Thursday, May 7, 2015

A Creative Day

Today the weather was a little threatening with brief spurts of showers, so we stayed in except for visiting with neighbors. I baked some dog cookies for Auggie and shared some with Auggie's new friend, Wiley. They are full of peanut butter and were a hit. Here is the link to the recipe I used from Paula Deen. Here it is, in case the link doesn't work right someday.

Paula Deen’s “Bodeen’s Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits, from
Servings: varies
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy


3/4 cup nonfat Milk
1 Egg
1 cup Peanut Butter, smooth
2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 tablespoon Baking Powder


PreHeat – 325°
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, egg and peanut butter. Add in the flour and baking powder to make a very stiff dough, using your hands to work in the last of the flour if necessary. (Paula’s note: as a general rule, most  

homemade dog biscuits do well with 1 part liquid to 3 parts dry. You can customize the recipe by adding and subtracting ingredients your dog likes.)
Flour a work surface and roll out dough to a 1/4” thickness.  Cut into desired sizes depending on the size of your dog. Bake on a parchment lined baking tray for approximately 20 minutes. Turn biscuits over and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.  Bodeen’s Dog Biscuits can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 I swapped out the whole wheat flour for oat flour (which we had on hand) and rolled them into finger-shapes so they could be easily broken. Also, I dislike rolling out dough and using cookie cutters, so rolling was much easier.
Perhaps they aren't the prettiest dog biscuits, but Wiley and Auggie sure didn't care!

Then I picked up my crochet hooks. My granddaughter, Jillian, has a birthday next week, and I wanted to make her a little something. I used a pattern I've used before that makes a cupcake-shaped purse that turns into a doll cradle for a small doll. Here it is, with my 4" Steiff bear posing as a doll.

It was a fun day.