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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Dog Treats


It has been way too long since I’ve shared a recipe for our furry friends!  This recipe is similar to the other biscuit recipe I have on my blog, except the liquid is chicken broth instead of milk, and it bakes up a bit softer, even if you go the route of leaving them in the oven overnight to dry out, and perhaps it is both those reasons combined that my Jessie loves them even more than the Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits.

These bake up soft like cookies, but you can leave them in the oven overnight to make them crunchy.

Full disclosure: I totally tried one of these in the soft-baked state, and I even thought it was pretty tasty! :)

Another advantage, at least for those of us with…shall we say “husky” dogs, is that there is less than half as much peanut butter in this recipe, therefore it is lower in calories.  There are also more oats (more fiber) and less sweetener, which helps the calories as well. A treat that Jessie loves, and that is lower in calories than her former beloved treats is a win-win in our house.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats

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1 cup whole wheat flour (I used WW pastry flour)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quick oats
¼ cup wheat germ
2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder, such as Rumford
1 cup chicken broth
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line two large cookie sheets with parchment. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, oats, wheat germ, and baking powder. In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, peanut butter, honey, and olive oil. Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture until incorporated. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes or up to an hour. This gives the flour and oats time to absorb moisture and it will become thicker and easier to work with as it stands. Roll out to ¼ inch thick on a floured surface and cut into shapes. Place treats on prepared baking sheet. You can pop the first one in the oven as you cut out shapes and place them on the second sheet. Bake cookies for 15 minutes.

If your dog prefers softer cookie-type treats, cool the treats at this point and package in airtight containers. If you want to bake them into hard biscuits, which stores better and has the added benefit of helping clean your dog’s teeth, simply turn off the oven with the cookies still inside and leave them in overnight, or until the oven is cool. If you bake them in batches, remove each tray as they finish, and let them sit on the sheet until all the batches are baked, then turn off the oven and return all baking sheets to the oven to sit overnight, or until the oven is cool.

Recipe source: Shared Sugar

So I’m trying not to use my voice right now, and Dennis is loving it.  I’m recovering from the flu (yeah, that’s what I get for bragging on Friday night that I’ve never had it before…guess what I woke up with?) and my throat hurts too much to talk any more, so I am communicating mainly in gestures.  He helped me choose the photos for this blog in the usual way, except that I asked him to help me with pointing and shoulder shrugging to indicate I couldn’t decide between two photos.  Since I couldn’t argue vocally with his choice, I did a lot of fist-shaking and going back to the one that I preferred and he just laughed and asserted that his choice was the right one.  Well, I went with the one I liked, the one right before the recipe, but I’ll let you guys decide.  He like this fancier one.  But I liked the former because it was easier to read and more simple. But  now you get them both since I had to share our antics with you. :)

Dog Treats

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Honey Banana Peanut Butter Muffins
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits


With my passion for baking, it’s a wonder I haven’t tried baking treats for Jessie until now.  It’s more time consuming than throwing a bag in the shopping cart, but they’re much healthier and she loves them enough to make it worth the extra effort.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

3 c whole wheat flour

½ c old-fashioned rolled oats

2 tsp baking powder

¼ c wheat germ

1 ½ c milk

1 ¼ c peanut butter

1/3 c molasses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix peanut butter, milk and molasses until smooth.  Stir into dry ingredients (knead by hand if necessary).  Roll to ¼ inch thick.  Cut into shapes and bake on parchment-lined baking sheets for 20 minutes.  Turn off oven and leave inside until it is cool.  Store in an airtight container.

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Jessie’s 10th Bruffday Paw-ty

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I’ve always wanted to throw a birthday party for Jessie and somehow never found the energy while she was our only child, but managed to pull it off when another little someone was commanding most of my time and attention.  I felt like she really deserved it this year since she had to start playing second fiddle to the human puppy after so many years of being #1.

I created the invitations on PicMonkey (I’ve been using the free version for about a year now, although it’s only $5 a month if you want to use the premium features), and had them developed as pictures at Walmart in an hour for 16 cents each.  I bought a box of envelopes on sale that fit 4×6 pictures and use them every time I create invitations or cards on PicMonkey, so if you calculate the total cost it’s still less than a quarter each – much less than you’d usually pay for custom invitations and cards! I’ve become very crafty with my frugality since becoming a SAHM. It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it – necessity has bred a lot more creativity in me than I previously thought possible.

I wanted to spend the least amount of money possible while still having a nice party, so we served hot dogs, which I thought very appropriate for a dog party.

I had a lot of fun with the food table and coming up with dog-related names/signs for everything.  I bought the majority of my supplies at Dollar Tree where, you guessed it, everything is $1.  I got this wire basket there, and wrapped $1 napkins from Walmart around the $1 plasticware from Dollar Tree and then made napkin rings out of  strips of brown paper sacks that I also got from Dollar Tree.  I used the paper from the sacks to make my signs, and also as party favor bags, so I got a lot of use out of them and still have quite a few left for future use.

I found these large plastic dog food bowls at Dollar Tree, and they were the perfect size to serve food out of.  Paw-tato Chips, Puppy Chow, and Kibble & Bits.  For the latter, I mixed cheese balls with Cheddar Chex Mix that I purchased.

I got most of my ideas on Pinterest (click here to see my Doggy Stuffs board that has lots of party ideas and more), but the Paw-sta Salad was totally my idea. :)  I used the Tangy Pasta Salad recipe I posted Monday, using paw and bone-shaped pasta that I got from my SIL as a gift a few years ago (I also threw in a can of sliced black olives, just for fun).  I was so happy to finally put it to good use!  It was a hit both for the cuteness factor and taste – I got more compliments on it than anything else.

Tee hee. :)

I really had fun making dog-friendly cupcakes, or PupCakes, if you will.  These are totally my own recipe and turned out so great – Meatloaf PupCakes with Mashed Potato Frosting and bacon “sprinkles.”  Huge hit with the pups!

The humans enjoyed Cookies ‘n Cream Cupcakes after the doggies had their “cake.”  I made the paw prints using mini Oreos and chocolate chips.  If you’ve never made this cake, you need to.  I’m not an Oreo fan and even I love it.  Seriously good cake, peeps.

Jessie enjoyed having friends over, especially her BFF, Doc (pictured above).  But since most of the dogs are older and it was pretty warm, they mostly enjoyed just lazing in the pool and shade.  If you are going to have an outdoor dog party in summer, you really need to have lots of shade, lots of water to drink, and a kiddie pool to help them cool off is a great idea too!

Jessie got so spoiled with gifts – lots of toys and treats!

And we sent all the doggies home with party favor bags filled with toys & homemade dog treats.

It was a great time for both furry and human guests, and I’m really glad we gave Jessie the celebration she deserved.

Happy birthday, sweet girl!

Thankful Thursday # 98: STUFF

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Have you ever watched George Carlin’s skit on “Stuff?”  If not, it’s pretty funny if you have 5 minutes to spare:

So yeah, that’s what I’m thankful for today. STUFF.  That I have too much stuff!  Sure, it’s a problem, but it beats the alternative…not enough stuff!

So I’ve gotten a lot of great stuff lately. First, stuff in the mail. I love stuff in the mail!

I won three beautiful jars of Bonne Maman preserves from Nutmeg Nanny in November. The first thing I did with the strawberry was slather it on a cornmeal pancake. Thank you Brandy, we love these preserves!

I got a lot of cookies in the mail last month from the cookie swap.  I swapped with four people but received cookies from six because Allison and Eileen asked if they could send me some cookies too.  Guess what I said? :)

The plate has cookies on it from my first four boxes received from Marcia, Jolie, Eileen & Linda. My favorites were the Marbled Cream Cheese Pound Cake from Marcia, Hazlenut Crinkles from Jolie (bottom left on the plate), the Brown Butter Toffee Blondies from Eileen (top middle), the molasses cookies from Jolie (middle right) and the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from Linda (bottom right).

Look at the adorable packaging Allison and Katie sent their cookies in!  A “cookie radio” tin and a gingerbread house!

Katie sent White Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookies (swoon–my favorite of all the cookies!) and Allison sent some wonderful Lemon Burst Cookies.  I got them late because mail delivery was stopped to our area due to loose dogs (such a bummer) and it took me a while to figure it out, but even after a week in the mail these suckers were incredible and still so moist. Thank you guys, all of you, for the wonderful treats!

After the cookies started rolling in, out of the blue, I got this huge package from California. I love surprise packages!  I opened it up and still had no idea who it was from when I saw what was inside.  I really was not expecting a big box of yumminess.  I read the card and couldn’t make out the name very well, then I looked at the address again, knowing it seemed familiar and everything finally clicked together. A reader named Emma bid on a ton of stuff for Suzie’s bake sale fundraiser and one of the many thing she won was from me (almond fudge cookies) so she had my address from that and sneakily used it to mail me some of her “favorite things.”  Wow, this woman is beyond generous.  Thank you, Emma!

So much goodness! A huge sack of sliced almonds (yay for more almond fudge cookies!), a big sack of dried young coconut (wow so good), seasonings, some major fun dark chocolate (I didn’t even know there were 70% dark chocolate Kit Kats did you?), sipping chocolate, granola, honey mints, coconut sugar, and even some dog treats for Jessie!

I also got some Japanese treats from my friends Kriss & Nicole who moved their family to Japan several months ago.  Kriss used to share these with me when we worked together because his sister always mailed him snacks, so he knew my favorites were the Senbe and included those too. They’re the rice cakes on top–they’re sweet and salty and so good.  Thanks Kriss and Nicole!

I won a giveaway from The Squishy Monster and got a ton of Newman products. I had no idea they even had this large a line!  All of this was so good, though I did give quite a bit of it to my Dad b/c they he loves old-fashioned cookies like gingersnaps and hermits. Thank you Angie! And someone else will be thanking you too soon because I sent a little bit to a mutual friend. :)

And let’s not forget Xena, my warrior princess.  <3

I also got some gifts last month and I’m not going to share all of them since I’m already overwhelmed by stuff with this post, but here’s a little bit.  I got this angel wrap with matching socks, which is like a robe but way cooler, from my sister-in-law, Joan, at our family Christmas party (we get gifts by drawing numbers, I happened to get her gift).

Joan also drew my name for our personal family Christmas gift exchange (we draw names rather than giving gifts to everyone to save money since we’re always broke-haha).  I’ve been wanting a doughnut pan foreeeeevers and Joan got me a set of TWO! One regular, one that makes twisted long johns-oh yeah!

I had to make the long johns immediately because I’m going sugar-free for a while. Aren’t they cool?!

And here’s something I just received yesterday from my friend Erika, who is now a skinny hard core mail carrier:

These are pretty enough to serve dessert in, and bonus: built in portion control. Love it.

So yes, stuff is good, but when you have too much stuff, like I do right now, getting rid of it/giving it away is even better.  So I’m going to do a house purge! In 2011, I purged 111 things from my house in January, then purged 112 things in 2012.  This year, the magic number is 113 things. It sounds like a lot, but this is going to be a cinch. I think I have that many magazines alone to get rid of!  I’ll report back when the house has been exorcised of unnecessary stuff.

What about you?  What stuff are you thankful for right now?  Do you need to do a “stuff purge?”

September Foodie Penpals

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*There will be two posts today, as it is reveal day for Foodie Pen Pals, and also a tribute to a special blogger that passed away last month. Check back at 11 CST for the next post!

The Lean Green Bean

I had a lot of fun this month with Foodie Pen Pals.  Molly got me as a match and she was so nice in her emails.  She didn’t just ask if I had any food preferences, she asked what I was interested in, and about my family, and if I had a dog.  She definitely was a good example to learn from about how to be a good foodie pen pal!

When my husband called me at work to let me know I got my box, I was so excited I left work early when they offered, just so I could come home and open it a little sooner!

Look! I got STUFF!  Let’s take it out of the box so you can see it better…

Homemade dehydrated peaches! Yum yum, great snack!

Homemade peach butter?! YESSSS!

Sugarless taffy that’s so good, even Dennis couldn’t tell it was sugar-free.  This is a local product in her area, and I love getting neat things like this from people’s hometowns.  Notice the warning at the bottom: “OVER-CONSUMPTION MAY CAUSE A LAXATIVE EFFECT.”  That warning made a really handy portion control monitor for me!  I make sure not to eat more than four per day.  I’m pretty sure if they put that warning on all candy, the obesity epidemic would decline rapidly. lol

A healthy Clif brownie bar. I didn’t think I liked it but it grew on me, and Dennis liked it from the first bite.  You just have to eat things like this without expecting it will taste anything like the real thing.  Clif bars are especially good for a healthy breakfast or snack on the go, and provide sustained energy.

Love the card she sent!  This is a real photograph affixed to a card..

I didn’t get any more pictures of the things individually but did take a pic of everything assembled after I’d already dug into a few things. :)

You can see I got a soup bean mix (the company that makes this is great–check it out and their products here) and a little packet of sparkly lotion, and soup bone dog treats!  I loved that she sent something for my baby. :)  There were three bones in the bag and it was perfect because we just so happened to be watching two other doggies when the box came.

Miss Weenie (I bet you can’t guess which one she is) and Jenny with my Jessie in the back.

I cut Miss Weenie’s bone down by 2/3 because I didn’t want her getting obese on my watch-lol!  It was still pretty fat for her mouth but she managed it.

Jessie says, “Thank you, Molly!”

When Jenny abandoned half of her bone to spy on someone who was walking down the street, Jessie snuck up and gobbled the rest of it down.  You can see her hair sticking up along her spine because she was ready to do battle for it-LOL! She knew she was being a bad girl, but I didn’t realize what she was doing until after I took a picture and the bone was gone.  Thankfully I still had the 2/3 left from Weenie’s bone to give Jenny.  Jessie is such a hog! lol

As for that peach butter (it’s so delicious-Molly shared her recipe with me and you can snag it here), it made it’s way to some homemade biscuits

And I followed the directions on the soup mix sort of, leaving out the canned tomatoes and adding ham, and we had a mighty delicious dinner of beans and cornbread

Ellen, my Foodie Penpals match this month, sent me some pictures and a note she wanted me to include at the end of my Foodie Penpals post.

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Veronica, I think I started using everything or close to it, the day I received my box.  It was like Christmas in Sept.   The treats were delicious, the candy is still chewy and I’m hoarding it, just for me.   So much of it is put away and already used.  I’m looking for the premium yeast, it’s not in my store yet, but I’ll find it.  Thank you so much for a fun package and for the fun emails before.
Ellen

Ellen’s goodies (she told me she’s a baker): yeast, crème bouquet, Vietnamese cinnamon, oatmeal candy, raspberry almond fudge cookies (in the blue tub in the back), whole nutmegs, vanilla beans, strawberry zucchini jam, bean soup mix (too funny we both got bean soup mixes!), Kansas honey, and a pack of white chocolate candy corn flavored M&Ms.

Rolls Ellen made with the Red Star Platinum yeast. Confession: I got those packets for free when I entered the fair this year!  I tried one too (actually, you’ll see what I used it in in my next post today) and loved how well it made my rolls rise.

Pumpkin pies Ellen made with some Vietnamese cinnamon. How pretty are her pies?  She also made a pumpkin cake with the creme bouquet in the frosting and cinnamon in the cake, but she said they ate the whole thing before she got a picture! lol

This is the last time I’ll be able to participate in Foodie PenPals until Haus is employed again, so I’m glad to got to go out with such a bang!  Thanks Lindsay for making this all possible–it’s the coolest project evah!

Food Gifts

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Almond Fudge Cookies
Award-Winning Pumpkin Bread
Black & White Truffles
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Butterfinger Pops
Butterscotch Sauce
Caramel Chocolate Chip Bars
Caramel Sauce
Cherry Cordials (Chocolate Covered Cherries)
Chipotle Honey Roasted Peanuts
Chocolate Caramel Walnut Brownies
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Low-Fat, Low-Sugar)
Cinnabon Caramel Corn
Cocoa Almonds
Cookie Brittle
Cow Pies Candy
Cream Cheese Chocolate Truffles
Crispy Caramel Puffed Corn
Cupcake Bites
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake Bites
Double Chocolate Banana Bread
Double Chocolate-Rum Friendship Bread
Easy Peanut Clusters
Eggnog Pumpkin Bread
Favorite Banana Bread
Fire Crackers
Fudge Babies
Ghirardelli Sinful Chocolate Truffles
Homemade Butterfingers
Homemade Dog Treats
Lemon Blossoms
Loaded Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Glaze
Millionaire Bars
Mocha-Frosted Kahlua Brownies
Nutty Toffee Popcorn
Oreo Truffles
Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies
Peanutty Chocolate Truffles
Pecan Toffee Fudge
Peppermint Pretzel Crisps
Peppermint Patties
Peppermint Pops
Pops
Praline Sweet Potato Bread
Puppy Chow
Raspberry Almond Fudge Cookies
Rolo Pretzel Turtles
Soft Caramels
Sneaky Snickers Cookies
Snickers Popcorn
Spicy Ranch Crackers
Sugar-Free Candied Nuts
Tiger Butter
Tips for Shipping Food Items
Toffee Crack(ers)
Triple Chocolate Caramel Corn
Turtle Cookies
Vegan Cinnabon Caramel Corn
Vegan Dark Chocolate Cake Pops
Vegan White Chocolate
Virginia Street Banana Nut Bread
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
White Trash

Recipe Index

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Allergy Friendly

Amish Friendship Bread Variations

Appetizers & Snacks

Award-Winning Recipes

Beverages

Bread

Breakfast

Condiments

Crockpot/Slow Cooker

Desserts

Dog Treats

Ethnic Cuisine

Food Gifts

Friend’s Recipes

Holiday Fare

Lighter Fare

Low-Carb

Main Dishes

Miscellaneous

Quick & Easy

Salads & Sides

Secret Recipe Club & Holiday Recipe Club

Soup & Stews

Tips & Tricks

Vegan

Videos

Are you excited for THE BAKE SALE?

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Update: The bake sale is over. If you missed it, I will make you an offer Monday or Tuesday that you can’t refuse.  Click here to see how much we’ve raised for Suzie so far.

Do you know what time it is?  The online bake sale fundraiser for Suzie is tomorrow!  *happy dance*  I’m so excited and anxious to open the sale up to everyone because there are so many delicious treats that have been donated, and certainly something for everyone.  And I do mean everyone, even international readers!  I should start calling it an “Everything Sale” as there are now jellies, salsa, and even a signed cookbook in the mix!  I’ve kept the list of goodies updated as new donations came in, so you can preview everything here while you’re waiting for the sale to officially open. 

I am still accepting donations of baked goods (or other) until midnight tonight.  I will be getting home from work and checking my email at that time to update the bake sale draft.  All I will need is what you are donating, how much of it, a photo, and a link to the recipe if you have a blog and have posted it.

The bake sale will begin at 8 am CST on Friday, November 2nd, and will go all day until 10 pm CST.

I know many of you are curious as to how an online bake sale works, so here’s an outline of the Rules and Logistics, so you have a clear idea of how this works.

Online Bake Sale Rules & Logistics

First of all, please keep in mind that all donations go directly to Suzie to help her pay her medical bills.  Her health is improving but she still has at least one surgery she is facing and all the money raised is going to help her pay for it.  Most fundraisers benefit charity organizations and you never know which person/people your donation might be helping, but in this case you are directly helping a military mama whose first grandchild was born the same week she came down ill.  I thank everyone who is going to help her get well enough to meet her new grand-baby and keep going for all those who need her, including me. :)

Suzie is in the middle with her son next to her.

On Friday, November 2nd (tomorrow!) at 8 am CST, I will post all the items each baker has donated.  Each item will have a minimum bid of $15.  Once the items are officially posted all buyers will then e-mail vraklis@yahoo.com with a bid of what they would like to purchase.

To have an official bid on an item you must e-mail me at vraklis@yahoo.com.  Any bids left in the comments section will not be reviewed, only bids e-mailed will be considered official and affirmative.

Think of the bid as a silent auction of sorts. All buyers will have until 10pm CST to submit their bid for the auction, and can bid as many times as they want.

I will be updating the current bids at the bottom of the bake sale post throughout the day so that you can see the current high bid. I am hoping this will encourage others to bid higher for the items they really want or bid for items that have not had a bid yet.

I will notify the winners by email and each winner will then donate the specified amount on Suzie’s fundraising page.  Once the donation goes through I will e-mail the baker the winner’s address and it will be the baker’s responsibility to send the baked goods to the winner within 72 hours.

The winner has 24 hours to make the online donation. If in that time frame the donation is not made, the next highest bidder will be contacted.

If you have any questions, you can leave them in the comments below, and I hope to see you at the bake sale tomorrow! :)

Wait, you didn’t think I’d forget to announce the A Family Farm in Tuscany cookbook winner, did you?  OK, so I almost did. ;)  Congratulations to Kelly D, who said, “I like Eggplant Parmesan.”  A girl after my own heart. <3

An Online Bake Sale for Suzie

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If you’ve never heard of an online bake sale fundraiser, you’re in for a real treat!  I’ve participated in several, and it’s always fun and rewarding (not to mention delicious!).  I’m going to be hosting one on Friday, November 2nd, to benefit Suzie of Two Dogs in the Kitchen.

Suzie has been faced with an awful set of circumstances recently.  At the beginning of the month, she lost her job the same day terrible pains started in her stomach, and she came down with pneumonia two days later.  Not having insurance, she didn’t want to go to the hospital until she could no longer tolerate the pain in her stomach.  (To give you an idea about Suzie, she once super-glued her hand back together when it wouldn’t stop bleeding after she mangled it with a mandoline so she wouldn’t have to go to the hospital.  And she says child birth was “easy.”  Yeah, she’s pretty hard core, so you know the pain had to be pretty bad for her to go in.)  They treated her for pneumonia and gave her a blood tranfusion (she was bleeding internally and still has blood in her urine) along with prescriptions for other problems she was having, like extremely low potassium, and told her she’d have to have her gallbladder out once she was over the pneumonia.  Soon she will be faced with a hospital bill that she has no way to pay, so I thought maybe me and my Cornicopi-cats, along with her friends and family, could all chip in and help her out so that she can worry about getting healthy instead of how she can afford to.

Here’s how it works: baked goods or other treats (like granola, homemade jelly, candy, etc) are donated to the bake sale by bloggers and friends.  On the day of the sale, I will have every donated item listed on my blog with a picture and the bidding will start at $15 per item.  The person with the highest bid by the end of the day wins, pays through her fundraising page, and their goodies are shipped.  Very cool, right?

I’ve already got some fabulous goodies donated from generous bloggers.  Ready for a sneak peak?

1 batch (about 2 1/2 dozen) Snickercrinkles (a cross between snickerdoodles and molasses crinkles) from Faith of An Edible Mosaic.

1 batch (about 5 dozen) Florentine Lace Cookies sandwiched with chocolate from Faith of An Edible Mosaic

A signed copy of Faith Gorsky’s An Edible Mosaic cookbook. (!)

1 lb. granola of your choice from Katrina of Baking and Boys!  Pictured is her basic granola and there will be many other choices, such as Banana Split Granola, Coconut Lime Granola with Pecans, & Dark Chocolate Chunk Granola to name a few.

1 dozen 4″ Jacque Torres’ New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies from Katrina of Baking and Boys!

Wookie Cookies from Debbi Does Dinner Healthy.  No wookies were harmed in the making of these double chocolate chip, cinnamon laced cookies. :)

Plum Jam and Country Peach Preserves from Natasha’s Kitchen.  I find her process for making the preserves very intriguing–she definitely has some patience!

Healthy Pumpkin Bread made with unsweetened applesauce and flax seed from Jorie of Midwest Maven.

Apple Cider Applesauce Coffee Cake from Suzanne of A Pug in the Kitchen

Brownie Pops from Angela of The Squishy Monster.

Pumpkin Granola from Sarah of The Pajama Chef.

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Pumpkin Swirl Brownies from Joanne of Eats Well with Others.


A gift basket from Jane of The Healthy Beehive that includes 4 homemade jellies (raspberry jam, white balsamic peach jam, cantaloupe jelly, and cherry marmalade) and 4 bars of her homemade soap.

I’m donating 2 dozen of my Blue Ribbon Almond Fudge Cookies which are naturally gluten-free.

I’m also pitching in a batch of Cinnabon Caramel Corn, regular or vegan.

12 half-pint jars of Baja Fresh Salsa from Biz of My Bizzy Kitchen.

Two loaves of super moist Pumpkin Bread from The Gingersnap Girl. Gloria said this ships great, as she has sent it twice to the military overseas (pictured in one of her military shipment boxes).

1 dozen Double Chocolate Biscotti from Heather of Join Us, Pull up a Chair (pictured with nuts but the dozen up for sale will not have nuts).

From Azita of Fig & Quince, 1 batch (20 pieces minimum) of Toot, a Persian confection of marzipan flavored with rose water and cardamon, and fashioned to look like mulberries (toot means mulberry) with pistachio stems.

1/2 pint of Grape Jam with Orange Essence and 1/2 pint of Vintage Secret Family Recipe Grape Jelly, from Debra of Eliot’s Eats.  Both are made with her homegrown grapes.  Please note that although 7 jars are pictured, only TWO are up for auction.

Candy Cookies from Desi of Steak ‘n Potatoes Kinda Gurl.

2 dozen Ginger-Toffee-Molasses Cookies from Chris of The Cafe Sucre Farine.

1 dozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles from Renee of My Kitchen Adventures.

2 dozen Monster Cookies from Julie’s Eats & Treats.

A pumpkin gift basket including  Pumpkin Pie Biscotti drizzled with white chocolate, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and a batch of Spicy Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds from Alice of A Mama, A Baby, and a Shar-pei in the Kitchen. Will ship to the US, Italy, Portugal, Japan, the UK, and Canada – including any APO/FPO addresses.

2 half-pint jars of Kelly’s Jelly: 1 spiced pear, and 1 white peach, both made from the fruit she picked from her own trees.  Kelly is a co-worker of mine and she makes the BEST jelly.  I have a jar of each in my fridge right now and they are just so, so good.  Her pear jelly is my all-time favorite.

1/2 batch (about 3 1/2 cups) Coconut-Sour Cherry Granola from Melissa Likes to Eat. Will ship internationally.

2 dozen Butterfly-Stamped Sugar Cookies, individually bagged and tied with ribbons, from my friend Tina Freels. She’s a sugar artist and I can attest to her baking skills!  This is a nut-free item.

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1 dozen KISD Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies from Lauren of Keep it Sweet Desserts.

4 dozen Green Spelt Cookies from Angie’s Recipes. Ships to Germany only.

If you would like to donate something to the bake sale, you can send an email to me at vraklis@yahoo.com until Thursday at midnight, 11/1/12.  You don’t have to have a blog to donate something to the sale, but I will need a photo of it.  And I just can’t resist sharing this before you go….

I was trying to come up with a catchy name for Suzie’s fundraiser and of course Dennis always has an answer for everything.  When I asked him for a suggestion, he came up with this slogan.  I kinda love it and ended up using it on her fundraising page (hehe) and couldn’t resist making a spoof fundraiser poster with it. :)

If you’d like to make a donation outright or send her a hug, you can visit her fundraiser page.  See you November 2nd and bring your sweet tooth!

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