Minute Steak Dog Fry

We were low on “dog food” tonight and a 45 minute drive one way was not a pleasant thought. I knew I did not have the time to defrost a whole chicken so that meant either something with hamburger or round steak. Since the kids are not fans of round steaks they ended up on the menu.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice {3 cups after cooked}
  • 1 minute steak about, 1-2 lbs cut into about inch squares
  • 3 medium to large carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 bag frozen peas
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp basil
  • Flour
  • Coconut oil and EVOO

I started by cooking the organic brown rice while my helpers took care of prepping the vegetables. The kids are getting to be such big helpers in the kitchen. After the veggies were prepped I placed the carrots in the steamer and cooked for about 10 minutes then added the peas.

While the carrots were steaming I mixed the apple and bell pepper in small bowl with the cumin, basil, and garlic powder.

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I started heating up my cast iron skillet with about 2 tablespoons coconut oil. While that was heating up I started I rolling the steak in flour, I used about a half a cup.

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Once the cast iron was ready I put the steak in and cooked until it was lightly browned. Then I added about 2 tablespoons of EVOO and the apple/bell pepper mix into the cast iron. Mixing it all together and then covering the pan. I stirred occasionally until the meat and apple/bell pepper were melding there flavors. I managed to have the steamed veggies, rice and meat all cooked at about the same time, win!

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My hubby decided to trade his dinner for this dish, and his only complaint was lack of some sweet banana peppers. They would give it just a little kick!

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Dog-Gone Chili

Last night I made chili. It was sooo cold and I knew my hubby would need something to warm him up after working a long day. I decided to make some chili for the doggies too. If I had to pee outside when its this cold I would need something warm as well. That and I had a 3 pound thing of ground turkey to use up in one sitting.

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp. evoo
  • 1-2 cups diced butternut squash
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 – 15 oz can kidney beans
  • 4 – 6 oz cans of tomato paste {or about 24 oz}
  • {2 cups water, if needed}
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp garlic powder {if you are uncomfortable using it, leave it out}
  • 2 tbsp. wheat germ

In a large dutch oven or stock pot, place the turkey, evoo, squash, carrot, and 1/2 c water. Cook until turkey is cooked and the squash and carrots have changed color. About 15 minutes. Then pour in the kidney beans and tomato paste. At this point it looked too thick so I added 2 cups of water. Stir the tomato paste and kidney beans{and water if added}  until well combined. Add the remaining ingredients; apple, bell pepper, seasonings, and wheat germ. Let it simmer for as long as you like.

Now when my hubby got home I had 2 pots of chili on my stove, his and the recipe above. He tasted his, then he tasted theirs, and he asked me why? Why does theirs taste better than mine???? I am not sure why I make better food than when I follow a recipe from someone else. We laughed and said this is perfect dish for the blog…and the perfect name, Dog-Gone Chili, since it was a doggone it moment.

 
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A DIY Christmas: Part 1

We had gobs of DIY Christmas presents happening around the farm this year. It started with a special family birthday sign I made last minute for my grandma’s birthday on the 15th and the craziness of trying to finish presents continued through Christmas Eve.

For my fabulous sisters in law and my gorgeous cousin, I made Bath & Body bags. Now I am crunchy so not just any old product will do. Add to it that I wanted to spend minimum…not because of the lovely ladies, but because of my budget. I managed to scrape up some fabulous creations from my kitchen and stores. I made them some fabulous Peppermint Bath Salts, Lavender Oatmeal Soak, and Brownie Sugar Scrub. I swear to God the Brownie scrub smells delicious!

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I found the recipe for Peppermint Bath Salts at Our Best Bites/Fizzy Peppermint Bath Salts

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The Lavender Oatmeal Soak modified from Princess Pinky Girl/Lavender Bath Soak {I tripled this recipe.}

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Finally, the decadent Brownie Sugar Scrub at The Idea Room/Chocolate Sugar Scrub I quadrupled this recipe so I could also give a jar to my grandma…she loves chocolate!

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Check out the tutorial links above each item for detailed directions. They were super easy. Definitely perfect for your significant other to make or them for you. I even managed to have a little left over for myself and am waiting for the perfect opportunity to use them!

 

Chunky Chow Chili

I’ve been busy in the kitchen again.

Don’t you love going on Pinterest looking for one thing and then finding something else. That’s how I stumbled upon this recipe for Sweet Potato, Black Bean, & Lentil Vegetarian Chili . I love how it is meatless. It helps me keep costs down and for the times when I don’t have meat for the dogs. Double Bonus!!

Granted I had to make a few changes, since some of the seasonings are toxic to dogs…but it was super easy to subtract and add seasonings.

The ingredients…

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon curcumin
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (I used Chicken)
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 – 15oz cans tomato sauce (I used Hunt’s Organic)
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 cups green lentils
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 –  black beans, drained and rinsed
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add the coconut oil, the garlic, curcumin, & cumin. Simmer together until coconut oil melts.
  2. Add the vegetable broth, 3 cups water, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Tomato paste is very thick so make sure you have that mixed in very well. Stir in the lentils and carrots. Turn the heat up to high, bringing the broth to a boil. Once it boils, reduce the heat to medium low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes, add 1/2 cup water or stock, basil, parsley, cubed sweet potato and black beans and simmer on medium low for 40 minutes or until the lentils are tender.

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Now there were a few ingredients, seasonings, that were left out. These are toxic to dogs. If you would like to make this recipe for both you and your four legged moocher try putting the missing seasonings (see below) into an old seasoning container and shake them together and sprinkle it on your dish. Onions can be added by mixing in some onion powder or sauteing fresh onions, sprinkled with the seasonings below & coconut oil, to serve as a topping on your portion.

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (start with 1 1/2 tablespoon if you’re sensitive to heat)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Bowl and serve!

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Chicken Puppy Stew

I love making dog food! My pups are truly spoiled with what they get to eat…and I love that they can not comment back if it’s not 100% delicious.
I was feeling a bit creative this afternoon, we have a LOT of butternut squash and cherry tomatoes. A lot. So I started at pinterest looking for some interesting recipes. Now there are a few things dogs can’t eat and some things that are use in moderation that you will find in most recipes. So I usually skip or reduce those ingredients. I found this one neat recipe that inspired this recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Chicken Breasts, cut into 1 1/2″ long strips
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 3 cups Water +1/2 cup {can sub. with Chicken Broth}
  • 1 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 2 tsp Rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp Sage
  • 4 cups Butternut Squash, 1/2″-1″ cubes
  • 1 medium Carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup Brown Rice, uncooked
  • 1 heaping tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 8 Bell or Cherry Tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Peas

I try to make my recipes as simple as possible. I hate making dirty dishes and it’s easier to share if it’s easier to cook!

I started by putting the water, chicken, garlic {clove}, oregano, rosemary, and sage into my dutch oven.
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This is about the size of garlic clove I put in.

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When the rest of the butternut squash was all steamed, I put it into a second bowl {2 bowls of butternut squash}. Then I put the carrots into the steamer.

While the carrots steamed I put the first bowl of squash into my trusty cast iron and roasted it in the coconut oil and butter.

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The second bowl of butternut squash got smashed and thrown into the dutch oven.
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And the frozen peas.

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I let it simmer for about 15 minutes on low and it was done!

It does thicken up quite a bit at the end of cooking so added about 1/2c more water at the end. All the recipes I have here for dog food have been people and puppy approved. My hubbies only complaint was lack of pepper or Montana steak seasoning…which isn’t the greatest for pups but feel free to add to your own plate!

Puppy Chow Chili

I was on a creative streak while working on the Hamburger (And More) Patties.

Presenting…

Puppy Chow Chili!

Now this most tantalizing recipe is not only for pups but people too! BONUS!

  • 1 cup dried black beans
  • 3 large chicken breast and ribs {can be substituted with any other kind of chicken or turkey}
  • 4-5 chicken hearts/gizzards
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 – 12 oz cans of tomato paste
  • 1 small handful spinach, shredded
  • 1/2 handful of finely chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder or 1 clove pressed
  • 1/2 cup water

I started off by overnight soaking my beans and cooking the chicken breasts in my crock pot overnight {high 5-6 hours, then it switches to keep warm}. The next morning I cooked the beans for 1 1/2-2 hrs in water. {You can use canned beans if you want. If using canned beans and ground chicken/turkey I would just throw it in the crock pot all together.} While beans are boiling, I pulled apart the chicken breasts and removed the bones and prepped the veggies and seasonings. When beans are done, add the beans, then veggies and seasonings into crock pot with chicken. Add tomato paste and 1/2 cup water. Stir ingredients in well and let cook for an hour on low in crock pot…just to get flavorings through out.

Some pics for ya of the process…

 
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Hamburger {& More} Patties – Review

I have an awesome cookbook for my dogs. I purchased it last year when Duffy was hit with a rough diagnosis. Feed Your Best Friend Better by Rick Woodford {here on Amazon.} I tried a couple of the recipes last year and just tried another one last night.

Hamburger (And More) Patties

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley.

In a large bowl, beat the egg with a fork. Add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Divide into eight portions and roll into ball. Press flat to 3/4″ thick and 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Cook and serve after cool. {For more details on recipe and portion sizes please look into getting your own copy, it’s worth it!}

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Crockpot Dog Food 1

 

I love my pups!

Even when one is in heat and the other wants to release his urges {can we say oy?}… Anyway I have started making what I call “real” dog food for the dogs {3- Harley, Mishka, & Deedee}.

I stumbled across it last year when our beagle, Duffy, was diagnosed with really bad thyroid problems and a guess from the vet that he had cancer. We could not afford the $2-3,000 for biopsy. So I turned to more natural methods. I tried adding more vitamin c to his diet, giving him some kelp + vitamins crumble, on top of the thyroid drug they had given us to try and shrink the mass on his neck. After a couple weeks the growth on his neck had grown to the point where he could not eat hard kibble. I looked at some soft food cans but that got expensive {I’m really picky about my dog food & ingredients}, especially since they were grain free {can make cancer worse in dogs}. Then I started searching the internet for dog food recipes. I found the book “The Whole Pet Diet” by Andi Brown and “Feed Your Best Friend Better” by Rick Woodford. Since I had my own medical crisis in the middle of Duffy’s crisis I never had the chance to try “The Whole Pet Diet on Duffy…time now is now why I have not had a chance to do this the doggies now. If you have a chance I suggest you get BOTH books!

Crock Pot Dog Food #1

I love crock pot recipes because they are soooo easy! Throw it in and done.

Ingredients:

  • 3lbs Chicken {ground, breast or thigh- breast is easiest}
  • 2 med-large sweet potatoes {Deedee is obsessed with them}
  • 8 oz peas {I use frozen when out of season}
  • 8 oz carrots, chopped and sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ {Omega-3, Vitamin E, & Vitamin B}

Place chicken in bottom of crock pot and cover with water. Add all other items, cook on low for 12 hrs or high for about 6 hours. Mix well {if using thighs, remove bones now} I love using my potato masher. Tada DONE! Just make sure it’s cooled off before you give it to them.

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imageHere it is all cooked, I also made some brown rice afterwards to stretch it some. Roughly 2 cups BEFORE cooked.

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I usually mix it in with the boys {Harley & Mishka} hard grain-free kibble and straight up for Deedee.

I love my new storage system I came up with, ice cream buckets!
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