Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pinterest Challenge (Fall): Pug edition

If you follow John & Sherry on Young House Love or Katie & Jeremy from Bower Power then you are aware of the Pinterest Challenge.

Previously these lovely ladies called all pinners into action, to create something that they had pinned (Pinterest Challenge:Summer), as I missed the previous challenge I did not want to let this one slip me by. With my recent travels and Halloween celebrations taking me away from crafting over the weekend, I chose one of the over 400 "pins" on my boards based on its simplicity and timing. Being that it is the Pug's birthday, I made some organic dog treats, based on my pin from Marilyn of Simmer Till Done (her dog treat tutorial is found here).

I found all the ingredients at Kroger for about $14, and the entire endeavor took under an hour. The ingredients I bought can be used to make this recipe several more times, in fact, I should be able to turn out ~200 medium (guitar sized... see below) treats from my $14 of groceries, bringing the cost per treat down to 7¢!

Organic Pumpkin Dog (Doug) Biscuits:
2 organic brown eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups Organic brown rice flour 
1 teaspoon dried parsley (accidentally photographed celery flakes, but used parsley)

After preheating my oven to 350F, I mixed the eggs and pumpkin until they were creamy. Next I added the dry milk, sea salt, and parsley flakes, followed by gradually adding in the flour. I kneaded the stiff dough with my hands (flour covered, it was still a little sticky).  
Because Doug has a small mouth and tiny teeth, I rolled the dough to less than 1/4 inch, and used guitar cookie cutter - he is a Nashville dog, after all. 
The cut cookies were good to go straight on to the backing sheet, and into the hot oven. I used 2/3 of the full dough ball to cover my cookie sheet with 35 biscuits, I would imagine the entire recipe yields ~50 biscuits of medium size. After 20 minutes on each side, I allowed the biscuits to cool, then my official taste taster gave me his verdict... DELISH! His only complaint was that they were a bit tough to chew, so in the future I may make a smaller size cookie.
Can you detect the changes in Doug's emotions during the process?
At first he was skeptical...

And then he noticed the dough, and began his, "I'm so pathetic, I NEVER get fed" shtick

While the biscuits were in the oven he gave up hope and fell asleep...

DELISH! Getting all the little crumbs out of his wrinkles! (A face only a pug mother could love)

Happy Birthday puggy!

Thank you ladies for inspiring another great round of the Pinterest Challenge. Check out the fabulous results from the Pinterest Challenge masterminds Sherry and Katie, and their two guest Challengers Erin and Ana.
I have also ordered some new craft supplies so that I can actually make some more "pins" a reality in the near future. Here's to being crafty!

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