Old Mother Hubbard Meaties Extra Chicken Flavor Dog Treats

We have a six year old Silky Terrier, and she is spoiled rotten. My husband gives her “people” food all the time, to my chagrin. He used to give her real cheese as treats to teach her tricks and reward her for good behavior. During one of our vet appointments I was informed that our dog is slightly over weight. Of course I blame hubby for this, and so a year ago I started looking for better choices for our reward treats. It was a work in progress, with several brands being tried along the way. Our latest find is Old Mother Hubbard Treats.

I have never found these dog treats in a regular grocery store, but we now have a large Petco in our town, and lucky for us, they sell a large assortment of these types of treats. I used to buy Charlie Bear treats (quite similar to the Old Mother Hubbard), but Petco only offered those in the Cheese amp; Egg flavor, and our Silky prefers chicken. Our dog groomer also sells Old Mother Hubbard, but her prices are slightly higher. If you don’t have a Petco in your town, check out your local groomer.

Old Mother Hubbard Treaties come in three flavors: Chicken, Liver and Lamb. I have not tried the two latter flavors, only the Chicken. The package is 7 1/2 ounces, and is a handy resealable plastic pouch. The treats are more like crackers in my opinion, but I love them because they are very small … bite size for even a small dog. The tiny size makes them perfect for training treats. Better yet, my dog loves them! I got the bag out to aid in writing this review, and as soon as she heard the crackle of the bag, she was at my feet immediately. She knows what that sound is!

My husband insists on feeding our Silky “canned” dog food, which I don’t agree with. I don’t think it is good for her teeth, which is another reason I like these little “cracker treats”, they are crunchy, and I feel that she is at least getting something that is helping clean her teeth while she is eating them.

The price is a little high, almost $5 at our Petco, but there are a LOT of treaties in this bag, and it lasts for several months. So in the long run, they really are a very affordable treat.

The company dubbs these as treats for adult dogs, and makes the claim that they are “natural”. Indeed, in reading the ingredients, I don’t see a lot of chemicals and preservatives. I especially like the fact that there are no artificial colorings added. In deciding what ingredients to use in their products, Old Mother Hubbard seeks out advice from veterinarians, scientists, and nutritionists. Here are the ingredients so you can see for yourself what goes into these treats:

The Old Mother Hubbard package has a warning that these treats may cause staining on carpeting, furniture or wood floors. I think the molasses ingredient would most likely be the culprit, but honestly, these treats are never on the floor! They go right from my hand do our Silky’s mouth! I was really surprised to read that they may cause staining on a wood floor! We have wood floors in our kitchen and dining room, and nothing has ever stained them! Certainly not these treats. It’s just my opinion, but I would think these would have to become wet somehow, in order to leave a stain.

Dog treats are not very valuable to me if our dog doesn’t like them. The fact is, our Silky LOVES these treats. She does “tricks” every evening at bedtime, and I usually give her two or three of these. It has now become a part of our night time routine. If I forget to give them to her, she comes and sniffs my face (while I am in bed) to remind me! I have not noticed that they have added to her weight gain at all, in fact I believe she has probably slimmed down a little bit since we took away the real cheese as treats and starting giving her these cracker like treats. I will know when we go to our next vet appointment.

My husband has also gotten into the habit of giving our Silky a treat when he (we) leave the house, and we have a pouch of treaties in the entryway as well. When we used to give our dog bone shaped treats, we always had to break them up because they were too large for her. With these treats they are already the perfect tiny size. No more hassles with that!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Review

It’s every chef’s best friend, and a permanent fixture in some of the busiest kitchens around: the KitchenAid stand mixer. Whether you’re making cakes, breads, pies, or cookies, the stand mixer has been technology’s boon to the kitchen. KitchenAid manufactures two types of planetary mixers: the tilt-head stand mixer or the bowl-lift stand mixer. The former is more suited for household use, capable of processing smaller loads at a time. The latter is for heavy duty mixing, and the 6-quart bowl-lift model is what I have.

A mixer takes a load off of the stress in the kitchen, and among all the different mixers I’ve tried, KitchenAid makes the best heavy duty stand mixers. They’re made to rough it out in the kitchen; these mixers work hard and can deal with even the toughest bread doughs. A new set comes with three different essential attachments: the dough hook, the wire whisk and the paddle attachment. The dough hook is good for kneading heavy masses like bread doughs. I’ve worked with mixers whose dough hooks are a joke; this one by contrast sweeps the entire bowl clean and works your dough evenly and perfectly. The wire whisk aerates meringues and cake mixtures. The paddle attachment, on the other hand, is a novelty that comes into play when mixtures are too heavy for the wire whisk, like when working with chunks of hard butter or margarine.

The bowl that comes along with it is stainless steel, which makes it light and durable, as compared to the heavy and fragile glass bowls that comes with other mixers. It has a six quart capacity, which is a lot more than what a regular household baker would need, really (a 14 cup capacity, according to their website). The mixer can operate on ten different speeds that you can easily flick up or down with a switch, and this is especially convenient because it affords you a lot of control in your mixing.

The bowl-lift models, while heavy duty, don’t come cheap. For regular household usage, you might want to consider the smaller capacity tilt-head models. They’re ideal for regular small volume productions, but you might encounter difficulty with tougher mixtures like bread doughs. Even soft bread doughs tend to exhaust the machine. I used one of these tilt-head models once to make croissant dough, which is quite soft, but the mixer struggled through the ordeal that I had to make it in small batches, and I had to hold the motor down to keep it from shaking the entire table and dancing on the surface of the countertop.

The KitchenAid stand mixer also comes in a different array of colors, from the standard black or white, to classic stainless or pearl, to more whimsical hues like purple or bright red-looks like their industrial designers have a sense of humor after all! This aside, KitchenAid has come up with a brilliant set of additional attachments and accessories that you can buy for your stand mixer, far diversifying its functionality. There’s a grinder, a juicer, an ice cream maker, a grain mill, a ravioli maker, a pasta machine, and a sausage stuffer, among others. So your stand mixer isn’t just a stand mixer! It’s your all-around kitchen companion, which is exactly why a KitchenAid mixer is any chef’s best friend. Consider it a wise investment.

What Is The Best Frozen Yogurt Machine?

A lot of people get their frozen yogurt fix from frozen yogurt shops, affectionately known as ‘froyo shops,’ whether heading to a mom ‘n pop store or a chain store like the eponymous FroYo.

yogurt machineBut, what if you don’t live nearby such a shop? And, what if you’d rather save money? Well, you don’t have to keep heading to a froyo shop just to get frozen yogurt. You can make it yourself!

The Frozen Yogurt Machine

Frozen yogurt machines, also known as makers, are small appliances that make frozen yogurt. Although many of those machines are merely ice cream machines, there are now separate appliances used to exclusively make frozen yogurt.

So, whether you get a specifically labeled ‘frozen yogurt machine’ or an electric ice cream maker, know that both appliances are capable of producing tasty frozen yogurt.

You can use a maker to make as much tasty frozen yogurt as you want, using any type of recipe you want. It’s pretty easy to get started using one of these machines; after all, they’re designed that way.

But, what’s the best yogurt maker out there today? Well, plenty of different frozen yogurt machines exist. The most common are automatic or electric frozen yogurt machines, though there are purely mechanical models that use hand cranks or act as ‘play and freeze’ balls for active play.

Of course, if you’re planning to buy the best frozen yogurt machine, you’re probably looking for an electric one. So, we’re going to take a look at some of the best frozen yogurt machines that money can buy.

The Best Frozen Yogurt Machines ~ Comparing 4 Popular Models

Hamilton Beach 68330 4 Qt Bucket Ice Cream Maker

Even though the Hamilton Beach 68330 is labeled as an ice cream maker, this appliance is also great for making frozen yogurt. This ‘frozen yogurt machine’ also comes with a recipe book that contains ice cream and frozen yogurt recipes, too.

You can make up to 4 quarts of frozen yogurt in about 40 minutes, depending on your recipe. Simpler recipes, such as your standard vanilla, will take less than 30 minutes.

It also has an Easy-Lock lid to prevent spills and is pretty small, so you can keep out on your counter top during the summer (or all year round, really). For its inexpensive price, you can’t go wrong with this frozen yogurt maker.

Cuisinart ICE-50BC Supreme Ice Cream Maker

Here’s another ice cream maker that doubles as a great frozen yogurt maker. The Cuisinart ICE-50BC is higher end, so it will cost a few hundred to buy (that also goes for the newer model, too).

This frozen yogurt machine is made from stainless steel, and features a built-in compressor freezer, so you don’t really need to pre-freeze its bowl. This machine pretty much lets you ‘set it and forget it.’ You just need to add in your frozen yogurt mix and let it go.

The machine makes as much as 1 1/2 quarts of frozen yogurt at a time, so you will have to fire up the machine more than once if you’re planning on making a lot for more than 2 people. It has a timer to let you know when the frozen yogurt is done, too.

People actually don’t mind paying the extra money for this frozen yogurt machine. It makes excellent quality frozen yogurt, even though it takes a bit longer to make a lot at one time.

Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence Ice Cream Maker

You can make as much as 2 quarts in this machine. It also takes less time to produce it than with other models: less than 30 minutes, at that. It’s also pretty compact, so you can easily keep this on a
counter top on a regular basis. Another Cuisinart ice cream maker that can also produce frozen yogurt. The Cuisinart ICE-30BC is priced much lower than its expensive counterpart, the Supreme. So, for a little over $100, this frozen yogurt machine is probably the best compromise for people who want a good durable machine at a better price, Delicious.com has shared some of these yogurt makers for us so see those if you want to get it cheaper.

Some might consider this machine to produce frozen yogurt at a softer consistency than they prefer, but it’s good enough for most customers, as evidenced by their glowing reviews.

Aroma AIC-204EM 4-Quart Wood Barrel Ice Cream Maker

If you want something traditional, the Aroma Wood Barrel Ice Cream Maker is a hand crank maker that’s also good for making frozen yogurt.

This maker and other similar barrel ice cream makers make up to 4 quarts of frozen yogurt at a time. Some, like the Aroma, have automatic ice cream churning controls, but you can easily keep them off and use the hand crank if you want to have traditionally made frozen yogurt.

This maker is great for people who want to experience how fun it is to make their own frozen yogurt. Although it’s not for everyone, it’s a great option to have on the market.