Homemade Dog Treats

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Our Lost in the Woods Homeschool Association wanted to give back to our community.  With a ton of animal lovers in one room we decided our efforts would be best utilized at our county’s Animal Shelter, Loving Paws Adoption Center.

Because many of the smaller towns in the area do not have the funds to keep animals until the are adopted instead choosing to euthanize them, we wanted to sponsor pets directly out of those kill shelters.  Our dog treat proceeds go 100% to rescuing these animals.

We brainstormed and determined that making and selling homemade dog treats was going to be a great way to get the kids involved in the fundraising project and serving those in need.

I am sharing with you the recipe I made with my kids to show you how easy they are to make. 

Recipe: Healthy Pumpkin Balls

This snack is not only delicious but is also filled with fiber, vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, and iron.

  • Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 tbsp molasses
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cups whole wheat flourpumpkindogtreats.dough.blogpic
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water together in a bowl.  Add the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the mixture and stir until dough softens Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough and roll into balls on your hands (wet hands work best) Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flat Bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is hardened Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Refrigerate to maintain freshness.

Your dogs will woof them down!

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Read more: http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/dog-nutrition/Recipe-Ideas-for-Quick-and-Healthy-Homemade-Dog-Treats#ixzz2iCzUdge
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Lessons Learned – Why I Will Never Have a SuperMom Cape!

(A blog post from a few years ago on my other blog with a little updating.  Still makes me laugh.)

1. Cocktail sausages and strawberries can count as a late dinner.

2.  I am my mother’s daughter more and more with each passing day.

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3.  I think my mother is a wonderful brilliant woman even if it took me almost 38 years to fully realize it. 

4.  You can freeze buttermilk.  My cooking world has opened wide!

5.  I really like to use buttermilk in recipes.

6.  I have been a writer all along.  I just needed to listen to the voices in my head (no not those voices).DSC00595

7.  I get very grumpy when I don’t get to write, draw, or quilt.

8. When I am grumpy I blame my husband for everything even though it is rarely his fault.

DSC012119.  My husband is a very forgiving man.

10. There are only so many hours of the day you can be the pack leader.

11. Being followed by an actual pack every second of the day is exhausting. (That picture was from a few years ago.  Currently we only have one left from the picture.  The rest are all new to our house.)

12. I think better when my floors are vacuumed.

13. A West Texas Girl who grew up with big sunsets and wide open spaces needs a GPS on a cloudy tree lined highway in North Carolina no matter how often she has driven the road.

14. My ideas are good.  My ability to implement them is bad.

15. Too many good ideas that whither in the shadow of life can make anyone feel like a failure.

16. The best things in my life were never my idea.

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