Over the past few days, I haven’t had as much time for my blog as I’d like.
I haven’t had much time for anything, actually.
I’ve had my hands full with the new addition to our family: an eight-week-old beagle named Calvin.
two parts ‘boundless tornado of energy.’
He performed a flying backwards somersault when leaping out of my lap for a rope toy this weekend.
Completely unintentional, of course.
It was pretty impressive, actually.
One part ‘sweet angel.’
He likes to curl up in my lap when he’s getting sleepy. It makes me wish he could always stay so small so that would never change.
And two parts ‘little devil.’
He grew bored of all his new toys within a couple days and now favors chewing on everything he shouldn’t.
Here he is chewing my meat-and-potatoes-guy’s sweatshirt.
And now here he is chewing my slipper (to give you an idea of how tiny he is, he’s about the length of my size 7 slipper).
I have to watch him every second.
I left him in the kitchen (sealed off with baby gates) to brush my teeth and fix my hair.
When I returned, he had somehow forced his way into the guest bedroom and climbed into a large potted plant. The pot is taller than Calvin, but he crawled in somehow. And he started digging, scattering dirt all over the floor.
I’m amazed at how much chaos 4 pounds of puppy can cause in under three minutes flat.
So I guess I should make that four parts ‘little devil.’
We haven’t even had him a week yet, and already he has me tied around his tiny little baby paws.
I’m completely head-over-heels for this little guy.
So naturally, I had to get into the kitchen and cook something special for him.
I found a recipe for healthy and homemade peanut butter and honey dog treats from the book Beagle: Smart Owner’s Guide.
I baked them up for Calvin and snapped some shots of him trying out his first homemade treat.
Here’s Calvin, ready and eager for his taste test.
He went nuts for the smell of the dog treats and bit off half the treat before my husband has time to break it into the small, bite-sized pieces that his small puppy jaws can handle.
He loved the treat so much he sniffed out and lapped up every last crumb.
Calvin loves these treats. Loves, loves, loves them.
Turns out, my sweet little guy loves peanut butter just as much as his Mom.
These treats are really easy and they take no time at all.
With peanut butter, honey, eggs, and whole wheat flour, they’re healthy and completely all-natural.
Of course, they’re meant as once-a-day treats, not a meal.
They have Calvin’s seal of approval!
Here is the complete printable recipe:
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 20 treats
- 1½ tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter, no salt or sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (or rye flour or brown rice flour)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Knead dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about half an inch thick. Cut treats with a cookie cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, or until treats are firm to the touch.
- Before freezing or storing, allow cookies to cool and harden, about 50 minutes.