Cooking for Dogs
I apologize in advance for the bombardment of photos heading your way. I even tried to split Murphy’s Doggone Fun Birthday Fiesta into 3 posts to prevent from having so many photos in one post. With that being said, if you like fluffy dogs and pretty colors you’re in for a treat!
If you missed the earlier posts:
Part 1: Murphy’s Taco Cake
Part 2: Pulled Pork Nacho Bar
Grab a sombrero and join us on the back porch for margaritas why don’t ya?
Imagine a maraca band serenading you as you scroll through the photos- we didn’t actually have a maraca band but we had it coming through the speakers. 🙂
Water bowls all set and ready to go for our thirsty guests.
Our birthday boy getting ready to devour his taco cake, wearing his custom crochet sombrero and poncho like a champ!
We set up a Pulled Pork Macho Nacho Bar:
And whipped up these mini taco cookies for our human guests.
And Silly Gilly Desserts delivered the cutest fiesta cookies on the planet. That sombrero and bone!
We sent our canine pals home with dog treats thanking them for spending the afternoon with us.
I had big plans for the chalkboard birthday sign, but it didn’t exactly work out like it did in my head (see the blooper photos below).
And while Murphy refused to keep the sombrero on his head, Stella didn’t mind much and the two of them took turns.
I have very mannerful pups!
I’ll be the first to admit that having 3 dogs is a bit much at times, but I really can’t imagine not having Murphy as part of our family. He’s the ying to Stella’s yang and the two of them are the best of friends.
I realize people think I’m insane for being so over the top with their birthdays, but I lost my Lucy at age 3. You want to know what I treasure the most? Her birthday party photos. And of course, my bridal portraits. It’s memories of her being happy and showered with unconditional love and honestly, I could care less what people think most days.
My dogs are way more loyal than most humans in my life and I have zero plans of changing my ways.
I thought it would be fun to include just how complicated it is to get dogs to model.
Before this lovely photo:
There was this:
Milo didn’t get the memo that it wasn’t his day. That dude loves the limelight!
There was also this:
Let’s all crowd around the birthday chair.
PS: Can you spot the 6 cavaliers in this photo?
(That little ruby trying to get in the chair is Murphy’s brother from another mother. He was adopted at the same time and from the same rescue group. So fun to see them together again even if he was wrecking our birthday photo. )
And there was this:
Stella wanted in on the action. “You giving out snuggles and taking pictures?? Take mine!”
There was a lot of this:
It’s as if one of them said “that human has treats! Gooooo!!!!!”
(the two on the right have double names that make me giggle: Sophie Jean and Gabrielle Rose)
This pretty girl who decided to chew her stick instead:
I caught the husbands doing this:
And they act like they don’t think dog parties are fun. Hhhmmm……
Stella seemed to be the only one who would pose in the sombrero with the sign though.
It was 90 degrees so we moved the party indoors in attempt to get a group photo with everyone while letting the pups cool off.
We’re not all looking the same way and the lighting isn’t the best but it’s my favorite photo of the day.
From left to right (humans) : me, Rayleigh, Claire, (top) Mrs. Linda
Cavaliers: Murphy, Stella, (top) Milo, Brooks, Claire, Gabrielle, Victoria, Sophie, Elliot
I imagine this is a glimpse of what Heaven will be like for me- pure cavie bliss. Oh, if only my husband would let me add just one more!
Hands down my favorite pawty to date. I was sad to see everyone leave.
I already have big plans for next year’s soiree!
Today’s How to Make a Taco Cake for Dogs post has been brought to you on behalf of a partnership with Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
You guys know how much I love my dogs. Like, borderline, crazy dog lady love my dogs. I would like to think that when (and “if”) my husband and I have a child that I will stop with the monogrammed bandanas and over the top parties, and that I might even stop heating Stella’s food because she prefers it warm rather than cold, but let’s face it, none of those things are likely to happen regardless if we have 10 kids.
If you are new here, we have had Stella & Milo since they were puppies and both are about to turn 3. They are no strangers to my crazy dog lady partying ways and their party was featured all over the Internet and even used as a nationwide Angie’s list campaign mailer. That’s right, they ended up in mailboxes as far as NYC!
Murphy is our newest addition, however, joining our family last November and my initiation into the foster fail club. We weren’t really looking to own 3 dogs but one week with him is all it took for me to know I wouldn’t be able to let him go. He’s as sweet as he is beautiful and he has filled our home with lots of laughter.
We celebrated his 2nd birthday in true fiesta style (his birthday was the week of Cinco de Mayo) complete with sombrero, dog friendly taco cake, margaritas (for the humans), a macho nacho station……and 9 (yes, NINE) of his favorite Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pals.
I’ll be sharing his entire party later in the week but I wanted to give you a little peek and show you how easy his taco cake was to make!
To make the cake, you simply bake your favorite dog cake recipe in a small round pan. I used a 6 inch round and it was plenty big for my 3 dogs to share.
To decorate your taco, you’ll need:
shredded coconut (plus a drop or two of green food coloring) for the lettuce
chopped dog treats for the hamburger meat (I used the new Nudges® Grillers– looked real!)
low fat cream cheese (softened and placed in a piping bag) for the sour cream
peanut butter to serve as your icing
Slice the cake in a diagonal.
Frost the edges with peanut butter. My dogs are on diets, so I only did the outer edges.
Place together, peanut butter side to peanut butter side and add more peanut butter along the top to seal the slices together.
Cover with your chopped up Nudges® Grillers.
Sprinkle on the lettuce (coconut) and cheese. Use sparingly!
With your cream cheese in a piping bag (I was out of bags and used a ziploc bag) pipe on a bit of softened cream cheese.
I’m pretty particular about the treats I give to my dogs and am also considerate about the ones I give to friends. If it’s not good enough for my dogs, it’s not good enough for theirs. High quality with real meat as the #1 ingredient, I chose the Nudges® Sizzlers as favors for Murphy’s fiesta. They’ve been really enjoying the new Grillers so the 3 ounce bag of Sizzlers was the perfect size for favors. A good host/hostess always sends her guests home with a favor and canine guests are no exception!
We had Stella taste test just to make sure they were a-okay to gift our friends.
And someone thought it was her birthday and wore the sombrero around when Murphy yanked it off. 🙂
Have you seen the new Nudges® Grillers or Sizzlers? You can find them at WalMart!
I also noticed some new Jerky Cuts that my amigos are requesting I bring home next time.
Be sure to check outNudges® Grillers on Facebook!
You guys, I’m on a mission to make everything heart shaped leading up to Valentine’s Day. Even these Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day for Dogs couldn’t be spared.
It’s no big secret that I adore my dogs and I’ve said on numerous occasions that in my next life I’m going to run a Bed & Biscuit. All the dogs will lounge on monogrammed bedding and eat homemade gourmet treats. It will be the most luxurious home away from home- just like a Bed & Breakfast serves for humans.
Our dogs function as our children (I realize there’s a difference, so please no hate mail) and the holidays are no exception to lavishing them with extra attention.
And Valentine’s Day? Is there any more of a reason to extend the I Woof You’s than Valentine’s Day?
Incredibly easy to make, too!
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- ½ cup powdered milk
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 large eggs (set one aside for egg wash)
- 1 tsp. honey
- red food coloring (optional)
- Whisk together all the wet ingredients until well combined. Add dry ingredients, one at a time, stirring between each addition. Knead dough on floured surface for 2-3 minutes.
- Divide the dough in half, make a well in one half and add the red food coloring, working the dough until you reach your desired coloring.
- Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator for about an hour to chill.
- Preheat oven to 350° and remove dough from refrigerator.
- On a piece of wax paper, break a small piece of dough of each color and roll into a ball, then into a spaghetti noodle. Twist one of each color together to make it swirl. Break off a small piece and stretch the dough, keeping both colors together and form a heart.
- Place each heart on a non stick baking mat. Whisk together the remaining egg and brush each heart with the egg wash. Bake for about 10 minutes depending on the size of your hearts.
- Cool completely and store in an airtight container- they'll last about a week.
Once you get your dough prepared and chilled, roll into spaghetti looking noodles.
Combine the 2 colors.
Form a heart.
Pop them into the oven then package them up for gift giving.
I’m making these for all the neighborhood dogs with super cute etched glass containers. Can’t wait to show you those next week!
Have a great weekend, y’all.
This Halloween Treats for Dogs shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. However, all opinions are and will continue to be mine alone. #TrickorTreatem #CollectiveBias
Just a warning: I’m going to start blowing up your inboxes and feeds this week with lots of Halloween fun. And of course, that fun couldn’t possibly exclude Stella & Milo. I mean, hello. So with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s kick things off with some Halloween Treats for Dogs, okay?
Y’all. This is one of my most favorite posts to ever share with you.
Second only to this post where I transformed my backyard into Stella & Milo’s Dog Barkery.
To say that I like to treat my dogs is an understatement. I totally acknowledge the fact that I tread lightly into crazy dog lady territory each time a holiday rolls around but honestly, I don’t think I care. Those pups function as our children, and as such, deserve to get in on some Halloween action. And what is it about dogs in costumes that is undeniably adorable?
I knew Halloween was going to go downhill quickly once I laid eyes on the bright red lobster costumes at the Home Goods grand opening. I scooped them up quicker than lightning and began my jet setting across town for all the things I would need to complete their Halloween Dog Costume extravaganza. Because if you’re going to put forth the effort into making your pup miserable by wearing a costume, then friends, go ahead and make it a full on extravaganza.
And dress up yourself.
(Milo wondering what the heck is on my head)
This is the way my brain works:
How cute is that costume? Oh my, my, my if Stella & Milo were to be matching lobsters (we’ll call them crawfish), then I could wear a chef’s jacket- monogrammed of course. I could set up the crawfish boil pot and put the Halloween treats in there and look like I was “boiling up” some Halloween treats. Of course, I’d need to monogram the pot also (I refrained). And I’d need some treats for the neighborhood dogs, too. You know, to go in the pot. YES! Done. Let’s drive around like a crazy person and make this happen.
As I was traversing around town, on my trip to the Kroger I spotted the super sale on Milk Bone, Milo’s Kitchen, Pup-Peroni & Canine Carry Outs. 2 for $5!
And not only that, but a chance to win $5,000 as well as determine your dog’s Halloween personality on the Trick or Treat Em website.
Both of my dogs were tricksters.
But I couldn’t stop by simply purchasing the dog treats.
Oh no, no, no. I had to decorate some of those Milk Bone dog treats and make them Halloween festive.
Did you know that Carob Chips are a safe “chocolate” alternative for dogs?
All natural and vegan, they melt just like chocolate chips!
You just melt, dip, then pop some “icing” polka dots on there and now you have dipped bones that to your dog, who has never had chocolate (because it’s deadly) now has a chocolately treat! Easy!
Even though carob is safe for dog consumption, I like to give it to my dogs sparingly.
Therefore, I packaged the treats with 2 of the healthier Milk Bone products, a few of the small bones, and 1 dipped bone.
Don’t want to be accused of making the neighborhood dogs chubby!
It’s the perfect addition to your snack bags to add a little bit of Halloween color without overdoing it with the dipped bones.
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tsp water
- drop of food coloring
- Whisk together the cornstarch, honey and water thoroughly in a bowl. Add a drop of food coloring (or more to get your desired coloring). A thick, paste-like mixture should form. For better control of the icing, put in a disposable squeeze bottle or paint on the icing with a small brush.
Add the name of your neighbor’s dog and you’ll be overwhelmed with how appreciative they’ll be that you took the time to think of their pet.
I’ll bet you $10 on that.
Do you have any big plans for Halloween? Do you live somewhere where they do Trick or Trunk? I’m dying to participate in a Trick or Trunk one of these days !
If you saw my earlier post or follow me on social media, then you know that we welcomed a new member into our family over the weekend.
We’ve been busy adjusting to the additional set of paw prints around the house, an extra wagging tail complete with begs for pets and kisses, and we’ve realized just how crazy one person looks while walking 3 dogs….but we’re loving having Dennis here with us!
It didn’t take long before Stella & Milo were requesting that I make the new guy some treats, and they suggested the Homemade Pumpkin & Brown Rice Flour Dog Treats might be just the thing to make Dennis forget all about his previous cares and worries.
They willingly volunteered to be taste testers and Stella licked her lips in anticipation. Imagine that.
(Notice the dirty floors? It has rained every day since Dennis joined us)
The good thing about using pumpkin is its stomach soothing properties are ideal for a dog whose sensitivities you don’t quite know yet.
And since they’re homemade you know exactly what’s in them and can be confident that you won’t have a pup with an upset stomach your first week.
No one wants a pup with the poops the first week in!
The addition of Brown Rice Flour makes the consistency more like a cookie than a mush pumpkin texture and what dog doesn’t love a cookie?
My dogs loooooove the cookies.
Use miniature cookie cutters to keep portion size under control and store in mason jars to retain freshness.
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons dry milk
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 2½ cups brown rice flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin and the eggs whisking until smooth. Add in the salt, milk, & dried parsley. Gradually, ½ cup at a time, add in the rice flour. Using your hands, gently fold in the sides of the dough and roll out the dough on a floured countertop to the desired thickness, based on your dog's preferences. Using cookie cutters, press into the dough and straight up and place each cookie onto a prepared cookie sheet. Now, into the oven on a greased cookie sheet for about 20 minutes. Take the cookies out, flip them over, then back into the over for an additional 20 minutes, or until they are a nice shade of golden brown.
- Depending on the size of your cookie cutter, makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.
Since “cookie time” they have been following me around non-stop. ALL of them. All. Day. Long.
Have you ever fostered a dog? Any tips you want to share?