Homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats

He is always there. Waiting patiently. Dancing between us in the kitchen.

Eyes big, eagerly waiting for something – ANYTHING – to drop.

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We tell him to move…scoot…watch out….get…move….MOOOOVE! It doesn’t faze him.

He lies down and creates a road block between the stove and the fridge.

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We trip over him; he doesn’t care. I accidentally spill flour on him; he doesn’t flinch.

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Eyes big. Intense focus. He stays vigilant just waiting for something – ANYTHING – to drop.

His sheer determination and patience should be commended; a lesson for us all to learn.

Good things come to those who wait.

His name is Turtle. He’s our biggest fan.

Today is his day. Today we bake just for him.

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Homemade Peanut Butter & Banana Dog Treats
{adapted from recipe by Adrianna on A Cozy Kitchen}

  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 3 tablespoons creamy (natural) peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats

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1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the banana, peanut butter and egg; mix until completely combined.

3. In a medium bowl, add the flour and rolled oats; mix. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine until the dough comes together.

4. Transfer the dough to a piece of heavily floured wax paper. {Note: The dough will be REALLY sticky so flouring the heck out of everything (wax paper, rolling pin and cookie cutter) is important.}

5. Roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness and cut out the cookies using a cookie cutter of choice; re-roll the scraps and cut out more cookies. Transfer the cookies to a parchment lined cookie sheet. These cookies won’t spread so placing them close together (not touching) is okay. If you don’t want to roll the dough out, alternatively, you can scoop teaspoon of dough onto a baking sheet, flattening cookies with the ball of your palm.

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6. Bake the cookies for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. {Note: Your level of dough thickness will determine your baking time. My cookies were slightly thinner so I baked for roughly 20 minutes.}

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7. Allow the cookies to come to room temperature on a cooling rack. Cookies will be good for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

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Until we bake for best buds again,



When The Cat’s Away {Organic Pizza and Beer}

He left me.

OK, just for nine days but it felt like an eternity.  I told my friend Jen that it was karma.  I picked on him for being dramatic when I left town for two weeks.  Guess the joke’s on me.

As you can imagine he wasn’t all that I missed.  For nine days I was forced to feed myself.  (Yes, cue world’s smallest violin).  I started the week trying out new recipes like this, but by day four I reverted back to my “frat guy” ways and grabbed a frozen pizza and beer. 

I have to tell you. I am totally smitten with what I snagged and yes, it’s not a fabulous recipe but it is a highly recommended lazy day option from me to you.

American Flatbread Pizza – Revolution:
If the company’s mission statement wasn’t great enough, “to provide good, flavorful, nutritious food that gives both joy and health, and to share this food with others in ways sustainable to all”, the pizza’s dough is made with 100% organic flour and topped with locally sourced fine cheeses.  Simply put, delish. 

Here’s a coupon for you in case you want to give one a try.   Here’s where to find them.

American Flatbread Frozen Pizza

“Food is fundamental. It is our most direct and intimate link with the world. The act of eating invites that which is foreign–and from the outside–in. The elements of food become the elements of ourselves. It is food that gives us both form and strength.” ~ George Schnek, founder of American Flatbread

Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale:
Smooth like an English brown ale with a nutty finish, this organic beer is from a small craft brewing company based in Portland, Maine.  Peak Organic Beer is brewed from fine artisanal ingredients and stems from a dedication and passion for sustainability.  According to the brewery’s website, they “collaborate with other local purveyors, organic farmers, creative chefs, and like-minded organizations to create a tasty beer in the best way possible.”  Misson accomplished.  Another fan is born.

Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale
The beer’s name was inspired by celebrating life’s peak moments.  To promote this concept, the company invites customers to share their peak moments with others on their website.  Maybe I’ll share a shot of me welcoming Harrison back home. 


Until we eat again,

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