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So who can't wait for 2021?
Just hoping and praying that it goes better than 2020. I could make a thousand jokes about all the crazy stuff going on this year but I'll leave that to internet memes which do a much better job than I could. Out of the COVID-19 Pandemic comes Stay at Home orders which means working virtual for some of us. I'm so grateful I can work from home as I know that many people don't have that choice.
There are pro's and con's to working from home but one major pro is that I save about 3 hours per day commuting. I'm really enjoying working in my PJs and bedhead. Then after work I walk straight out to my garden or patio to enjoy the outdoors. I only change my clothes on shower days or if I'm being honest I put the same yoga capris on day after day with a wash here and there.
With the time I'm saving not ironing my clothes or hair and applying makeup before my hour+ long 15 mile commute, I'm really trying to be deliberate about how I use my time. After all, this (hopefully) will never happen again in my lifetime so I'm trying to use my time wisely. This includes cooking, crafting and gardening projects that I've wanted to do for so long but don't always find the time for.
One of my latest projects has been making homemade dog treats and food. We rescued a sweet boy in December 2019. He's our world now, like another child of course. My son named him 'Keanu' after the actor (John Wick is a favorite movie at the moment).
I started to surf Pinterest for ideas and of course found loads of ideas. One cookie recipe grabbed my attention as it is super simple and only uses three ingredients. Flour, Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Puree. I choose recipes based on what ingredients I already have on hand. You may remember a post from last year after I grew a pumpkin in my garden . I roasted half and then made the rest into puree which I froze in 1/2 cup portion size. So I was excited to use my pumpkin for some some yummy treats for Keanu.
This is so easy, without further adieu.
Mix in a bowl:
2 cups Flour
1 cup pureed pumpkin (canned or fresh)
1/2 cup peanut butter
*Makes sure your peanut butter isn't sugar free or reduced sugar. These may contain Xylitol (Artificial Sweetener) which can be fatal for dogs.
Stir until this forms a firm dough. Roll it out and cut it into cookie shapes. I've seen some really great cookie cutters in the shape of dog bones or even cat shaped (LOL!) but all I have is holiday cutters so Keanu gets stocking shaped cookies. I used a cup the first time and made round ones but I feel like he'd get them stuck in the roof of his mouth so I don't think round is the best shape for him.
Preheat your oven to 375°.
Lay out cookies on a non-stick cookie sheet or Sil-Pat Sheets.
Bake on center rack for 10-12 minutes or until starting to become golden brown.
Set aside to cool before giving them to your pup. He/She will love their homemade treat. They are flavorful and you know exactly what is in them. I usually throw most of them in a zip-loc bag and then into the freezer so they'll last longer. I give them to him frozen and he loves it. Every time I open the freezer he's right there looking at me with sad eyes.
I really hope you try this out for your 4 (or in my case, 3) legged friend. Let me know if you do and how they turn out.