Puppy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Biscuits

So, if you didn’t already know, I love dogs – like head over heels – and we just adopted our little Molly 3 weeks ago. Many who have raised puppies know that they often get upset tummies {I’ll save you the gruesome details} when settling into their new life. Funny how things happen, but right before we got her I found a pin on Pinterest about how pumpkin helps pooches upset tummies and had remembered that when my poor little Molly became sick.

I used this recipe, which is easy and contains pumpkin puree {I use fresh pumpkin I puree myself}, peanut butter, whole wheat flour and eggs.

She LOVES them and gets one when she’s being a good girl, plus they cleared all her yuckiness away.

We love butterflies.

I’d say ‘enjoy’, but I’d save these ones for the pups!

Worthy Wednesdays Part 6: Happy People

Sometimes, when you’re feeling down, all you need is a change of surrounding. This is simple and pretty obvious, but how often do we get into a slump and not do anything except dwell and sit around in our darkness?

And I’m not just talking about the things in your home, or wherever you might be, but what about the people? The sounds? The smells? Make a habitat that makes you feel happy, with people who don’t bring you down. Everyone has that friend who is negative, and by no means am I saying to drop them as a friend {they need help too, but with someone who is feeling strong enough to handle it}, but when you’re already vulnerable to be brought into negative feelings, maybe take a break from them. And then again, everyone has that friend who is always happy – surround yourself with such people, researching and learning. I don’t know about you, but being around a happy person makes me feel just that – happier.

Now, awhile back I said don’t count on people – still true, but people are a part of life nonetheless, and sometimes being alone is dangerous. I don’t mean to rely on them for your happiness, but learn how they live their own happy life.

Pumpkin Seeds

Every year during this time, I buy a large pumpkin – not to carve, but to cook. I use every bit {except the skin & stem} of that pumpkin.

Pumpkin seeds are kind of a nostalgic thing for me, like a lot of people. I have always remembered my mom making those delicious pumpkin seeds, dressed simply with garlic salt. Pumpkin seeds have a long history of delivering loads of manganese, which helps your body properly use biotin {the nutrient which is thought to promote hair growth}, and contain a good amount of protein.

Now, we all know there are plenty of variations on pumpkin seeds, ranging from sweet to savory, but since I’m not such a sweet lover, savory definitely reigns in my book. I wanted to try something a little different than just garlic salt, however delicious they may be.

This year, I cooked my pumpkin seeds with salt, cayenne, and taco seasoning {amounts to your liking}.

On a spray oil-greased baking sheet, bake the dried, seasoned seeds at 325 for 20-25 minutes. Here is a link to create your own natural taco seasoning.

Holy pumpkin, these were delicious!

Enjoy!

Puppy Love

Since I was 3 years old, I’ve always had at least one dog. Most of the time there were two, sometimes even 3. My parents bought my first dog, Girly, who was a Golden/Chow mix when I was 3. She was the best dog ever, and became a part of the family immediately.

Then, when I was about 7, they bought our second dog, John, who was a West Highland Terrier.

Then, when I was 16, we got Bills. He is a Shih Tzu/Poodle mix.

2 1/2 years later, Girly died of old age at 15. It was one of the hardest things to take, having had her since I could remember. So then, it was just John and Bills for the next 4 years. After Girly died, John was never the same. He turned into a grumpy old man who missed his best friend and fought Bills constantly. Thinking that Bills needed a playmate since John wouldn’t play, my parents bought their next dog, Sophie, a Bijon Frise mix.

Bills was content with his new best friend, but John was still sad. He just died 3 weeks ago from old age {and maybe a broken heart}, also.

Then I got married, and having lived my life with multiple dogs in the house at all times, I sort of freaked. Never having my own dog {per se} Husband and I discussed getting one since before we were married {Jason even told me he thought about getting me one for Christmas 2 years ago}. Circumstantially, we would come close to getting one, then something or another would prevent it.

Until Saturday. My family had never adopted a pet, but it was so important to me to get a rescue and not buy from a Breeder. Using search engines, I found coloradopuppy.org and they were having an adoption event close by. We went early {of course, because of how excited I was}. It was an amazing day and we left with our new little addition.

Meet Molly.

Since she was a rescue, they don’t know for sure what she is, but they listed her as an Alaskan Malamute Mix. Husband and I made our own educated guess that she was primarily Malamute and German Shepherd.

Let me know what you think {sorry she’s pretty much always sleeping in the pictures – it’s hard to get one of her awake because she’s so playful and bouncy}!

Needless to say, you will be seeing a lot more of Molly here. I hope you enjoy her as much as I do!

Birthday Pie

Tuesday was Husbands birthday and we got to celebrate at the butt crack of dawn by going out to vote at 6:30 AM. Last election I voted by mail in ballot, but this year we didn’t receive ours, so we had to go to a polling place. It was actually fun for me! I just kept thinking of how awesome this tradition is that we as Americans have been partaking in since the beginning of our nation’s birth.

Anyways, Jason is not such a big fan of cake {like his dad}, so he asked me to make this pie that he had one Thanksgiving at our closest family friends’ place. Since I haven’t made it since we’ve been married {or at all}, I decided I would, especially because their bridal shower gift to me was the recipe and a pie dish {how sweet that they remembered he loved it!}.

So, I went out to get supplies, but somehow forgot the recipe AND didn’t remember that it needed at least 8 hours to sit. Doi. Now, this recipe will never take the place of the original, but I tried being as inventive as I could and came up with this lighter version of their Grasshopper Pie:

Chocolate Wafer Cookies or Premade Chocolate Pie Crust

1 Large Tub of Light Cool Whip

1 Packet of Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding Powder

Green Food Coloring

1/2 TSP {or more} of Pure Peppermint Extract

Line the pie plate with the wafer cookies, if you are using them. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the entire tub of Cool Whip {best if left out for a little to get soft},  the food coloring {however much you want}, and the peppermint extract. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated, then add in the pudding powder. Mix until smooth. Spoon the mixture into the crust, and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour.

Enjoy!