Dog Biscuits Day, Banana Nut Bread Day

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February 23,2014

Westminster Bull Dogs

★~ Today’s Quote: Nobody in the South has shovels so my neighbors have resorted to shooting the snow. (I think it was a tweet)

★~ Dog Biscuit Day:

Dog Biscuit

Canines have enjoyed treats for centuries, although earlier versions were quite a bit different than today’s variety. Dog treats used to include stale, moldy bread, rotting leftovers and rock-hard biscuits made out of grain. But American James Spratt changed all that on a trip to England in the mid-1800s when he saw hungry, stray dogs scavenging for leftover food. It wasn’t long before he developed a cake-like biscuit comprised of meat, grains and vegetables called “Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes” and the rest, as they say, is history. Then in 1908, the F. H. Bennett Biscuit Co. of New York developed hard-baked, bone-shaped biscuits comprised of various minerals, cow’s milk and meat products, the Milk-Bone.

Rascal favorite treat these days is little min-hotdogs without the crescent roll.

Here are a few recipes (posted in 2013)  if you want to whip up some of  Dog Biscuits.

  • Easy Bake Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits – This recipe calls for whole wheat and white flour, peanut butter and vegetable oil.
  • Homemade Dog Biscuits – This recipe calls for whole wheat flour, rolled oats, shredded cheese, unsweetened apple sauce and 3 eggs.
  • Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits – This recipe calls for flour, oatmeal, wheat germ, crunchy peanut butter, honey, baking powder and vegetable oil.
  • Cluck-a-Doodle-Doggie Treats – This recipe includes flour, cornmeal, an egg, chicken broth, vegetable oil, parsley and cooked chicken livers.
  • Dog Cookies with Salmon Oil – You’ll need whole wheat flour, cheddar and cottage cheese, green beans, an apple, chicken broth, salmon oil and salmon for these cookies.
  • Canine Chef’s Oven Baked Dog Kibble – If you are concerned about wheat, corn or soy, you’ll love this recipe. You’ll need oat flour, rolled oats, bone meal, brown rice, eggs and pearl barley, millet, quinoa or split peas.
  • Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits with Soy Milk – You’ll need whole wheat fl our, rolled oats, baking powder, soy milk, honey and peanut butter for this one.
  • Homemade Dog Biscuits – This recipe calls for whole wheat and unbleached white flour, peanut butter and vegetable oil.
  • Veggie Thins Dog Biscuits – You’ll need flour, dry milk powder, vegetable cube, brown sugar, carrots, safflower oil and an egg or egg substitute.
  • 3 Cheese Dog Biscuits – This recipe calls for all-purpose flour, one egg, evaporated milk, parmesan, romano and cheddar cheese.

Making of the World’s Largest Dog Biscuit – full version from Rabbit on Vimeo.

★~ Banana Nut Bread Day:

Banana nut bread

Bananas arrived in the United States in the 1870s and quickly became one of the most popular fruits on the market. It wasn’t long before they started to appear in dessert recipes as the star ingredient. The first cookbooks that mentioned banana bread were published during the Great Depression. Culinary historians believe that a resourceful housewife who did not want to throw away over-ripe bananas may have invented the original recipe.

 Banana Nut Bread Recipe 

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1886 – Charles M. Hall completed his invention of aluminum. Thank god, how would we manage Thanksgiving if we did not have aluminum foil?

♥~ 1937 – Bing Crosby sang with Lani McIntyre and His Hawaiians, as Sweet Leilani was recorded on Decca Records. The Academy Award-winning song was featured in the movie Waikiki Wedding.

♥~ 1963 – The Chiffons recording of He’s So Fine was released. It rose to the #1 position on March 30th for a four-week stay. The song later became the center of one of the most publicized lawsuits in music history. The estate of songwriter Ronnie Marks won the suit against former Beatle George Harrison, saying that the song My Sweet Lord, was a note-for-note copy of He’s So Fine. The Chiffons also scored big with One Fine Day, Sweet Talkin’ Guy and others.

★~Born Today:

Easy Rider

♥~ 1940 – Peter Fonda director, actor: Easy Rider, Futureworld, The Wild Angel’s, Love and a .45

♥~ 1943 – Fred Biletnikoff, Pro Football Hall of Famer [wide receiver]: Oakland Raiders wide receiver: Super Bowl II, XI

♥~ 1944 – Johnny Winter (John Dawson III) musician: Still Alive and Well, Second Winter

♥~ 1951 – Patricia Richardson actress: Out of Omaha, Candy Paint, Blonde, Ulee’s Gold, Parent Trap III, Yuri Nosenko, KGB

♥~ 1921 – Brad Whitford – musician: guitar: group: Aerosmith: LPs: Toys in the Attic, Rocks, Draw the Line, Live! Bootleg, Night in the Ruts

♥~ 1954 – Howard Jones,Rock singer

♥~ 1965 – Kristin Davis – Actress, Sex and the City

♥~ 1983 –  Emily Blunt is a British actress best known for her roles in The Young Victoria and The Devil Wears Prada.

★~ Good to Know: Aluminum Foil Hacks

♥~ Sharpen your scissors. In between professional sharpening (or for those 99 cent pairs of scissors that you don’t want to pay to have sharpened). Cutting through 6-8 layers of aluminum foil will improve the cutting surface of most scissors.

♥~ Shine up rusty chrome. With a bit of water on a wadded-up piece of aluminum foil, you can rub most rust spots off of chrome car parts. Dip the foil in coke to make it extra strength.

♥~ Keep your oven clean. Tired of scraping burned-on food out of the bottom of your oven? Line it with aluminum foil before making something particularly messy. Don’t leave it in there permanently, however, because it can lead to oven damage over time.

♥~ Make your soap last longer. Put a piece of aluminum foil on the bottom of your bar of soap to keep it from sitting in a puddle of water and wearing away quickly.

♥~ Make interesting cakes. Novelty cake pans in odd shapes are expensive. Get the same effect by using a regular cake pan but making a shaped liner for the inside. Make sure the liner is at least as tall as the edges of the pan and several thicknesses so it will hold its shape. This makes it easy to make that snowman or heart-shaped cake without spending a lot of money on a new pan.

♥~ Make a sun box for seedlings. If your plants are growing crooked or looking sun deprived on one side, cut off the top and one side of a cardboard box, then line the bottom and remaining sides with aluminum foil. Place your plant inside and put the entire operation in the window with the open side facing the window. The sun will reflect off of the foil and cause your plant to grow up straight.

♥~ Make a portrait reflector. Forget those super-expensive professional photography reflectors. Just cover a sturdy piece of cardboard with aluminum foil and you’ll have an excellent light reflector for portraits and still lifes.

♥~ Keep birds out of your fruit trees. Hang twisted strips of aluminum foil all over your fruit trees using fishing line. The light reflections and the sound will keep birds away from your fruit. Results vary.

♥~ Re-soften hard brown sugar. Wrap the block of hardened sugar in some aluminum foil and bake in a 300° (Fahrenheit) oven for 5 minutes give or take,

♥~ Keep the bottom of your fireplace or charcoal grill from becoming encrusted with soot. Line the bottom of your fireplace or grill with aluminum foil before starting a fire, then dispose of the foil after the fire is out and the coals are completely cooled.

♥~ Protect your furniture. Pets can’t stand the feeling or the sound of crinkling aluminum foil. If you want them to stay off of your furniture, cover the seats with clean aluminum foil whenever you’re not using the furniture. Your pets will learn within a couple of days to avoid sitting up there. You can also prevent them from scratching or biting furniture legs by covering them in aluminum foil. (I am so doubtful…you try)

♥~ Add a wadded-up ball of aluminum foil to your dryer with a load of clothes to reduce static cling. it works pretty well in a pinch.

♥~ Get creative and make fun sculptures with your aluminum foil. Because you have all the time in the world….

♥~ If your TV and DVD player are stacked one on top of the other, you may find the picture is a bit fuzzy. This often happens when the electromagnetic fields from both devices interfere with each other. Place a sheet of aluminum foil between them to cut down on the interference.

♥~ When ironing, put a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil will reflect the heat from the iron so you can essentially iron both sides at once. Someone try this and tell us if it works I am skeptical.

♥~ Steam your silk or wool garments by placing a piece of aluminum foil on top of the ironing board and under the garment. Pass the iron over the garment from a few inches above the fabric while holding down the steam button. The steam will remove wrinkles without harming the cloth with direct heat.

♥~ Keep pie crusts from burning. This may be one of the oldest aluminum foil tricks in the book, but it’s a good one. When baking a pie, cover the edges of the crust with aluminum foil at the very end of the baking time to keep it from browning too much.

♥~ Use strips of aluminum foil to wrap your hair, then coil them up to make impromptu curlers. It will also protect you from mind control enemies. Just don’t answer your door or run to the store. K?

And don’t forget the crazy helpful tip about pushing in the locks on the foil box (located at both ends). This will keep the foil securely in the box while you pull the foil to your desired length.


We are taking a day off from delivering letters door to door. We’ve delivered over 200 letter so I think we deserve a break…which means we have a lot to catch up with at home. Click for fun June Bug Video. Any ideas of what we should have for dinner? Real food, homemade food….I wish I could fly in my Dear Dad’s ribs and my sweet Mom’s pilaf. For the record I may never eat another glazed donut.

Enjoy your day. I’m celebrating the sun!

Odd Loves Company!

10 thoughts on “Dog Biscuits Day, Banana Nut Bread Day

  1. Love all the aluminum foil tips !!
    Must try your banana bread recipe..Ronnie has to eat a banana everyday or he has a “spell”..he thinks bananas are a miracle we always have a few overripe bananas. 😀

    • I think they might be a miracle food! I love them especially when I am starving between meals. We will have to compare aluminum foil results on El Morno!

  2. My Chester just gets Scooby treats and Milk Bones. And he should be happy that I remember his treats before the cookies for the kids.
    We love banana nut bread which reminds me that I have a few over ripe bananas.
    Tips are always great.
    Glad you are taking a day in. Even if you to work at home at least you don’t have to battle slush and ice. BTW June gets cuter by the day 😀

  3. Unfortunately, today’s quote sounds just like my city. I’m sure you remember well….
    Nik’s biscuit days are over. No grains whatsoever with her skin issues. That’s ok…..there are enough other treats to keep her happy. Which, by the way, she is not at the moment. Whining up a storm! Luckily, it is that low grumbling octave. I think she senses a walk in the very near future!
    The Chiffon’s gave us some good tunes! My Sweet Lord = He’s So Fine???
    Another set of great tips! I just placed an aluminum foil sheet under the bar of soap. Will try to remember to ball one up for the dryer. I’m allergic to fabric sheets. An experience I have not forgotten!
    Comfort food for dinner.
    Good afternoon!

    • The aluminum foil in the dryer worked pretty well. I think dryer sheets are a common cause of allergic reaction–wonder what chemical causes the reaction.
      Poo Nik hope she had her walk. There are gluten free dog biscuits of-course but I’ve never met a dog that will eat one. My best homemade treats for my pups are sweet potatoes. And they warm up the house and smell good too.

  4. What? Swearing off doughnuts?? Say it isn’t so!

    Thanks for the tips about aluminum foil. I’ll try the one for the soap dish. We’ve used aluminum foil to prevent pie crusts from burning, too, but now there’s a thing you can buy that’s reusable (and goes into the dishwasher!)

    Definitely NO banana nut bread for me — sorry, but that’s an awful combination.

    Dallas loves doggie treats! Pupperoni is one of his favorites. Do you have a recipe for a doggie birthday cake??

    • NO. No. No. It is not an awful combination! It’s wonderful! irresistible to MOST people 😀
      There is a bakery here that sells doggie birthday cakes…I have never bought one. I think they include applesauce. I just give my pups a small slice of white cake and icing. Or a small bowl of ice cream. Rascal requests a pupachino. A small cup of whip cream from Starbucks.

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