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Wheat-Free Treats for a Sweet Pup


Today Emily and I noticed that our dog, Frank, didn’t seem to be feeling so hot. He had already puked today and didn’t seem to want to do anything. I mean, our dog is lazy, but he didn’t even get up when we started messing with the treat bag. So we looked it up on the interweb. After some searching, we stumbled upon the symptoms of a wheat allergy in dogs. Frank had all of them, apart from the seizures (thank goodness). We suspected that Frank was allergic to wheat. What made things a little harder was that Frank’s dog treats had wheat as the first ingredient. Emily decided that she was just going to start making treats at home for the pup-star, to make sure he didn’t get any wheat.


She found a nifty recipe for peanut butter pumpkin dog treats on Pinterest, and we altered it slightly to make it easier for us. This is what you need.


  • 2 Β½ cups of rice flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 3 T. peanut butter
  • 2 tsp.-1T. water, whichever works for you


Preheat your oven to 350Β°F. Mix all of your ingredients in a bowl. Now, the original recipe says to roll your dough out and use a cookie cutter, but that doesn’t really work. Then, start pulling out little clumps and rolling them into balls with your hands. Flatten them out (about ΒΌ inch thick) and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. The original recipe also doesn’t include water or 3 eggs (only two) and it gets really crumbly. Just add 3 eggs and the water to make it doughier.


VoilΓ ! You and your pup are now the proud owners of delicious peanut butter pumpkin treats. They can be people food too, but they are a little flavorless. Frank loves them, and that’s all that really matters.




A Visitor…and Applesauce


Yep, Kylie is staying with us for a few days and joining in the school fun. πŸ™‚ Our first project? Why, making applesauce, of course. πŸ˜€

Preparing the apples:


Stir, stir, stir the apples with lemon juice, brown sugar, and a cinnamon stick.


And now we wait. πŸ™‚


Now both girls are sitting quietly with books in hand. Nice! πŸ˜€

What sort of projects do you have going today?

Chocolate Study Wrap Up


Grace and I had lots of fun with her chocolate study.Β  We finished up the study by making no-bake cookies this morning. πŸ˜€Β  Though it’s been a very interesting unit study, I’ll be glad to return to a house without so much junk food!Β  (Grace probably doesn’t agree. πŸ˜‰ )

In other chocolate study news, we’ve tallied the results of our chocolate survey both here and on Facebook.Β  You probably won’t be stunned to know that milk chocolate was the overwhelming winner with 50% of the votes.Β  Sweet dark chocolate came in a distant second with 30.5% of the votes.Β  Semisweet chocolate had 11.5% of the votes.Β  Bittersweet and white chocolate tied with 4% each.

I think we’ll post Grace’s story about waking up as an m&m tomorrow. πŸ™‚Β  Other exciting things for tomorrow?Β  We’ll be starting our study of owls!Β  Woohoo! πŸ™‚


The outer shell of the completed folder.


The gooey center of the completed folder. πŸ˜‰


No-bake cookies in progress.


Not much to look at, but they’re delicious!

The Week(s) in Pictures


And we’re back to blogging!Β  Grace had a fantastic visit with Grandma, but we’re back to all of that pesky school stuff tomorrow. πŸ˜‰

Here are a few pictures from the past couple of weeks:

The Week in Pictures


And a fabulous week was had by all! πŸ™‚

Last Week in Pictures


We had a fantastic week last week! Β Here’s the evidence:

Last Week in Pictures


We did so much fun stuff last week! Β I won’t bog you down with a giggledy-jillion pictures, but here are some of the highlights:

The Week in Pictures


We had a good week with lots of goofing off. πŸ™‚ Β Enjoy some pictures of our (mostly) educational activities:

Cooking London Broil


Grace has been working on “how to” paragraphs and sequence of events in her writing.Β  She thought sharing one of her favorite recipes would be a great sample for both.Β  Enjoy!



How to Prepare London Broil

You Will Need:

1 4 pound london broil

Β½ teaspoon garlic powder

Β½ teaspoon onion powder

Β½ teaspoon salt

Β½ teaspoon pepper

What to Do

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put meat (fat side up) in roasting pan. Mix salt, garlic, pepper, and onion in small bowl. Massage spices into both sides of meat. Place in oven and roast for about 1 Β½ hours. Remove meat from oven and place on cutting board. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Cut into thick slices.