Oats for Otis: Homemade Peanut Butter Oat Doggie Treats

Homemade Peanut Butter Oat Doggie Treats

As a lover of all things baked goods, I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of making my own dog treats until now! It is Riply’s 1st birthday tomorrow and while I was researching dog friendly cakes, I realized how easy it is to make dog treats with everyday, simple ingredients. What’s even better is that because they are homemade, you know exactly what your dog is consuming. After finding many homemade dog treat recipes online, I decided to test out a few for myself. This particular recipe is for Homemade Peanut Butter Oat Doggie Treats made with just four ingredients!

And yes. I’m going to be one of those people who makes birthday cakes for her dog. 😉

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Women’s Equality Is My Jam

Strawberry Suffrage Sandwich Cookies on Plate

Happy Women’s Equality Day!

Women, take the day off! Screw wearing a bra! Channel centuries of feminist power to tackle your hurdles!
Men, just like, be cool, okay?

All kidding aside, today’s post is in honor of Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the ratifying of the 19th Amendment of the Consitution which granted women the right to vote! Also, because I can’t help myself, I used this day as an opportunity to try out a new cookie recipe. I’m calling them “Strawberry Suffrage Sandwich Cookies”, jam filled cookies that ooze equal rights! (Sorry, I’ll rein it in.)

But Michelle, baking on Women’s Equality Day? Isn’t that against the whole idea?
Well, while the suffrage movement might have started as empowering women beyond the home, this day also celebrates the continuing efforts to give women equal rights and opportunities, regardless of how women choose to use them. Plus – fun fact – in the late 1800s through 1920, suffragists published cookbooks as a way to spread propaganda for the cause and to help raise money. The very first cookbook was simply called The Women Suffrage Cook Book!

Check out these homemade jam cookies and perhaps learn some other fun facts about Women’s Equality Day!

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7 Things I Learned About Owning a Dog

Puppy Labradoodle Riply and I in the Park

I was the one who initially brought up the idea of getting a puppy to my boyfriend, Zach, but he didn't seem too serious about it so I didn't push it. Well, if you consider me nudging him everytime I'd see a dog as not pushing it, than sure, I didn't push it 😉 But it was him that surprised me on our anniversary last year when he brought home a dog bed, puppy toys, treats, and even poop bags. It was his way of saying "Let's do this!"

So, on November 20th, 2016, Zach and I brought home our mini labradoodle Riply and it has been an adventure ever since! It hasn't been all puppy eyes and cute cuddles though. There's been some tough times, plenty of frustrations, and some creative problem solving since becoming puppy parents. While Riply has only been with us for about 9 months, she has certainly taught me a lot about what it means to actually own a dog. For anyone considering getting one of their own for their first time, I want to share just some of those lessons!

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