The famous JR.
"Where are my Halloween
Purr-fect Howl-O-Ween Treats
Wow! Where did the summer go? It’s hard to believe that October is here! In my area, that means taking a drive to admire the colorful autumn leaves or picking pumpkins at a local farm. As I write this, the roar of combines fill the air as the field of corn near our home is harvested. What about you…do you have any fall customs in your home?
With Hall-O-Ween just around the corner, I thought it might be fun to share one of my favorite fall activities….making treats for our dogs and cats. My kitchen is full of 4-legged family members as the treats are assembled and baked. Be sure to have your cookie cutters ready for use with the dog treats. I have a dachshund and dog bone cookie cutter that I love to use or sometimes I will just cut the dough into small pieces to use as training treats.
The dog treats are named after our dear little black and tan dachshund, Caddie (short for Little Black Cadillac). Photo at left. She was a 6 pound eating machine and even though she has been gone many years but I can still hear her madly crunching her special ‘cookies’.
This is a great activity for the kids! Depending on their ages, they can measure, stir, mix, roll dough or cut out cookies. There’s really something here for everyone! For added fun, you could bag up some of the biscuits for donation to a local rescue or animal shelter! So let’s get to it and start with the dogs.
These dog and cat recipes are meant to be treats only and not substituted for their regular meals. Also be aware of any allergies your pets may have to any of the ingredients and substitute accordingly.
¾ cup meat broth, heated
1/3 cup butter
½ cup powdered milk
¼ cup wheat germ
1 tablespoon dried crushed herbs (basil, sage or parsley work well)
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg, beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour
In a large bowl, pour hot broth over butter. Stir in powdered milk, wheat germ, dried herbs, garlic powder and beaten egg. Add flour ½ cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead 3-4 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to make a stiff dough. Roll dough to ½ inch thickness and cut into shapes. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 50 minutes. Let cool in the oven overnight.
Experiment! You can easily substitute oats, peanut butter or corn meal for other ingredients. And I prefer to use organic ingredients whenever possible.
Purr-fect Tuna Treats for Kitty
4 tablespoons soft butter
1 ¼ cup white flour
¼ cup fish broth (I use water drained from canned tuna)
5 tablespoons parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine fish broth, parmesan cheese and butter. Roll dough ¼ inch thick and cut with small cookie cutters. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 20-25 minutes until cookies turn slightly golden.
And for the kiddos…they deserve a little treat for all their hard work! An easy spiced cider recipe for sipping while waiting for your biscuits to bake.
Hot Spiced Cider
2 quarts organic apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Do not boil. Strain and serve warm in mugs.
Some recipes call for ½ cup brown sugar however I much prefer the natural apple flavor to shine through.
When I was young, the center of our family was definitely the kitchen. Cooking and laughing together, sharing the day’s events….what a lovely way to start the fall season! May these recipes bring you as much joy and as many perfect memories as they have brought to our family.
Thank you for joining me! Happy Baking!
- Jeanna Billings
Jeanna Billings is an Animal Communicator serving an international clientele, a Reiki Master and a Certified Crystal Healer. She volunteered for many years with humane societies and animal rescues, serving as a Board Director, Adoption Counselor and Humane Educator. She currently teaches animal communication classes and provides private consultations. She lives in Indiana with her husband, three dachshunds, two cats and a very chatty parakeet. You can find her online at www.ShamansSpirit.net .