Sunday, January 16, 2011

My first sewing project: Mccall's Pattern M5544; Dog hoodie

I picked this pattern up at Hobby Lobby one day while the McCall's patterns were on sale for 99 cents. The paw printed fleece was in the clearance bin for $3. I've been wanting to get in to sewing for quite some time and knew this might be the perfect starter pattern. It is really hard to find dog patterns for a 50 pound pup! I could have used an extra inch or two but it still fits him. With my wonderful (experienced) mom helping to guide me, I finished this today!!! It is much cuter than I imagined and am going to tinker with the pattern and materials on the next hoodie now that I know what i'm doing.

Don't be fooled, Koda is quite thrilled....really.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Funny Video of the day, Aussies are silly!

Koda is always obsessed with water (except for when he gets a bath, go figure!). This is what he does in his water bowls and why we get the "no spill" kind for him! I literally had tears from laughing so hard at this guy's Aussie pup. Thank God mine hasn't figured this out...yet.

Homemade Peanut Butter dog biscuits

Since I am all about trying new recipes I decided it was time to make one for the dogs. It turned out really well and is Koda approved! The round biscuit was just for kicks since it wasn't enough dough to make a bone.

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth...i used smooth this time)
1 cup milk (i used soy since dogs are sensitive to cow's milk)
bone shaped cookie cutter

Preheat oven to 375'F. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Bake for 15-20 minutes (I baked for 16 minutes using the convection feature on my new Smart Oven) on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. Cool, then store in an airtight container.

Hope your dogs enjoy as much as mine did! :)