Recipe: Homemade Dog Biscuits


Many of you know I recently adopted a rescue named Kimi. A 4 year old pit bull mix, she came with lots of history and health problems. I've worked on both since she came home with me and my son at the beginning of May, and she's doing incredibly well both physically and socially.

One of the first things I had to address was I'll call "digestive issues", but every dog parent (or any parent for that matter) knows what I mean. I tried a number of different foods to help her digestion and one of the best was baked organic jewel yams from Whole Foods.

Three things about those jewel yams: they are actually a form of sweet potato, rank "number one in the nutrition of all vegetables", and they are only slightly more expensive than regular sweet potatoes at the chain grocery store. (Remember, I'm a public school teacher; I shop in Whole Foods as a treat or for specific items I can't find at ShopRite, so don't be put off by the purveyor.)

Jewel yams are also much creamier than regular sweet potatoes, and Kimi loves them. That got me thinking about how I could incorporate them into a portable, healthy treat I could use as a reward and let visitors give her when she was appropriately social. We also have many play dates with her BFF, Tipton, and who doesn't want to bring treats to their BFF?

I came up with this recipe by taking various ingredients from a number of recipes on the internet and in magazines, so my version may not be a new approach to some readers. However, it's the one Kimi and Tipton love, and it's easy to make!

Kimi's Jewel Biscuits

1 average size jewel yam microwaved to softness (takes about 8 minutes in my microwave on high)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (I used Skippy creamy)
1/2 cup regular oats (I used these because I had them - instant may work too)
3 Tbsp. wheat germ (Whole Foods brand but only because that's the only place that carried wheat germ in my town)
2 cups whole wheat flour (I used Gold brand from Walmart - figured that would balance out the Whole Foods purchases!)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Using an electric mixer, mix together cooked yam, eggs, and peanut butter until creamy.
3. Crush oats in a blender until the consistency of grainy flour.
4. Add oats and wheat germ to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
5. Add 1 cup flour to batter and mix thoroughly.
6. Add remaining cup of flour gradually (I mixed a 1/2 cup then another 1/2 cup.)
7. Flour a surface and a rolling pin. (I also lightly floured the dough.) Roll out dough until roughly 1/4" thick but not more than 1/2" thick.
8. Use a dog biscuit cookie cutter to make biscuits. (I got mine at Joann Fabrics.) Place biscuits on greased cookie sheet. (Spray oil is fine.)
9. Bake for 30 minutes.
10. Remove from oven, cool, and enjoy!

Store in a Tupperware-like container but don't worry if the cookies get softer; dogs don't seem to mind! Also, your house will smell good after you bake these "cookies". My son had a friend over while I was baking; when he walked in, he immediately asked what smelled so good!

Please let me and Kimi know if you try this recipe - I'm sure your furry friend will love them as much as she does! If you have any other healthy ingredients you've baked in dog biscuits or any you'd like to suggest, please let us know that as well.

Classic Octopus Hat Giveaway

If you've listened to the last episode of the podcast, you'll know that one of my projects on the needles was the Classic Octopus Hat by Molly Kent. My version is knit in the Pembroke worsted base from The Yarn Collective in the colorway Copper Agate, a gift from the lovely folks at loveknitting.com. I finished and blocked the hat this past weekend and even added my very first pom pom!


I made a modified version by Raveler Quaere that turns the original beanie pattern into a slouchy hat. This version is great; the only change I would make if I knit it again is to do more knit rows in between the decrease rows at the end. The hat isn't as slouchy as I like (I love slouchy), and has a rather square top. That's why I added the pom pom - I'm normally not a pom pom person, but I think this makes the hat! I used this pom pom tutorial, and my pom pom turned out great on the first try.

As noted in the photo above, I'm giving away both yarn colors as well as the pattern for this hat. Loveknitting.com donated the yarn, and I will gift the pattern to the lucky winner. So how do you win?
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Lots of ways to win! I'll announce the winner on the next podcast, most likely early August. Good luck and happy summer knitting (with wool of course)!

Season 2 Episode 5: Pitbulls, Paranormal YA, & Prizes!



I'm back! And I have a new furry BFF named Kimi. Here's a pic of her (bottom) posing with her best furry friend Tipton (top) in a pitbull garden.


I talk more about how I came to adopt Kimi in this podcast episode, and you can find more pics of her on my Instagram.

Pics and more stories about Paddy the Cocker Spaniel can be found here.

Knitting

Patterns I mention:

YOLO by Susan Ashcroft - here's my finished version in Maple Creek Farms fingering wool/mohair blend in the colorway Wheat Fields:


I'm knitting the Gigi cardigan by Devin Ventre of Knitty McPurly in Jacob Sheep wool from our family farm for Rhinebeck this year. I just started it so here's a close up of this yarn in stockinette:


Classic Octopus Hat by Molly Kent - WIN a copy not only of this pattern but the Pembroke worsted yarn in the colorway Copper Agate donated by loveknitting.com and a skein of Cascade 220 in the colorway Pacific, the colors I am using in my version of this hat. Listen to the podcast to find out how you can win! Entries will close when I next podcast, most likely the end of July.

The photo at the top of this post shows my progress and the yarn used in this pattern. The Yarn Collection Pembroke worsted is the orange/coral, and the blue is Cascade 220 in the colorway Pacific.

The modification I'm following that turns this pattern from beanie to slouchy can be found here.

Simple Striped Bag by Willow Yarns - here's my version about half way done:

Reading

I review 3 young adult novels in this episode. Don't be put off by the young adult label, these are great books for anyone approximately 15 years old and up. The links below go to Amazon for informational purposes only.

Firebug by Lish McBride
The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glรคsser
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


Bible Study

Information about the E100 Bible Reading Challenge can be found here. Let me know if you decide to try this challenge and/or have recommendations for similar Bible studies!