Make Your Own Healthy Dog Treats

We rescued a dog; a black and white basset hound named Callie.  She is an absolutely adorable slobbery mess but we love her to pieces.  I'm hoping to share a picture of her gorgeousness here soon. She loves these yummy biscuits!  They're an inexpensive, simple alternative to store bought treats.  Much healthier, too!

I found dog bone cookie cutters at JoAnn Fabrics for only .99, but you can find them here online.

Wouldn't these make a great Christmas gift, prettily packaged, for the dog lover in your family?  I think so!

Callie thinks so, too.

 

Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Treats

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup peanut or almond butter (I used natural almond butter)
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (approximately one ripe banana)
  • 1 cup freshly ground whole wheat flour (store bought is fine if you don't have a grain mill)
  • 1/2 cup freshly ground oat flour
  • 1 egg, beaten, for glaze

Here's what to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Stir together the egg, peanut/almond butter, and banana in a medium bowl; stir until well blended.  Stir in the flours and mix well. Place dough onto a floured cutting board and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shape with a cookie cutter, place on prepared baking sheet, and brush with beaten egg.
  3. Bake treats in preheated oven until dried and golden brown, about 30 minutes, depending on their size.


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African Groundnut Stew: My Very American Version

I know, I know.

You read the title of this post and thought African Groundnut Stew?!   What's that?!

Give me a chance, okay? ;)

I've been cooking this up for several years, and every time it hits the supper table the family slurps it down.  It's wonderful, warm comfort food for a chilly autumn night.

My variation is much more "American" than this hearty stew is supposed to be, but it's how we like it.  Maybe your family will, too?

 

African Groundnut Stew, Americanized

  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, chopped very fine
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped or minced
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 2 cups (or 1 - 15 oz can) of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups (or 1 - 15 oz can) of white kidney beans
  • 1 cup corn (frozen or off the ear, doesn't matter)
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper

Here's what you'll need to do:

Heat the oil in a large dutch oven or soup pot.  Saute the onions just until they start to soften, then add ginger and garlic.  Saute for a minute or two, then add the sweet potato.  Stir well to combine.

Add the cooked chicken, chicken stock, tomato sauce, peanut butter, corn, spices, and beans.  Stir well.  Bring to a simmer, then adjust salt and pepper to your liking.

Cover the pot and simmer very gently for about thirty minutes, until the sweet potato is tender.

Serve as you would serve a bowl of soup, with crusty bread, or ladle over a bowl of steaming hot rice.  Yum!

TIP:  I try to keep cooked, shredded chicken stored in my freezer in freezer bags.  It makes this dish -- and many others -- very simple to pull together on a busy day.

 

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10 Herbs That Heal: Are you growing these in your garden?

Organic Gardening recently shared a helpful image of "10 Herbs That Heal."   Three of these herbs I'm growing in containers on my deck this year: basil, dill, and cilantro.  Do you grow any of them?  Do you use them for medicinal purposes?  Here's the image:

 

credit: Organic Gardening

On a side note, we've been busy enjoying our summer.  Sorry that you haven't heard much from me!  I've been sharing a bit more on the Like a Bubbling Brook facebook page lately; are you following us there?

This month we had a special visit from GG (my mother-in-love) and are so glad she came all the way from the West Indies to see us!  It's not often we get to spend time together, and this was a real treat --- especially for the children.  GG is 72 years young and in incredible shape.  We took her on a hiking trip and she kept up beautifully, even through some rather rough terrain.   She takes good care of herself, watches her weight, remains physically active, and is very careful about what she eats...lots of fruits and veggies, barely any sugar or refined foods.  She's a testimony to eating right and caring for your body, that's for sure!

 

Our 7 year old and GG

Finally, I found out about a terrific summer sale at Dayspring today.  As my regular readers know, I love their faith-based home decor and have reviewed several of their items in the past.   Right now you can receive 25% off your ENTIRE order (including CLEARANCE items!) with code JOY2012.  This code is valid through 7/31/12.  If you browse their clearance section you can find beautiful, inexpensive items to either keep for yourself or give as a gift.  You can pop over to this page and see if they have anything you might like.  They even have my Life Collection 16" oval platter reduced to only $9.99 (from $26.99), making it only $7.49 after the discount code!  That's a steal!  I love using mine when we have company over for dinner.


Blessings to you all, sweet mamas.  How's your summer been going?  I'd love to hear about it!


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The Spring Blessing Blowout: $360 Paypal Cash Giveaway!

Spring is such a beautiful season!

The first buds of the year are blooming, grass is getting greener by the day, and temperatures are on the rise.

To celebrate, several other bloggers and myself have teamed up to offer you this Spring Blessing Blowout Giveaway, and one reader will win a BIG prize: $360 in PayPal cash!

We pray that this Spring Blessing Blowout Giveaway is truly a blessing to one of you.  We're thankful for the time you spend with us here, the thoughtful comments you share, and the encouragement you've given.  You have been a blessing to us!

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For the Love of Lentils +Recipes!

Written by monthly contributor, Mrs. Faye Henry

We did not grow up eating lentils nor did our friends. In fact, it has only been the last several years that they have been included on our menu.  I had decided to look for a natural way to control my cholesterol, which was a bit high, and was blessed to find a wonderful Lebanese cookbook at a health food store.  It set me on a new and interesting style of cooking and the appreciation of new foods which we had not tried before.  The result was lovely in the fact that my health improved... and so did our eating habits.

Lentils were mentioned many times in the cookbook as they contribute in the lowering of cholesterol and are high in fiber.  They contain 6 minerals and 2 B vitamins and are a protein.  Lentils come in dozens of varieties but we enjoy the brown and green type best because they retain their shape.

They are quick and easy to prepare and have a nutty flavor. I love the aroma from them as they simmer away on the stove!

Another wonderful way to enjoy lentils is to sprout them.  It does not require much effort and the taste and nutrition are worth the time.  You can use the sprouts in salads, stir fry, pitas, and wraps.

Sprouted Lentil Salad

Mix together:

2 cups of sprouted lentils
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1/4 cup of shredded carrot

In a small jar whisk together:

2 T. olive oil
1 T. white wine vinegar
1/2 clove of crushed garlic
pinch of salt and pepper

Pour this over your salad along with fresh chopped parsley.

Allow to sit at room temperature for an hour or so.

Sometimes I will also add a squeeze of lemon.

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Here is a recipe for a main course which is delicious served with a tomato salad that has been seasoned with garlic, lemon juice and olive oil; it is a Lebanese dish called Moujadara.

 

Moujadara

1 cup of uncooked lentils

1 cup of uncooked long grain rice

1 1/2 tsp. salt

2 large onions, julienned

1/4 cup olive oil

3 cups water

Rinse the lentils in cold water, drain, and place in a cooking pot. Add 3 cups of water, bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.

Add the rice and salt, return to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer on low another 15 minutes, or until the rice and lentils are tender.

Saute the onions in the olive oil until golden brown. Add to the cooked rice and lentils, and gently mix. Serve right away.

I also add a squeeze of lemon and some chopped parsley.

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If you would like a very quick and easy Lentil Soup recipe, you'll find one on my site HERE .

Perhaps you sweet ladies already enjoy the benefits of lentils?  Do you have a favorite recipe?

As they say... Love your heart and eat your lentils!

 

Mrs. Faye Henry has been married to her sweetheart for over 41 years and together they own a lovely shop in New Brunswick, Canada. She also leads many young ladies, wives, and mothers in "Keepers of the Home" classes that she facilitates in the local community. She has a heart for mentoring younger women and fulfilling the Titus 2 mandate! Won't you pop over and visit Mrs. Henry at The Blessed Hearth? Pour yourself a nice hot cup of tea and stay for awhile. The fire is lit and burning brightly and the candles smell heavenly. Biscuits are in the oven...

 

 

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Random Notes on a Monday: Food, Testimonies, and Free Easter Cards

::  It's a bit overcast and chilly here today; I've been thinking about comfort food.  Just an idea for tonight's supper --- how about a simple chicken piccata served over pasta?

::  Heather at Raising Mighty Arrows is sharing a post that you might enjoy; have you seen "cardboard testimonies" done in your church?  She puts a virtual spin on this great idea and shares testimonies from some dear blogging friends, here.

::  Finally, The Card Store has a fun deal going on right now --- today and tomorrow only you can design your own Easter card and order it for FREE!  These are limited to 50,000 per day.  Click the image below and use the code CCE2326:


Hope you all have a happy and blessed Monday, ladies!


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