Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fancy Dog Cookies

These are the fancy dog treats I made last weekend to support my son's little league team's bake sale (geez, that's a mouth full!)... And they sold out! They are relatively easy to make and have lots of good things in them. I had a bunch of pictures showing the process of making them, but alas... I have lost my camera cord. Here is the recipe:

1/3 c. rolled oats
2 1/3 c. unbleached flour
1/4 c. pumpkin seeds
1 Tbsp. flax seeds
4 carrots
1 apple
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 tsp Better Than Bouillion Vegetable base
1 Tbsp honey
1 egg
4 pieces of bacon (cooked)
1 Tbsp bacon grease

Step 1:
Using your food processor with the grating blade, grate the carrots and apples. Transfer them to a medium sized bowl.
Step 2:
Swap out the grating blade on your processor for the standard blade. Add the rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and bacon to your processor. Grind them up. Add them to the carrot apple mixture.
Step 3:
Add the remaining ingredients to the medium bowl and mix. Once everything mixed thoroughly, transfer to a floured surface. Roll out your dough. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter and place on a greased cookie sheet to bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. When the cookies are done, you have a choice to make: For a softer cookie, take them out of the oven. For a crunchier cookie, leave the cookies in the oven, but turn it off. Let them cool down together.

Once every thing is  cooled, you can frost your cookies! To make the frosting you will need:

2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp water
1 tsp honey
3-5 drops food coloring

 Mix all these ingredients together in a bowl. You won't be able to mix with a spoon, so be prepared to get your fingers messy. It will have that strange consistency cornstarch gets when mixed with a bit of water- Not a liquid, but not a solid. Once mixed, you are going to pick up a "chunk" of your frosting and place it on top of the cookie. From there, it will "ooze" over the cookie.

DONE! Add sprinkles if you wish!

Once I find my cord, I promise I will update this post with pictures of the actual process. In the meantime, you can look at last month's winning employee photo!

Remember you can vote for your favorite photo by "liking" it on Facebook! The employee whose photo gets the most "likes" wins a gift certificate to a local business!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Zogoflex = Awesome

Have you ever witnessed a dog DESTROY a toy in what seems like less than a second? Imagine how many toys a doggy daycare could go through in just a day! Not us. We use a special toy from local West Paw Design. These toys are made from a material called Zogoflex.

Zogoflex lasts a long, long time. They bounce, float, bend and stretch (great for tug-of-war, fetch and swimming!). They are BPA-free, phthalate-free, non-toxic and FDA compliant. Eventually these toys do start to break down. But unlike most toys, they do not end up in a landfill. They can be recycled almost indefinitely!  To learn more about West Paw Design's "Loop", click here.

PLUS... they made us movie stars!!!

We also use West Paw Design's beds in our facility. These beds are great because they are SEWN BY HAND in the USA and the stuffing is made from a material called IntelliLoft. ItelliLoft is an extremely fluffy material made from recycled plastic bottles.

See how comfy this dog looks? Or you could be this dog and prefer a hose....