Who doesn’t love a picnic?! Louise at Months of Edible Celebrations is hosting the picnic game, which I must confess, I don’t recall playing as a child. I do remember seeing other girls sitting in large circles, clapping and reciting and laughing, but I don’t remember participating. I was probably playing soccer or lacrosse with the boys…
At any rate, what started as me being silly led to this post and our offering for the picnic. I don’t have a go-to picnic recipe. I’m known as the baker in my family and with my inlaws, but there’s no one thing I’m routinely asked to bring to our summer gatherings. So, I joked with Louise that Sissy would want me to bring dog biscuits, and being a fan of my silly mutts, Louise jumped right on it!
Without further delay, here’s my first (to the best of my recollection!) attempt at the picnic game!
I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing:
D: DIVA Doggy Bites
Of course, when Sissy demands special treats, they must be CUSTOM creations, partly because she has food allergies, but mostly because she is a DIVA and it really is all about her more often than not in our little house in the woods.
Since I’m guessing many of you are visitors not well-versed in my special-needs dog’s world, she is highly allergic to corn and chicken, and corn starch is a popular dog treat ingredient. She’s also sensitive to pork, beef and basically any animal flesh except rabbit.
This is where I confess that life got in the way, so last night, I flew by the seat of my pants. I’m delighted to report that what we created is perfect, according to the DIVA and the wee one.
DIVIA Doggy Bites
2 cups Bisquick
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 medium to large ripe banana
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a food processor (or blender). Mix until smooth. Spread WET dough evenly on a greased jelly roll pan (I used a Pampered Chef large bar pan). Bake 20 minutes. Turn oven off, but leave pan in until the dough is as brown as you desire.
Cool 5 minutes in pan, on a cooling rack, then slice into whatever your dog(s) consider bite-sized pieces. Remove to rack for continued cooling, then package in air-tight containers or freeze.
Of course, they’re DIVA approved. I couldn’t use her title without her blessing. And if you must know, they are BITES because the normally gentle gal did jam one tooth into my finger last night while I was trying to take photos, because she felt I was teasing her and she was trying to grab her yum and run!!
Yes, it’s an odd flavor pairing, but they are two of the fur-girls favorites, and they seem to find it an irresistible combination. I held a treat in my mouth while I took more photos this morning, and it wasn’t vile. Everything is human grade, so you could eat them if you desired.
Do your dogs like “vegetarian” treats? If so, what flavors?
Thanks Louise for inviting ALL of us to the picnic. Gretchen is happy to share HER treats with any of the other dogs present.
Do you have a go-to, often-requested picnic recipe? Would you share it with me, even if you’re not playing the picnic game with us?
Oh – and do let us know if you and your dogs try the recipe. Feedback is always appreciated!