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Homemade Holiday Cookies

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Original Post 12/29/2014:

Every year, since I was a baby, my family has made these Christmas cookies (will share recipe on the blog next week!) AND Polish gingerbread (Piernik) (this one too!) covered with a chocolate glaze… yummy.

So Simple. So fun. So good.

We use (organic) sugar crystals and crushed walnuts for the toppings of the cookies. My aunt stepped it up a notch, making thinner versions (so they can be stacked and not be too thick) with jam in the middle.

I leave the Polish cookies and piernik duty to my Dad and aunt! I decided to start my own tradition and make thumbprints. The recipe is quite similar, yet different! They have been a hit the past 2 years, so I thought I’d share them with you… (more…)

Spoil Meter! The extreme levels some people are taking dog ownership to

How did I become one of those people I used to roll my eyes at!? The ones who buy their dogs clothes, shoes, socks, ice cream… things for humans! (maybe its because I got a puppy and it’s pretty hard to resist when you go into a store and the dog section is out of control- yes getting Freddy has opened up a whole new world to me -dog world)

But just like with everything in this world, there are extremes, there are levels of insanity- okay that’s harsh! I mean there are levels/degrees of practicality vs obsession?  Not sure if I am using the right words here – but I’m sure you get what I’m saying, but in case you have no idea what I’m talking about….

Let me present you with:

 Exhibit A:  dog houses, I mean mansions, no I’m talking palaces!

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20140307_Designer-dog-houses-for-spoiled-pets_019 bev-hills-chihuahua-scene1I mean the dogs seems to really enjoy this… not sure how that’s even possible.

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I guess if you cant have kids and for some reason cant adopt? this is the alternative…yes? no?

Exhibit B: spa days,( wait- cucumbers on their eyes!?) What happened to simple belly rubs?
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You be the judge tho…

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Lesser degree of spoiled-ness:

APTOPIX Romania WeatherOk.. this is too adorable^^ and you know what it can make sense/be a very practical solution for a number of reasons: 1) cuteness factor of 100. 2) maybe the dog is older, has a broken leg, afraid of the snow… 3) the owners are older and can’t handle carrying a dog…originalThis is organized and concealed and I get it! I like it!

Practical:

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I mean, especially for Freddy and all his hair – It’s a pain to have to wipe his paws EVERY time he goes outside in the rain or soon to be snow.  He runs around and gets everything wet and muddy in the house, so I’d rather just take off his shoes and not deal with it

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For hiking and especially for puppies in the winter time with the ice-melter (salt) poured all over the city streets. It can burn their paws, so actually the Vet recommended getting some type of shoe for them to wear.

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Adorable- I just cant! ^

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Great alternative to having a bulky crate in the house-  its concealed, its the dogs “den”, It’s not obnoxious.doghousesofa_seungjimun_3-750x529 DOG-BED-UNDER-STAIRCASELoving these dog dens!tumblr_m7k0kdlqiL1qbi1f7o1_500

At the end of the day, whatever makes you and your pooch happy is ALL that matters. Let the haters hate. Enjoy your life however you want and don’t let anyone judge or tell you you cant live your life the way you want even if it involves building a mansion with a bone shaped Jacuzzi and a walk in closet for your dog? Hey, If that makes you light up every day- so be it!

Just DO remember the pups in shelters – be sure to spread the love to them!! here  are some  links to shelters and rescue leagues where you can donate – whether its your time, money, food, or some of those clothes! I’m sure it would all be appreciated. (They have a wish list on their site)

* *Great idea for all you out there getting married, or having a baby aka setting up a registry. ADD a section that people can donate to shelters on your behalf! (ask the shelter of choice to create a registry page for you) – you don’t really NEED those china plates- but one of these animals does need love.**

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Have a Pawesome weekend! Go Patriots!

 IMG_0020In my defense- those toys were given to Freddy as gifts. And his dad is a big football fan, sooooo that’s my level of extreme-like I said everyone has a level from -0 to +10 and hey! at least he doesn’t have a walk in closet!….. (yet)

On behalf of Freddy, the money spent for his puppy school goes directly to local shelters in Boston. I also have 2 dog walking apps (Walk for a Dog and Wooftrax), which donate money to the shelter of my choice for every walk we go on ( which of course is at least 2x daily) AND during the holidays, we will be donating some of Freddy’s favorite treats and some favorite toys to a few local shelters. 

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Apple-Cheddar Dog Biscuits

I’m excited to have gone Apple picking with my friends and family. We have made it a tradition for 6 years now! Not only is it great to get together with everyone and to be outdoors, but the reward of baking something delicious after is the BEST!

Now that I have a pooch in the family, I need to make sure he is included! so I was stoked when I discovered this recipe from Martha Stewart!

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Apple Cheddar Dog Treats
Serves 16
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour (plus more for dusting)
  2. 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  3. 1/3 cup shredded cheddar
  4. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  5. 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  7. 3 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients to form a dough. Roll out mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap dusted with brown rice flour to 1/4-inch thick; remove plastic wrap and cut out biscuits with your favorite cookie cutter, I used a 2 1/2″ scalloped edge round cutter. Reroll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits.
  3. Space biscuits 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. With your pinky finger and thumb, create indentations to resemble paw prints.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.
  5. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack.
Notes
  1. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.
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