Sunday, April 28, 2013

High Hopes

We went to the ballgame on Thursday, but had to leave the boys at home.  I'm assuming that since the Phillies typically draw such huge crowds, they don't have any Bark in the Park promos.  It would be kind of a mess having 40,000+ people plus dogs.  Although, I'm determined that one day Griswold will throw out the first pitch :)  I know in the past the Phillies have partnered with the Philly SPCA and done adoptions or some sort of fundraising outside of the ballpark.  Several of the players are big dog advocates.  Utley and his wife do a lot of awesome things for pit bulls and animal cruelty with their Utley Foundation.

Although the Philles added an L to their record, we still had a great time.  Beer, hot dogs, and twisted soft serve in a hat?! C'mon!  Love going to ballgames.  And I want to have an affair with the Phanatic...  Does that make me a plushy lover or a furry lover?

(buy that shirt here.  It's Flyers and Penguins colors.)

You may be from PA, but you're on Philly turf/green.
Go hard!
The wind-up...

My husband understands why this photo was necessary...
And any straight woman/gay man will too.
J-Roll lookin like a little kid in that huddle
This would, naturally, be Griswold's favorite part --  HOT DOG GUN!
You tell that ump Cholly!

So since the dogs couldn't go, I made them a treat based on a Philly favorite.  No Griswold, not cheesesteaks.  Sorry about your luck.  But I think he was okay with the soft pretzels I made them.

Soft Pretzel Bites for Dogs

**Disclaimer** - I am not a doggie dietician or vet, so please be mindful of any allergies that your pet may have.  I use ingredients that are known to be safe for dogs to ingest, but just like humans, there is a chance that your dog could be allergic or end up with a case of killer squirts.  Please be mindful and monitor your dog(s) whenever changing or introducing new eats.

Soft Pretzel Bites
Makes about 15, two inch pretzels

3/4 Cup Rice Flour 
3 Tbsp Warm Water
1 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
1/2 tsp Brown Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Honey
1 Large Egg
1 Tbsp (give or take) Bacon Bits (optional)
1 Tbsp Shredded Cheddar Cheese (optional)
1 Tbsp Egg White Wash (optional -- I always have liquid egg whites on hand, so why not)


1.  Mix the warm water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl.  Let it sit for 5 minutes to get foamy.

2.  Have your flour ready to go in a bowl.  Add in the honey, egg, and yeast concoction and mix until everything is well combined.  If your dough is either too dry or too sticky, add either a bit more water or flour depending.

3. Mix in the bacon and cheese if desired.

4.  Take approximately 1 tablespoon of dough and roll it into a snake shape about 12 - 15 inches long x 1/4 inch high.  

Start by rolling the dough in the middle and slowly pulling your hands apart while you stretch the dough on your surface.  You may need to flour the surface, I didn't.  Twist the snake twice and then fold your ends on the bottom half of your now pretzel shape (see above).

Have your helper let you know if they look good.
5.  Cover your pretzels with a towel and let them sit for about 30 minutes in a warm place.

6.  Preheat the over to 375.  Brush the pretzels with egg white.  Bake for approximately 12 minutes or until a bit golden on top.
There's a few you could tell I took my time.  The rest...
You could tell I didn't...
7. Let them cool (if your dogs will let you).  Keep leftovers in the fridge or freezer in a ziplock baggie.

One little crumb left.

Nutritional Info for 1 pretzel (with bacon and cheese):
Treats shouldn't account for more than 10% of your dog's total caloric intake for the day
Calories – 40.3
            Total Fat – 0.7g
                        Saturated Fat – 0.2g
                        Polyunsaturated Fat – 0g
                        Monounsaturated Fat – 0g
            Cholesterol – 12.5mg
            Sodium – 21.0mg
            Potassium – 6.9mg
            Total Carbohydrate – 7.1g
                        Dietary Fiber – 0.2g
                        Sugars – 0.8g
            Protein – 1.2g

Calculated via SparkRecipes

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