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Healthy Homemade Banana Pumpkin Dog Treats

Pumpkin Banana Dog Treats - Pook's Pantry
My dog is spoiled, but I’m guessing yours is too.  Healthy, homemade banana pumpkin dog treats are quick and easy to make, plus they only have four ingredients!  For less than $5, you can make approximately 100 treats, which is a much better deal than store bought.

Our pets are like family.   We do everything we can for them, right?  Which is why I make treats for her instead of buying them when I have the time.   Sugar has always had a very sensitive stomach and sometimes store bought foods/treats have given her tummy issues.   For example, when she was a puppy I went through NINE different dog foods before I found one that didn’t make her sick.  Eventually, the vet suggested that I cook vegetables for her and mix them with her dog food.  Sugar has been on this diet for a few years now with no issues, so I’m quite happy.  She eats what we eat most of the time, so it’s not really any extra work.  Chicken, broccoli, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, apples, bananas, etc.  She eats better than some of my friends!

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Banana Pancakes

This is the story of two sad bananas.  They were gorgeous when I brought them home.  Then they sat there as they watched the other bananas in their bunch get picked, only to be left behind.  Their skin went from bright, sunny yellow to brown and spotty.

Once bananas pass a certain stage in their ripeness, I won’t eat them.  It’s a texture thing, I don’t like mushy food and these were about as “mushad” as one could possibly get. 

Normally I would freeze them for smoothies or wait until I had one or two more for banana bread.
But,  I felt the need to rescue them and do something with them other than relegating them to the dark, frozen tundra that is my freezer.

Pancakes are not usually what I crave for breakfast.  Generally I find them to be too filling, but these are not.  After eating more than my fair share I am happy to report that I did not have that “blegh” feeling after eating.  You know that feeling…  Rewind back to Thanksgiving.  Yeah, that one. Continue reading

I’m BANANAS for these muffins…

Now that the temperatures are not hovering near the triple digits, I’m no longer avoiding my oven like the Bubonic plague.   Which is a good thing for me, as I thoroughly enjoy baking. 
I’ve said it before, it’s cheaper than therapy and that is exactly what it is for me…  therapeutic.   It’s quiet, calming and serene,  all the things one needs when living in one of the most hectic, crowded, noisiest cities in the world. 

The quiet moments puttering around the kitchen, the sound of the back of a knife scraping across a measuring cup to level off flour, the clinking of the measuring spoons as they delve into baking powder,  these sounds are truly soothing to me.
The warmth and aromas that emanate from the oven… here’s where it really starts to get good.

The original recipe called for all-purpose flour and the traditional creaming method.  I opted to follow my friend Jenni‘s advice and switched out the flour with a lower gluten cake flour and changed the method to include liquid fat, i.e. melted butter instead of chilled.   The oven temp in the original recipe was 350, I cranked it up to 400.   Every professional baker I’ve ever known has baked muffins at this temp, so I’m not really sure why all the recipes call for 350,  but I digress…

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Fuel to Ride

 
Those that know me know exactly how I feel about my bike.  I love it.  The very moment I’m in the saddle, the feeling of unabashed happiness floods over me.  It is without a doubt the thing that brings me the purest joy.  When I’m riding,  it’s all I think of.  My mind is completely clear of all the stresses life brings.  The wind on my face, the sound of my tires as they meet the pavement, the feel of the grips under my hands…  these are the things that make my soul sing.
 
Think back to your first bike… that first taste of freedom your bike allowed you.  For me, it was being able to go past the stop sign and all the way around the block.  Knowing that I was out of my mother’s line of sight was both thrilling and terrifying.  It wasn’t that I was up to anything that I shouldn’t have been, just that I was alone and free.
I’ll be doing my first big ride in a week and a half.  42 miles through the 5 boroughs of New York City.  The ride starts out in Manhattan winding our way through Central Park, past the Empire State Building and Radio City Music Hall before we head into the Bronx, down the FDR and over into Queens.   In Queens we will ride past Silvercup Studios and then head to Brooklyn (yay!).  Once we’re in Brooklyn,  we’ll ride along New York Harbor and over the Verrazano Bridge (thankfully NOT paying the $13 that it costs to use) and into Staten Island where the ride comes to an end.
 
view from the path