I need like a week to take a step away from the internet. Just a week or so to get my thoughts together. I have too much going on right now. Too much stress. Too much stuff. I actually have so much to do right now that I'm starting to feel the anxiety I felt 3 years ago (me stuck in Alaska for a year while he was deployed) starting to cycle back again. This life that we have in Colorado (this house, the dogs, my job, etc) was not designed for one person to do. There was nothing I even missed writing about over the last several days and that's probably a sign I need to slow down with everything. I'm so tired of doing 18 things at once all the time. I'm exhausted. I'm stressing myself out in many ways. Stuff and Things will be running on Thursday, of course, but really...I need like a week.
Recipe challenge, week twenty-one.
I'm posting this on Tuesday because yesterday was Memorial Day and:
A. Pupcakes have nothing to do with Memorial Day
B. I figured no one would be around to read on Memorial Day
Scout had his 2nd birthday this weekend and while I can never *quite* remember what day it is (May 23rd or 24th), it was this past weekend. I could dig out his registration I suppose but I'm not *quite* sure where that is. Regardless, I made pupcakes last weekend and froze them because I knew this past week would be hellaciously busy.
Jett and Scout love these pumpkin dog treats that I found on Pinterest. The problem with them is that they are labor intensive and the recipe makes so many that they last forever. While having a 3-week-supply of dog treats isn't a bad thing, I could always halve the recipe. But I figure if I'm going to the trouble, I might as well make a lot of them. I usually keep the bagful of them in the fridge because one time I didn't, and they got kind of moldy. Also, we generally like to give our dogs non-flour-based treats, so I wasn't sure how I felt about giving them several of these a day when they had no health benefits. For example, the Milkbones they get once a day help clean their teeth, the pupperonis are protein-based, etc.
I took the pumpkin/peanut butter flavor combination the dogs love and put it into the easiest pupcake I've ever whipped up. Then I topped them with a dollop of peanut butter before "serving".
These are Scout-and-Jett-approved. As is this salmon that I may have made them for dinner on Saturday night.
makes 1 dozen mini-muffins
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1 T. honey
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 cup flour
1/2 t. baking soda
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Mix everything together in a large bowl. I used an electric mixer just to get all of the lumps out.
Spoon the batter into a greased mini-muffin tin and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Store extras in the refrigerator for up to a week.