Vegan Dog Biscuits Your Dog Will Love

Vegan Dog Biscuits Your Dog Will Love

A lot of dog treats are both unhealthy for your pooch and unnecessarily contribute to animal cruelty (by containing animal products). Thankfully, there’s an easy vegan dog biscuit recipe your dog will love AND it’s healthy for them! Pumpkin dog biscuits are a common homemade dog treat, but often they contain eggs or other animal products. We’ve put together a vegan version of pumpkin dog biscuits to create these delicious and nutritious vegan dog biscuits.

The flax is full of healthy omega-3s that are great for their coat. They’re wonderful as a daily snack, a training treat, or anything else! You can even eat them yourself (though, they don’t have sugar so they may not be to your liking – but add a drizzle of maple syrup and they’re truly not bad!).

So, without further ado, here are vegan dog biscuits your pup will devour!

Image by PourquoiPas from Pixabay

Ingredients
2 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 cup of sweet potato flour
2 tbsp potato flour
1 1/4 cups of oats
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 1/3 cup of pure pumpkin
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tablespoons water (to form 2 “flax eggs)
1/2 cup peanut butter (without sugar)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a mixer and mix until thick dough forms.
Press the dough into a thin sheet and cut out the desired shape of your biscuits (you can use cute dog bone cookie cutters or any that you like!).
Lay cookies onto lightly oiled baking sheets and bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
After 12 minutes, turn off the oven and allow dog biscuits to set for 3-4 hours until hard.
Store in an airtight container and let your pup enjoy!

This particular recipe was adapted from Our Little Homestead. They share a video on making pumpkin dog biscuits. Though the recipe is slightly different than ours, the directions are about the same! If you’re a visual learner, check out their video below!

If You’re Not Cleaning Your Dog’s Leash, Here’s Why You Should Be

If You’re Not Cleaning Your Dog’s Leash, Here’s Why You Should Be

We all have items that could be cleaned more often, like our phones, water bottles, and even pajamas. But for the dog owners, then chances are there’s one particularly dirty item in your home that desperately needs cleaning: your dog’s leash. Reader’s Digest reminds dog owners that leashes get dirty fast. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned yours, it’s past due to be sanitized.

Leashes get overlooked when cleaning things, despite how easily they get soiled. Like anything you touch on a regular basis, your dog’s leash will develop a buildup of microbes and oils from your hands. Plus, let’s be real, your dog is probably contributing to the grime and grub as well, with his/her fur, saliva, mud, and maybe even poop or pee (I’ve seen leashes be dragged around and peed on more than once!). This creates a lovely concoction of germs and nastiness that’s regularly hanging beside your front door.

If you want to determine if your leash needs a cleaning, first think back: when was the last time it was cleaned? If you can’t remember or it was a long time ago, it could use proper sanitization. Or, simply look at it closely. Is it visibly dirty, with mud or hair? If so, it definitely needs to be cleaned. Regardless of how a leash looks, it should be cleaned once a month to prevent germ build-up. How you clean your dog’s leash will depend on what it’s made of!

Image by Mabel Amber from Pixabay

For rope and nylon leashes…

Let it soak in hot, soapy water for around 10 minutes. Rinse it and hang it to dry. For tougher messes, like caked-on dirt, you may need to gently scrub the leash with a soft brush.

Other leashes…

For sturdier leashes, you can easily and safely clean them by throwing them in the washing machine in a delicates bag.

When was the last time you cleaned your dog’s leash?

Photos Of “Quarantine Cats” Are Making Self-Isolation A Bit Easier

Photos Of “Quarantine Cats” Are Making Self-Isolation A Bit Easier

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, people across the globe are stuck in self-isolation and quarantine. It’s recommended to stay inside, regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and use hand sanitizer when you’re unable to access soap and hot water. During this pandemic, many of us are bored, having been laid off or having the office moved to home. We’re stuck indoors with little contact with others.

Thankfully, cat parents are taking to social media to share photos of their #quarantinecats and they do not disappoint. “Quarantine cats” are sure to lift all of our moods amidst these uncertain times. The photos and captions alike are hilarious!

Annoyed Home Owners

Cats are truly acting like annoyed homeowners now that their owners are home – Many cats are sick of their people ruining their routines!

Sick of you already!

They’re even practicing social distancing…

If you’re bored at home and want a chuckle, search #quarantinecats on Twitter or Instagram!

You Can Stay In A Vintage Camper At A Scenic Vineyard

You Can Stay In A Vintage Camper At A Scenic Vineyard

If quarantine has you dreaming about a unique vacation with a mix of flash-to-the-past and scenic beauty, The Trailer Pond may be a fun option for your next getaway. You’ll be free to drink wine, relax, enjoy California’s wine country to the fullest – all while enjoying the quaint accommodations of a vintage camper.

The Trailer Pond houses 5 vintage campers that line the edge of a pond, situated in the heart of the 130 acre Alta Colina Winery in Paso Robles, California.

Check out this view of the accomdations! Pretty gorgeous, right?

Each trailer sleeps two, with one double bed. The 1950s-1960s restored campers don’t have bathrooms or showers, but there are shared options on the property. The campers also have mini-kitchens, though you’re not allowed to cook inside them – there’s a shared kitchen space on the property as well!

Each trailer is priced at $250/night, or $3000/weekend for all 5. Additional accommodations may be brought in if you’d like to stay with more than 10 people.

The vineyard also offers a more inclusive package, costing $600/person. This package includes fresh meals, happy hour, and optional activities (like a movie at sunset and wine blending classes!).

Check out these adorable photos of the campers’ interiors!

Just as adorable as the inside (or maybe more so) is the outside aesthetic of these vintage campers.

Each one brings reminiscence of the 50s-60s!

The Trailer Pond has drawn the attention of some celebrities as well. Who doesn’t want to be situated on a 130-acre vineyard, in an adorable vintage camper? Miranda Lampert seemed to enjoy her visit.

How To Start A Mason Jar Herb Garden

How To Start A Mason Jar Herb Garden

Nothing jazzes up a meal quite like fresh herbs. I often long for cilantro, basil, oregano, and parsley to enhance a meal and add healthy, satisfying flavor. Without a green thumb, I’ve struggled to keep even succulents alive (I even managed to kill a cactus that was sold to me as “you literally don’t have to do anything to it!”) So, I leave the gardening up to my partner. But, he doesn’t want to trek out to the planter boxes or the garden year-round. It’s just not super realistic to plant herbs we use daily out, away from the house. Plus, the winter weather and frost makes it harder to keep herbs alive outside – even with modest coverings.

Thankfully, growing herbs indoors is easy! With past ventures to keep indoor plants, we’ve had to scramble to find enough little pots and small containers. But, with this herb garden, you simply need mason jars! If you’re anything like us, you’ve got loads on hand from the past decade of canning. It’s 2020 – despite the craziness, this year has been so far, it’s time to embrace the convenience, aesthetic, and ease of mason jar gardening.

Regardless of if you’ve canned in the past, Mason jars are easily and readily available. Additionally, they’re inexpensive and have a timeless, almost rustic style. But the best part? They make for a no-fuss, mess-free herb garden. Simply follow the steps below to get started!

You’ll Need…

  • Quart Mason jars
  • Small rocks or gravel
  • Potting mix
  • Seeds (or herb plants – ready to transplant!)
  • Supplies to make labels!

Fill Jars with Rocks

The small rocks or gravel are key to drainage. Since jars don’t have a system for drainage, laying ~ 2 inches of rocks, gravel, or even marbles will ensure the roots are protected from excess water damage.

Add Potting Mix

It’s important to use potting mix – not potting soil. Potting mix allows for excellent moisture retention and works best for container (i.e., jar) gardening. Fill jars with potting mix to 1-2 inches below the jar rim.

Add Seeds/Plants

If transplanting, carefully dig up the herb plant(s) (being mindful of the roots). Gently shake off excess dirt and place into the potting mix in the Mason jar. Gently cover the roots with potting mix and ensure the transplant is firmly situated. Water immediately after re-planting.

If planting from seed, follow directions on seed packet. In most cases, you can simply sow seeds directly on top of the potting mix and cover with around an inch of potting mix – lightly water.

Label Jars

If you want your kitchen windowsill to be beautifully lined with your Mason jar herb garden, having cute labels are key. Of course, their main purpose is so you can easily identify the herb in question (I’ve definitely thought “oh, I’ll remember” and I NEVER do – don’t be me!).

Label ideas:

  • A popsicle stick with hand lettering placed directly into the potting mix.
  • A piece of paper with a written label taped or glued around the jar.
  • An ID card around the neck of the jar with cute lettering and maybe a ribbon.
  • A sticker with the herb’s name.

Having a cute jar garden can actually really spruce up a space, so make sure they’re fun to look at!

What Now?

Keep your Mason jars in a location that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight (like a windowsill). Thankfully, they can be easily moved – so you can move them to a sunny location for part of the day and they can be housed more “permanently” elsewhere, the rest of the time.

Make sure to water your herbs, but be mindful not to overwater. Harvest when ready and add to your favorite kitchen dishes as you go!