Easy Dog Cookies

A few years ago I found this dog cookie recipe in a magazine called “The Bark”, it is very easy but a little time consuming, well worth the effort though. My dogs love these and they are made with all natural ingredients so their good for them; in fact my nephew even eats them! So with all the warnings out there on so many treats that are imported give these a try and see what you and your dogs think Smile

 

Gingerbones

Ingredients

4 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup molasses

1 cup water

1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use olive oil)

4 tablespoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

 

Directions

Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly to combine. Roll out dough on floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick. Using cookie cutters cut into desired shapes. Combine dough scraps until all dough has been used. Place cookies on ungreased foil-lined (can also use parchment paper)  baking sheets and bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Cool completely, they will harden as they cool.

Yields 4-6 dozen depending on the size of your cookie cutters.

Ginger Cookies

I did a big jar of these for a gift bag of goodies that were offered on our raffle table this past weekend at our supported dog show; so I did a theme, the state of Michigan for the Michigan dog club, a duck for what my breed retrieves and a squirrel well because most dogs like to chase them Winking smile The squirrel and state are large cookie cutters and the duck is a medium cutter so I would guess the recipe made about 4 dozen.

Happy Baking!!

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For Your Sweet Tooth

Switching gears just a bit, instead of dog talk let’s talk desserts! I love to bake and make desserts, especially quick and easy desserts. This is a new recipe I found on allrecipes.com, I like this site, it has tons of really great recipes and a comment section so you can see what others have to say. I really love a good lemon pie, you know the kind that is a sweet and tart with a creamy texture and this pie has all of those things. It was so easy to put together, only takes me about 15 minutes and voila yummy pie! I have made four of these so far, one to try, one for a dish to pass at the church picnic a couple of weeks ago, and two more tonight for my dish to pass tomorrow at my family reunion.

 

Creamy Lemonade Pie

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By: Carolyn Griffin

“‘This luscious lemon pie looks quite elegant for an Easter dinner, yet it requires little effort,’ notes Carolyn Griffin of Macon, Georgia. ‘Guests will never suspect they’re eating a quick-and-easy dessert.'”

Prep Time:
20 Min
Ready In:
20 Min
Original Recipe Yield 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant lemon pudding mix
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup lemonade concentrate
  • 1 (9 inch) graham cracker crust
Directions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine milk and pudding mix; beat on low speed for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). In another mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Gradually beat in lemonade concentrate. Gradually beat in pudding mixture. Pour into crust. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/creamy-lemonade-pie/detail.aspx

 

And for all you chocolate lovers out there here is a great fudge recipe I saw on Rachel Ray a few years ago. It tastes wonderful, creamy and chocolaty, comes out exactly the same every time and the best part is you do it in the microwave and only takes about ten minutes from start to finish and ready to eat in about an hour. I  have made this fudge countless times. I’ve given it as gifts at Christmas, it goes on the raffle table at my family reunion and sometimes on the dessert table too. This year it is going to be part if my entry at the county fair, so wish me luck Open-mouthed smile 

 

Rachel Ray’s 5 Minute Microwave Fudge

  • 1 – 12 oz. bag if semi sweet chips (I have also used Hershey’s dark chocolate chips)
  • 3/4 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed canned milk
  • nuts, optional

Put all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl stir, microwave for 5 minutes stirring half way through, remove after 5 minutes and stir well until smooth, poor into a 7×11 (I think that’s the size of my pan, it is a small rectangle) foil lined pan and refrigerate for about and hour or until cool and firm. Cut into one inch squares, a pizza cutter works great for this, makes about 2 pounds. Store in the frig in warm weather.

ENJOY!!

The Fair

I started this category because I like to cook and sometimes the girls like to help, yep you got it, help with the eating Winking smile 

I have been entering our county fair for the last 4 years and what fun that is! I think we have the best fair around but of course I am a little partial, our fairgrounds are very nice and the fair food, well lets just say I am a big fan of funnel cakes.

This year my entry in the baked goods was Oatmeal Butterscotch Bars, obviously by the name they were entered in the bar cookie category, lol. Well much to my surprise…

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Next year I plan on entering my homemade cinnamon rolls

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and we shall see what else I can come up with, usually jewelry, baked goods and a craft are the things I enter. I gave photography a go last year but I need a MUCH better camera before I do that category again.

Quick & Easy

Decided to make an actual dinner today, so the menu consisted of  beef  and noodles, green bean casserole, croissants (Pillsbury) and watermelon for dessert.

The beef and noodles were made in the slow cooker so I only had to use the oven briefly for the casserole and croissants, but that was still enough to heat the house up. This was not a complete from scratch meal as it is just to hot to be in the kitchen long but it turned out quite tasty! 

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Helpers in the Kitchen

I tried my hand at some homemade yeast cinnamon rolls the other night. I wanted the kind like my grandma used to make so I searched online for the perfect recipe, found one, went to the kitchen to start the preparation and looked at the back of the yeast packets and behold there was a recipe titled “Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls”, so I ditched the other recipe and used this one. They came out wonderful so I will be doing this recipe again. And of course I had some helpers!

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and then my helpers

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You see what part they wanted to help with!!!    Winking smile