Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies #Recipe

Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter see notes below, room temperature
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
6 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 bag of Heath Toffee Bits

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets (or one large) with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray.

In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt together.

In another large bowl, beat together the butter, and sugars until smooth.

Add the egg and vanilla.

Gradually add the flour mixture and mix in until combined.

Add chocolate chips & toffee. Mix until combined.

Chill dough 30 minutes, if dough is warm.

Using a small or large scoop or heaping tablespoon, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets.

Bake the cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until the bottoms and edges are lightly browned and the tops feel firm when lightly touched,

Small cookies bake 8-10 minutes

Large cookies bake 10-13 minutes.

Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 15 – 30 cookies depending on size.

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Chocolate Chips
Heath Toffee Bits
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
Brown Sugar

Popperbelly #Recipe

When I was a kid, we would go to the Greentree Festival in Kirkwood.One of my favorite food booths was always the one that made the pepper bellies.

You slice open a bag of Fritos. Pour in some chili, sprinkle some cheese and add some onions, sour cream and jalapeños to top it off. It’s perfect for a chilly fall day.

At home, I make frito pie. The same, but usually don’t have jalapeños or sour cream stocked.

Today, I went to make a frito pie for the family for a football snack and thought hey, I have jalapeño poppers in the freezer. Let’s pop those in the airfryer and eat those, too! Hubby liked the idea but asked if I could cut up the poppers and put it on the Frito Pie. I thought that was a fantastic idea! So that’s how we came up with a Popperbelly.

This was absolutely perfect! The poppers added a creaminess and a little kick.


Cheese (shredded or Velveeta)
Frozen Jalapeño Poppers

Black olives
Sour Cream

Directions :
Cook your frozen jalapeño poppers to your liking. Cut into fourths. (I do an airfryer at 350 for 7-8 minutes)

Heat up some chili (microwave or stove top)

Crush up some Fritos and add to the bottom of your bowl.

Add hot chili

Then cheese
A couple of Fritos for crunch
Add your poppers
Add onions, black olives, sour cream (optional)


Fish Stick Pizza w/Chipotle Ranch Drizzle ~ Just try it before you say “ew” ~ #Recipe

Quarantine has caused to be creative with our daily lives. When you’re running low on food and don’t want to leave the house, go through what you have and see what you can make.

A month or so ago, I decided to experiment with a few things I had in the freezer. My boys were game to try it. They love my fish tacos, so I wanted to try a Fish Stick Pizza. I know it sounds weird but it was so delicious. Just try it once.

I grabbed a frozen Red Baron Cheese Trio Pizza, a box of fish sticks (I used the store brand) and some onions (fresh or frozen). And then to top it off, I make my Chipotle Ranch and drizzled it over the pizza.

To Prep:

Preheat oven per instructions on pizza box.

Break frozen fish sticks into two or three pieces/per stick and sprinkle around pizza.

Add onions.

In a small bowl, mix ranch and ground chipotle. The more chipotle you add, the smokier it will be. Put in fridge until it’s time.

* I make my own ranch with the Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

Fish Stick Pizza w/Chipotle Ranch Drizzle

One frozen cheese pizza
Frozen fish sticks
Diced onions, fresh or frozen

Ground Chipotle

Bake per instructions on your pizza box.

Mine is 400 degrees for 17 minutes

When done baking, drizzle the ranch over the pizza and add some to a side cup. You may want to dip.

**Note: different brands for fish sticks and for the frozen pizza may result in a different taste. The brand of ranch may also result in a different taste. I feel that I have a winning combination with the products listed above.

Fall is here!

We have entered fall. I stand outside with a cool 47° this evening. Clear skies and the smell of fire in the distance.

One of the first thing that comes to mind, for the fall, is hot chocolate. At some point this weekend, I am definitely going to have to make some hot chocolate for the family. What better way to start celebrating fall? Our favorite is the Starbucks Hot Cocoa Mix. Delish!

Another reason I love fall is baking breads. I need to get back to baking period, but especially pumpkin bread, banana bread, apple fritter bread. Maybe some cookies. Do you have any favorites that you like to bake every year? (Comment below)

And you can’t get through fall without the slow cooker! It’s time to make chili.

Check out my Recipes Page.

Here are a few of my favorite things about fall. (Photos by A Zebra’s Life)

What are your favorite things about fall?

BBQ Safety Tips for Your Dog & A Great Recipe for All to Share!

BBQ Safety Tips for Your Dog & A Great Recipe for All to Share!

Published by Erin Edwards

‘TIS the season: BBQs, swimming pools, family time, & yummy treats! We love this time of the year and we love all the goodies a good BBQ can offer us! With that in mind, remember that your dog LOVES to be where you are and most undoubtedly LOVES all the yummy smelling food you are cooking on that HOT BBQ!

SAFETY FIRST, yummy food (doggie approved food that is) SECOND:

  • Remember that your fur baby is not meant to eat or drink everything you are: A piece of hamburger meat or some cooked chicken, no problem usually, but tell your guests to be cautious and to be mindful of their plates and what is dropped. Grapes/raisins, cooked onions, chocolate, nuts/almonds, just to name a few, are typically a “no no” for your doggie as they are toxic to them.
  • Keep cooked bones away from your dog: While it may seem natural to throw your dog a bone after you are done with it, cooked bones are actually extremely dangerous to give to dogs. Cooked bones can easily splinter and lodge in your dog’s body, which may puncture body systems and require life-saving surgery to remove.
  • Keep alcoholic drinks away from dogs: Both raisins and grapes, the key ingredient in wine, are toxic to dogs. In addition, hops, a primary ingredient in beer, are also toxic to dogs. Dogs are not meant to digest alcoholic beverages; they have much smaller bodies than humans and their systems don’t process it well.
  • Teach your dog to stay away from the grill & never leave it unattended when your dog or cat is outside: A simple training command can save a lot of pain and anguish! This will probably be hard for a dog that is food motivated, as the smells coming from the grill will be enticing, but you work on it and a simple “stay” command can really save the day!
  • Maybe DON’T use charcoal briquettesThis is a simple suggestion, but if you clean up properly it should not be a problem to use them. Remember, even if the briquettes are no longer warm when they are ingested by your dog, they can get stuck in your dog’s digestive system and they may require surgery to remove.

Pet Treater loves to educate and give fun ideas on how to make the day better. We love to give nutritious and easy ideas to help feed the pack!

Cooking for Dogs Grilled Sweet Potato Recipe:

Recipe by: Felissa Elfenbein

  1. Whisk together oil and brown sugar. You don’t even have to peel these tasty potatoes. Scrub the skin well with water and trim off any black or green spots. (Green spots on potatoes contain a toxin called crystalline alkaloid which you don’t want to feed your dogs or your family.)
  2. Thinly slice your lemons. Chop sweet potatoes into ¼” thick rounds and toss with lemon and olive oil.
  3. Wrap the potato and lemon in foil and place on the grill over medium-high heat. Allow the sweet potatoes to cook for 5 minutes then flip the foil packet. Cook for another 5 – 7 minutes or until fork tender.
  4. Remove from the grill and allow potatoes to cool for a few minutes before unwrapping the packet.
  5. The brown sugar will caramelize leaving you with some tasty looking lines. Sprinkle finely chopped dill over the sweet potatoes and serve.

Above all: have fun, enjoy the great outdoors and fresh air and yummy BBQ smells, BUT be safe with your dogs and cats in mind!

Pet Treater always looks to treat our fur babies and their “hoomans” alike. Come over to our website and see all the options available on our subscriptions!

Chocolate Banana Bread #Recipe

Chocolate Banana Bread

1/2 Box of Devils Food Chocolate Cake

3 Tb of melted butter

1 egg + 1 egg white

2 ripe bananas, mashed

Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Butter and lightly flour the inside of an 8×4 bread pan.

Mix ingredients in bowl and pour into bread pan.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Check with a toothpick.

Sunny Day Pops ~ @OldOrchardJuice #VIPJuiceCrew #JuiceCrew #Recipe

My little one loves popsicles. Doesn’t matter what season it is. So with each Tasting Box I get from Old Orchard, I make some sort of popsicle with the juice of the month.

This month is Orange Tangerine. I looked in my kitchen to see what fruits I have available and pineapple was the other fruit that seemed to pair well with the Orange Tangerine.

So I used some of the pineapple itself and some of the juice from the can to mix with the Old Orchard Orange Tangerine Juice for a tropical flavored pop.

Sunny Day Pops

1 cup Old Orchard Orange Tangerine Juice

1 can of pineapple chunks


Mix 1 cup of Old Orchard Orange Tangerine Juice and 1/4 cup of juice from the can of pineapple chunks.

Slice the chunks into smaller slivers

Add to bottom of popsicle mold

Fill mold with mixed juice.

Top with popsicle handle

Freeze for at least 5 hours.

*Put remaining pineapple chunks and juice into an air tight container in the fridge.

March 2020 Tasting Box
from Old Orchard

Sipping on Sunshine ~ @oldorchardjuice #VIPJuiceCrew #JuiceCrew #Recipe

Juice of 1 Halo Mandarin Orange

1/4 c Old Orchard Orange Tangerine Juice

Fresca Soda


Squeeze the juice from one Halo Mandarin Orange.

Pour that juice into a flute glass.

Add Old Orchard Orange Tangerine Juice

Fill with Fresca

March 2020 Tasting Box from
Old Orchard

Homemade Dog Treats ~ Carrot, Sweet Potatoes and Peas ~ #Recipe

2 cups flour

2 (4 oz) Gerber Carrot Sweet Potato Pea Baby Food

Preheat oven to 375.

Line cookie sheets with parchment and set aside.

Add ingredients to a large bowl. Mix well with a hand mixer.

Then kneed to form a dough. Break into portions and use a rolling pin to flatten. Make 1/4 in or thinner. I go thinner with mine.

Use your favorite cookie cutter and cut out your treat. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. You don’t need a lot of space in between.

Bake 375 for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Store in air tight container.

Double Chocolate Cookies (using cake mix) #Recipe

1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
1/2 c butter, melted (1 stick)
2 Eggs
Chocolate chips

Marshmallows (optional) *

Preheat Oven to 350

Mix all in a bowl, except if you’re using marshmallows. Add those right before you bake.

Scoop out 1-2 inch balls on a baking sheet (Lined with parchment). I use a scoop.

*Add marshmallows on top right before putting in the oven.

Bake 11-12 Minutes. Cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

So chocolatey!

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