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Baking Fest '10

by Meghann on January 17, 2010

I have been baking up a storm in the kitchen today!

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And making a big mess in the process. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It all started with the batch of homemade dog biscuits I have been dying to make for a while.

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I followed Lori’s recipe for Apple Whole Dog Biscuits and added a big scoop of peanut butter to the mix.

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The results weren’t the prettiest thing ever

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But, Maddie didn’t seem to mind at all.

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She loved them!

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While I was grocery shopping today I was debating buying a $5.69 box of granola when it suddenly occurred to me – Why don’t I just make my own? I already had all the ingredients in my cabinet and it took less then 15 minutes to throw together.

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Kath’s recipe for Coconut Almond Granola is my go to no-fail granola recipe. Only instead of almond slivers I used chopped walnuts.

Of course I had to have a sample bite to make sure it came out right.

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Yum!

I had saved my MixMyGranola tube for an occasion just like this one.

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The tube is perfect for storing my homemade granola.

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I took a break from breaking for a very green lunch.

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My beloved massage kale salad is back in the picture. The massaged kale salad consisted of kale that had been ‘massaged’ with olive oil, salt and lemon juice before being refrigerated for an hour.

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Other toppings included

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Chickpeas
  • Sprouts
  • Tabouli
  • Raisins
  • Cashews

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On the side I had a whole grapefruit.

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Citrus is such a pain to peel and chop, but always worth it. The fresh grapefruit was very refreshing and much tastier then its juiced alternative.

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My sweet tooth kicked in after lunch and since I was on such a role baking in the kitchen, I decided to bake a batch of cookies.

Specifically Gina’s Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Unfortunately I was missing a few key ingredients – including the chocolate chips – so I improvised!

I didn’t have any chocolate chips, but I did have a million Merci Chocolate bars that did the trick.

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I chopped them into small pieces and added them to the mix.

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I was also used the last of my canola oil and had to use applesauce.

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The applesauce made the cookies a little spongy and funny looking, but they still tasted amazing!

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Now its time to clean up the kitchen and get my butt in gear. I have plans to meet Caitlin for Happy Hour at 4:00. Bring on the beer!

1 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm

What a fun day of baking! Those dog biscuits are a great idea. I’m glad little Maddie liked them ๐Ÿ™‚

2 Molly January 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

yum! Ill have to make those treats for my dog too (even though he’ll eat just about anything!)
Have fun at happy hour as well ๐Ÿ™‚

xo- Molly

http://www.givinganythingbutup.wordpress.com

3 Evan Thomas January 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Wow! looks like a ton of goodies! It feels great just to bake everything at once, too, because it’s only 1 time cleaning up

4 Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 17, 2010 at 3:25 pm

man that really IS a lot of baking . . . and now I want oatmeal for some reason!

5 Lauren January 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Have fun at Happy Hour!

6 Marissa January 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Those dog treats are too cute!!

7 thefitbride January 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I make these pumpkin peanut butter dog treats for my dog all the time–he loves them! Unfortunately now he won’t eat store-bought dog treats so I have to keep making them! http://delishfood.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/pumpkin-peanut-butter-dog-treats/ Plain canned pumpkin is really good for dogs.

8 Megan January 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Today was DEF a baking day…I spent the day making cookies, granola, and soup!!

9 Darci January 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Love the dog biscuits…might have to try that sometime for my little fur ball!!

And I can not wait to try the granola recipe!! I’ve been wanting to do that for a while, but all the one’s I come across want you to dehydrate them and I don’t have one those.

Fun post!

10 Run Sarah January 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Love the dog treats! I need to try making them for my pup – he has such a sensitive tummy that a lot of store-bought ones make him sick.

11 Erin January 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Is anything more fun than baking the day away? I don’t think so! ๐Ÿ˜‰

12 Holly S. January 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Looks like a fun day of baking! Did you really use the spelt flour that Gina’s recipe calls for, or did you use whole wheat or all purpose flour? I don’t have spelt flour around but I’d like to try the recipe!

Thanks and have fun at happy hour!

13 Heather January 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm

What a cool project to tackle! Have a good happy hour ๐Ÿ™‚

14 Gracie January 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm

You weren’t kidding about your bake-fest! There’s just something so comforting about baking….and then eating the goods ๐Ÿ˜‰

p.s. you have one lucky pup!!

15 Sam January 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Looks good! Homemade cookies are the best! I’m glad Maddie liked hers too!

16 Kristine January 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I need to ask….did you try the dog treats? HAHA! Those ingredients look awesome!

17 Carolyn January 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Yay for being innovative in the kitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚

18 Jenna January 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Yummy treats!!

19 Angela January 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Those cookies and the granola look so good! I was already in the mood for baking but after looking at those pictures I think I have to now!

20 inmytummy January 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Can people eat the dog biscuits? Did you try them?!

21 foodfitnessandfreya January 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I loveee big baking days ๐Ÿ˜€ the other day I did 24muffins and a biiiig batch of museli – it was productive ๐Ÿ™‚
That lunch looks delish btw! Bar the grapfruit..I’ve never had the real thing, but the juice is foul :s so bitter and nasty!! Maybe American grapefruits are better…?
Have a good happy hour!

22 Mandy January 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Aw those doggie biscuits are too cute ๐Ÿ™‚

23 Chelsea January 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Those doggie treats are so cute. I love that you got a bone cookie cutter ๐Ÿ™‚

24 Liz @ intheskinny January 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Oooh, I want to make dog biscuits! Thanks for linking the recipe.

25 Becca January 17, 2010 at 6:38 pm

My mom bakes my dog biscuits too! Tito hasn’t had a store bought treat in years and he loves them!

26 Danielle January 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Those dog treats look so cute! I love the bone cookie cutter. I bet Bradley would love them ๐Ÿ™‚

Have fun at happy hour with Caitlin.

27 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 17, 2010 at 6:50 pm

yum, the granola looks perfecto ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you ladies have a fun happy hour!

28 Courtney January 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I’m buying kale! So that I can try this massaged kale salad! ;] Woman you were tearing it up in the kitchen today, phew – has the dust settled yet?

Yay for Happy Hour! :]

29 Kristin (NoVA Novice) January 17, 2010 at 7:29 pm

You’ve inspired me to try making my own granola! ๐Ÿ™‚

30 gina (fitnessista) January 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm

you are a baking machine!
the cookies look amazing- those are my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚
have fun tonight!

31 Nicci@NiftyEats January 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I love when I get into baking zone and want to bake all day. I love the dog biscuits, I should make some for my dog.

32 jenngirl January 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Those dog treats are so cute! I’m sure Maddie appreciated them ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you had a blast at happy hour!

33 eaternotarunner January 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Those cookies look delicious!

34 theprocessofhealing January 17, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I’ve been wanting to try those cookies for a while. i might just have to do that sooner rather than later… good idea on improvising! And your salad sounds fantastic!

35 Anna January 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Awww…you are such a good dog mom! My dogs are jealous of Maddie ๐Ÿ™‚

36 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) January 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Aw, I love that you made her dog biscuits! How fun.

Grapefruit is always worth the pain of peeling in my opinion. And it’s so pretty too!

37 Lori January 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Thanks for the mention! What a great idea with adding the peanut butter. The doggies would love that. Maddie is such a cutie!

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