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While Turk and Rufus love us very much, I wouldn’t say they are 100% devoted to us… unless there is peanut butter involved. Throw in some baby carrots and fish oil, and there is nothing our dogs wouldn’t do for us. I’ll be honest with you, I’m not proud, I know how to clinch their devotion… so I created my own mini pup pops.

In a blender, I combined peanut butter, bananas, fish oil, carrots, and goat’s milk. Then I used a 99-cent IKEA ice cube tray to make pup-pops – perfectly sized to pop into a Kong for a delicious frozen treat.



Turk, Rufus, and Polly got their first taste of the pup pops last night… and for just a little bit, they were all hopelessly devoted to me.

Is your dog hopelessly devoted to you? Or do you need to bribe them like I do?

* Thank you for all of your sweet comments to Ginger Rogers and her adoptive family! While still very sick, the vet is hopeful she will recover. She gets to come home from the vet today.

** Also, thank you to each and every one of you who voted for me in the Bloggers for Good contest! It appears that I won the contest, although they are still tallying the votes, so nothing is official yet. As soon as everything is official, I will announce how I plan to use the $500 cash prize!

This weekend was full of things to be celebrated…

1. I (mostly) ran my first race. It was the 4.02 mile Trolley Run, which starts in Waldo (my neighborhood) and follows the old Trolley line to the Plaza. It was raining the whole time. I set a personal record…which is probably a normal pace for a speed walker, but it was still awesome.


2. I actually made something I pinned on PinterestCreamy Tomato, Basil, Garlic, and Cheese Tortellini soup. It was delish!


3. I took my last final and turned in my last paper of grad school! I still have to give a final to my students this week, but as of Friday, I am D.O.N.E! I cannot WAIT to cross “get a masters degree” off my goals list!

What things did you accomplish this weekend that should be celebrated? Turk wants to celebrate the fact that he has broken our resolve and forevermore claimed the couch cushions as his own.

I’ll probably be light on posting this week as I am prepping the house for my graduation party this weekend and catching up on grading stuff for my students…but I’ll be back next week with a vengeance!

 

In my quest to find simple, healthy, pup-approved treats to stuff in the Kongs, I’m taste testing various fruit & veggie combinations.


As you can see, today’s combo consisted of half a banana, a handful of blueberries, a drizzle of local honey and some plain yogurt.

There was enough of the mixture to fill both the Squirrel and Kong Extreme with extra leftover for an individual pupsicle cup!


Yes, that is frost on the squirrel and Kong – we keep them in the freezer now. So now any time we open the freezer, the dogs come tearing into the kitchen and expect a yummy treat. Talk about Pavlovian Response…

In case you want to experiment with some recipe for your own dog, here is a list of fruits, veggies, and condiments that are safe and dog-approved.

Fruits: Apples (as long as you remove the seeds), blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, pears, mangoes, and watermelons.

Veggies: Carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, green beans, broccoli, parsley, most leafy vegetables, and zucchini.

Condiments: plain yogurt, peanut butter, cottage cheese or honey. Mashed up lentils will work as well to bind the fruits or veggies together.

Test your own recipe and let me know what combo YOUR dog prefers!

** Please keep in mind that, as with any treats, you should only feed them to your dogs in moderation! If you haven’t been feeding fruits and veggies to your dog, then please introduce it slowly to your pooches’ diet. **

We stole borrowed an excellent banana bread recipe from Nate and Deanna.

They made it for us once and it was so good we knew it was one we needed to add to our “official” recipe book.

Neither of us likes recipes that take hours to prepare and 50 different steps – with this recipe – 10 min and it’s ready to  go in the oven.

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One batch of chocolate chip banana bread baked made in a Madeleine pan

But it wouldn’t be a Bungie classic if we left it as is. The first rule of Bungie cooking (according to Emily) is “if it’s good now it will be better with chocolate!” And the second rule (according to me) is “if you can make a good food bite size – make it so.”

So without further adieu –

Chocolate Banana Bread Madeleines

Ingredients:

  • Sugar – 3/4 cup
  • Softened Butter – 1/2 cup
  • Eggs – 2
  • Mashed Ripe Bananas – 1 cup (about 2 bananas)
  • Milk – 1/3 cup (can be Almond milk or Coconut milk if you prefer)
  • Vanilla – 1 tsp
  • Flour – 2 cups (Can be half wheat flour/half white flour if you’re into that – Emily is.)
  • Baking Soda – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Cocoa Powder – 1-2 tsp
  • Chocolate chips – to taste

Preheat oven to 350 ° F.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix until it’s all well mixed.
Add mixture to a 8×4 or 9×5 greased pan.
Bake for 50-60 minutes (check the bread half way through and adjust your cooking time).
Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes – butter the top of the loaf while it’s still warm.

For a bite size snack try cooking it in a Madeleine pan – but adjust cooking time 10-15 minutes.

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