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Recipe: Apple Tart for Dogs

Just a normal Saturday afternoon here and I noticed we had a bunch of apples lying around. I got a random craving for apple crumble so we’re gonna make an apple treat for the dogs! Why not? 

Can dogs eat apples?

Yes! They’re a good source of fiber, vitamin A + C. In fact, I regularly add apples into their homemade dog food. They’re cheap, a healthy filler and yummy.

Just make sure to take out the core and any seeds. Slice them thin and they’re a nice, healthy treat for pups. You can chop them too but I would just keep an eye out that they don’t choke on them. Weston + Fira don’t like raw apples as treats, weirdly enough. They just spit them right out — but they do love blueberries.

Ready to bake an apple tart?

I just kind of made up my own recipe and baked them a dog-friendly apple tart! I also tried to make a matching apple crumble for me but it didn’t really turn out so well… sooo, we’ll just skip that. 

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 apple
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • coconut oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and a grease a small ramekin with coconut oil. You can use a muffin tin if you don’t have ramekins

Next, slice apple thinly! 

Place sliced apples in a medium bowl of water. Microwave for 45 seconds (or more). The slices should be soft enough to bend. We’re going to make a cute rose shape!

Add peanut butter to random slices. You can add to every slice if you want but I just added wherever. 

 

So cute, right? Sprinkle some cinnamon! Cinnamon is totally fine for your pup to have and actually helps improve brain function. (Nutmeg is not ok for dogs!)

Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool.

Weston gobbled these up — yes!! Finally, they like apples! Now that they’ve tried apples baked, I would say this is the best way for dogs. Baking makes them softer and easier to chew. Just add peanut butter + cinnamon, stick in the oven and you have a perfect treat for your dog. ๐Ÿ™‚

DIY: Tie Dye Your Tees At Home (and your pup’s tee)!

Hi quarantine life! How are you guys holding up? We’ve been doing okay here… it’s been a good time to catch up on some projects, update my sites and of course, extra self-care time.

I’ve already rearranged our living room furniture, learned how to bake perfect bread and repainted some furniture. Next up? Tie dyeee. Duh. I’m sure you guys have seen this tie dye trend everywhere by now but I wanted to try it out on one of my WTFrenchie tees and a little hoodie for Fira!

I’m not into bright bright colors for my wardrobe, so I used bleach instead to get that cool faded + burnt out look. It gives a more edgy but muted feel, I think.

It’s super easy and you don’t have to be precise with it, which is great. It turned out so adorable!

Here’s how you can do this tie dye at home:

You’ll need:

First things first; I was afraid the little frenchie face would get bleached out so I covered it with some masking tape. I didn’t do that to the hoodie and none of the letters faded, so you can probably skip this step.

1. To dilute or not?

I read a few different sites and there doesn’t seem like one proper way. One site said the shirt must be completely wet or the bleach won’t apply evenly. One site said to dilute the bleach in the bottle first. Another said to leave it on overnight and some said don’t leave it on more than an hour.

SO… what I found best was to get the tee completely wet, squeeze out excess then apply bleach directly — no need to dilute the bleach in the squeeze bottle since the tee is already wet with water. (Honestly, I ended up pouring the bleach straight from the gallon because it took forever)

2. But wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Crumple up your tee and tie with rubber bands. The more wrinkles, the more designs. You can also do the spiral method, if you prefer.

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how to tie dye

how to tie dye

3. After your tee is secured with rubber bands, you can start pouring bleach randomly all over it. I left them out in the sun and kept an eye on it all afternoon. After 3 hours, there was hardly a difference!!! So weird, right. I just kept adding more bleach. After a few more hours, my tee definitely looked ready but Fira’s black hoodie took FOREVER — THREE DAYS, TO BE EXACT. 

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4. When your shirt looks spotty and “bleached”, rinse thoroughly with cold water. You can throw it in the wash with a little detergent + dryer if you want but I just rinsed really well and let them dry in the sun.

Ta da!

I really love this bleached look and gonna do a few more like this. There was some trial and error here and there but a fun project if you have some extra time on your hands. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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