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I scream, you scream...

We all scream for ice cream!  I know it's -28 here in MN tonight, but I say anytime is a good time for ice cream.  The pups love it too!  One of their favorite summertime treats are Frosty Paws but they don't get them very often.  I'm not sure what is in those, but they give my girls gas that can peel paint off walls. 
 
I found a great recipe for homemade Frosty Paws that are so much better for them and they love them even more than the storre bought ones!  I did run into one problem though... I had the entire batch made up and realized I had no room in my freezer!  No worries though!  I was not exaggerating on the temperature here, so an hour on the deck (with my 2 girls in the kitchen, noses pressed up to the door watching them freeze) and in no time, Frosty Paws!
 
Now these are good enough for people to eat too but keep your paws off. These are for your favorite furry friends - and NO I am not talking about your Aunt Ethel. I usually get about 10 treats out of each batch.
 
Things You'll Need:
  • Dixie cups
  • 32 oz. Lowfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 banana - mashed
  • Peanut Butter (1/2 cup)
  • Honey (1 tbsp.)

  • While still in the peel mash the banana with your hands. It will start to explode out of the peel but that's ok. Just put it all in a large bowl. Continue to mash with a spoon so it has a creamy consistency. Next, add the yogurt, peanut butter and honey. Stir until very smooth and creamy. Next stir until really smooth and creamy. No chunks!
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  • Spoon the mixture into the little cups. Be sure to fill them to the top. You don't want Fido to feel slighted!
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  • Place the cups on a cookie sheet and set in the freezer (or deck!). They usually take about 5-7 hours to freeze completely. Once they are ready let Fido enjoy! You have made your pet a healthy, delicious budget friendly treat.  My Josie kitty even had a few licks and liked it! 
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    Snow Day Baking...

    As if the 35+ inches of snow we have already have on the ground, Mother  Nature decided we needed a little more.  With another 5 inches on the ground I thought today would be a perfect Saturday to stay in and do a little baking for the pups!  I found a great recipe for some blueberry/banana cookies that I am excited for them to try.  They would eat a couch if you put gravy on it so I'm not worried about negative reviews, but I'm sure they will love them! 
     
    Ingredients:
    • 1/4 cup blueberries
    • 1 small banana
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 2/3 cup rolled oats
    • 1 1/4 cup rye flour
     
    Instructions:
    1. Preheat oven to 400° F
    2. Peel and slice the banana.
    3. Place the banana, blueberries and milk in a blender.
    4. Blend until smooth.
    5. Pour into a medium bowl.
    6. Add rolled oats and rye flour.
    7. Stir until thoroughly combined.
    8. Drop rounded balls onto a greased cookie sheet (I used a 1" cookie dropper).
    9. Bake for 16 minutes. They will be crispy and browned on the outside.
     
    Yield: Using a 1" cookie dropper, I was able to bake 20 cookies. You could easily increase the quantity by using a smaller dropper, or rolling into smaller balls.
    Storage: Since these dog treats use fruit, they will not last as long as other treats. I would recommend one week in a dog treat jar, 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator and 2 months in the freezer.