George's picks were dumb. No not really, I just had to be smart to him. He like Isabella and call her Bella. He wanted Gia, and I said it sounded like a doggy stripper name. He wanted and wants all kids or dogs in our family named George, or Georgette, must like George Foreman. BUT he did like Sofia WITH an F. So he said, because yes, (hangs head in shame) we give our dogs entire names. Ya know so when they are bad, you can confuse them with your real kids and they are instantly part of the family sort of a thing?! And that is the story of Sofia Isabella Matilda Simmerman. Because he knew how much I liked Tilly.
I know what you are thinking. "That is 2 minutes of my life I can never get back". Right? I agree. Well anyway as you may or may not know I do have a dog treat recipe on my blog already it is called, Lucy and Ava's Favorite Peanut Butter Tookies, make sure to check those out as well! Those are 2 of my niece dogs who are like my kids, Ava has sadly passed away but Lucy still loves them! Well it was obvious that I would need to create a "Sofi Snack". When I say it in my head it sounds like "Snofi Snacks". Weird.
My granddaughter has one more week left out here, so we are trying to get all of our special cooking time in before she leaves until next summer. I told her we needed special treats for Sof and she agreed. She made you a video because she wanted to tell you what she was doing. It is on my FB Fan page! She is a doll from the inside out.
After researching a few recipes, then researching flavorings, herbs and spices that were safe and perhaps even beneficial to dogs I came up with this perfect Pumpkin and Carrot recipe. These turn out EXTREMELY crispy, and should last a good while. Put them in a Ziploc, and find every reason to treat your puppy and doggy friends!
I use these as Christmas gifts as well. I make a ton and friends and family who have dogs, all get a special pretty bag of treats for their pets. Yes, I said Christmas, it is coming friends, and fast!
15 oz pumpkin puree (NOT PIE FILLING)
1/2 cup finely grated carrots
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp cinnamon
2 T. dried parsley
2-3 cups whole wheat flour (and some for rolling out)
Now, this isn't difficult. Toss it in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer or a stand mixer or your trusty wooden spoon.
We rolled these out and cut out shapes. Maddie wanted an "I" and then a heart and then an "S" for Sofia. For bigger dogs you might use bigger shapes or you may roll in a ball and smash down with a cup to flatten or use a bone cookie cutter or, roll into a long thin snake and just cut off pieces. I rolled my dough I would say, umm....Oh Lord, I hate guessing, it gives me the shakes. I would say 1/4 inch thick. Maddie's were like 3 inches thick. ROFL (not really, kinda) There is like, 5 million ways to do this. Do what tickles your fancy. The world is your sandwich, make it how you like it! Place until ungreased cookie sheets, yes I said sheets, because this made 4 huge bakery size cookie sheets, FULL. You might consider halving the recipe is you only want a small batch. Maddie kept saying, "Nonna, I am losing my cookie energy". I said, "me to Maddie, I think Nonna made to much". She replied, "Nonna, I think you are NOT a genius". HA! I think she hit that nail on the head, but we have plenty of family dogs to share with. Preheat your oven to 350 and let bake 35 minutes. If you get all of your treats on to two pans, place them in the oven, and when the timer goes off, keep them in the oven and turn it off. The more dried out you can get them the crispier and the longer they will keep.
Maddie and I hope that your dogs enjoy these treats. Maddie kept telling me her tummy was SO hungry for pumpkin pie every time she would smell it. I had to agree.
Please spend time in the kitchen with your children and grandchildren, you will memories to last a lifetime.