Sunday, December 21, 2008

Don't Forget Fido

Here is a fun gift idea for the dog (or dog lover) in your life. I made little gingerbread man shaped peanut butter dog treats (recipe below) and placed them in a cello bag, then made a little bag topper.

I am not sure why I am making dog treats, since I am not pleased with my dog at the moment. We took the dogs, up to the snow, to find a Christmas tree this weekend. They had a blast. Rosie (the Border Collie) loves to plow through the snow, face first and then roll around in it. She looks like the abominable snow dog afterward. Pebbles (that is my dog, a Cocker Spaniel) loves to play fetch with snow balls. All in all, it is a very fun time watching and playing with the dogs.

Unfortunately, Pebbles must consume a lot of water while fetching snow balls. I made her go potty before we left to drive back, but about two blocks from our house, she had an accident... on my lap! The really sad thing is, the same thing happened last year. We take her on long 3 hour drives and she never has a problem, but something about going to the snow, a short trip by comparison, really "brings it out of her." Needless to say, any future trips to the snow and there will be potty breaks along the way.

Sorry about the gross story. Just had to share. Now, on to the project...

I used the dog from Framed Friends, the latest set by Asela Hopkins and stamped it on Pure Luxury white card stock. Then I colored it with Koh-i-noor pencils and cut it out.

The gingerbread man and sentiments are from Melanie's set from last month, Have a Cookie. It was also colored with Koh-i-noor pencils and cut out. I lined up the sentiments on my acrylic block and stamped them all at once.

I sponged around my layer of Very Vanilla, with Creamy Caramel. Then I added faux stitching using my Zig Writer. Added a layer of Real Red, also with faux stitcing. The base is just a piece of kraft cardstock, cut to 4 1/4 by 5 and folded over. I made the scallops with my corner rounder with the gaurd removed. I finished it off with a bit of raffia.

Here is the recipe...

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

2/3 cup peanut butter
2 TBS oil
1/4 to 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup wheat germ (optional)
2 TBS sugar (optional)
2 cups Wheat Flour

Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix peanut butter, oil and 1/4 cup of the water, until smoth. Mix dry ingredients together and then add to peanut butter mixture , in additions. Add more of the water if needed to make into a dough.

Roll out to a 1/4 inch thickness and cut into your favorite shapes, using cookie cutters. Bake 20 minutes at 375. When done, turn off oven and leave cookies in the oven to "dry them out" as much as possible before sealing them up. They burn very easily, especially if you have rolled them out thinner than 1/4 inch.

Thanks for looking! I hope you have a great day. !

12 comments:

Colleen said...

What a fantastic idea..i would never have thought of that. Great job!

asela said...

This is soooooooooo cool!! Love it

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh look at you!!! Spoiling those pups!! I gotta say these are so adorable.....but if I bake cookies I gotta eat them!! LOL

Sue said...

gotta love your furry babies! Cute idea!

6 wacky women said...

Fantastic gift, Theresa. I love the recipe. TFS I will try them for Layla.
I'm taking a blogging break for the holidays....so have a Very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.

Karen x

Elena said...

Sorry about the accident Theresa...
Your idea with the dog treat is great! I love how you combined two stamp sets! I think every dog would like to try this treats!

Melanie said...

aww, i love it, love how you made the words going across, great gift idea!! :)

Cathy said...

What a cute idea. I would bake for my dogs, but they would probably come to expect this behavior so we just won't get it started.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Shirley said...

What a cute and creative idea~

Whoopsie Daisy! said...

These make for such darling doggy treats! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I know of some doggies who would love getting these tasty treats as we make our holiday visits in the next couple of days. I just have to be sure my husband doesn't bite into one thinking they are for him! He LOVES anything peanut butter! lol!

Donna said...

so cute! I'm totally going to make these for my dog Shelby & doggy nieces/nephews!

Etha said...

wow that is so neat! I have got to make those for my friend's pooches :) Wonderful baggie too!