Gingerbread treats

With bad weather in the area over the weekend, it was a good time to stay home and knock some things off my to do list before Christmas gets here. It's hard to believe we're down to less than a week to go! I was in the mood to bake Christmas cookies and when I asked Izzy if I should start baking (not expecting her to reply), she responded by marching over to her cookie jar and looking up at me! She knows where her cookies are kept! 

Now, the kind of cookies I was planning to bake are not for dogs. But as I watched Izzy look at me with a hopeful look that I might allow her to taste test every step of the way, I couldn't help but think, I need to make a Christmas treat for the girls.

Gingerbread is always popular this time of the year, so I dug around for a recipe and found this one. Easy enough! The easier and less time to bake, the better for me! I don't know how bakers keep at it hour after hour. I get bored after just 1 hour, then I start testing my finished goods even though I swear I won't so I don't spoil my dinner! So here we go:

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 cup molasses

1/4 cup water

2 T vegetable oil

1. Preheat over to 325 and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.

3. In a small bowl, mix molasses, water and oil. Using a wooden spoon, slowly mix wet ingredients into the flour mixture. You may need to use your hands to mix thoroughly. 

4. Roll dough out to 1/4" thick and cut out shapes. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow cookies to cool before serving. 

Easy peasy, right? 

What are your dog's favorite recipes around the holidays? 

Enjoy!

Frosted Pumpkin treats | State College pet photographer

October is all about Halloween, raking leaves, flannel shirts, and apple cider. And pumpkins. Pumpkins. And more pumpkins. Pumpkin spiced latte. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin donuts. Pumpkin patch. And as I baked a batch of pumpkin spice cookies, with my girls Izzy and Kita hovering hoping to be my taste testers, I felt guilty that I couldn't share my yummy treat with them. Or could I?

If you didn't already know, pumpkin is good for you and your pets. It's a great source of fiber and can help with constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or so (depending on your pet's size) to their meal can help keep them regular. 

Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. An excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, it may even help keep cancer away.

If your dog or cat needs to lose weight, pumpkin is a great low-fat food that fills them up without adding all those extra calories. Just reduce how much food you give your pet and replace it with some pumpkin and watch the pounds fade away.

It is important that you only give them pureed, or canned pumpkin. Not the sweetened pumpkin pie filling you'll find at any grocery store. You can also feed your pet pumpkins from your garden, but be sure to cook them first!

So now your fur-kids can enjoy some of the season's best flavors alongside you! I made these frosty pumpkin treats for my pups. It's easy ~ mix 1 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup canned pumpkin. Pour the mixture into a pumpkin shaped candy mold or ice cube tray. Freeze for 3 - 4 hours or overnight.