Weekends are pawfect for testing my culinary skills, and this weekend I decided to make halloween dog treats…


Using my Dog Obsessed cookbook from The Honest Kitchen I chose Halloween Pumpkin Ginger Nibbles!

A few of the ingredients that caught my eye sounded pawfect for Harley since he’s taking antibiotics for his allergen outbreak…


Sometimes medications may be agitating to the stomach. Pumpkin and ginger can be incredibly soothing to #doodletummies

Because it was Halloween I decided to dress the part…


But you’ll have to watch the video to learn more about my costume.

The Honest Kitchen recipes are super easy and relatively quick. To be honest #punintended baking takes the most time.


  • 1 cup Love dehydrated dog food
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup mashed, cooked pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat your baking sheet with olive oil
  2. Hydrate the Love with warm water. Stir thoroughly. Mix in the ground beef.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
  4. Make into balls. For smaller treats bake for 30 minutes, for larger treats bake for up to 45 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool and refrigerate for a week.

Super simple!


Together my ingredients seemed “moist” so I chose to place them in my mini muffin pan..


This helped with keeping their shape.

The Boys romped in the backyard while the treats baked…


Beefy nibbles cook in no time! The consistency is a lot like soft meatballs, which is not a bad thing, but it did give me an idea –

Crumble some on top of their dinner like a topper!

Huge success there!

I later placed them on a cookie sheet lined with foil and placed them back in the oven at a lower temperature to dry out just a bit. #tellingyouthewholetruth


Watch me work and learn more about my costume!…

With each attempt to make the Boys something yummy – using  The Honest Kitchen food and recipes, I find I’m gaining more confidence in myself when it comes to homemade dog treats.

Make sure you look for our Thanksgiving meal next month. I’m going all out. It’s a holiday AND Harley’s 8th birthday, so I plan to cook up something extra #doodlespecial.

Nothing is impossible – the word itself says I’m possible❤️ Audrey Hepburn


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  • Emma
    October 24, 2016

    Love your video! My mom stinks at video and we are always in awe of ones like yours. Great job!

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks Emma – I’m trying to get more comfy in front of the camera. It’s a struggle but I want to show folks how easy these recipes are. Thanks for watching. Hugs to Bailey and Madison!

  • Sara Hobson
    October 24, 2016

    Cathy, as usual the video looks great! I love that they ate them before you even got a chance to show them off! We at The Honest Kitchen appreciate your support and are so happy your boys love our food!

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 24, 2016

      So happy to hear that you liked the video Sara. The Boys love their food, and I love watching them live each day to the fullest, happy, healthy and well fed with all the right ingredients. We’re a match made in Doodle Heaven!

  • Two French Bulldogs
    October 24, 2016

    We are on our way to your house
    Lily & Edward

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 24, 2016

      Come on my two favorite friend bulldogs – I’ve got plenty.

  • The Daily Pip
    October 24, 2016

    Gosh, I wish I baked. I burn everything. I can cook, but can’t bake to save my life for people or dogs. Better not let Ruby see this post. LOL

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 24, 2016

      Girl – I am in your family. I can cook anything you want but ask me to bake a cookie? Even from the package of cookie dough – I mess it up every time, that’s why I get so tickled when I cook for the Boys. So far, THK has helped me tremendously. They’re the right recipes for people like me.

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    October 25, 2016

    I love the recipe. I’ll have to make something similar after seeing which ingredients I have at home. Thanks for sharing. I love this new feature of GGD.

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 26, 2016

      Great! Please share when you make it, I’m always interested in variations! Glad to hear you like our cooking recipe videos!

  • Jan K
    October 26, 2016

    Oh my gosh, your videos are so professional! These treats sound great. I love to bake/cook on the weekends when I have time, and I do a lot more of it in the winter.

    I used to always follow recipes to the letter. Now I tend to get a little more creative. I sure wouldn’t change much with this one though, it has a great ingredient list, except I might use some fresh ginger. It’s something I learned was good as part of Sheba’s cancer diet, and I LOVE how it smells!

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 26, 2016

      Thanks so much JanK – I would have never believed that I would enjoy baking treats for them let alone having fun video taping. Never thought to use fresh ginger – that’s a great idea. Will have to do this next time. If you make them, try using it on top of their food, they go nuts! Take care