I want to start this post with a big shout-out to all the people who called and emailed to make sure I wasn't dead. It's nice to know that I'm missed when I don't post for awhile.
I was hoping that, upon my return, I would be able to write a nice long post to get back into the swing of things.
But alas, that is not meant to be.
I'm burning the candle at both ends these days and while most of what I'm doing is pretty fun (and even blog-worthy), it does not, unfortunately, leave me a lot of time to write.
One of those fun-yet-time-consuming projects was a fundraiser benefiting both our neighborhood elementary school and a local organization devoted to fostering homeless pets. It was the brainchild of a group of third grade girls (including my daughter) who, inspired by their teacher, wanted to make a difference within the community.
The girls, led by one particularly devoted parent, did lots of hard work preparing for the big day.
In addition to making posters, distributing flyers, and soliciting donations, each girl made or donated dog treats to sell at the event.
I was intrigued by the process (which my daughters and I engaged in together) and pleased with the results.
The recipe was supplied by Furry Foster and seems to be a common one floating around the web. I can't find a definitive source, so I will just provide the recipe here:
Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
1/2 cups water
1/2 cup oil
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup oats
- Blend wet ingredients together.
- Whisk dry ingredients together and mix into wet mixture to form a ball of dough.
- Roll out and shape. (We used dog bone cookie cutters. Buy yours here.)
- Put onto a non-stick, lightly greased cookie tray.
- Cook 15 minutes at 400F.
After they cooled I took it upon myself to cute things up a bit with some baker's twine and personalized labels (made using my Silhouette, of course).
Sadly our family doesn't have a dog. Beyond that, we were so busy at the fundraiser we weren't able to watch our furry customers sample the wares.
So if you end up making them please let me know how your dog likes them! (And while you're at it, you might just want to check in and make sure that I'm okay; I have a feeling it might be awhile until I post again... Thanks!)