live-simply-saturday3I really want to post on Fridays with a ‘Frugal Friday’ theme — but I keep missing the mark so it appears on Saturdays. it seems to fit, after all, this is the day we use to get caught up with our home and family and perhaps “get ahead a little”.

This is a day for the extras, the out-of-the-ordinary chores. AND what makes it blessedly simple — is that I am home alone for most of the day. My husband and son attend archery tournaments — so it is just me!

Sticking to my ‘frugal’ journey for 2009. I have been researching on the Internet ‘homemade’ versions of either family favorites or family necessities.

Pet food is a necessity and if you are a dog in our home — Dog treats are a necessity.

Here is a site with 50 recipes — everything from wheat-free, vegetarian, bad-breath, to no-fleas, and puppy poppers ~~ DOG TREATS!


I made the ‘Milk Bone’ recipe because it had simple ingredients and the originator had the cost per pound! I weighed my finish product, 1-1/8 pound. I did not confirm their price per pound. I also used vegetable shortening in place of margarine, added 2 beef bouillon cubes. After reviewing other homemade dog food recipes, next time I will add 2 crushed tums for calcium, and perhaps a dash of garlic powder.

Our dogs loved them! I simply rolled the dough and sliced into rectangles.

Milk Bone Dog Biscuits

  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • Variation: increase margarine to 1/2 cup and add 2 teaspoons sugar

In large bowl pour hot water over the margarine. Stir in powdered milk, salt, and egg. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Knead for a few minutes to form stiff dough. Pat or roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into bone shapes. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool. They will dry out quite hard. Makes about 1 1/4 pounds of biscuits. Costs around 30 cents per pound.

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