When I logged in to WordPress today, I knew it had been awhile. But…I didn’t realize how many whiles it had been!
- Completing many yard projects we’ve had on our to-do list for over a year. Victory!
- A trip to Kennewick for my grandma’s surprise 70th birthday fiesta, complete with a mariachi trio (chalkboard pictures to come).
- A trip to Seattle for my friend Micaline’s birthday…and lots of baby snuggles too!
- Celebrating our first wedding anniversary by watching Mike conduct for closing night of Seussical at Spokane Civic Theater.
- A trip to beautiful Lake Sutherland (in Port Angeles, WA) to visit my grandma, aunt, uncle, and cousins (and eat delicious food).
- My first wedding chalkboard job, thanks to my for hire page and post (more pictures to come)!
- Planning and executing my ten year class reunion with my friend Rachel.
- Finally organizing the mother lode…our walk-in master closet (post to come).
Okay, now I don’t feel like a slacker anymore.
I clearly have so much to share with you, but first, I have to share a fun baking project from this morning.
Yesterday, my mom posted a pumpkin sugar cookie recipe on my Facebook timeline that just looked absolutely to die for…especially because it’s August. I once read that, for teachers, the month of August is one long Sunday night. If you’ve ever had a case of the “Sunday Saddies” (as my sister affectionately refers to them), take that feeling, multiply it by 31, and throw in a few very scary first day of school nightmares for good measure. Yikes!
How do I survive this month, you ask?
Well, pumpkin everything, of course.
Photo Credit: Sierra Perrins
…and that face? It’s really, really cute. So, naturally, Denali got pumpkin cookies first! I promise to tell you all about the human pumpkin cookies Mike and I enjoyed in my next post (yes, Mike got his cookies too).
For now, let’s whip up some delicious treats for our favorite furry friends!
Before I dive into the recipe, I have to tell you: the ingredients in this recipe are not only delicious, but also really healthy for dogs.
- Pumpkin: soothes a puppy’s upset tummy
- Honey: aids digestive health, boosts energy, and helps alleviate allergies
- Oats: nutritious, calm nerves, aid digestion, balance hormones
- Peanut Butter: good source of protein, healthy fats, and vitamins
- Eggs: good source of protein, vitamin D, calcium, and choline
Need more convincing? I didn’t think so! Let’s try it.
- 2 cups gluten-free flour*
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon*
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter*
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine dry ingredients (2 cups gluten free flour, 1/2 cup rolled oats, & 1 tsp cinnamon) in a large bowl. Mix and set aside.
- In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 2 eggs, and 1 tbsp honey until smooth.
- Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, gently folding with a spoon. Use clean hands to mix together the last bits if needed until a ball of dough forms.
- Roll out dough to 1/4 - 1/2" thick.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out biscuits and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Biscuits will not expand during baking, so they can be as close together as you like!
- If desired, use the tines of a fork to decorate your creations.
- Bake biscuits for 15 minutes in your 350 degree oven. Flip biscuits and bake for another 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven! Don't forget to let cool completely prior to feeding your pooch!
- Store in airtight container.
- *Regular all-purpose flour can be used if your dog tolerates wheat (many dogs are gluten sensitive)
- *Cinnamon (which dogs love!) is non-toxic for adult dogs, but should be avoided for puppies
- *Make sure your peanut butter is low in sugar and doesn't contain xylitol (toxic to dogs)