Peanut Butter & Bacon Dog Treats

Family, Healthy Living, Recipes

Dog Treats!

As you may know, I am the lucky mother of two rescue dogs, Snugs & Ruby. Like many of their four-legged brethren Snugs and Ruby love nothing more than a great snack, a good belly rub, and a nap (preferably on the people bed). We have tried out a couple different dog treat recipes, and have bought treats at what seems like millions of specialty dog stores in Portland. So in the spirit of good snacking, take a look at our recipe for Bacon dog treats.

This recipe makes about a dozen treats, bone shaped cookie cutters optional (but preferred)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of Bob’s Red Mill Flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (for dusting on top)
  • 3 slices of bacon, chopped

Steps

1.Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

2. Whisk together the pumpkin, eggs and peanut butter.

3. Add in the flower while whisking slowly.

4. Roll out dough, and use dog bone cookie cutter to create cute shapes.

5. Spread chopped bacon onto the top of cookies, pat down to keep them put.

6. Pop in the oven at 350 degrees, for 30 minutes

7. Take treats out, and allow to cool before serving to your pooches!

 

Not only are these treats going to be a huge hit with your dogs, but they are also healthy and home made. When you take a look at packaged treats in the store you may be surprised by some of the ingredients you see, and it stands to reason that if those ingredients aren’t good for humans, they can’t be good for our fur babies. Now you can feed your dogs treats, and feel good knowing that you were in control of the ingredients that went into them, and that your dogs can enjoy themselves while staying healthy.

Snack on my furry friends – and SIT!

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Tips To Make A Small Room Feel Bigger

College, Other Thoughts, Real World

The reality is that in your early twenties you probably are not going to have an amazing, modern, open concept, large, spacious living space filled with natural light. You may have a place that checks off a few of those boxes, or even more than a few, but you most likely will not have all of them – and if you do please call me and let me know where you live.

I personally spend a scary amount of time watching HGTV and lusting after each edition of the “Dream Home.” In real life I do not have a dream home, but I do have a home that I can decorate how I choose. Sometimes our greatest weapon against small spaces is to trick them into looking bigger than they actually are. This way we feel happier about the space, it is decorated effectively, and we can enjoy our homes.

But how exactly can you make a space feel bigger? Here are some decorating tips and tricks to turn your small space into an inviting living area.

 

1. De-Clutter: My motto is if I haven’t used it in the past three months, or if I wouldn’t buy it now, it needs to go.

2. Decide on a neutral color palate: Keeping it neutral will give the perception of an expanded space. You can always throw in pops of color like throw pillows or art pieces to bring the room to life.

3. Use furniture that does double duty: This can be tricky because sometimes it leads to problems with number one. One great example that I love is an ottoman that can also be used as a coffee table, or an ottoman with a hidden compartment for blankets.

4. Mix the sizes of your furniture: We tend to think that if a room is small only small furniture should go in it – but this isn’t true. By using a few large pieces mixed with smaller pieces you can both create sections of the room, and make it appear larger.

5. Utilize mirrors: Mirrors have the ability to open a room up with reflection, and you can use them to reflect the natural light that flows into your space.