Happy New Year!

by Maureen on January 1, 2013

I know you probably thought I got lost or distracted but no, I’m still here and I’m still loving every one of my friends like you.  I was all set for the Christmas season and it was going to be just John and me so I didn’t stress.  There were a few parties both here and elsewhere but nothing to get me off track.

peanut butter dog biscuits

Nothing, that is, until we received a phone call from John’s sister telling us that his elderly parents would be visiting us for Christmas – IN TWO DAYS’ TIME!  Now I’m not sure how you deal with your mother-in-law but I always stress.  She’s a white glove housekeeper who retired ages ago and has plenty of time to keep things tidy.

I’m not a slob but I work full time and have my blog and all the social media that goes with it. I work way more than a full day every day of the year, consequently you won’t find everything in its place 100% of the time and sometimes you’ll find a sandy dog print on the guest bedroom bedspread.  (it’s near the front door and he likes to wait for me there.)

I didn’t panic but I was stressing and then it came to me – that little voice that speaks inside our heads.  “Maureen, make a choice – do you work or do you spend time with the olds?”  (yeah, that’s what the family all calls them)  John’s father is 92 today and his mother is 88.  This could have been the last time we ever saw them in sharp as a tack mode so the choice for me was easy.

Making Dog Biscuits

Rather than abandoning my blog, I was 100% involved in showing them a good time.  Both of them have a hearty appetite and love big breakfasts, wonderful lunches and terrific dinners.  I was so tired by the time they left that I didn’t care if I ever cooked again.  A couple of days’ rest and I’m back in full swing and so pleased to catch up with you all.

The last post I prepared never got published before Christmas because I just wasn’t here with you.  My apologies to you and to my guest poster, Charlie our cavoodle.  Ros McLaughlin, my new photographer friend who did the photos of my cheesecake, is also a pet photographer and she suggested that Charlie and I make dog biscuits for his friends.

Homemade Dog BiscuitsHomemade Dog Biscuits

The recipe was pretty easy to put together and I already knew my best friend was fond of peanut butter so once he rolled them out I helped him write his friends’ names on the biscuits.  I do have to admit that I believe I had a lot more fun doing this than he did.  It cost me half a cup of treats to get him to stand on the chair and look interested.

testing the batter for dog biscuits

He did try to taste the dough but honestly, don’t we all test the dough or lick the beaters?  I’m sure he’s seen me do it.

Once they were out of the oven and cooled, it was time for the ultimate test – did they qualify to wrap up as gifts for Ruby, Frankie, Oscar and the two fluffy dogs I can never remember the names of?

ing homemade dog biscuits

and the verdict??


There you have it, folks, a Charlie approved recipe for peanut butter dog biscuits.  He tells me they’d be great any time of the year so if you’ve got a pooch who loves a treat, try Charlie’s recipe.

5.0 from 7 reviews

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
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This is an easy treat to make for your Fido, Fluffy or Frankie – or even Charlie.
Recipe type: Pet Food
Cuisine: American
Serves: 30
  • 2 cups (250g) wholemeal flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 270g unsalted natural peanut butter (I used what I eat)
  • 1 cup (250ml) low fat milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F.
  2. Line baking pan with paper or grease pans.
  3. Combine the flour and baking powder and set aside.
  4. In a mixer bowl add all the ingredients and mix with an electric mixer until well blended.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll out to 1cm/1/4″ thickness and cut into shapes using cookie cutters.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Using tongs, turn the biscuits over and place back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from baking trays to cool on wire racks before letting your best friend taste one.


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Amanda January 4, 2013 at 8:13 am

Great post and gorgeous pictures, Maureen. Good to see you back on deck, my friend!
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Maureen January 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

Thanks Amanda, I’ve been thinking of you so much when I heard “catastrophic fire danger” in the Adelaide Hills. Scary stuff.


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts January 4, 2013 at 8:27 am

What cute pictures!! Glad that you had a great holiday with family!
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Maureen January 6, 2013 at 9:03 am

Thanks, Erin, it was a lovely family holiday and we don’t get those very often since all my family is in the states and his are in Victoria in the south of Australia. Happy New Year!


cakewhiz January 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

awwwwwww…. very cute pictures!
seems like these dog biscuits were thoroughly enjoyed ;)


Maureen January 6, 2013 at 9:03 am

he ate so many the day we did the shoot that the next day he woudln’t eat one at all LOL


ChopinandMysaucepan January 4, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Dear Maureen,

I’m sure it was time well spent with John’s parents and I think you made the right choice. The blog can always wait but precious time with family should always take priority.

Happy new year to you and your family and all the very best for 2013!


Maureen January 6, 2013 at 9:02 am

I know I did but there’s SO much work to catch up on :) Hope 2013 is a terrific year for you both.


Christina @ The Hungry Australian January 4, 2013 at 5:38 pm

I love this post, Maureen. I’m like you – I’d pick family time over housekeeping. Good on you for recognising what’s important – I’m sure your in laws had a lovely time with you.


Maureen January 6, 2013 at 9:02 am

We’d be great neighbours then! :)


Lisa Huff @ Snappy Gourmet January 5, 2013 at 12:19 am

Wow, 2 days notice for visitors! That’s not much time!! I think I would have left town. :) I don’t have a dog, but loving the biscuits! So adorable! Happy New Year!
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Maureen January 6, 2013 at 9:01 am

Lisa, you can borrow Charlie anytime you feel like tossing a ball or going for walkies :)


Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) January 7, 2013 at 11:59 am

Happy to see you back, Maureen, and gosh this post made me smile. Love the pictures of Charlie!

Happy New Year to you!


Stacy January 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I love the photos of Charlie baking! Especially that last one where the biscuit is clearly lip-smacking good! Glad to see I am not the only crazy lady who makes treats for her pet and lets him help in the kitchen. :)

You definitely made the right choice regarding the Olds. Family comes before blog and ensures at least one thing you will never regret in life.
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Kimby January 10, 2013 at 8:29 am

Maureen, I’m playing catch up today and this was a fun post to begin with — what a cute pup! I appreciated your thoughts on spending time with family (that’s why I was gone, too) — no matter how chaotic, last-minute, or stress-inducing, it’s time well spent. Happy New Year!


Jack Milgram January 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Oh, it’s so sweet that you allow your dog to help you baking))) I see that he enjoys the process and the result))
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Maureen January 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Jack, if I am 100% honest, I must have put that Santa cap on his head 10 times and put him back in the chair so many times he gave up and stopped hopping down. He was sick of the biscuits by the time I’d finished the photos. He’s a lovely dog and will do anything and with a clicker he’s really quick but of course I didn’t think of that at the time.


Nami | Just One Cookbook January 11, 2013 at 3:03 am

Maureen, this is the cutest New Year post! I love it. That first picture of Charlie in Santa hat is a keeper. So cute!!! I get stressed out too when my MIL or anyone comes to my house. It starts from cleaning the house till there’s no dust. No one asks me to do it but it’s just me. Happy New Year and looking forward to your future posts this year! :)


Cass @foodmyfriend January 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Such a beautiful dog! I love that photo of him staring straight at the camera. You made the right decision!


Mary Frances January 15, 2013 at 2:44 am

Maureen, your dog is such a cutie! That second photo is just so good. What a fun idea, cooking for all kinds of loves.


Maureen January 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm

He is cute but he’s also a dog. Given a choice between home made treats an treats from the catbox.. the catbox wins :)


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