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3 Holiday Treats to Make for Your Dog

DogYour family, friends and holiday party guests aren’t the only ones who appreciate great holiday treats. Your dog is sure to enjoy great holiday treats as well. Following are three great dog treat recipes for the holiday season that you won’t want to miss out on.

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Mix one cup of flour, 1/4 cup of wheat germ, 1/4 cup of brewer’s yeast and 1 tsp. of salt in a bowl. Pour 1 1/2 tbsp. of canola oil into another bowl and then alternate pouring in the flour mixture and 1/2 cup of canned chicken stock. Roll the dough out and use a dog bone cookie cutter to create biscuits. Place the biscuits on a tray and bake for about 10 minutes. This recipe makes about 5 dozen dog treats.

Apple Mint Christmas Cookies

Mix 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of oats, 1/3 cup of oat bran, 2 tablespoons powdered milk, 1 1/2 tsp. of dry baking yeast, 2 tbsp. chopped spearmint leaves, 7/8 cup of water and 1/2 cup of applesauce. You can also add 2 tsp. of food coloring if you wish. Once the mixing is done, roll the dough out, use a cookie cutter to create bone shapes and bake the cookies for about an hour. Allow the cookies to completely dry out before offering them to your dog.

Sweet Potato Treats

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Next, mix one cup of canned or freshly cooked sweet potato with 1 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour and one egg. Roll the dough into small balls, place on a cookie sheet and press the dough down slightly. Bake until golden brown and make sure they cool off completely before your dog gets ahold of them. This recipe makes about 2 dozen doggie treats.

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3 Tasty Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving in your Lewisville apartment, you’ll want to be sure to make your guests feel welcome enough to stay for dessert and that starts with a great apartment in a comfortable community. Lakes at Lewisville is a pet-friendly, gated community that features great amenities such as a pool and a 24/7 fitness center. Lewisville is located just outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which will give your company plenty of things to do if they decide to explore on their own or stick around for Black Friday shopping.

If you and your guests have had your early fill of pumpkin pie. You can still embrace the autumn theme with one of these three Thanksgiving desserts

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mini- Trifles

This recipe from Good Housekeeping looks fancy, but it’s actually really simple and a good choice when you’ve dedicated your oven to the turkey.

The recipe takes cream cheese, brown sugar, pureed canned pumpkin and heavy cream to whip up the main part of the filling. A little crunch is added in the form of ginger cookies or graham crackers, and chopped nuts. Alternate the pumpkin cream cheese mix, with the cookie mix. Combine this with candied nut brittle and layer it in parfait cups.

Apple Crisp Cookie Cups

For those not into pumpkin, but still want to enjoy a fall-themed individualized treat, this recipe from Delish is a great option. It combines oatmeal cookie dough and diced Granny Smith apples to make mini “apple crisps” that guests are sure to love. The cookie cups are made with a standard muffin tin. The apple filling is cooked on the stove and spooned inside. Top with caramel sauce, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

For many, Thanksgiving is not complete without cranberries, and these bars are a great way to provide them. It calls for a homemade orange crust, topped with a filling that combines light cream cheese, light sour cream and jellied cranberry sauce to create a tarty delight.

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Best Ways to Pay It Forward During the Holidays

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It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays like spending money on gifts, making sure there’s enough food at the Christmas party, and smooth travel plans. Sometimes, we lose sight of the important things that the holidays represent such as: kindness, gratitude, and our loved ones.

Once you get all of the busy work of the holiday season taken care of, carve out some time to give back this holiday season. Whether it’s through donations, kind gestures, or quality time, finding a way to pay it forward this time of year is what will leave you feeling the most fulfilled. Here are some great ways to get started.

  • Service Men & Women- Remember those men and women who dedicate their time and strengths to making our country what it is. If you live near a base, there are many opportunities to pick up a group of servicemen and women and provide them with a holiday meal. If not, sending care packages to base camps and those who are deployed is another great gesture. Let us not forget to take care of those who are taking care of us.
  • Donate- Donations are a great way to give back because the opportunities are endless. Charities, food drives, toy drives, and book drives spike in availability this time of year. Putting food on someone’s plate or gifts under the tree is a truly rewarding way to benefit someone else.
  • Volunteer- Volunteer opportunities are abundant this time of year. Soup kitchens, toy drives, nursing homes, and hospitals are a few of the establishments to look for volunteer opportunities. If you’re unable to donate money, gifting others with you time is just as gracious.
  • Tip Community Workers- Those who work in our communities are the people who keep everything running smoothly. People like your mailman, the busdriver, the doorman, and the garbagemen are some of the people who spend their day-to-day making our lives easier. Let them know you appreciate their hard work.
  • Collect- Assemble and manage a branch of a greater cause. For example, you can step up to be the person collecting canned food donations in your neighborhood. This way, you are not only giving back, but you’re allowing others to do so through you. Lots of gold stars for this one.