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Lately I have been making a lot of pizza…boboli makes it so easy with their yummy pizza crusts and once you top them you just need to bake them for 8-10 minutes…dinner in an instant which is what I love! The other night I put together this yummy pizza with ingredients in my fridge…and it was DELICIOUS! I will definitely be making it again soon!


  • 1 boboli 8 inch pizza crust
  • Basil pesto
  • Fresh spinach (washed)
  • Mushrooms, washed, sliced, and uncooked
  • Fresh garlic (just put a little since there is already lots in the pesto…I love garlic so I always include it in here but if you are not a garlic lover feel free to skip it)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Place pizza crust on a cookie sheet. Top pizza with pesto, garlic (and spread it into the pesto), spinach, and mushrooms. Drizzle olive oil over the mushrooms since they are going on uncooked.
  • Top with cheeses, sat, and pepper.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!
Note: I didn’t put specific amounts of ingredients since you can really put as much as you like of anything on the pizzas. To each their own! ūüôā

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Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits


The dogs on our walk! Peyton, Nalu and Harley (from back to front)

My girlfriend Aulani and her dog Peyton Manning recently moved in with her cousin Chris¬†and a friend of his, both of whom also have dogs.¬† Lately, Aulani, my roommate Carol, and I have taken to walking the¬†Diamond head loop from their house in Kahala, and of course we bring the dogs along with us to give them some exercise.¬† Harley, the only girl of the house, hurt her paw on one of our walks the other day, and so wasn’t allowed to come with us when we went yesterday evening.¬† Feeling awful that she had hurt herself on my watch, I spent the afternoon yesterday baking her peanut butter dog cookies so she wouldn’t feel quite so bad about having to stay home while we took the other two with us.¬† She is a bit chubby so I found this recipe online that is only 100 calories per cookie ūüôā¬† I told Harley she could eat all she wanted to make her feel better!¬† Of course I couldn’t leave Nalu and Peyton out, so¬†I made them each a bag of cookies as well.¬† I didn’t try them myself, but the dogs sure seemed to like them!¬† Here is the recipe I found on http://www.gourmetsleuth.com.


July 09 002

Bunny rabbit shaped dog biscuits!

Alexander’s Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit Treats ¬†Yields: About 30, three inch treats

 I N G R E D I E N T S
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cups vegetable oil 
2 medium eggs
3 tablespoons peanut butter (sugar free if possible)*
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups unbleached white flour (+Additional flour for rolling)
1/2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cups rolled oats (I used regular oatmeal)


Preheat oven to 400 F.

Mix water, oil, eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla with a wire whisk. Add flours, cornmeal, and oats. Combine with a mixer.

Take one-third of the dough and place on a floured surface. Flour top of dough. Gently knead, adding more flour as necessary to form a pliable dough (This will require a substantial amount of flour). Roll out to 1/2 – 3/4 inch thickness and cut shapes using cookie cutters. Repeat until all dough is used.

Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 400 F, 20-25 minutes, depending on thickness of biscuits . Leave in oven 20 minutes after turning oven off to crisp. Store in an airtight container.

*Nutrients based on peanut butter with sugar


Nutrition Facts
Serving size:
1 Treat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100.61
Calories From Fat (45%) 45.58
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5.15g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.56g 3%
Cholesterol 16.36mg 5%
Sodium 13.57mg 1%
Potassium 56.70mg 2%
Carbohydrates 11.16g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1.24g 5%
Sugar 0.30g
Sugar Alcohols 0.00g
Net Carbohydrates 9.92g
Protein 2.64g 5%

*About Nutrition Facts
Nutrition facts are based on the ingredients as listed and calculated using USDA standard nutritional information.  If you adjust the recipe by adding or subtracting ingredients then this will affect the actual nutrient totals.  Also the nutrient totals will vary with the total number of treats you actually produce.

Storing Dog Treats
In general you should store dog treats the same way you would homemade people cookies.  That being said, there are two main variables that determine storage time Рthe amount and type of fat in the recipe and your local weather conditions.  If your recipe uses fats such as butter, or meat bits or juices then it will be more prone to rancidity than a recipe that uses some vegetable oil or shortening.  Your treats may mold or spoil much faster in humid or very hot climates. 

Refrigeration and Freezing –¬† Refrigeration will prolong the life of more fragile dog treats. Make sure to store in a tightly sealed container or zip lock bag.¬† You can also freeze most treats in zip lock freezer bags.¬† Allow to thaw completely before use.

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