Friday Funny: Taste the Rainbow

Yum! Skittles! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Win a Time to BE THE CHANGE Watch!

Today is the THIRD anniversary of the launch of our PawZaar gift store–and we’re celebrating with a very special giveaway! We can’t thank you enough for your support of our…



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SunButter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies

Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies

If you asked my four year old daughter for a list of what she wanted to do on any given day, I can confidently say that “bake cookies” would always be at the top. And if it’s a time of year when cookie baking is a standard activity, like the holidays or Valentine’s Day, her enthusiasm is tripled. So when I asked her if she wanted to bake cookies to celebrate love day this year, she jumped up and down and proceeded to do a happy dance (full of some very interesting moves) before shouting “Yes! Yes!” And then she did something kind of wonderful. She said she wanted to make peanut butter cookies that her friend with nut allergies could eat too – meaning she wanted to make them from our favorite spread, SunButter Sunflower Butter. I thought this was a fantastic idea. We’ve made many things with SunButter, but never cookies. We were determined though, and with a little experimentation, came up with a delicious recipe that is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies
Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies

SunButter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies
Makes about 24 cookies

INGREDIENTS
1 cup Organic SunButter Sunflower Butter (or any SunButter variety)
1-1/4 cups all-purpose or gluten-free flour
1-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extra
1/2 cup jelly, jam, or preserves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl, use a mixer to beat together the SunButter, butter, and egg, then beat in the sugars and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Beat in the flour mixture on low until well mixed. Roll tablespoon size balls on dough and place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart, the slightly press each cookie into a round shape (we dip the bottom of a metal measuring cup in sugar and then press onto each cookie ball). Bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven, and immediately use the bottom of a wooden spoon handle to make heart shapes in the center of each cookie while still hot. Fill each indentation with jelly, and allow to cool on a wire rack. Note: If you have a dairy allergy, you can easily substitute butter for a butter alternative. And if you have an egg allergy, use an egg replacer mix or 1/2 a mashed banana in place of the egg.

Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies
Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies
Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies

Even though we specifically made these for Valentine’s Day, they’re perfect for any time of the year, because who doesn’t like hearts? And who doesn’t like delicious, homemade cookies that everyone can enjoy, regardless of whether or not they have nut allergies? That’s how you spread the love, guys. (Get it? Spread? Sunflower seed spread? Get it?) These cookies are not only ridiculously good and really fun to make (just ask my daughter), but they’re also peanut free, tree nut free, sesame free, soy free, and can easily be made egg-free and dairy-free as well. And the yummy SunButter is the star of the show, with its delectable sunflower seed taste and incredible nutritional benefits. SunButter has just as much protein as peanut butter, and contains more micro nutrients, like magnesium, Vitamin E, zinc and iron. It also has less saturated fat. Winner! And you can use it in endless recipes. We even make salad dressing out of it! You can find SunButter in grocery stores, specialty stores, and schools throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as online. (A full list can be found here.)

Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies
Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies
Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies

If you try these cookies for Valentine’s Day this week (or any day!), let us know what you think!


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You stepped up and are doing your best. Commendable by any measure.
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Expanding the Puppy Bowl Franchise

We’ve been loving on those puppies and kittens at Animal Planet’s annual Puppy Bowl for 13 years now, with the 14th annual show queued up for Super Bowl Sunday (February 4, 2018) at 3:00 pm. Since it’s been so popular, Animal Planet has expanded the concept to include senior dogs with the first ever Dog […]


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Dog Yoga

Good advice. When you leave your dog’s waste out, it can sink into the sewer system, putting a strain on wastewater treatment facilities. Not something you really want to think about, right? According to Tallahassee’s Think About Personal Pollution campaign, dogs have an especially large number of intestinal bacteria to digest [a] wide variety of […]


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7 Ways to Protect Your Pets in an Emergency

Here’s some good advice from some animal-loving friends Down Under, about managing risks to our pets during emergencies. With all the weather-related emergencies around the United States, and beyond, I found good information in this article in “The Conversation,” about ways to prepare for emergencies with our pets.

While the details of Australian emergency situations might differ from those in America, even in the U.S. every community has its own risks and geography and emergency services (or lack of them), which means we pet lovers should prepare to take full responsibility for the animals in our care.

Some of the best tips for taking care of your animals in an emergency:

  • Create an emergency plan for your whole household that includes pets.  Consider a range of potential emergencies: heat waves, prolonged loss of power, floods, tornadoes and fires. Consider every creature in your household, including birds and small mammals.
  • Plan to leave early. Evacuating with animals can take longer, especially when you have multiple types of animals or need to make multiple journeys. It is not safe to leave animals behind, or to leave a household member behind to take care of the animals.
  • Stay aware of emerging weather conditions and emergency warnings by tuning into the radio or television news.
  • Have an emergency kit for your animals: fill a “go bag” (or box) with items you’ll need if you need to leave in a hurry. If you have essentials (like medications) you can’t leave in a box, make a checklist and know where they are.
  • Plan where you will take your animals. Emergency services can’t help evacuate your pets or larger animals in emergency situations, and not all evacuation centers will accept them (although this is changing). The responsibility is entirely yours, so  you need to know where you’ll take your animals and how you’ll get them there. Most people rely on taking them to friends or family, but this can sometimes mean that different animals need to go to different places.
  • Plan for what will happen if you’re not at home, or can’t get back home. No one likes considering this situation, but it is often a reality. Speak to neighbors or nearby friends about what you would like them to do if you’re not home (and offer them your support if they’re away). Make sure you have contact numbers for neighbors and those who might be able to help in these situations.
  • Practice your plan. Nobody likes to embrace the possible reality of an emergency, but all professional preparedness advice recommends practicing your plan – which is particularly important with pets. It’s better to find out early that your ideal plan actually doesn’t work so you can find alternatives  and make a plan B and C. This is much easier if you aren’t in a panicked situation with the threat of imminent danger.

Remember, your animals depend on you. Plan for all the human and non-human animals in your household, and stay safe.

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