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

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Homemade Eye Makeup Remover

eye makeup remover

I’ve been making my own eye makeup remover for over a year now, ever since I saw it here. It takes only 3 inexpensive ingredients and it works just as well as what you can buy in the store! Because the ingredients are gentle, it is safe for all skin types and it doesn’t sting.

You will need a clean bottle to put it in. I purchased mine in the travel bottles/trial size aisle in Target. It has a pop top like a shampoo bottle, but you can use anything that will be easy for you to pour a little on a cotton ball or makeup pad. You can even use the bottle from your current eye makeup remover when you run out!

So here are the easy instructions:
1. Wash out your bottle and set aside.
2. Boil 1 cup of water and let it cool.
3. Add in 1  1/2 tablespoons of baby WASH*
4. Add in 1/4 teaspoon baby oil (or olive, coconut, or almond oil)
5. Stir together and pour into bottle. You may need to use a funnel.

*FYI: When I made this originally, I used baby shampoo. I didn’t like the residue that settled in the bottom of the bottle, so I switched to baby wash and it stays nice and clear. I use the Target store brand of baby wash to save even more money! I buy the biggest size because I also use it for my homemade foaming hand soap found here!

{You may want to buy 2 bottles or have something clean in which to store the leftover remover. The recipe makes a little more than what fits in my bottle.}

This is one of my favorite homemade products that I regularly use, along with the foaming hand soap, hair detangler, and laundry detergent. It’s nice to know exactly what’s in the products you use everyday. Hope you try it!
Micha

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

I’m sure you’ve had moments when you learn how to do something so easy and you wonder, “Now why didn’t I think of that?” Learning this trick was one of those moments for me. I love foaming hand soap, especially with kids who like to use a little bit too much. We seem to go through it like water! The gel soap is too gloppy and goopey (I don’t care if that’s not a word, spell check!)…and actually can clog up your drain. Sometimes you can find large refill bottles of the foaming soap, but all it really is is just watered down soap! So, save one of those soap dispensers and save this post for when you run out. Note: It has to be a foaming soap dispenser. A regular liquid/gel dispenser will not work. It’s the dispenser that does the foaming.

All you need is an empty foaming soap dispenser and some type of gel/liquid soap – preferably a large bottle to save even more money. I started out using the largest store brand baby wash they had. (Not the shampoo – but the baby wash) It’s really inexpensive and I got many, many refills out of it. Recently I found a gel hand soap refill from when I used to buy the gel hand soap and have been using that. They both seem to work the same! It’s your choice.

Pour about 1/2″ to 3/4″ of the liquid soap of your choice into the empty soap dispenser.

Add water slowly until you get to just below the line on the back of the dispenser that says “Don’t fill past this line!” If you fill past that line, it messes up your dispenser.

Put the pump back on and slowly SWIRL the dispenser around. Just go in circles or move it back and forth. DO NOT SHAKE! If you shake it, it will get too bubbly and ruin the foaming pump mechanism. Do this for a minute or two until it looks well blended.

Done.

I’ve been doing this for about a year now and while I don’t know how much money I’ve saved, I’m sure it’s been quite a bit. This costs pennies to make. Plus, I’m being green by continuing to reuse the same soap dispenser. Win Win!

Another homemade solution: If you haven’t tried it already, give homemade laundry detergent a shot. It is so inexpensive to make and works just as well! See my post on it here

Have a good weekend!