So What’s Been Happening….

…our wall furnace heater caught fire and our lounge and dining room areas were severely damaged!

We’ve had contractors, who these past few months, have repaired and replaced, cleaned and preened!

One small job is remaining, then we are done.

We are thankful!

We REMEMBER…..

Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

SWEET POTATO MINI MUFFINS
Did you know?
Sweet Potatoes
are one of nature’s nearly perfect foods. Sweet potatoes are so healthy they should be fed to your dog daily! Health benefits include; contain potent antioxidants to aid in healing, cancer prevention, and fighting the effects of aging. They are rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and E, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium and are a source of dietary fiber to help with those dreaded loose stools. They also contain valuable anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Mint is known to be a natural antidepressant for dogs and also contains antipruritic or anti-itch properties. Mint helps in oral care as it is germicidal and as well as a breath freshener.

Sweet Potato & Mint

SWEET POTATO MINI MUFFINS
1 medium to large cooked, mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup wholemeal (whole wheat) flour
1/4 – 1/2 cup water (adjust liquid according to size of potato used)
1 tbsp. fresh mint or 1 heaped tsp. dried mint
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and spray mini cupcake tins with cooking spray.
Add all the ingredients to a medium sized bowl and mix together thoroughly.
Scoop teaspoon size portions into each mini cupcake cavity, filling to about ¾ full.
Bake for 40 minutes or until any little peaks appear golden brown.
Remove the tins from the oven and place mini muffins on a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 40 mini muffins.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these SWEET POTATO MINI MUFFINS only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

It’s Christmas in July

A little while back Matilda pawticipated in an annual event, Christmas in July!

Originally known as the Doggone Dog Swap, (no, you don’t swap your dog) it’s now called Christmas in July! If you follow Sprinkles and Finn & Charley Too, you most likely know all about it, if not, hop on over and check them out!

Christmas in July! is over for this year, but you must, whatever you do, mark it on your 2014 calendar, so you and your pet/s can also get to pawticipate!

I wasn’t sure how many pawticipants would register from the land down-under, so I asked Marianne, she’s the International Pawticipants Coordinator, if she would be happy to ask a pawticipant, if they would be willing to donate a gift to a local shelter, in their neck of the woods, in Matilda’s name and we in return, would donate to a local shelter, in our neck of the woods, in their pet’s name.

We were so happy when we found out Matilda got matched with Finn, such a beautiful female Golden Retriever, who lives in NY, USA – yeaah!
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Matilda and I decided we needed to make a donation to the RSPCA, Lonsdale, South Australia. They do such a great job looking after all the pets waiting to find their furever homes, as well as helping sick and injured pets and re-uniting lost pets with their owners. RSPCA Lonsdale is where we found our new kitten Meg waiting for us!

RSPCA - Lonsdale

RSPCA – Lonsdale

We spent our dollars on some thirsty bath towels and warm bed sheets (all thanks to our local Goodwill store), puppy blankets, rope toys and balls. We also baked some Nut and Flax Seed Cookies to bring along too!

Finn and Matilda Christmas in July 2013

Finn and Matilda Christmas in July 2013

Our kitten Meg conducting a quality assessment!

Our kitten Meg conducting a Quality Assessment!

Matilda doing a quality assessment!

Matilda conducting her own Quality and Taste – maybe I can steal this toy and no one will notice – Assessment!

Elaine says Thank you Finn and Matilda

Elaine says Thank you Finn and Matilda

Elaine said, on behalf of all the pets at the RSPCA Lonsdale

THANK YOU SO MUCH Finn and Matilda! 

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There you have it – Finn and Matilda’s Christmas in July 2013 was a great success on both sides of the world!

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

CHIA AND NUT BUTTER COOKIES
Did you know?
Chia
is incredibly nutritious and truly deserves the “superfood” label. Chia contain more calcium than whole milk, more iron than raw spinach and more magnesium than broccoli. Chia is non-allergenic too and an excellent source of phosphorus, potassium, copper, iron and zinc. Chia has 3 times the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids as salmon! Omega-3 is important to balance out Omega-6 fatty acids. Two tablespoons of Chia seeds provide a 3 to 1 ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids. Chia supports normal insulin function and sensitivity, blood sugar regulation and glucose tolerance. The added benefit of slowing down digestion enables full absorption of nutrients, dogs feel satiated longer.
Chia is also know to reduce inflammation too.

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CHIA AND NUT BUTTER COOKIES
2½ cups Rye flour
2 tbsp. Chia seeds
1/2 cup Nut Butter (Sunflower or Peanut)
1 cup Hot Water
2 tbsp. Coconut oil
Preheat your oven to 190° C (375° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour and seeds to combine.
In a small bowl, mix together the nut butter, hot water and coconut oil.
Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well to combine.
Turn out onto lightly rye floured work surface and knead to bring mixture together.
Roll out dough to 1/4 – 1/2 inch thickness and using a cookie cutter of your choice, sharp knife or pastry cutter, cut out shapes and place onto cookie tray.
Repeat process of knead, roll, cut and place until all dough is used.
Bake for 18 – 20 minutes (depends on your oven) or until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and place cookies on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 48 cookies (1 and 2 inch cookies)

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these CHIA AND NUT BUTTER COOKIES only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 5 – 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES
Did you know?
Pumpkin seeds are an effective deworming agent against tapeworms and other intestinal parasites in dogs and… humans. Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid called cucurbitin, which paralyzes and eliminates the worms from the digestive tract.
Coconut improves the digestion of your dog and becomes medicine for most digestive upsets. It can give your dog a smooth glossy coat, as well as healthy, supple skin. Yeast and fungal infections are also treated and prevented through the use of coconut. Coconut oil can help kill worm eggs and rid your pet of ear mites.
Cinnamon is known to help invigorate and support your pets respiratory and digestive systems. Cinnamon has great anti-inflammatory properties, especially for senior dogs struggling with arthritis.
Ginger is an anti-coagulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and a carminative (means less flatulence). It helps in the absorption of food stuff, helping with digestion. It’s also helps boost healthy blood circulation. Ginger also helps in treating nausea such as motion sickness.
Pumpkin Spice
PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES
2 cups Quick Cooking Oats
2 cups cooked Pumpkin – mashed
1/4 cup desiccated Coconut
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ginger
1 tbsp. Pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, add the desiccated coconut, spices and seeds to the Oats and mix to combine.
Add in the mashed pumpkin and mix thoroughly.
Scoop out portions of cookie mixture with a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon and drop onto cookie tray.
Flatten cookies with the bottom of a small glass, your fingers or fork tines.
Bake for 15 minutes, remove tray from oven and flip cookies over.
Return tray to oven and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes (ovens vary).
Remove cookies from oven and place on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 30 cookies (soft texture)

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

BANANA OAT COOKIES
Bananas are high in potassium (great for muscle and blood vessel function), fiber (a handy home remedy for the occasional bout of doggy diarrhea or constipation) and magnesium (important for energy transport and protein building in the body). Bananas also have lots of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), which helps metabolize proteins and regulates blood cell function. They also contain Vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects cells from damage and helps build cartilage. Bananas are interesting because they are said to add natural acidophilus bacteria to the bowels, although probably in only small amounts.
Bananas are one of the nutritious fruits that will make a good treat for the dog.
Oats are one of the least allergenic of grains. It is a warming grain that calms the nervous and reproductive systems, strengthens the pancreas, spleen and immune system, as well as the heart muscle. Oats are high in protein, and are equal to meat, milk and egg protein. Many Vets feel that the protein in oats is very hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction) and therefore an ideal nutrient to be included in a diet formulated for pets suspected of having a food sensitivities or allergies.

Oatban
BANANA OAT COOKIES
(ONLY 2 ingredients with options)
2 – 3 large ripened bananas – mashed
2 cups of quick cooking oats
1 tbsp. chia, flax or sesame seeds – optional
1 tsp. ginger – optional
1 tsp. cinnamon – optional
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a medium size bowl, mix the bananas and cooking oats together.
*Since the size of bananas varies, you may need to add a little extra oatmeal to get a consistency where your cookie dough will hold together.
If using optional seeds and spices, add to the mixture and mix through thoroughly.
Drop small teaspoon size portions onto the cookie tray.
You can either leave portions as they drop onto the cookie tray or flatten them slightly with your fingers, to make small round cookies (I made some of each).
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes (Ovens vary).
Remove tray from oven and allow cookies to rest on the tray for 5 – 10 minutes.
Place cookies to wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 32 small cookies (soft texture).

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 3 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these BANANA OAT COOKIES only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

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