No bake Pup Treats

Y’all seriously, we switched Trixie to a grain free dog food after a suggestion from a friend and we saw a TOTAL change in our dog! Like night and day she is so much calmer and her coat , so shiny!

In comes treats! Buying quality treats are quite pricey and yesterday when helping a friend find a recipe for homemade dog treats I thought, I should make Trixie treats! All the recipes I found used either flour or oats. I went with oats! Here goes my super simple, no bake pup treats.

Pumpkin Treats

3 cups oatmeal, blitzed in food processor

1 cup pumpkin purée

3 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons honey

Blitz the oats in food processor, dump 2 cups in a big bowl, reserve 1 cup to the side to roll treats in. Add pumpkin, peanut butter, & honey to food processor and blitz until smooth. Dump pumpkin mix into oats and mix. You can add more of the oats if it’s not thick enough to scoop out. I used a mini cookie scoop to make them all apx the same size and rolled in the remaining oats so they would hold the shape and wouldn’t stick together. Store in the fridge for up to a month easily, probably longer, but who am I kidding treats don’t last long at our house, even the dogs!


Welcome Tea {Pumpkin Dip}


Fantab centerpieces from Sally & Co


Pumpkin Dip with ginger snaps

Pumpkin Dip: easiest ever and so yummy!!

1 pkg pumpkin pudding

1 cup cold milk

1 t vanilla

1 80z cool whip

That’s it. Almost embarrassed to print it is that easy! It is super light a fluffy!


Vanilla cupcakes with sour cherry frosting



Lemon and Chocolate tarts

*recipe to follow!

xoxo, Mama Bird


Pumpkin Chili

CoolClips_vc100642 For this edition of Souper Sunday it is Halloween week and it’s all about the PUMPKIN!! I am so excited to re-share my friend Michelle’s Pumpkin Chili Recipe. It may inspire you to whip up something fun for Halloween!! It is so odd, I know, but really yummy!! Give it a try!!

1 T. canola oil

1 onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef or turkey (I used turkey)

1  can cannellini beans

1 can black beans

2- 28 oz. chopped tomatoes (I like a ton of tomatoes)

1 can  pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling!!)

7 oz. chopped green chilies

1 can chicken broth

1 T. cumin

1 T. chili powder

1 t. sugar

1 t. salt

1/2 t. cinnamon

1 t. unsweetened cocoa

Saute garlic and onion in oil. Add meat and brown. Add remaining ingredients, cover; simmer for approx. an hour- stirring occasionally. This also works great in the crock pot. Enjoy!!

trick or treat! mama bird

Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

I saw a friends FB update last week that said “the sweet smell of pumpkin & butterscotch” was coming from her kitchen! I had to know what it was so I hit Google and searched the 2 key words; and I found a ton of stuff. I found this recipe over and over so I guess I can’t really give any one person credit. I just can’t take the credit because I unfortunately did not think this one up! I made them in 2 pans 1 mini 1 reg. I sent the mini pan to pre-school with j and I personally think the minis were better. Not sure why maybe just because I love that little bite you get from a mini!

Pumpkin Butterscotch Mini Muffins
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 (6 oz) package butterscotch chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease muffin pan with cooking spray or line with cupcake liners. Sift together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together the eggs, butter, and pumpkin in a separate bowl. Mix the flour mixture with the egg mixture. DO NOT OVER MIX !!! Stir in the butterscotch chips; divide into each cup of the muffin pan to about 3/4 full.Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, around 10-12 mins.

Michelle’s Pumpkin Chili

UPDATE: I made this for Halloween and it was great! I did make a few changes and am noting them below.

It is Halloween week and it’s all about the PUMPKIN!! For Featured Chef Tuesday I am so excited to share my friend Michelle’s Pumpkin Chili Recipe. It may inspire you to whip it up for Halloween!! I think it sounds so yummy!! Thanks so much to Michelle for sharing!!
1 T. canola oil
1 onion, peeled & diced
1 clove garlic, diced
1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef or turkey (I used turkey)
2 15 oz cans cannellini beans (I used 1 can cannellini & 1 can black)
16 oz. chopped tomatoes (I used 28oz can tomatoes, would use 2 next time!)
1 c. canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling!!)
4 oz. chopped green chilies (I used a 7oz can, love the flavor)
1 T. cumin
1 T. chili powder (will use a tish more)
1 t. sugar
1 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. unsweetened cocoa (will do 1 tsp next time)
(I will also add 1 can of chicken broth nest time)
Saute garlic & onion in oil. Add meat and brown. Add remaining ingredients, cover & simmer for approx. an hour- stirring occasionally. Enjoy!!

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Pumpkin Tomato Chicken

Being at home this morning has led me to another adventure in the kitchen. Earlier today I thought I would do BBQ chicken. Fickle me went into the kitchen and just wasn’t excited about that so when I peeked in the fridge I saw pumpkin puree (leftover from muffins) and thought why not use it! And another strange but yummy meal is being created! And it is in the crockpot! 5 mins or less of dumping into said pot and my meal is virtually effortless yip-ee!Chicken breast (I used boneless/skinless straight from freezer)

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 can Tomato Soup
1 pkt Onion Soup mix
2 Tb apple cider vinegar
1 Tb brown sugar
1 Tb Worcestershire sauce
Dump everything in crockpot; give it a good stir, add chicken and cook on low all day! 6-8 hrs
Looking for more great Crockpot Recipes? Check out Dining with Debbie

It’s Monday morning and I am wearing my thinking cap and scanning the freezer and pantry for meal ideas this week. I feel like I am getting sick as thinking of food this morning is making me fell worse. UCK!! Please say prayers that I am NOT getting the bug as I can’t, I have way to much to do!! If you are looking for more Menu Planning ideas check out Org Junkie!!

Wed~ Hotdogs & Tater Tots (Boys alone!)
Thurs~ Broccoli & Cheese Soup & sammies ~ Thanks Debbie!!
Fri~ Pizza
Sat/HALLOWEEN~ Pumpkin Chili (featured chef tues recipe)