Showing posts with label fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fun. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

DIY Dog Treats

Seriously - how could you resist this face? 

I mean come on. Look at that boy. 

For our spring DIY day - we decided to take care of our puppies and make DIY dog treats for our fur babies! I found recipes on the internet for baked, no bake and frozen! (All at the end with links) Best of all - you probably have all the ingredients in your house right now to make these treats! (And even try them yourself.)

The baked ones were really easy - whole wheat flour & baby food. Mix & roll out dough...

Then use fun cookie cutters for the shapes...

And bake! They get puffy and are very light. We tried all of the treats (haha - seriously) because they are edible. These were really bland. Why would a dog like these? But they do! 

Also - we did not double this recipe but we did split it into 2 batches - one for each jar of baby food (rather not mix beef and sweet potato). This makes a LOT of cookies! Depending on the baby food - you might need to add a bit of water. One was less moist than the other. 

Next up was no bake! And coincidentally - this is the same recipe all over Pinterest for "no bake energy bites". So this one is most definitely people & dog friendly. You mix oats (we used quick cooking), peanut butter, honey and granola (I know - sounds good - right?!).

Form into balls and refrigerate. Boom. Done. These were a big hit with the dogs (and us - seriously - they were tasty!)

For the three of us - looking back - I might have doubled this. This was the most popular in taste and made the fewest. 

Last up were the frozen ones - again - super simple! Mix together a banana, peanut butter, honey and yogurt - then drop it with a melon baller into ice cube trays or cleaned, used egg cartons. Then you freeze overnight. Frosty Paws in about five minutes - and no preservatives or chemicals! 

We tried this as well - I don't like smoothies (cuz I don't like yogurt) but that's basically what this is. Having said that - after trying a little bite - pretty tasty! 

As far as quantity - we doubled this one but probably didn't need to - it made quite a bit. 

After all that - then the real test - we all tried them - but what about our dear sweet Tucker?

Yeah - he loved them - all of them! We had to cut him off. 

DIY day is really my favorite girlfriend activity now - it's so much fun planning what we're going to do and then working together to make something fun! This one was really fun since all three of us have dogs - it was great to find out later if everybody's pooches were as happy as Tucker (they were).

I purposely looked for really simple recipes - there are ones that are far more complicated - but we're there to spend time with each other - not make a 20 ingredient, 30 step recipe. These were super simple, really cheap and best of all - dog approved! Mysty, Murphy and Tucker all agreed on that!

I think next month is bath treats or jam - depending on when we can fit it in! (I'm hoping for jam!)

Here are all of the recipes - enjoy! 

§  2 cups 100% organic whole wheat flour (or wheat germ, or spelt, or rolled oats, or a mixture of these, etc.)
§  2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food - beef, blueberry, sweet potato, chicken - whatever. Just make sure there are no onions/onion powder in it*.  Avoid any with artificial preservatives (should be easy, most are just pureed veggies and water).

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Mix together to form a stiff dough. If necessary, add extra flour or water as needed.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about a 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape or a pizza cutter to make cubes.
4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, place treats about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag (storing in an air-tight container will make them soft, but they're still edible).
Prep: 15 minutes
Yield: 12 to 16 servings
1 cup oats
1/2 cup peanut or almond butter
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup granola
1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator and roll into 1-inch balls. Store in an airtight container between wax paper and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

1 banana
2 tbls creamy peanut butter
2 tbls honey
2 or 3 6oz. yogurt cups — this is where you can get creative. I usually use vanilla but one time, all I had was strawberry and mixed berry so I made them with that and they loved those as well!
Blend ingredients together in a bowl, and I like to use a melon baller to scoop them into a mini cupcake pan. (If you don’t have a mini cupcake pan then you could use ice cube trays.) Then freeze overnight, pop out with a knife and store them in the freezer! I usually bag about 5-6 treats per baggie. Brody comes running when he hears the freezer and a zip-lock baggie opening!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Road Trip: Perfect North

My husband recently talked about going sledding and I told him that I've never been. He was kinda shocked but my family just wasn't very outdoorsy. One day he woke up and decided we were going to Perfect North and going tubing. Now I'm a Project Manager for a living - I like to plan. He doesn't. I fought back a bit that I didn't have any gloves or snow pants or even a hat! But - I lost that fight - an hour later - we were on our way. 

He's stern when he's driving in the freezing cold...he's quite layered up though...

Here I am - doing the photograph that every 15 year old does - holding the camera out in front of herself. I hate when kids do that - but I did it anyway. He couldn't drive and take a picture. I was trying to look happy and optimistic - all the while - I was a bit scared! Yes - I was scared of snow and inner-tubes.

As I mentioned in my last Road Trip post I like looking at the surroundings when I'm driving. "Life is a journey, not a destination." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I'm finding out that I really want a big farmhouse. Every time I see one - especially with a wraparound porch - my eyes light up! This one caught my eye for sure...

Whenever I see old barns - I want to pull over and explore. The whole "trespassing" thing has always stopped me up until now...maybe someday I'll be a rebel and check one out.

I also love seeing houses that are basically falling apart and then realizing that someone still lives there! Sometimes when I see the dilapidation I go back and try and picture when the structure was brand new. Think of the pride on that day when a new house or building was completed - makes me sad to think how that feeling has been lost. (See there's more to me than just a love of ranch dressing!)
Oh here we go...Perfect North, inter-tubes, being flung down a hill by a minimum-wage earning teenager - HERE I COME!

This made me worry a bit...

Whew! There are rules! 

So it's $25 for 2-hours of tubing per person. You sign the waver, pay your $$, get your tag and you're off! Next - you grab your tube and head to the hill. There's a fantastic moving walkway that takes you to the top. It's the perfect outdoor activity - it requires no athletic ability! Here I was getting my first glimpse of what this was all about.

Those kids are flying!

Look behind Larry - the lines were HUGE! All in all though - it took about 20 minutes round trip for each whiz down the hill. Larry's very deep in thought deciding which hill to take.

They said this was one of the busiest days they've had - so I didn't think 20 min was too bad - the line did move pretty quickly.

Here we are right before my first time down the hill! 

 We're up next! 

And there it is - I'm tubing!!!! I have to say this was one of the most fun things I've ever done. I was kinda shocked that I liked it so much! It's not scary at all - it's really fun - and like I said earlier - requires no athletic ability. Kids and adults - we all had fun. Admittedly it wasn't quite dangerous enough for Larry - he wants to try snowboarding. I just wanna go back and go tubing some more. That's plenty of excitement for me!

If you haven't been - you should go! It is a blast! Although we were there on a day when it was in the 30s - which was perfect. The sun helped a lot. If it's 5 degrees - mama ain't goin tubin!

After our day of fun in the snow - we decided to stop into the casino. We were only 5 minutes away - so why not. Larry doubled his money - I lost all mine. Isn't that the way it always works?

What a fun day out on the slopes at Perfect North! Although it's not a cheap date - it was really fun and well worth the money. I can definitely say that it's something we'll do at least once/year.

Saturday, June 28, 2008


The girls and I decided to head out to Mesh for a fun girls night out last night! It was great!

We had a wide variety of tastes and palettes so let's run through them:

Amuse buche - parmesan torte I think - it was cold, kind of crispy and fairly bland - but points for it being vegetarian

Julia - crab appetizer (delicious!!!), lobster mashed potatoes (not that great - dry), asparagus (fine), poppers (lots of potato and fairly spicy - maybe add some cheese?)

Jen - (our vegetarian) - house salad (sturkeys amazing dressing and dried cherries!!), asparagus (fine) and shoestring potatoes (she didn't comment but did clean her plate)

Heather (me!) - house salad (love love love) and scallop dinner (scallops were cooked wonderfully, spinach & mushroom risotto was just okay - fairly bland - i really want to like risotto but it never lives up to the taste i'm hoping for)

Dessert - we got the coconut cake & coconut/lime ice cream - really really great! We split it three ways and it was really light and tasty!

I also want to apologize to the older couple that was celebrating their anniversary next to us - I just got some for the first time in like 6 months the night before and we were discussing it - and we were loud (no - me???). Those poor people - we tried to be quiet and use code words for things like blow job and penis size...hahahahahaha.

I give Mesh the 3 star = That's like generic mac & cheese - almost perfect - but it's not the blue box!

I've liked it better other times but it was a fun girls night out!