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Chicken Bacon Doggie Cupcakes

28 Jun

Dog Birtday

Our precious Yorkie, Maggie, celebrated her 6th birthday recently so I took the opportunity to make some homemade dog treats. Ive seen peanut butter cookie treats done all too often so I searched for a more cake like approach. And what better than mini cupcakes for a birthday celebration?

Maggie tends to be quite the picky eater so I was thrilled when she lapped up these little treats and begged for more. Our other little monster, Sophie, quite enjoyed them as well. But don’t worry, the smell of the batter won’t have you wanting to lick the spoon.

Dogs

For the treats:

  • 3 strips bacon, crumbled
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup corn oil
  • 2 jars chicken baby food
  • 2 cups finely shredded carrot
  • plain Greek yogurt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease mini cupcake pans. Set aside.

Cook the bacon until crisp then crumble and set aside.

Whisk together the flour and baking powder. In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs and oil. Stir in the chicken baby food and carrots. Add the flour mixture and mix well.

Dip the batter into the tins and bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean. Allow to cool and pipe yogurt on top for “icing.” Sprinkle tops with crumbled bacon.


Dog Cupcakes

Keep the leftover cupcakes covered and refrigerated. This batter can also be used as a cake by pouring into 2 8″ cake pans and baking for 60 minutes. Now it’s your turn to head for the kitchen and make your pups a treat! I found my recipe and many other dog treat recipes at Dog Treat Kitchen.

Spicy Spaghetti Bake & One Lovely Blog Award

15 Jun

I have two very important rules to making spaghetti.

  1. Turn on Frank Sinatra Pandora
  2. Keep a never empty glass of wine by your side

How could you go wrong? So instead of the classic spaghetti this time around I went for a spicy, Mexican flare. With salsa, green chiles, and loads of cheese.. it was fantastic (and I dare say I prefer it over regular spaghetti bake).

Spicy Spaghetti 3

For the spaghetti:

  • 1 package (16 oz) whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground turkey (or beef)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 jar (24 oz) salsa
  • 1 jar green chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 block pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups (16 oz) mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups (16 oz) white American cheese, shredded
  • crushed tortilla chips

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. In the mean time, cook turkey, onion, and pepper in a large skillet until no longer pink. Stir in salsa, chilies, red pepper flakes and cayenne.

In a large bowl whisk egg and butter. Drain spaghetti and add to egg mixture, tossing to coat.

In a greased baking dish place half of the spaghetti mixture. Top with half the meat mixture and half the pepper jack and mozzarella. Repeat layers topping with crushed tortillas and white American cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes. Remove foil and bake additional 5-10 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.


Seriously, I love this dish. Next time I believe I’ll add jalapenos to the mix. If you have a difficult time finding white American cheese, check the deli section. I adapted my recipe from Taste of Home.

On another note, a big thank you to Sharing Me, Myself and I for the One Lovely Blog Award! It requires that I tell 7 things about myself and pass on the award as well.

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  1. I love nothing more than a good book. Right now the Dark Tower series by Stephen King.
  2. I also enjoy playing video games (currently waiting for Skyrim DLC)
  3. I was born a blonde, but have always wanted black hair.
  4. I’d love to win the lottery and spend my life traveling.
  5. Speaking of traveling, I spent a week in Ireland a few summers back and LOVED it.
  6. I love anything from the 20’s era.
  7. My taste in music is very diverse, but I love a good jazz or classical piece.

I chose to pass this award on to these 5 blogs (in alphabetical order).

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