Pupwiches ~ Homemade “Ice Cream” Sandwiches for Dogs

Pupwiches - Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches for Dogs | Zim on a Whim

Oscar is such a good boy that I felt he deserved a special treat as summer winds down. Don’t you agree, Oscar?

Ready for Pupsicles! | Zim on a Whim

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” –Josh Billings

I decided to take my Homemade Dog Treats and my Homemade Pupsicles recipes and combine them to get Pupwiches! Dogs love “ice cream” sandwiches, too!

They are easy to make and I’m sure you have most of the ingredients already. First you want to bake the dog treats and get them cooled. I used a dog bone cookie cutter, but you don’t need to use one. Does your dog really care? Just use any cutter you have handy — or even the rim of a glass and make round pupwiches. While the treats are baking, combine the ingredients for the inside of the pupwich. That will need to be put in the freezer for a bit before assembly.

I’m posting the ingredients again here so you don’t need to flip back and forth between recipes. You may want to read through both posts beforehand for more info.

Step One: Bake the dog treats

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons plain applesauce
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 cup whole wheat flour (or any flour that you have on hand that your dog won’t be allergic to. I only had the all-purpose on hand today)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup rolled oats

Directions:
Combine the applesauce, peanut butter, and egg in a medium bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, and oats. Combine all ingredients well with a spoon. Use hands toward the end if necessary. Form a ball of dough for rolling. You can put a piece of wax paper on a cutting board or just dust your work area with some four and then roll out the dough. For the pupwiches, I tried to roll the dough out as thin as I could get it but not so thin that they would break when transferring to the baking sheet. Maybe it was about 1/8″? Cut out with cookie cutter or rim of a glass and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper (get some now) then you can just lightly grease your pan with cooking spray. Bake in a 325 degree F oven for 15-20 minutes, or when the edges of the treats get golden brown. Remove from oven, cool in pan for a few minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Step Two: Whip up the frozen pupsicle recipe

Ingredients:
2 containers of yogurt – 6oz. each (Use either plain or vanilla)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/3 cup plain applesauce (the little 4 oz. snack packs are the perfect amount)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients well in a medium bowl and stick in the freezer for about an hour and a half to set up a bit. You don’t want it completely frozen; just frozen enough to spread it and not have it drip out the sides during assembly. If it’s too drippy, freeze more. If it’s too frozen to spread evenly, leave it out a bit. No biggie! {Tip: Either mix your ingredients in a shallow bowl or transfer to one for the freezer to save time.}

Step Three: Assemble and Freeze the Pupwiches

When the mixture for the inside of the pupwiches has set up and your baked treats have cooled, begin assembly. With a spoon, scoop out a small amount and spread it on the underside of a treat. Make it as thick or thin as you would like, but keep in mind that smaller dogs will do better with a thinner pupwich. Take another treat and place on top (keeping good side up). As you work, place the pupwiches on a baking sheet and stick them back in the freezer to freeze completely. You will need to get the first few in the freezer as you work so they don’t melt, and then just keep adding to the baking sheet in the freezer. Use the same baking sheet you used to bake with. {And if you used parchment paper you’ll have barely any clean up!} As you can see from the photo, they don’t look neat and pretty, but dogs don’t care!

After they have frozen, they are ready to be enjoyed by your patient pup. Slurp! :)

Note: I got about 8-10 Pupwiches from this recipe. I had extra of the “ice cream” part so I just scooped it into little cups and placed them in the freezer for pupsicles later. {To remove the extra pupsicles from cups, run the bottom of the cup under warm water to loosen.}

If you want to make just the dog treats or the pupsicles, or if you want more details, you can refer back to my original posts:
Homemade Dog Treats
Homemade Frozen Dog Treats – Pupsicles

Hope you give them a try and let me know if your pup gives them 2 paws up!
~Micha

Tips for Tuesday 3/5/13

Tips for Tuesday

I hope you’re having a good week so far! Who can’t use a few tips to make life easier, right? I have been wanting to do some Tips for Tuesday posts for a while now. While I can’t promise they will roll out every Tuesday, I will try to make it a regular thing to some degree. (Like how I’m giving myself lots of leeway, here?) Last week I posted a great way to keep your celery fresh. Are any of you trying that? I just love that tip. Here are a few more you might like to try…

In the laundry room:

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KEEP THE WASHER LID OPEN TOP KEEP ODOR AWAY ~ I have a top loading washing machine and I always keep the lid open after every wash. I never close it. I have never had a problem with mildew odor coming from my washer like I hear a lot of people complaining about. Granted, I do a lot of laundry so the lid doesn’t stay open for longer than a few days. If you only do laundry once a week, just give it 24 hours before closing the lid. It needs air to dry it out so if you close it as soon as you put the clothes in the dryer, it won’t get a chance to do that. I don’t know anything about the front loading washers (apparently they smell worse?) but I’m guessing you can do this with them as well, provided they are not in a high traffic area. (Nobody wants to bang their leg into that!)

First aid friend…
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USE KETCHUP PACKETS FOR ICE PACKS ~ We all get those little ketchup packets from time to time, so keep a few in your freezer for a handy ice pack! This is especially great for kids when they get hurt. Their size makes it easy for the kids to hold and put it right where it hurts. They start to defrost quickly so it conforms well to the hurt area in no time. Just give them a quick wash before freezing – you don’t know how many people have touched those packets. *shudder*

For your pets…

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USE GROUND OATS TO HELP FIGHT THE ITCH ~ If your dog has dry, itchy skin, try this in between his regular baths: Put some rolled oats into a food processor or blender and make into fine crumbs or powder. Add it to his/her bath and try to let your pet sit in it for as long as they can. (This is easier said than done – I can hear you!). Try to work it into the fur and skin with your hands. Rinse, but not completely so it can keep working it’s magic for a bit longer. Note: This is to help alleviate some of the itching due to dry skin, but it is not a cure. Your dog might have an allergic reaction or other condition causing the itch, so make sure you check with your vet as to the cause. P.S. you already knew you could do this for YOUR bath, didn’t you? :)

That’s all for now! I will have more on another Tuesday so make sure you follow this blog! You can also follow along on facebook. Have a great week…
Micha

Homemade Cat Treats

My 11 year old cat Maddy has had a rough year. Last February, this furry, barking ball of energy came into her world and changed everything. She no longer wanted to come downstairs to the main living area and basically lived upstairs. She wanted nothing to do with this new member of the family. Anytime the puppy came upstairs to her domain, she’d jump to higher ground or hide. We built her a nice wide shelf up there where she could hang. She ate, drank and slept there and Oscar the puppy could not reach her. I always wondered when she would finally get used to the fact that he was here to stay and come downstairs to join the family again. 14 months after his arrival, she ventured downstairs. And she never looked back.

I decided I wanted to do something nice for her and bake her some homemade cat treats.

Maddy wondered what took me so long.

She loves tuna so the treats are tuna based – and healthy. There are only 6 ingredients and most of them you probably already have on hand: Canned tuna, cornmeal, wheatgerm, whole wheat flour, egg, and vegetable oil.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees…and I recommend lining your cookie sheet with parchment paper, but that’s optional.

Place these ingredients into a medium-sized mixing bowl:
6 ounces canned tuna, undrained
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup wheatgerm (found near the oatmeal in my grocery store, refrigerate after opening.)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour, plus more if needed
1 egg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Mix everything together with a fork. If it seems sticky, add more flour a little at a time and mix again — until you can form it into a ball. Place the ball on your cookie sheet and using a rolling pin, flatten the dough into 1/8″ thickness. (This is why it helps to have the parchment paper down on your cookie sheet.) Using a pizza cutter or a knife, slice the dough into 1/2″ wide strips, then cut the strips on a diagonal to make diamond shapes.

Bake for about 12 minutes at 325 degrees, then take the cookie sheet out and separate the treats. Put them back in the oven for up to 5 more minutes so they get crispy throughout. (Baking time will depend on how wet your dough was and how thin you rolled it. You just want them to get golden and slightly crispy.)

Let cool on the cookie sheet. Store treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Now Maddy feels as special as Oscar who gets Homemade Dog Treats and Homemade Pupsicles!

I guess some cats can’t be rushed…but she’s worth the wait. :)
~Micha