Tasty Tuesday: Snow Day with an Orange Twist

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My human daddy had a snow day yesterday. I know what you’re thinking: “Miss Harper Lee, you live in South Louisiana. How in the world did your daddy have a snow day?” Well, friends, Daddy was supposed to fly into Philadelphia Monday afternoon so he could work to earn money to maintain my fabulous lifestyle. But the airline people decided to cancel his flight, so Mommy and I got to enjoy his company for an extra 24 hours. What to do on a beautiful day at home? Harvest oranges from our big backyard orange tree, of course. Mommy’s already plucked the low-hanging fruit, and we’ve shared lots and lots and lots of oranges with our friends and neighbors, but we still have a whole lot of oranges on our tree. So Daddy climbed to the top of a ladder and started picking oranges . . . while I supervised. I’m an excellent supervisor.

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At this point, you know what my mommy started thinking: I wonder if I can find a recipe for dog treats with oranges as an ingredient? Off to the internet she went, and in just a few minutes she discovered Doggy Dessert Chef and a simple recipe for Lemon and Orange Rounds. We even had all the ingredients in the refrigerator and pantry:

  • 1 lemon (juiced and zested)
  • 1 medium orange (juiced and zested)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ

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Mommy preheated the oven to 375 F while I supervised Daddy as he combined the whole wheat flour, oatmeal, and wheat germ in a large bowl.

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Then it was time for Mommy to zest and juice the lemon and orange and combine the juice and zest, honey, and milk in another bowl.

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Mmm mmm mmm . . . so far so good. I was definitely looking forward to the finished product.

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Mommy added the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixed until the dough formed a ball (she had to add a tiny bit of water), and then rolled the dough out to 1/4 inch. We cut our treats into bone and football shapes–perfect for a Superbowl pup party–and then baked the treats on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for 15 to 20 minutes (17 minutes in our oven).

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You probably won’t be super surprised to learn that at some point during the preparation I snuck off for a little nap. Boy was I ever excited when Mommy tiptoed to my bed and held a yummy Lemon and Orange Treat under my nose. It quickly disappeared.

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Today we shared some of the oranges from our tree with the people who lived in our house before us. They’re the ones who planted our beautiful and bountiful orange tree, and now they live right around the corner. They have a super sweet six-month-old Goldendoodle named Ronald, so we made an extra special bag of treats for him. I’m pretty sure Ronald will have a big smile on his face when he tastes these yummy, yummy treats.

Mommy is overjoyed to have discovered Doggy Dessert Chef, which of course makes me a very, very happy girl. If you don’t already know Doggy Dessert Chef, click here to connect with the site. The recipes are very easy with simple ingredients. I’m looking forward to many more homemade treats from this site!

Today, I’m participating in the Tasty Tuesday blog hop, hosted by Kol’s Notes and Sugar the Golden Retriever. You can click on the link below for more yummy recipes and tasty treats.

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22 Comments on “Tasty Tuesday: Snow Day with an Orange Twist”

  1. We definitely did a double take on the Snow Day! BOL! This recipe looks very yummy.

  2. Emmadog says:

    I don’t know that I’ve ever had oranges. Maybe we will have to try some too.

    • This was my first taste of orange. This time of year, they start falling off of the tree and I have absolutely no interest at all in them. They’re pretty yummy in a dog treat, though.

  3. Ogee says:

    Aren’t snow days grand? Yum!

  4. That seems like a perfect snow day!

  5. Kuruk says:

    You are a furrrrabulous supervisor Miss Lee! ❤

  6. MyDogLikes says:

    Harper Lee, you lucky dog! Extra time with Dad and treats! I think I will have to try these out!

  7. Those look yummy and very easy. It was nice of you to share!

  8. PigLove says:

    OMP That looks awesome!! I could eat one or a half of a dozen. Gotta maintain this pot belly for you beautiful 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

  9. wow look at your tongue, looks like they were very nummy

  10. cafall says:

    I need to get better at baking for our pups – those sound delicious.

    Monty and Harlow

    • These were really simple. And the recipe only made about one cookie sheet of treats . . . which means that you’re not cutting out and cooking forever. It also means that you get to try more recipes more often!

  11. Jan K says:

    Don’t those sound yummy! How wonderful to have that beautiful orange tree right in your yard. We can only dream about things like that, as we’re buried in snow and cold! 🙂

    • We are so fortunate to have the orange tree. At first we thought it was a lime tree, and we were so excited to have limes for gin and tonics. 😉 When we realized it was an orange tree, we thought for the longest time that it was just a sour orange–good for root stock but not for juicing, cooking, and eating. Then one day Mommy decided to try one of the oranges. They are the best oranges ever!

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