Sunday is for the dogs...
This Sunday, I spent some time at home pampering my pooches and spoiling them by making homemade dog treats ( I really made them to save some $$$). After that, I tackled my disgusting tiny backyard that was filled with dog poop layered with snow, just lovely... While I was doing that I discovered a new way to melt ice that's inexpensive and safe for dogs! But I'll start with the dog cookie recipe I made...
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats!
1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup of peanut butter
1 tsp. baking soda
1tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
1/4 cup of vegetable oil or two eggs
2-3 cups of whole wheat flour (might need or less depending on consistency)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl combine all the ingredients except the whole wheat flour. Mix until smooth.
Add the whole wheat flour a little at a time until you get a good consistency, where it resembles a dough like texture.
Sprinkle some flour over a cutting board or flat surface and knead the dough a little until it forms into a ball. Roll the ball out with a rolling pin or your hands (like I had to because I don't own a rolling pin), until about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
Get your doggie bone cookie cutters out and start making cookies! Place onto a greased baking sheet and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
There you have it! Dog approved, dog treats that they are guaranteed to love and all ingredients you can eat... technically. I actually made my boyfriend eat one and he said they were ok, just very bland... but if you were in a pinch or really hungry or the world ended you know you can eat them!
SUPER EASY AND CHEAP ICE MELTER!
I'll admit it, I don't really enjoy shoveling snow... and when you live in a place where is snows pretty much everyday during the winter, one can get lazy. Now, the front we have to shovel because the city enforces it, but the backyard was just piling up, snow storm after snow storm. Today was a warmer day so I was trying to clean it up as much as I could. Well there was a lot of ice and compacted snow to tackle, hence the ice melter. I didn't want to use salt because of the dogs and was too cheap to buy the snowmelt specifically for dogs so I am trying this concoction out!
1/2 gallon of hot water
2 tbsp. of dish soap.
1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol
Mix together in a bucket, spray bottle, or old milk jug and pour over your ice- It actually worked pretty well for me, you can see the path! We will see in the morning if I have an ice rink or if the ice melted all the way!!
Comment below if YOU have any DIY dog recipes or tricks for handling the snowy weather!