Sunday, October 4, 2009

Remembering St. Francis

We made some special treats for our furry friends today in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals.
“Animals are God’s creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Neri treated animals.”—CCC, 2416

Chicken Biscuit Dog Treats
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 3 cubes of chicken bouillon, smashed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, margarine, and boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes. Grease cookie sheets.
Stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, cheese, and egg. Add in flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing well until a stiff dough forms. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in additional flour as necessary until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2" thickness. Cut into desired shapes, and place onto the prepared cookie sheets. These will not need room to rise. Bake 35 minutes, until golden brown. Cool before serving. Store in a loosely covered container. (Mini animal cracker cookie cutters work great if you don't have any bone shaped cutters for these dog treats.)

Tuna Tidbits

  • 6 ounce can of tuna
  • 1/4 cup water drained from tuna
  • 3 T cooked egg white, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine tuna, egg white and water. Add cornmeal and flour and blend to form a dough. Knead into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into one-inch sized pieces. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.
  • (Our piano teacher said her cats loved these the last time we made them!)
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    1 comment:

    1. HI,
      I might try these ones. I made one a little similar last Christmas and my cats looked at me like I had lost my ever loving mind.
      Mmmm, cats, they are hard to figure out!