Thursday, October 26, 2017

Recipe: Apple Peanut Butter Dog Treats

So it's no secret that I love my dog and I love to spoil her rotten!  This past Sunday Lucy graduated from puppy school and I decided to make dog treats to put in little goody bags for all the pups in the class.  The class we took with Lucy at PetSmart was 6 weeks long and she loved the other dogs so I figured it would be cute to do something for all of them!  I was able to bring each dog 10 treats in a little cellophane bag and brought some to the trainer for his dogs at home too.  I probably seemed a little crazy, but everyone was appreciative of the little gift and I'm glad I was able to spoil all the pups for their graduation!

I had made treats for Coco in the past, but she didn't like them and I didn't have the recipe I used so I went on Pinterest to search recipes.  I read a few recipes for inspiration and then came up with my own.  These cookies remind me so much of human peanut butter cookies, but just made with dog safe ingredients (aka no white sugar).  They smelled amazing while I was making them and I wanted to give them a try, but I'm allergic to apples so my Mom tried them for me and said they were good.  Lucy also goes crazy for them, which made me so happy!  This recipe is easy, healthy, and sure to make your pup(s) very happy.

-2 cups gluten free flour*
-1 cup oats
-2 eggs
-1/2 cup smooth peanut butter**
-1 1/2 cups applesauce
-1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
*I used a mix of coconut flour, rice flour, and Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix.
**Make sure the peanut butter does not contain Xylitol.

-Mix gluten free flour and oats until combined.
-Add eggs, peanut butter, applesauce, and melted coconut oil mixing between the addition of each ingredient.
-Mix until fully combined.
-Shape dough into 1/2 teaspoon balls and place on cookie sheet.
-Using a fork, flatten the treats (you can press the fork into the dough just once, like I did, or twice and create a criss cross design).
-Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
-Transfer from cookie sheet onto wire cooling rack.
-Allow to completely cool before giving to your pup.
-Store in an airtight container.

{This yields 128 1/2 teaspoon cookies, you can freeze both the dough and baked treats to use later and keep fresh longer.}

Have you ever made dog treats before?


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Annual Pumpkin Picking

Top : c/o Charming Charlie  |  Joggers: c/o Charming Charlie  |  Shoes: Adidas  |  Sunglasses: c/o Charming Charlie  |  Hat: New York Yankees (similar here and here)

This year between the weather and catching a sinus infection I was a little late in getting to the pumpkin patch (check out 2016's visit here and 2015's visit here).  My Mom and I finally took a trip there this past Monday and decided to bring Lucy with us.  We had the farm almost entirely to ourselves which was perfect because Lucy got to run around and just have so much fun!  As usual I also got to go a little crazy getting a variety of pumpkins and some mums for the house to decorate for fall.  I already have an idea for how I'm going to decorate my pumpkin this year and can't wait to share it with all of you (see past pumpkin decorating tutorials here).

I really haven't been feeling well lately and I wanted to wear something cozy and cute to the patch.  I've been obsessed with joggers recently and have been wearing this pair I got from Charming Charlie on repeat because they're so soft and go with just about everything.  I paired it with the matching sweater which I am in love with with thanks to the sweet ruffles and can't wait to style with jeans in the future.  I'm loving how sweet sweatsuits/matching pieces are in style right now since they're a great way to be comfortable while still staying on trend.  I'll definitely be rocking this look all fall long!

Have you been pumpkin picking this year?