Pumpkin Dog Treats

This recipe was inspired by Simmer til Done

I never leave my dogs outside when I leave my house because one, I don't trust my fence, or my dogs for that matter. They're very sneaky, sneaky! Two, because I live in New Mexico and it is so hot, I don't want to leave them out in the heat where I don't have that much shade.
SO! what I do is I have them in one of my guest bedrooms in roomy cages, where they have air condition and they get a treat every time they go in there. 

Well, problem with treats every time they go in there is that it isn't good for them to get so much! So I do a lot of shopping around and try to get the best for them like dental sticks and whatnot. But this time I tried something different. 

Pumpkin puree is EXTREMELY good for your dog! 
If your dog has eaten something from getting into the trash or finding some junk outside and now have an upset stomach or diarrhea and even for constipation, give them some pumpkin puree!! 
 Do not, I repeat, DO NOT give them the canned pumpkin that has all the extra stuff and all you have to do to make a pie is add eggs. If you're going to do this, give them strictly pumpkin puree. I cannot emphasize that enough!

Pumpkin is rich in fiber, low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. 
Even by adding in a few teaspoons (depending on the size of dog) to your dogs breakfast can help him/her's digestive system. 

So, getting back to these dog treats. Most dog treats out there have peanut butter and/or garlic oil in them. Both can be given to your dog, but in small, monitored amounts. You can read more about the effects of garlic on dogs HERE. Because I don't want my dog to have too much of something that could be harmful, I made these very healthy treats!
One more thing: I added Brewers yeast to my dog treats and I actually feed the powder to my dogs once a week into their food. Brewers yeast is a great source of B Vitamins including Biotin, which is great for hair and nails. It also strengthens dogs immune system. The main reason why I give Brewers yeast to my dogs is because it is thought to make their blood bitter, resulting in fleas and ticks to not want to bite and cling onto them. This last bit of info has been debatable. There haas been a few studies confirming and a few denying it. All I know is that not only is it good for them, but if it works on fleas and ticks, great! But in my experience, my small dog, Cocoa, has NEVER had fleas or ticks. EVER! My big one is still new to this family, but he's never had any as well. 

Ok, so what you need:
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned Pumpkin Puree
2 tbsp Milk
1/2 cup Brewers Yeast
2 1/2 cups Brown Rice Flour 
(I added a bit more since I actually put milk in instead of powdered milk)

Preheat your oven to 350.
Mix your wet ingredients in a bowl and your dry together in another bowl. 
Slowly fold in the dry ingredients with the wet.
Once the dough is no longer sticky, place on a floured surface to knead. 

Once rolled out, cut your treats into whatever shape you desire. I went with a traditional doggy bone. 

Cut them all out! 
Bake for 20 minutes, flip them over then bake another 20 minutes. 
This will make them nice an crunchy. 

 You don't have to, but if you'd like poke them in the middle with a fork for decoration.

Flip em! 

Ta ddaaaa!
I let them cool for a while before I let my doggies try them. 
I wish I had a photo of them trying it, but I don't. 
They loved them though! They didn't last long in this house! 

If you do bake these I would love to see yours! 
leave me a comment back to your blog or photo!



Today, I went to Savory located at 1314 S Grand Blvd.
Which, I discovered, that every first Friday of the month they hold a mini Cirque de Soleil from 5 pm to 9 pm. I was so sad hearing this because I'm leaving this Sunday back to New Mexico. So next time I come up, I will have to come!

Savory once was a Blockbuster, but ya know, due to Red Box and Netflix, who needs Blockbuster? I am surprised Hastings has lasted this long! So when I walked in, I was shocked to see....

Straight ahead is the lounge. The atmosphere was very chic.
The waitress we had was so nice! She talked briefly to me about being a military wife and thanked me and my husband for my sacrifice and his service. She came around and checked on us frequently (not too-too much) and when we had questions she patiently answered all of the ones she knew and the ones she didn't she didn't hesitate to ask. 

Here are a couple of pictures of the menu's:
Whole Menu

Close Up at Afternoon Appetizers

Close up of Specials

Martini List

Wine List

We were seated in the Lounge. 
I love how you can see the kitchen from the restaurant and that there was seating right in front of it! This told me that they weren't afraid to show what they are doing/making back there and they are up to par of cleanliness. 

We were starved, so we got an appetizer. We ordered the Mediterranean Tappas Platter, which included: Hummus, Tzatziki, Roasted garlic, Olive Relish, Pickled Cucumbers, and Sweet Peppers served with Grilled Baguettes and Flat bread Triangles. 

What is another word for amazing? Astonishing, blow one's mind, awesome? Yea. Pick any of those. It was deliciiiiiousssss!!!!! 

Before I get started on this beautiful salad, I must say this: We ordered two specials which were $14 ($15 for dinner), little pricey for lunch, I know, but it came with either a house salad (above) or a caeser salad and after you've had  your meal, you get dessert too! So All in all, not a bad price.
Ok. The salad. This salad came with beautiful spring mix, candied apricots, Gorgonzola cheese, Dried Chic Peas and Pecans. There may be a few other things in here as well, I can't remember. 

Oh! Salads also come with this muti-grain bread and herbed butter. 

I ordered Chicken Picata on Angel Hair Pasta. It entailed Lemon-Caper wine sauce, garlic, shallots, butter and soft herbs.  
I was a bit disappointed with this, but not because of the chef, because I didn't see the caper part and I'm not a caper fan, which you can see there are capers everywhere. BUT! the chicken was SOOOO moist! I didn't even need a knife to cut through it and it was pretty good!

My mother got some fish and chips. The cod was fresh, not frozen, and breaded in Parmesean cheese, garlic and ginger Panko crumbs with a hand made tartar sauce. 

So, I didn't take photo's of dessert. I'm sorry. :(
My mom had Creme Brulee. It was pretty good.
I had the Chocolate Decadence. Which... there are no words for how amazing it was....

So. What I love the most about this restaurant is that the chefs try to incorporate fresh local fruits and veggies as possible. Which is just amazing.
I don't understand why only 68% of the people who have gone to Savory like it, I was very impressed.
 This is a perfect date night restaurant. Service was great. It's pricey, but delicious. 
I rate it as a 5 out of 5.

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The Elk Public House

(Photo taken from here)
Located at 1931 W Pacific Avenue in Spokane (Browne's Addition), this restaurant has very college-y atmosphere. There isn't much to the menu, but from the options they give you, it's pretty good!  

I didn't get a chance to take a picture of the menu, but it was one page that included Appetizers, Sandwiches and Specials. All the burgers and sandwiches come with either Corn pasta salad, potato salad, regular potato chips or jalapeno chips. 

I took my mother out before I leave to New Mexico. She got a Black Bean Burger (She's a vegetarian) with the corn salad and I got a Grilled Lamb Sandwich with the corn salad as well. 
(I know it's dark, sorry!)

Here is the inside. The place is packed in the patio and it was almost closing time, so no one was inside. 

The bar is on the other side of the wall. 

Service was not the best. Our server barely came by. We had to hunt him down for the check!
As I said earlier, I felt the options were limited, but were good. 
My favorite part of the whole experience was the corn pasta. So good! 

All in all, I would go back. I give it 3.5/5 stars. 

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For the Lazy baker :)

No, I am not calling you all lazy, it's just what I call myself. 
Sometimes I don't even call it that; sometimes it's the overworked housewife who needs to make a bunt cake for potluck.
Some days it's so hard to bake when you've had a busy day or just an off day even!

I will be posting some delicious, easy baking solutions to your hectic day. 

Lately I have been favoring this box:
Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie mix.

Not only is this delicious just made by it self, but I have tried some new things to it that give it a little extra something. 
 I have tried one or two things before and have posted it:

Some things I ave been wanting to try out:
Betty Crocker has a few ideas as well!
Marble Cake using brownie mix and cake mix!

As I come up with more I will be sure to fill you in. 
Happy Baking!

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