Friday, December 2, 2016

How to Make Dried Butternut Squash Dog Treats

Most days, Lacey has her anxiety and behavioral issues in check thanks in no small part to the work our fantastic dog behaviorist helping Husband and I help Lacey with her issues.

But, my friends there still are things that throw Lacey is a blind panic tizzy. The best way to snap her out of it is with a positive distraction like her Buster Cube.  If you aren’t familiar with it, a Buster Cube is nothing short of a miracle because it the treat dispensing puzzle changes every time the dog plays with it and holds her attention longer than the toys Lacey has already figured out.

What can I say? Lacy is a genius.

Who needs a bunch of healthy low calorie dog treats for her Buster Cube to cope with the holiday madness.


Butternut Dog Treat Recipe


After a quick check with Lacey’s veterinarian they confirmed butternut squash is safe for dogs to eat. Lacey later confirmed that dogs like to butternut squash. It’s a win - win!
 
 Pin this easy dog treat recipe for later!


If you don't have a dehydrator (Husband bought me a Nesco Dehydrator and I love it! IMHO it is much better than the Excalibur) you can make my butternut squash dog chews in the oven although they may be a little less dry as the dehydrator method. I would store them in the refrigerator or freezer just in case.
 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Easy Dairy Free No Bake Pumpkin Pie Recipe

One Thanksgiving my assignment was to bring pumpkin pie for dessert. Husband found a no bake pumpkin pie recipe. He wanted to make it to add something a little new and different to the Thanksgiving dinner menu that has been set in stone since 1986.

Keep reading to learn how to make this simple and delicious pumpkin pie dessert!


He makes the pie. The family enjoys the pie and Husband and I are high fiving ourselves because it is a much better tasting pie than the dry and/or slightly burnt pumpkin pies we’ve had in years past. 
Yay for trying new things for Thanksgiving dinner!

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

How to Make a Dairy Free Graham Cracker Pie Crust

I needed a graham cracker pie crust for a no bake pie recipe (which I will post soon on Lazy Budget Chef!) As I read the graham cracker pie crust labels in the grocery store and I was ever so sad to find out every single one of those store bought pie crusts have butter in them.

I’m sure it tastes great but it isn’t something I should taste test with a dairy allergy.

Fortunately, the pie crust label also told me it takes a mere three ingredients to make a graham cracker pie crust. So I popped over a few aisles, bought a box of honey flavored graham crackers because I was feeling fancy, raced home and started to experiment.

And ta da! I made a milk allergy friendly graham cracker pie crust!

 
You can use plain, cinnamon, chocolate, etc. graham crackers in this recipe of you like. I went with honey because it will compliment the pie filling I will use to fill it.

How to Make a Quick and Easy No Bake Graham Cracker Pie Crust


 Pin this recipe for later!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Maple Oatmeal Bread Machine Bread Recipe

Trying to let yeast bread dough proof and rise without my bread machine is a recipe for disaster and ruined bread. I just can’t make it work.

On the other hand, sometimes baking bread in a bread machine start to finish makes it come out as a very dense loaf of bread which is OK for toasting and soup dunking but not so great for sandwich making.

What can I say? I grew up on light and fluffy grocery store bread.

Then the clouds parted from the sky, a rainbow appeared, and a unicorn slide down it to give me the secret to making life and fluffy bread machine bread:

Use the bread machine to make bread dough and bake the bread in the oven.

Let’s do it!

Maple Oat Bread Recipe

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Exciting Annoucement! I opened LNW Creative Gifts - My New Store!

I have been working on a surprise project for quite awhile. It is finally ready.  I can't wait to  tell you I opened a funny printed t shirt and gift store called LNW Creative Gifts!

Once upon a time I was a professional jester. It was a fantastic gig and especially fun because kids where drawn to me like a magnet since I was hard to miss with my bright colored clothes covered in jingle bells. I may have left the jester job but the jester never left me. I decided to put my sense of humor to practical use and open a gift shop.


Even better, you can customize my products to suit your fancy!


Want a purple Queen of Everything Crown No Slip Headband instead of the pink shown here? Done!

Maybe you like your Sweaty Bands on the wide side? You can order it that way too!
Are you a Luluroe fan? You can buy this design on Crown covered sporty athleasure leggings 
without any of the hassle of shopping Luluroe!
 
Here are a few of my favorite LNW Creative Gifts products:

Monday, October 17, 2016

How to Make Dehydrator Tomato Powder

This is what happens when your in laws invite you over and ask you if you want some tomatoes from their garden.

 

I think Mom and Dad were secretly shoving produce in our pockets when we weren’t looking

I’m truly grateful Mom and Dad shared their bountiful garden harvest with us. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, a big chunk of the tomatoes were so ripe they couldn’t wait for me to buy more canning supplies in the next day or so, oh no.

Both Husband and I knew we would be haunted by our ancestors if we let even a fraction of this generous gift spoil before I could preserve it for later.

Fortunately, my dehydrator stepped up and made sun dried tomatoes out of the tomatoes in the most dire need of attention. (read how to make sun dried tomatoes  on Lazy Budget Chef here.)

Unfortunately I don’t have storage space for so many jars of dehydrated and canned tomatoes. So I decided to make dried tomato powder instead!

How to Make Tomato Powder the Easy Way!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Spicy Harry Potter Inspired Pumpkin Juice Recipe

One of my favorite daydreams as a kid was to have the ability to jump into my favorite books to interact with the characters and explore their world. And that’s exactly what happened when Husband and I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter section of both Universal Studios Florida parks!

JK Rowling approved every. single. thing. in Hogsmede and Diagon Alley all the way down to the food. Universal set up a test kitchen in England so JK Rowling could select what she imagined when she created pumpkin juice and all of the other fantastic wizard food and drinks that appear in the series.


 If you have food allergies read my Lazy Budget Chef post How to Vacation at Universal Studios Orlando with Food Allergies before you go!

Unfortunately the way I envisioned the taste of pumpkin juice does not match J.K. Rowling’s vision of pumpkin juice.The official Harry Potter version of pumpkin juice is a sweet apricot juice based drink.

It is too sweet for my taste. Not to mention, I expected pumpkin juice to have more pumpkin spice in it than what I drank at The Wizarding Worlds. I expected something like a spicy fall apple cider but with the mild taste of pumpkin instead of apples.

So I decided to make a less sweet and more spicy pumpkin juice recipe myself!