Bark! The Herald Angels Sing: A Crafty Canine Christmas

Photo’s courtesy of guest writer

Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is about 3 weeks away, next it is my favorite month of the year, December… Christmas!!!! Holiday season at the end of the year is always full of fun events, mmmm… I smelled roasted turkey, I smelled Cinnamon, I heard Christmas Carols, I felt colder (with the North bound wind flowing in), I am going to decorate my home with Christmas again. Yippee!!!!

I haven’t had a finished craft tutorial to show you yet but I promised the next one will be from me. It is surely related to Christmas and it is a good one!!! Today, we have Brandon to slot in as a guest writer at Craft Passion while I sneak away to prepare the next sewing tutorial. Brandon Jackson is here to share a dog cookies recipe with us plus some tips to craft for your lovely dog. Dogs, as members of the family deserved the special attention during this holy season too.

[A little about Brandon Jackson: Brandon holds a degree in business communication and works in the insurance industry. He lives in the Rocky Mountain area with his wife, Dawn, and their three children.]

Photo’s courtesy of guest writer

For all the times they’ve waited patiently, tails wagging, wet-nosed, bright eyes shining with love for you to come home and give them love, this year your puppy deserves a Christmas worth barking about. A good dog is a member of the family, and there’s no better excuse than Christmas to pamper and spoil them for all the love and laughter they bring into the home.

A Fetching Feast

Your darling dog may not be able to join the family at the dinner table, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a special seasonal snack of their own, and what’s better than cookies? Darlene Michaud shares her special canine cookie treats recipes below.

  • 2 cup cornmeal
  • 6 t tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water or broth (chicken or beef)
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour

What you’ll need to make these tasty treats: rolling pin, cookie cutters, and cookie sheet. Simple, right?

Mix the cornmeal and whole wheat flour then add oil and water (or broth). You can also add some food coloring if you want red or green bones (you can spilt the dough and make both colors). Mix the mush with your hands. If it’s too wet, add some more flour. If it’s too dry, add a bit more water (or broth). Don’t be overly concerned about getting it just right. As long as you can roll it out, you’re good! Fido won’t care if it’s perfect or not.

Roll the dough out onto a floured board until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Then cut shapes with cookie cutters or just cut free hand. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 to 35 minutes (over cooked is better than undercooked). Remove from the oven and let cool. Store in plastic bags and give to dogs for Christmas!

Stalking Woofers

In the era of DIY everything, it’s more fun than ever to create handmade decorations and artisan crafts. This holiday season your pooch can have just as much fun as everyone else when it’s time to unwrap presents. Start with a personalized stocking, which can be selected from custom sites like PersonalCreations.com, or purchased from HobbyLobby.com or other local craft stores. For added charm, buy some felt and puff paint and decorate with paw prints and your beloved pet’s name.

Filling your puppy stocking is even more fun than decorating it! Here are some simple ways to add some pizazz to this year’s top dog gift list:

1. Holiday T-shirt: Make Christmas card photos to create an iron on appliques, press it on a dog onesie, and make the most adorable holiday outfit any dog could hope for.

2. Fluffy toys: find organic squeaky toys for tug-o-war and to snuggle with at night. Tying holiday ribbons around them also gives your furry pal an added extra to play with.

3. New bed: a personalized DIY bed would make your dog the talk of the town. Places like Costco sell plain dog beds that are just begging for some bells and whistles. Using puff paint and felt to personalize your pooch’s bed to match his stocking, add some jingle bells.

When your furry best friend comes bounding into the living room this Christmas, you’re sure to win some lasting memories.

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3 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Roll the dough out onto a floured board until it’s about 14 inch thick. Then cut shapes with cookie cutters or just cut free hand. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 to 35 minutes (over cooked is better than undercooked). Remove from the oven and let cool. Store in plastic bags and give to dogs for Christmas!

    14 inches thick????????????? Isn’t that a bit thick?

  2. Question about vegetable oil…is it teaspoons or tablespoons? You have t. then tablespoons. It must be a typo. Thank you.

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