Make My Day, Orchids That Keep On Blooming!

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This lovely orchid is somehow surviving my my house.

It is bumped daily by large dogs barking at the mailman and any other intruder in the yard.  It also is regularly NOT watered.  I do remember to give it a special orchid only food about twice a year and water it about 3 times a month.

I got this from my choir buddies when my husband died a couple of years ago and this is the third or fourth time it has bloomed.  I think just in time for

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

A Valentine’s Day Treat for Dogs and Parrots

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A healthy no cook treat your pets can share with you!

The ingredients are simple:  peanut butter, canned pumpkin purée, uncooked oats, a dash of cinnamon and a touch of honey.

For Valentine’s Day I add carob powder which is a chocolate substitute safe for your dogs and parrots.  Naturally sweet you may want to leave out the honey if using carob powder.

Note: do NOT use chocolate or cocoa these are both poisonous to your pets!

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Start with equal amounts of peanut butter and pumpkin. I used a heaping 1/2 cup of each plus a spoonful of tahini for extra flavor. Tahini can be bitter so if using don’t be too generous with it.  A couple of big spoonfuls of carob powder, a dash of cinnamon and a squirt of honey.  Stir till blended.

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Add enough uncooked oats leaving a sticky mixture.  I use regular, not instant.  Stir well.

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Make discs or balls for the size of your pet.  You can lay out on waxed paper or here I arranged them in one layer in sandwich containers.  Place in refrigerator for a short while to let them firm up. Keep unused treats refrigerated.  Use within a couple of days. We (and I include myself-these are yummy and healthy) eat these so fast I don’t know if you can freeze them but it might be a yummy cold snack in the summer!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your pets!

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