Last but not least – I never forget Halloween Treats for my Cookie

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Halloween is mostly for kids these days, filled with candy and costumes – but what about our darling pets? I always make it a point to not let my darling Cookie miss out on any of the Halloween fun. This year, I got her a couple of very special Halloween Treats that I know she loves – Pup-Peroni and Canine Carry Outs. I picked up this combo last week while I was grocery shopping at Kroger because I knew she would love something different than what she normally gets.

Pupperoni Dog Treats and Canine Carryouts for Halloween Treats #TruMooTreats milk #shop

What’s also nice is that they are soft and chewy treats – perfect for senior dogs that are losing teeth. Cookie is a Chinese Crested and her breed is notorious for losing teeth as they age. Poor girl runs throughout the house crying if I give her something too hard to crunch into, and then I have to break it into small pieces for her. With these, she can just take it and enjoy it all on her own – just check her out grabbing and running with her Pup-Peroni treat!


Cookie all dressed up in her Halloween costume loves getting a treat #TruMooTreats milk #shop

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Every year I dress her up as a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader just because we are huge Cowboys fans in this house. Plus, anyone who rings the doorbell for Trick or Treating gets a kick out of her! I custom made this for her back in the day when I had no children yet and I could fuss over Cookie all day. I miss those days!

Pupperoni Dog Treats and Canine Carryouts for Halloween Treats #TruMooTreats milk #shop

Pupperoni Dog Treats and Canine Carryouts for Halloween Treats #TruMooTreats milk #shop


Pupperoni Dog Treats and Canine Carryouts for Halloween Treats #TruMooTreats milk #shop

So are you planning on including your pup in the Halloween festivities? Here’s a few tips to help keep them safe:

1. Keep them away from lit pumpkins. Your dog might get curious from the smell of  freshly carved pumpkin and may get burned while checking it out.

2. Keep your pup away from the Candy. Chocolate is BAD news for your dog and may make them very sick. Be careful of little ones unknowingly ‘giving the dog a treat’ and offering them a candy bar when you’re not looking.

3. If your dog is the type that goes berserk when the doorbell rings, consider confining them until trick or treat hour is over.

4. Never leave your pup outside by themselves. Halloween night is notorious for pranks and if would be awful if yours was the butt of a stupid joke by teenagers.

5. If you choose to dress up your dog before the big night, consider trying it on them a few days in advance to make sure that they don’t react badly to being dressed up – especially if your dog has never worn clothing before.

Most of all – HAVE FUN! its Halloween and its meant for free candy and a fun night out with the kiddos.



Making Orange Scream Pie with TruMoo Orange Scream Flavored Milk

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Halloween is my favorite time of year to begin baking and preparing for the cold season ahead. Also, heading into my 2nd trimester of pregnancy  gives me more reasons for snacking! Since we love our pies around here, I thought a great way to use the new limited edition TruMoo Orange Flavored Milk would be to make a pie.

My mother-in-law makes a mean coconut cream pie, so this recipe is based upon that one. You could always alter this one for use with straight up milk if you completely run out of TruMoo.

I began by baking a pre-made pie crust. You can make your own of course, but for simplicity's sake I decided it would be best to use a frozen one. 

I got out my simple ingredients – sugar, salt, cornstarch and  evaporated milk and TruMoo Orange Scream Flavored Milk. I also needed 6 eggs, and I seperated the yolks and whites in seperate bowls.

In a large 4 cup measuring cup, I emptied the contents of 1 can of evaporated milk. Using the TruMoo Orange Scream, I filled the rest of the cup to the 4 cup mark. Wisk together with the sugar, salt & cornstarch in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 5 minutes.

Once it comes out of the microwave, beat with a wisk. I used the beater attachment on my kitchen aid mixer because of the strong, sturdy ooomph it provides. It will foam up, and this is where you take 3/4 cup from the mixture and set it aside. Put the rest back into the microwave for 2 minutes.

In the meantime, beat the egg yoiks, and temper the egg mixture with the hot milk. keep beating it until the rest gets out of the microwave and add it in. continue to beat on high in the mixer.

Once it foams up nicely again, stop beating and return it to the microwave for 5 minutes, stoping halfway to beat it. Be careful not to overcook it! Add in your vanilla and 1 tablespoon of butter.

Let it cool, and then pour it into your baked pie crust dish! Decorate how you would like – I thought whipped cream and pumpkins would make for a happy halloween!

Be sure to visit their website for more delicious TruMoo Halloween recipes and follow on Facebook and Pinterest for more creative ideas.

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Recipe list:

  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 6 level teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • TruMoo Orange Flavored Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Butter
  • 6 separated eggs

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Making at-home date night special with Breyers Gelato Indulgences

This post brought to you by Breyers Gelato Indulgences . All opinions are 100% mine.

Many moons ago when I visited Italy with my high school, I had the pleasure of discovering what gelato really was. At first, I thought it was just the Italian word for ice cream but I soon learned that gelato was something of its own. One of the most vivid recollections of the whole trip was when I was in Florence, walking through the open air marketplace with my group when we saw what looked like a small ice cream parlour with a sign that read "Gelateria". We stopped in to give it a try and to make a long story short, it was the creamiest, most decadent frozen treat I had ever had in my life. 

Back then in the 90's (omg I feel old!) ice cream was just plain ice cream over here in North America. It was hard and often served up in a giant waffle cone adorned with multicolored sprinkles. Gelato was different – a cross between soft serve and creamy decadence served in a cup. It didn't take long for the Gelato trend to catch on – which is why I was so over the moon when I discovered the Breyers Gelato Indulgences at the store!

With 4 yummy flavors to choose from – Vanilla Caramel, Tiramisu, Triple Chcolate and Raspberry Cheesecake I wasn't sure which one to pick. Believe me, I had a real difficult time keeping the family away from them before I could photograph it and share it!

So I thought I would make a special occasion out of it, and make a yummy dinner to finish off with a big bowl of Breyers Gelato Indulgences! I went with one of my favorite dishes – pasta with vodka sauce!

Ohh yeah.. Totally deelish!!

Once dinner was served and eaten, it was time for dessert.. My hubby and I decided to indulge in the triple chocolate and shared a small bowl with 2 spoons. 

Be sure to learn more about Breyers Gelato by watching their short video!

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