Pumpkin Pies

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I had to figure out what I was going to do for the dog’s special treat.

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Of course, Emmett was ready to help lick the spoon after I was done. 

Usually, I bake a cake since it’s Duncan’s birthday. This year, I decided to make pumpkin pies for the boys. I could not be more happy with the way they turned out. After, I also made mini pumpkin pies for my mom to hand out to people at work!

The recipe was super simple to make. I used Honest Kitchen to make the crust. This makes the pies extremely customization. The bigger pies are made with the Whole Grain Turkey Recipe and the mini ones were made with the Grain Free Turkey Recipe. I just finished up the whole grain box I had on hand then used the grain free for the rest. If you don’t already feed Honest Kitchen (which I highly recommend), they sell a 2lb box in all of their recipes that you can order online or see if a store near you sells it.

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 3 cups Honest Kitchen
  • 2/3 cups melted coconut oil
  • 3 eggs
  • Cupcake liners (for the mini pies)

Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cans 13oz cans of pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup goats milk (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • Pumpkin seeds (optional topper)

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These amounts yielded three of the small pies which I put in these pie dishes or 1 dozen of the cupcake mini pies.

Steps:

Mix melted coconut oil and eggs into honest kitchen. Divide into three even size balls. Place ball in bottom of pie tin. Use your fingers to push down and evenly spread the crust around the tin. Move to the side.

In medium mixing bowl, mix pumpkin, eggs, and goats milk together. Scrape into pie crust. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes afterward. Refrigerate or freeze if you’re not using them that day.

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For the cupcake mini pies, mix together the crust then flatten in cupcake tin (I recommend liners) Scrape in filling on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let stand for 10. Refrigerate or freeze if not used that day.

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Let us know if you give this recipe a try! We would love to here your adjustments/ improvements.

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xx

Jordyn & Emmett

CGC/TDI

Tonight is Emmet’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Therapy Dog International (TDI) test. We started this journey the week I adopted him (about 5 months ago). We are going through our second set of training classes.

As I have mentioned, Emmett is extremely nervous around people. These classes are geared towards your dog’s interaction with people. He quickly picked up on the sit, stay, down and come. Getting him to do those things in a room full of people was another story. It took an enormous amount of treats and patience to get him to interact with people.

The dog that attends class now is almost unrecognizable from the dog that was tail tucked and shaking during our first few classes. Now Emmett begs for treats and will even get a belly rub from a select few people.

Whether he passes his tests or not, I will still be a proud dog mom. We will also be continuing the classes. The continued interaction is beneficial for him and having the time carved out for the class ensures I am getting Emmett socialized each week. I try to do more, but the class holds me accountable.

I won’t make Emmett volunteer as a therapy dog anytime in the near future. Maybe one day he will be able to though.

Tell me about your journey with a nervous dog. Did you attend classes? What are your thoughts? What are your dogs favorite treats used in class?