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Posted: Monday, Dec. 02, 2013

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Photo by Lora Denton Photography.

Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

For the last couple of weeks I've been taking it real easy, which is quite unlike me. Even on the weekends I'm always out or keeping myself busy. To switch up my routine and spend a day at home has been bliss. I've finally been able to forget my long to-do list and relax. On the nights hubby is with me, we lounge around in pjs and watch "NCIS" or "Castle" marathons. Even our Thanksgiving was laid-back and casual. It has been wonderful!

With Christmas just around the corner, I know I'll be decorating soon and getting my Christmas party ideas into full swing. So in an effort to enjoy the last few days of "me time," I did step into the kitchen and bake up some holiday dog treats. Christmas always brings out my inner baker, and when I found a Christmas version of The Organic Dog Biscuit Kit at Barnes and Noble, I was sold. Not only does it come with some new holiday recipes, but also an adorable gingerbread man cutter. Knowing how much I love to spoil Alice, how could I resist?

I love baking for Alice. Not only does she get really excited while I'm in the kitchen, but I get the most adorable face when the treats are done. Since snickerdoodles are one of Robert's favorite cookies, I figured this was a good choice to spoil her with. I think I made hubby a little jealous when he arrived home to treats for Alice and not for him though…. oops.

Interested in spoiling your pooch too? Here's the recipe:

Snickerdoodles

Source: The Organic Dog Biscuit Kit Christmas Edition from the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of honey
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 1/2 cups of brown rice flour (I used white rice flour)
1 1/2 cups of oat flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 cup of water (I ended up needing about 1 1/4)

Method:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Throw all ingredients, excluding the water, in a bowl and mix them. When everything is well blended, slowly add in your water until the mixture has thickened. You want it to have more of a dough consistency. I added half a cup of water and still needed more, so just add water until it thickens.

Once you have a dough consistency, flour your chopping board and roll the dough out. Cut your treats out (any cookie cutter will work) and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. As soon as they have cooled, be sure to store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

Voila- a quick and easy recipe for your pets that allows them to enjoy the holidays too. If you're looking for more organic treats, be sure to check out this cheese and bacon combo.

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