Homemade Puppy Treats!

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If you know me, then you know there are few things in this world I love more than dogs, and specifically, my dog. She is my miniature dachshund named Maisy, and she turned three years old today. When she’s not being a pain in the butt, she is the sweetest, cuddliest dog, with big, wet kisses to spare and a love for anything chewable (which is most things, for her). I’ve wanted to try making homemade treats for her for a while, so I decided to give it a try this weekend for her birthday. There are going to be people reading this who are thinking about how insane I am for caring so much about my dog’s birthday, and I am perfectly fine with that. I made these treats and my dog loved them and I loved making them, and that’s really all that matters to me.

Maisy’s favorite human food is yogurt. She cries and shakes in excitement when any of us are eating it and can’t wait to lick the container when we’re done. I’m not entirely sure why she loves it so much, but I wanted to make her birthday treats with her favorite food ever. All of the foods in this recipe are people food but are dog safe. You could theoretically switch out the fruit in it for something your dog may like more, or whatever you want to change and experiment with; if you do, let me know what you did! I’m also going to include a link to a list of dog-safe human foods from the AKC website, in case you are wondering about what foods are okay to give to your puppy, so we can all safely experiment with this recipe.


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Homemade Yogurt & Banana Puppy Treats

You will need:

32 oz. Yogurt (plain)

Peanut Butter (1-2 tablespoons)

1 Banana

Honey (1 tablespoon)

Cookie mold (preferably silicone, for the purpose of getting them out once they’re done)


I took all of the ingredients and put them into a blender, and that’s the hardest part. This recipe is that easy. Make sure to slice the banana into chunks to make it easier to blend.

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Then, blend it up! Don’t do what I did and put the bananas at the bottom – it can gum up the blades and it won’t process as well. I would add them at the top to avoid that little mistake.

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Do it right and it should look something like this vanilla pudding looking concoction.

Now, take a silicone mold and fill them with the mixture, but make sure not to overfill them. I bought the precious flower one below at Hobby Lobby in the cake decorating section.

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Once they’re full, pop the mold in the freezer for two-ish hours so they can freeze. After that, you’re done! Store them in a ziploc bag in the freezer and you’re good to go.

Maisy loved these, and I hope your dog will too! She scarfs them down like they’re going out of style. They are totally human grade, but not super tasty; try it for yourself and see how you like them! Maybe they’ll be a treat for you too. If you’re really into peanut butter and banana sandwiches, I have a feeling you’ll like these, because that’s exactly what they taste like.

Thank you for reading! And happy birthday to my sweet Maisy girl.

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Podcast Roundup

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If you are always looking for ways to pass the time, like I am, podcasts are awesome. I mostly listen to them on my walk to class, while I’m doing homework, or on long car trips; they are a great alternative to music if you’re just not in the mood for it, or for when you are focused on a task and don’t need to be distracted by a TV show or video but still need the background noise of someone talking. There are so many podcasts out there for so many topics, and whether you like cooking or true crime or sports, there is something out there in the podcasting world for you to listen to, and it’s totally free! This week I’ve wrangled up a few of my favorites to get you started, as well as links to their websites where you can learn more about them. If you have an iPhone, they can all be downloaded through the Podcasts app available through the App Store for free (my favorite price).

I’m hoping to get back into the swing of blogging really soon – March was an extremely busy month, but with the semester almost over I should have more time to blog in the next month or so. Now if I can just make it through finals, we’ll be golden.

Thanks for reading! Here’s my podcast roundup for April 2017.


My Brother, My Brother, and Me

This is quickly becoming my favorite podcast of all time. It has made me guffaw on the bus, Starbucks, walking down the street, everywhere. Every episode is hilarious. In this podcast, affectionately called MBMBaM, three brothers answer listener submitted questions in a Dear Abby style advice column, but with a hilarious, quirky style of witty humor that for some reason just speaks to me. It isn’t overly dirty or offensive, and while it definitely has its moments, I feel like its humor is such that you’re enjoying it too much to be offended. They also have a Yahoo Answers segment where listeners submit goofy Yahoo Answers questions they’ve found, as well as a “Farm Wisdom” segment where they discuss farm-related myths and superstitions, which, as out of place as it sounds, fits right in with the offbeat charm of the show. I absolutely recommend this for whenever you just need a good, long, belly laugh. Episode 39: Peepum’s Nastygum is my all time favorite, for obvious reasons.

Criminal

I love anything true crime related. Murder mysteries, detective work, the criminal justice system; all of it interests me. Criminal is an interesting twist on the traditional crime story, however. Narrated by Phoebe Judge, Criminal focuses on all aspects of crime, and every episode introduces a new, real-life story of something involved with the criminal world. For example, my favorite episode so far, “Officer Talon” tells the story of a police K9 dog Talon and his officer Scott Foster, explaining their unique bond and what happens when a K9 dog retires. One of my other favorites, and one of the most mind-blowing things I have ever heard, is from the episode “Money Tree” about a girl whose parents identities were stolen. I won’t spoil it for you, but the twists in these episodes! Criminal is a must-listen if these kinds of things interest you.

The Mortified Podcast

I love humor in all its forms, and I love to laugh. Mortified is an interesting take on a stand-up comedy style podcast where people do something I would never in a million years have the courage to do: they stand up in front of a crowd of people and read their childhood diaries, letters, notes, and other embarrassing mementos of times they would probably rather hide from the world. While this seems cringey and too awkward to enjoy, it is completely the opposite (trust me – I have an uncanny secondhand embarrassment sixth sense). It is so funny to hear people read the things they wrote as awkward middle schoolers or love struck teens. Mortified also does my favorite thing a podcast has ever done, where at the end of each episode, they have a one-on-one interview with the subject of that episode where they talk about their life at the time of that writing. While it can be vulgar in the way that teenage antics can be, it’s definitely not anything too raunchy. My favorite episode is still “Tynan: Peace! One Luv!” and if you listen, you will see why.

The Adventure Zone

Now, I will admit, this is one of the weirder and more niche podcasts on this list. From the same brothers that do My Brother, My Brother, and Me, The Adventure Zone is a podcast where the brothers play Dungeons and Dragons, joined by their dad. While listening to four people play Dungeons and Dragons sounds more boring than watching paint dry, again, there is something about their offbeat style of humor that could make even the wettest of paint seem interesting. I even think people not super into the whole Dungeons and Dragons thing could really enjoy this podcast; not only is the humor totally on point, the brothers’ characters really take on lives of their own in the best ways.

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