With the holiday feasting upon us (it seems like everywhere you turn there’s cookies and cakes and dancing sugarplums galore), I like to spread out my baking so I don’t spread out my waistline 😉 …but how does one continue doing something they love without suffering unwanted consequences? The obvious answer is to bake for others! As those who have been around me the last 5 years in Kansas will attest to…I love baking for others, and my gnomies have reaped a multitude of benefits from my love of baking! Others who benefit – the Pooches! 😀
I decided over the weekend to create a PB&J sandwich cookie that is suitable for pooches everywhere! Even the pooches human can partake, if one is so inclined. And I do have to mention..while the dough was Mocha-approved (hmm, I should get a stamp), I’d rather have some sugardoodle dough. And while I haven’t tasted the baked product as of this post, Mocha loves these babies with a fiery passion!
2/3-3/4 C buckwheat flour
1 TBSP hazelnut milk
1 TBSP creamy peanut butter
2 TBSP applesauce
1 TBSP jam (any flavor, I used raspberry)
1. Place peanut butter, applesauce, and jam in bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on low until combined. Add in 1/2 C flour, and mix. Add in hazelnut milk, followed by more flour as needed – I used about 1/3 C more and used the rest as bench flour for rolling. You want a soft, pliable, only lightly sticky cookie dough to roll out and cut shapes.
2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, roll the dough out about 1/8-inch thick, on a floured surface. Cut your shapes. If you have similar shapes of various sizes you can create the window box effect. If not, it’s cool…just cut out fun shapes your pooch will like!
3. Bake at 400°F for 8-15 minutes, depending on the size of your cookie. Let cool completely, give a quality control sample to your furry friend for a 2 paws up response 🙂 Store the rest in an airtight container! If you can keep them in the house this long, they may last several weeks. I would recommend that you not PB&J them until ready to serve 🙂
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I’m not going to write a schpeel about how going vegan is the best proven way to reduce carbon footprints, and there’s tons of recipes already on this blog to get anyone started on eating delicious vegan food. But what I do want to get everyone to do today, is help feed animals in shelters – it won’t cost you a single cent! You don’t have to do anything but click a button…which you can do while sitting in your chair! So click the button below, and help feed a hungry pooch!
Remember, we’re still going Orange for Animals…this is the simplest, yet extremely efficient way you can support shelter animals! In case you missed it…here’s the link again 😉
Happy Earth Day..for all my fellow Earthlings!!
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According to the ASPCA, April is ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals‘ Awareness Month – and that is something I can certainly get behind! Their campaign to “Go Orange for Animals” is also something I can support, for obvious vegan reasons, but also because I love love love the color orange! So for the month of April, our banner will sport this beautiful orange rose (photo courtesy of Gypsy Dancer Gallery). And here’s a smoothie to kick-off and celebrate my going Orange! Perhaps drinking this smoothie will inspire you to give a little donation or some time to a local shelter – some shelters need dog walkers.. what a great way to spend an afternoon, taking a shelter pooch for a walk! I was also told about this program, Snuggles Project, for all you knitters out there (thanks, Nikki). Of course, if you don’t happen to knit/crochet, shelters also take blanket donations. Let’s do something for all the fur-babies this month, shall we?!
And keeping in mind our four-legged companions’ humans, this smoothie packs β-carotene, folic acid, vitamins B3, C, and E, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, sulphur, zinc, and protein with the optional yogurt. It’s great for an energy boost, immune boost, and a digestive boost. It’s also wonderful for creating a healthy skin tone. This recipe makes about 12 oz.
2 mangoes (or about 1 C frozen mango chunks)
2 peaches (or about 1 C frozen peach slices)
1/2 tsp vanilla essence or flavor
1/2 C orange juice
optional: 5 TBSP soy or coconut milk yogurt
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth! Enjoy!
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It might be weird to celebrate a birthday for someone who has already died, but perhaps not..I mean, we do it for famous people and presidents, right? Why not someone we actually knew and loved.. so here it is. Today would’ve been Copper‘s 9th (observed) birthday…so I thought I’d bake some pooch-worthy peanut butter-filled carob cupcakes, and do a little pictography of his life with me.. hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do! I can’t help but laugh every time I see these..
In the beginning, just a few days after rescuing him…April 30, 2000 – at about 6 weeks old (according to the shelter)
Puppies grow fast, learn to high-five, and develop a face that will let them get away with anything…
Then comes the first birthday…”More cake before I lose all my marbles, Momma..”
As time goes by he’ll laugh, and he’ll mock….
..but some things never change..
He was born a dog, but died a gentleman…
Happy Birthday my Handsome Prince!
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