Grain-Free Dog Treats

Ragnar and I with his Treats

If you’re like me, you’re crazy about your fur babies. We adopted this little guy a few months ago, and I decided he was only going to have the best of everything! These treats are great for so many reasons. They only have 4 ingredients, they are grain-free, and they are pumpkin and peanut butter flavored (which every dog loves!). Seriously. Ragnar will devour his treat and then spend the next 5 minutes licking the spot he ate at. Only treats he does that with!

I wanted to have his treats come out in a bone shape, so I went to the store and found a cookie cutter. Mine was at Walmart for less than $1 if you were interested in getting one! I also put some of the treats in little balls to make some training treats, because everyone knows a 4 month old puppy needs a lot of training!

The most expensive part of these treats is the flour. Since I wanted these treats to be grain-free, I opted to go with coconut flour. Don’t worry, I did lots of research and it’s safe for your furry friends!

This recipe does need to be chilled in the fridge for 1-2 hours, so keep that in mind when you plan to make these! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

With that being said, lets get baking!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 1/2 cups coconut flour
  2. 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  3. 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  4. 2 eggs

How To:

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. The mixture will be lumpy and crumbly, and should somewhat resemble the consistency of play dough.
  2. When mixture is ready, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. This makes it easier to roll out and cut out the treats later.
  3. After the mixture has been chilled, it’s time to roll and cut.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 ° .
  5. Sprinkle some coconut flour on a cutting board, and ball up some of the mixture. Mixture may be crumbly, so be sure to press firmly together before rolling.
  6. Roll it out with a rolling pin until it is about 1/4 of an inch thick.
  7. Use the cookie cutter if you have it, and if not, use a knife to cut out squares. You can also roll the mixture into little balls like I did to make smaller treats.
  8. Place treats on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 25-35 minutes, until the treats start to brown.
  9. When treats are done, they should be hard and like a biscuit.
  10. Let cool completely, and then your dog is ready to enjoy their new treats!
Ragnar Super Excited to eat a Treat

I hope your fur babies enjoy these as much as mine does! I love this recipe because it is so easy, and you know exactly what is going into your dog.

And just because I can’t get over how cute he is, here’s another picture of Ragnar waiting for a treat.

Ragnar Waiting for a Treat

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Double Fried French Fries

Double Fried French Fries

Hello everyone! So sorry for the long wait in between posts. I talked a little about it on a post on my Instagram story, but for those of you that don’t follow my Instagram (which I would recommend doing!) here’s a quick update before I give you a yummy recipe.

On July 4th and 5th, my small town of Ridgecrest had a 6.4 and 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit. Luckily my little family was safe and our damage was minimal compared to others. We’re still trying to recover on the mental side of things (hence my absence), and that’s going to be the biggest challenge. It took some time to clean up, but things are getting back to normal now and I’m so thankful for the help we’ve received.

Okay. Now that that’s out of the way, how about we get back to cooking and fun stuff?!

Double. Fried. French. Fries.

That’s right, I said double fried. Is there any other way to make fries? I think not. These are hand cut fries, and one of my favorite snacks. This recipe is a little time consuming, but SO WORTH IT!

As always, if you need help with anything just shoot me a message or leave a comment!

Ingredients

  • 9 russet potatoes
  • Vegetable oil (a lot!)
  • Water
  • Salt

Let’s get frying!

  • Peel your potatoes.
  • Set a large bowl off to the side so you can place the cut potatoes into it when they’re ready.
  • Next is cutting. I like to have thinner fries, so here’s how I cut mine: slice your potato in half lengthwise. Place both halves cut side down so they have a flat surface. Slice lengthwise into thin slices all along the potato. Take those slices, and cut into smaller, fry-like shapes and set aside in the large bowl. Repeat for all potatoes.
  • When potatoes are all cut, they should resemble this:
Sliced Potatoes
  • After all the sliced potatoes are put into the bowl, fill with water until they are all covered and set aside for 2-3 hours.
  • When the potatoes are done soaking, drain the water. Place potatoes on a baking sheet and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Now we’re ready to fry!
  • For this I would recommend a deep fryer, but if you do not have one, a large, deep pan will work. Fryer: fill with oil to the max fill line and set to 350°. Pan: fill halfway with oil, and heat until the oil reaches the same temperature.
  • When oil is ready, take a handful of the potatoes and slowly add them to the oil. Do not just drop or throw them in as the oil will splash more and can burn you.
  • Cook until the potatoes start to get golden, about 2 minutes. Remove from oil and place on a baking sheet to cool.
Right to Left: Un-fried Potatoes, Frying Process, Once Fried Potatoes
  • Repeat until all of the potatoes have been fried once.
  • When the potatoes have all been fried, it’s time for the double fry that makes them crispy and delicious.
  • Same process of frying, but instead of cooling on a baking sheet alone, place a cooling rack over the baking sheet. I find this helps keep them crispy.
  • While the fries are on the cooling rack, salt to taste immediately.
  • Continue the frying and salting process until all have been double fried.
  • Once all the fries are done, you’re ready to serve them up with a juicy cheeseburger or eat alone!
Double Fried French Fries

We served ours with a cheeseburger since we just got a new grill. Let me tell ya, SO GOOD!

Double Fried French Fries and a Cheeseburger

And there you have it! A little time consuming, but you get the satisfaction of knowing you did everything by hand- something I love!

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Breakfast Scramble

Hi everyone! It’s been a bit, huh? Well the last two weeks have been quite eventful. I was out of town for a week for my best friend’s wedding, and we also adopted a puppy! He takes up quite a bit of time but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks for your patience with the blog and I!

This recipe is for a breakfast scramble. It’s full of veggies and packed with protein. Basically, it’s perfection.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Breakfast Scramble

Ingredients

  1. 6 eggs
  2. 3 corn tortillas
  3. 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  4. Ground sausage
  5. Shredded cheese
  6. 1/2 avocado, sliced
  7. Sprouts
  8. Oil
  9. Salt and pepper

Recipe

  1. Slice the tortillas into small triangle pieces. I normally slice them in half to start and then continue slicing from there.
  2. In a small pan, start to brown the sausage. Break up into smaller pieces in the pan. When the meat is almost cooked, remove from heat.
  3. In a bowl, crack the eggs and beat them to make the scramble mixture. Set aside.
  4. In a large pan or skillet, heat a small amount of oil on medium heat.
  5. When oil is heated, add the tortilla triangles. Make sure to flip them so they all have an even crispness.
  6. Once the tortillas are a golden color, add the eggs to the pan.
  7. Mix and then continue to add the bell peppers and the sausage.
  8. Cook until meat is done and eggs are a fluffy consistency.
  9. Add cheese when eggs are almost finished and mix in.
  10. Once the scramble is finished cooking, transfer to a plate and top with more cheese, avocado slices, and some sprouts.
  11. Add salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!!

Optional- add hot sauce or salsa on top!

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as my boyfriend and I do! It’s so fun to make and tastes amazing!

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Dad’s Salsa

Dad’s Salsa

Okay if you’re a salsa lover, this is the recipe for you. It’s full of fresh ingredients, and you can make it as hot or as mild as you’d like. This is the perfect thing to dip your chips in on a hot summer day.

Another great thing about this recipe? Once the prep work is done, you literally just throw it all together and mix it up. Super easy!

My dad started making this when I was little and it’s so dang good. I finally had to get the recipe from him so I could make it for Austin. (Austin loves salsa and spicy foods so he was pretty excited about this). The only ingredient that I did not use was avocado, and that’s because we were having guacamole as well. Other than that, the recipe was exactly as my dad makes it.

And just a heads up, it makes quite a bit!

Ingredients

  • 8 large roma tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. jalapeno juice (from jar)
  • Tapatio
  • salt
  • pepper

How To

Dice the following ingredients: tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, red onion, and jalapeno. Make sure the jalapeno has no seeds. Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mince the garlic and add to the bowl. Chop the cilantro and add as well.

Add the lemon and jalapeno juice to the bowl. Next is where you can make the jump from mild to super hot if you wanted: the Tapatio. For a more mild salsa, just add a few splashes. If you would like more heat, add as much as you would like.

Salt and pepper to taste, and then you are ready to enjoy!

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