#122 - Quick & Craveable Peanut Butter Cookies

Hurricane Irene became "tropical storm Irene" before it reached us, so we are very lucky that we didn't have any damage! A few of our friends are still without power and there are some who have a few missing shingles, some fallen branches, and other minor issues, but fortunately most of our friends were not affected. We hope that all of you were able to stay safe, too!

When it's stormy outside, we always love to sit and munch on homemade snacks. Today, we thought that we'd share one of our favorite recipes. This quick, easy cookie is safe for both humans and puppies, and it tastes so delicious that people will demand the recipe from you. And the best part is, you can make a batch in about 5 minutes and enjoy them immediately. Instant gratification... what could be better?

Quick & Craveable Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup rolled oats (whole oats, not quick oats)
1/2 cup dates
1/2 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter (or almond butter for sweeter cookies)
1/2 cup carob chips

- Process the oats in food processor until finely ground.
- Add dates to the food processor and process until ground and mixed well with the oats.
- Add the honey and peanut butter. Process until the mixture starts to stick together and has a texture that is thick and able to be molded. If the mix seems too crumbly, add more honey until it sticks well.
- Stir in your carob chips by hand with a spoon.
- Take small chunks of the mix into your palm. Roll the chunks into golf-ball sized clumps and flatten each to create your cookie.
- Store in a closed container with foil or waxed paper on the bottom, to prevent sticking. They will keep for 4 days without refrigeration, up to 10 days in the fridge, and even longer if frozen.

Whenever I make these cookies they only last about 3 days before everyone in the house, JD and Ringo included, has devoured them! Go ahead and make a batch, relax, and enjoy a lovely day.

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#121 - Hurricanes and Sleepy Days

Hurricane Irene is going to hit some places much harder than others, but no matter where you are, remember to bring your pets inside. Pups left outdoors risk major injury and will likely be scared by the stormy weather, so keep them in, snuggle up, and watch the rain from the safety of your homes!

We plan on waiting out the weather by watching 'I Love Lucy' re-runs and Bing Crosby flicks with a batch or two of popcorn. How will you pass the time while the storm rolls through?

Looks like JD and Ringo will be counting sheep!

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#120 - JD the Flying Wonder

JD looks serious as he prepares for his first secret mission as an aviator. He must parachute down into an unknown land in order to steal back snacks that have been stolen from him and his poochie friends.

Fortunately, JD is very brave and has a specific plan of action. With the help of his spiffy goggles and protective headgear, he is sure to be successful!

Would you like to be JD's copilot today?

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#119 - Our Friend, Lily

Meet our new friend, Lily. She is a beautiful puppy who is barely 3 months old and is a mix between a beagle and a golden lab.

Isn't she lovely? She moved in across the street from us last week. Our neighbors, who love animals very much, lost their beagle, Sprint, last year to old age. JD and Ringo were sad, too, because Sprint was their best friend. He was over 15 years old and they were devastated when they had to make the decision to put him to sleep due to his failing health and suffering. But now they have this new ball of fur and joy in their lives! I think Sprint must have sent Lily to them so that they could always remember him, but still help another rescue dog in need.

It appears that Lily and JD are already falling in love. We will have to keep an eye on this budding romance.

Lily loves to visit Ringo and JD in our yard. They even garden, inspecting the tomato plants and digging in the corners to be sure that everything is in order.

After gardening and playing, everyone relaxes in the shade. I think JD is about ready to sneak a kiss before Lily heads home for lunch. Ooooh puppy love!

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#118 - Customer Close-up - Lil Smug Pug

What's the biggest perk about having a job as a fashioner of dog hats?
Receiving photos of my furry, little clients!
Nothing puts a bigger smile on my lips than receiving e-mails full
of pictures of pugs and other pets in our hats.

This little darling from the Lil Smug Pug blog is one adorable koala in her pug hat! We love that she is here commiserating with her panda and getting ready for a bear hug.

She seems to be saying "I am Koala, see me snuggle!"

Please stop in at Flora's blog (the pug's momma), to read all about the Lil Smug Pug and see many more photos of her in our hat.

Also, we remind you that your pooch could be the next Customer Close-up on our blog! If you have any of our items, whether it be hats, neck warmers, art work, cards, etc. simply take photos of your pets with our items and send them in. We would love to hear about and blog about your fur-babies! You can send all photos and blurbs to jessica@allyouneedispug.com and be sure to tell us all about your pets so that we can brag about them for you.

Have a lovely weekend!

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#117 - Waiting for Fall

JD's favorite season is fall, and so is mine. Though we aren't trilled about college classes, exams, and ten page research papers, we can't wait for pumpkins, apple crisp, and hay rides!

We are so excited for the beautiful foliage and cool breezes, that we don't even mind if we have to rake... as long as there is hot apple and cinnamon cider waiting for us when we're through.

What's your favorite thing about autumn?

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