DIY Carrot & Oat Dog Treats

“Beware of the dog…he wants cuddles!”


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(Be aware that some animals are allergic to wheat and other ingredients. Use caution)


  • 1/4 c. Unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. peanut butter
  • 2 2/3c. Flour
  • 1/2 c. Cornmeal
  • 1/2 c. Oats
  • 3/4 c. Shredded carrot
  • 1/4 c. Coconut  water

Preheat oven to 400 F

Combine all the ingredients together and mix well.

Flour a flat surface and place a small ball of the dough onto it. For an easy option, roll out the dough into a snake type shape (1/2 – 1” thick) and cut into one inch bites with a knife. The knife will kinda seal off the edge and give it a “finished look”

Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool before storing or feeding to your dog.

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Is your pup happy happy??!

Show me some pics of his happy face on Twitter @DIYCaroline or Facebook @Sweet16inStitches


DIY Milk Bones

“I’m not spoiled, I just happen to be great at training people.”

-The Dog


Dog treats

Happy Puppies equal Happy People!

Maximus and Titus know when I am making treats. They have like, 6 senses: Touch, Sight, Smell, Taste, Hearing, and Treat detection.

They love goodies, and I love making them! Here is a simple milk bone recipe that will keep your Fido happy, happy, happy.

(Be aware that some animals are allergic to wheat and other ingredients. Use caution)

Materials: (or should I say ingredients)

  • 3/4 c. Hot water
  • 1/3 c. Butter
  • 1/4 c. Whole milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 c. White flour + 1 c. Oat flour (you can sub either for the other)
  • 2 Tbs. peanut butter

How to make them:

Preheat the oven to 325 F

Mix together the butter and water. Add in the milk and the egg and stir.

Mix in the flour a little at a time until everything is combined, then add the PB :)

Mix well and add more flour if needed.

Flour a flat surface and roll the dough to about a 1/2” thickness. Cut into the desired shape and place on a baking sheet (no need to grease it)

Bake for 50 minutes to an hour or until golden brown.

Let cool completely before feeding to Fido.

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Is your pup happy happy??!

Show me some pics of his happy face on Twitter @DIYCaroline or Facebook @Sweet16inStitches



Just something “sweet” for Santa Clause

Santa always needs some cookies and milk. Oh yeah! And reindeer food too.

Here are some cute little cookies to make with your wee munchkins on Christmas Eve for Santa, or today for yourself!

They are SUPER easy….let me show you,


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All you need for these cookies are:

For the cookies:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For decorating:

  • Red and brown m&ms
  • Black gel icing

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Beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and beat until smooth. Add in the vanilla. Gently add in the flour. 

Flatten the dough into a disk shape, (this will make it easier to roll out later) wrap in plastic wrap, and chill the dough for at least an hour. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough a 1/4 inch thick.  Cut into circles.  Place on the prepared baking sheets and place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. (This is so the cookies will maintain their shape when baked)

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, until cookies are very lightly browned. Cool and….


Trust me, these cookies are ridiculously easy to make and decorate. I have never decorated cookies “professionally” and I am quite proud of myself that these didn’t come out looking like some reality show called: “When Santa’s reindeer turn!” lol ;)

Pipe on that sugary black gel onto the cookies like the pics above. For the nose, goop on some icing below the eyes and stick an m&m right on-top! (We are still talking about the cookies, by the way, not you…but I’m sure you guessed that)

Make them extra special by only giving ONE cookie a red nose ;)


 These cookies will make Santa SO happy!

Have Fun!

Be good this Christmas kiddies,

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World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Chocolate Chip Coooookieeees!

Can you tell I love them?

Chocolate Chip Cookies have to be, so far, my favorite kind of cookie.

Here is how you make them:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.



3/4 c. pure cane sugar

3/4 c. brown sugar packed

1 c. butter

1 t. baking soda

2 t. vanilla

2 c. flour



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Begin by creaming your butter and sugars until smooth.


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Add in your eggs and beat well.

Scrape down your bowl.

Sprinkle in your baking soda…


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 Pour in your vanilla…



And carefully, I repeat CAREFULLY add in your flour.




  Mix on low until all combined. {Scrape down your bowl afterwards and then mix a little more.}




 Now for the chocolate chips.  You need 1 bag minus 4 – 5 {Depending on how hungry you are at that moment!}



 Add in the chocolate chips, and mix on low.



 Now form your dough into 1 – 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake on 350 for 8 – 12 minutes.



Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Serve with a tall glass of ice cold milk.


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 And note to self…

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 Stack cookies 10 high…

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or else…  = )

How to Microwave Popcorn Kernels in a Brown Paper Sack!

Now as much as we hate to admit it, popcorn in a microwaveable bag isn’t that great for you. I’m sorry, but it’s true!

Palm oil?

Natural flavor?

Color added?

Why is this stuff in my popcorn?!

How to make GUILT FREE popcorn!

So you might be thinking “I can never eat popcorn again!” Don’t worry! I have a solution that is just as easy as prepackaged popcorn, but without the guilt.

All you need is a:

Small brown paper lunch sack

Un-popped popcorn kernels


If you have the un-popped popcorn kernels in your hand, take a look at the ingredients.

That’s right! You guessed it!

Un-popped corn kernels!

That’s all.

Now how much better do you feel already? No added color. No artificial flavors. No Palm oil. (whatever that is!)

How to make the popcorn:

     1.      Open your brown paper sack and pour in ½ cup of popcorn kernels.

     2.      Fold the opening on your bag down a few times, and crease with your fingers.

     3.      Place the bag upright into the microwave and turn the microwave on. The time you choose to cook the popcorn all depends on your microwave. If you have no idea how long it takes, microwave it until it slows to one or two pops…You don’t want to burn your snack!

You’re done!*

How to make GUILT FREE popcorn!

How to make GUILT FREE popcorn!

How to make GUILT FREE popcorn!

 How to make GUILT FREE popcorn!

*I do not hold responsibility for any injuries while cooking, so be careful!


~Bright Eyes

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