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Nothing says love like homemade gifts
pupcakes
Pupcakes, Cheese Sticks and Furoshiki wrapping.

Nothing says love like homemade gifts, and if we asked dogs what’s on their wish list, we bet they’d say, “Treats, please.” When it comes to wrapping those treats, think creative reuse and extend the gift potential.Here are ideas to get you started.

PUPCAKES
By Dianne Porter
Whip up three dozen bite-sized carob mini-cupcakes in less than an hour with this original recipe.

Ingredients
1/4 cup honey
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar-free applesauce
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons carob powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix It Up
Preheat oven to 350°.Whisk ingredients together. Oil mini-muffin tins and fill with approximately one tablespoon of batter. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool 10 minutes, remove from muffin tin. (Pupcakes freeze well.)

Remember: Chocolate is off limits to dogs. Never substitute cocoa for the carob.


CHEESE STICKS
By Friederike Friedel

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups wheat flour
1/2 cup oat bran
1/3 cup semolina
3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 egg
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 cup (approx.) water

How to Do It
Preheat oven to 300º and line a pan with baking paper.Measure and mix wheat flour, oat bran and semolina. Add the cheese, egg, sunflower oil and water.Mix to a smooth dough. Roll the dough 1/4'' thick on a floured surface. Cut strips 1/2'' wide and 5'' long with a large knife. Twist the dough strips like corkscrews. Bake about 20 minutes.


WRAP IT UP
While dogs would be happy to have their gift treats piled on the floor in front of them, their human companions will appreciate a more thoughtful presentation. This year, try the traditional Japanese art of wrapping gifts in fabric squares—furoshiki—as an attractive and functional way to reduce paper waste. Not only is this an eco-sensitive option, the fabric can be put to other uses, doubling the gift. For furoshiki wrapping directions, click here.

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 57: Nov/Dec 2009

Thomas Schultze (cheese sticks), Kathy Dewar (muffins), Courtesy VivaTerra/vivaterra.com (furoshiki).

 

 

 

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