. We don’t like to give him store-bought treats because they aren’t good for him, so I try to keep the cookie jar full and Sitka happy.

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This recipe is so easy, it’s not really a recipe. Hehe. You just place all ingredients in the bowl and mix it up. No fancy schmancy wet ingredients into the dry ingredients nonsense. 🙂dt2

Your dough will look like this when it’s ready. Don’t look for a perfect dough like pie crust or human cookie dough. This has so much peanut butter in it, that all will be perfect. Trust me. dt3

See! Told you! You also don’t need to flour underneath. It’s not a sticky dough.

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I cut the shapes pretty uniform in size for easy fitting into his cookie jar.

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Super cute!

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These bake up so fast! Just 10 mins in the oven and 10 minutes to cool and your pup will be in heaven. (And healthy-ish!)

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They fit perfectly in the cookie jar. This recipe makes about 3 dozen treats. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (255g) natural creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) nonfat milk
  • 1 large egg (or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
  • 2 cups (244g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (30g) quick oats
  • 1 tbsp reserved bacon grease, kept in fridge until use

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix everything together. The dough is extremely thick and heavy
  3. Using a floured rolling pin, cut into shapes using cookie cutters or a knife. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the bottom.
  4. Allow to cool completely before serving to your pup. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  5. Make ahead/freezing: Since the pups can’t eat the whole batch in a week, I usually freeze them. Sitka loves them right out of the freezer too! The treats freeze well up to 2 months.

I hope your dog enjoys them as much as this guy does!

Happy baking!

-Mia

Spring!

It’s that special time of year where I want to plant everything, spend all of my time in the greenhouse and I love walking Sitka along the back wheat fields. The snow just finally melted enough that we can access the tractor roads behind the house. 🙂 Yay!

sitkafarm1Sitka LOVES being with us, even if it means he has to jump in the back of the RTV. 🙂

greenhouse2I love being in the greenhouse! Happy spring!

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