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Thorsday Eve

October 26, 2011

Happy Thorsday Eve!  Thor came from a household where needing just the right recipe on just the right day isn’t a crazy concept, so we’re sure that Thor won’t mind if we do our Thorsday post a few hours early… even on the eve of his mom’s birthday.

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Happy birthday eve Miss Marjie!  We’re delighted to share our celebration week with you.  We hope your pack showers you with a special gift or two and cake and…

Hem.  Sorry.  Sissy’s helping a little too much with this post and she forgets that just because she likes certain things doesn’t mean everyone else does!  If you could be here with us, we’d let you wear the pink tiara because you like pink too.  Sissy could wear her purple party hat.  Don’t mind the drool…

But this is supposed to be a recipe for Miss Louise’s contest.  It’s National Pumpkin Day (on Thorsday Eve) and we love pumpkin!!!  In fact, we love pumpkin so much that I – Gretchen Greer – talked Mama into skipping the traditional cupcakes for Sissy’s paw-ty and instead, she baked her Cheater Pumpkin Eater Muffins.  (Catchy name?  I thought of it myself … kinda‘.)

Before we share this easy-peasy pumpkin lumpkin, you have to know that Auntie gMarie first told Mama about it, so it’s not exactly our brain child.

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Cheater Pumpkin Eater Muffins

1 box cake mix – any variety (unless you’re sharing with a dog or two, and then you can’t use chocolate!)

1 – 15 ounce can pumpkin – not the pie filling, just plain ol’ canned pumpkin

That’s it!!  Oh – wait – Gretchen here again.  Sissy just can’t blog by herself…  Obviously you want to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Then you blend the two ingredients thoroughly and divide the batter into 15-18 standard, lined cupcake tins.  Mama baked hers in Pampered Chef stoneware, so hers took 25 minutes, but you probably want to check yours around 15 minutes if you’re using a metal pan.  They’re done when a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.

Cool and serve.  Mama and I like them plain.  Dadaw and Sissy like cream cheese frosting on top.

Mama here…  My favorite varieties are made with spice cake mix or chocolate cake mix.  The ones this week were made with white cake mix, just because that’s what was in the pantry.  I also add nuts sometimes…  We hope you enjoy them too!

 

Yum Day!

February 23, 2010

Mark your calendars.  Today is a BIG DAY.  Thanks to our good friend Louise, Mom was alerted that today, February 23rd, is National Dog Biscuit Day.   We’re having trouble tracking down the origins of the day, but who cares?!  I mean… Mom and Gretchen seem to want to waste time with all of that pursuit of knowledge bunk, but I just want to EAT!

Because of this whole diet mess, Mom actually wandered into the kitchen and made me   us some homemade treats.  She was inspired by a recipe on a gluten-free site, but in a rather out of character burst of creativity (she’s a baker and likes fo FOLLOW RECIPES), she just threw stuff together for me.

Cheesy Potato Bites

Ingredients

1 cup mild cheddar cheese

1/4 cup dry Parmeasan cheese

1/4 sour cream

1 cup potato flakes

1/2 cup water

Combine first three ingredients.  (I used a pastry blender.)  Add potato flakes, adding water in small amounts until a dry dough, just moist enough to hold together, is formed. 

Here, you could roll dough and use cute cookie cutters, but I also had to bake brownies for the Knight last night, so I just grabbed my smallest Pampered Chef scoop and dropped the mounds on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until golden.  Cool.  Serve.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze in small portions if you only have one dog.

Sissy here again.  Mom’s crazy.  They’re awesome as warm as you can stand ’em.   I tried to sneak one right off the cookie sheet while they were cooling, but the little buggers stick just enough on an ungreased sheet that I was busted and sent to the living room empty mouthed.

They’re nice and chewy this way, and Mom just cuts off a “side” for little Gretchie and I get the rest.    Mom is muttering about harder biscuits being better for our teeth, but it’s a holiday, right?!

Whether you NEED gluten free (and red-meat AND chicken AND corn free) or not, these are tasty, quick treats.  Made this way – with the scoop – it took less than five minutes from walking into the kitchen to shoving it in the oven.  As you can see from Sis’s mouthful here, they’re a hit at our house.

Let us know if you try them.  If your dogs like garlic, that would be a great addition, but with Sissy’s tummy issues, we went plain.  Pureed cottage cheese would also work just fine if you don’t have sour cream on hand.