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Paw-Print Dog Treats from MarthaStewart.com

via www.marthastewart.com

Pups will beg for more of these wholesome dog treats!

Ingredients
Makes about 2 dozen

* 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
* 1/2 cup wheat germ
* 1/2 cup brewer’s yeast
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 3 tablespoons canola oil
* 1 1/2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Combine flour, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Place canola oil in a large bowl. Add flour mixture to oil in 3 additions, alternating with 1 cup stock; mix until combined.

2. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes (dough will be sticky). Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out rounds using a 2-inch fluted cutter (bakedeco.com). Transfer to baking sheets. Make an indentation toward the bottom of 1 circle using your thumb, then press dough to make an arch of 4 small circles on top of the thumbprint using the tip of your pinky. Repeat with remaining rounds. Freeze for 15 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating sheets and lightly brushing with remaining 1/2 cup chicken stock halfway through. Turn oven off, and let stand in oven for 40 minutes.

Helpful Hint
Dog treats can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 month.

We are going to try these out this weekend! Let us know if you try them too!

Dog Treat Recipe : Organic Molasses Chip

I love to bake but sadly I am the only one in the house who ever eats sweets. In an effort to trim up for summer, I am going turn this boat around and put my energies to baking my dogs yummy treats (because they totally don't care about their waste lines ;) 

I'm going to try and bake the most healthy treats I can find for them though and will share my recipes on my blog weekly. 

I don't know about you, but I  am one of those dog moms that will not give my dog treats unless the package says "natural" or  "organic" and if I can't pronounce the indigents then they aren't getting them. I love making the dogs treats because then I KNOW for sure each and every ingredient that goes into them is totally natural and organic (if I can get it).

So even though these Molasses Chip Dog Treats have a lot of sugar in them, I think these treats are way more healthy than any you can buy the grocery store as they are preservative free and don't contain chemicals!

So here's to week one: Molasses Chip Doggie Treat Recipe

organic natural dog treat recipie ingredients 

3 c flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1 c molasses

1 c canola oil

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon pure organic vanilla extract

1 12-ounce package carob chips (you can get these at Whole Foods) 

Preheat oven to 350 F

Then grab a small bowl and mix the baking powder and flour together and set aside.

In a larger bowl, whisk together the molasses and oil. Then whisk in the eggs and vanilla.

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Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir in the carob chips. 

Next drop the dough in round shapes onto the cookie sheet. I used a small ice cream scoop and that worked well because the batter is VERY wet and sticky.

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Then bake 12-14 minutes. The smell is awesome, it got me in the mood to eat cookies too! 

Cool the cookies on a rack…

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Then dig in right on your mom's white carpet!
 
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Good thing my friend Tracy likes me and her pugs so much or she might have cried. Her carpets had just been cleaned and her pug Zack just couldn't wait to chomp his cookie ;)  Now if that isn't a testament to how good these treats turned out, then I don't know what is.

Happy Dog Treat Baking!


About Us

Framedpiggie

Amanda Jackson and Daniel
Miller
met in 2005 to collaborate on an art show that never actually materialized. Luckily, over time their collaboration skills improved and the two have had many successes including:

A lovely, happy life in New Mexico,

Augustine and Noah Miller (their awesome sons), 

Etta, Piggie and Cora (their awesome dogs),

and of course Mimi Green (their awesome
dog collar business.)

Amanda founded the company in 2008 when she fostered her first pug,
Cessie. Dan said she couldn’t buy Cess a collar because that would mean
she was going to stay for good, so Amanda made her one.

That small small act of crafting turned into something bigger than
they could have ever imagined.

Mimi Green launched its first web store on etsy soon after and their website a year later.

The rest has happened so fast and has been so wonderful it is hard to put down in writing!

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Thank you for letting us dress your dogs in our collars and accessories. We
feel so honored to be part of your dog’s life.

Amanda Jackson, Daniel Miller & Co.

MImi Green is all moved in. Whoo hoo!

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We are finally all moved in! I'll try to take you on a virtual tour of the place :

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My desk area. I can see out the little window at everyone working in the studio.

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View of the kitchen area

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Front door

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Paula working away. Didn't take us long to make messes! That little guy is Cooper, Jessi is babysitting him for a friend, but I really don't want him to have to go home! He has been so much fun to have around. See how much light we get!  It is absoulutly wonderful.

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The sitting area in my office. Of course I'd have a gallon of milk on my desk 😉

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Prepping area 

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Paula, Jessi and Cooper working

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Paula's pug Chupa hard at work 😉

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Overall it was a great move. We did it in 2 days, but Dan and I still haven't gotten to cleaning up the old studio. It is so nice to have the office close by, it is only a mile away from our house!

I really love this new space 😉

Mimi Furnishings

Okay, so I am having a dilemma. I found these cool acrylic folding chairs at TJ Max for $60 each, but I already have wooden folding chairs that are going unused. Only this is, the wooden ones are not super cool acrylic or PINK!IMG_1509

Here they are side by side with the new TJ Max table and my reminder to LAUGH! from my friend Tracy.  Dan says he likes the pink chairs but that I don't need them. But they are SO cool!

More office furnishings I have bought this week: Couch
Couch that is made of down and is going to have super cool pillows made of Mimi Green fabric. Storage_1
The shelves look like this. Everyone says they will be prettier when they have beautiful fabrics stacked on them. 

Other than that, we got a sweet Cuisnart coffee maker.  Still looking for a fridge and a tiny microwave. I am having a lot of fun decorating, although I must admit it is a bit stressful. I just want the new studio to be so perfect! 

The next 10 days are going to be R-E-A-L-L-Y long 😉

We did it! Mimi Green Dog Collars has a home!

mimi green studio We got a place! And I am in love with it.  It is right outside of Nob Hill, right by a freeway entrance/exit, and 1/2 a mile from a drive thru Starbucks.  (I took these photos with my iPhone, so they kinda stink, but you will get the idea;)

 

 

I am nuts about the checkerboard floor and the built in desk/office for me.

Also, it has refrigerated air, which in New Mexico, is a huge blessing!


And I really love that we can see the Sandia Mountains from our front window.

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And look, there is a window box for pretty flowers!


The building is cute too, we are the middle one with no sign yet. But I ordered a really awesome one and cannot wait to get it in the window.

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It is 2.5 times bigger than the current Mimi Green studio (it is hard to tell from the photos), so we will finally have room to walk! Plus the prep table won’t have to double as the shipping table and my desk won’t be in my dining room! Yahoo!

The new place is just one mile from our house so Dan and I can ride our bikes in the morning. I am so excited, my head could explode! We move in on Feb. 15, what a cool Valentines present, right?

Growing pains

Mimi Green has grown so much in the past year that it is time to get a bigger space. I have been so reluctant and until yesterday I hadn’t seen a building that I liked as much as our current studio.

Then I saw this listing on Craigslist — a space in Albuquerque’s historic Cal-Linn Building — the very building where Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975!

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cal linn building bill gates Right now it is a beautiful gallery called Arthaus 66, the current owners have done a fabulous job. The track lighting is great, the floors are stained concrete, and no detail has been overlooked.

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And I can finally have my own office through that red door — can you imagine?!? And maybe I can channel  Bill Gates and turn Mimi Green into a super company 😉

The only problem is that I need to find $84 K or somehow convince the current owner to rent to us. I will keep you posted on what happens, today I talked to the Realtor 4 times so hopefully we will know by weeks end.

So send positive thoughts our way. We need a fabulous building to make fabulous collars and leashes in and I really think this is the one for us!

Fancy Doggie: Mimi Green Bow Ties

Mimi Green fashion collar bow ties

Our customers asked for it, and we finally did it! A boy’s alternative to the collar flower — a dog collar bow tie!

They were only going to come in boy colors, but when I saw how cute it was on Piggie, I had to do a pink bow too.

 

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You can find them here: Dog Collar Bow Ties

This pink one reminds me of the bows Cinderella’s birds help her make for her dress;)

I’m so happy to finally have collar accessories that husbands will let you put on your boy dog! They attach just like the flowers, with ribbon and velcro — so easy.

If you want a color you don’t see, just email me and I will make it for you. I just made a black and white one for a customer — it turned out awesome!

Also, if you have photos of your dog wearing its new bow tie, please send them to me and we will feature them in our web gallery.

My favorite holiday, or anyday, cookie

I have a confession to make. I am a serious cookie-holic.  Don’t feel bad though, I am kind of proud of it 😉

Because of my addiction, I consider myself to be a cookie connoisseur of sorts. If you want to know about good cookies, I am the lady to ask.

Last year I came upon a recipe for Holiday Snowballs and I became infatuated. I made them a few times last Christmas, and at least 10 times this season so I think I have finally made the last adjustment to perfection.

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Aren’t they beautiful!!??!! I actually took all of these beauties to our master seamstress Jessi’s holiday party and I didn’t even cry when I had to share them. I am proud of that too 😉

The recipe said to dust them in powdered sugar (so they look like snowballs) but this year I found that rolling them in sparkly sugar makes them look like jewels, which seems ever better.

So  here it is, my all time favorite cookie recipe:

Snowballs (aka super yummy shortbread cookies)

1 1/2 c. (3 sticks butter) softened

3/4 c. powdered sugar

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. salt

3 cups all purpose flour

1 bag Nestle white morsels

1/2 c. chopped nuts (I like them with pecans)

Preheat oven to 375.

Beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Slowly add the flour. Stir in morsels and nuts.

Then roll balls the size of your palm (roll in colored sugar if making them look like jewels is your bag) and put on cookie sheet and bake for exactly 12 minutes or until the tops are light brown.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar (if you didn’t roll them in sugar) and wait patiently for them to cool. They taste way better cool.

 

Tadda! Meet the best cookie you will ever eat.

Noah made them with milk chocolate chips and they rocked. They were super rich, but if you make them small they are great with a cup of coffee.

I woke up in the middle of the night thinking of other things I could put in these babies, that’s when I finally had to talk to a professional about my obsession. lol.  I think that they would be amazing with walnuts and semi-sweet chips or even with no chips at all.

If you try this, let me know! I’d love to hear if anyone else thinks they are as good as I do. I like them so much I’d marry them, but don’t tell Dan!