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Dec. 16, 2021

Handmade Organic Doggy Treats

Doggy treats biscuits homemade client gifts organic

One of the things I love to do for my dog, my friends and my friends' dogs is made Doggy Treats. The dogs seem to love them (so their humans tell me), so I keep making them. But you don't have to wait until I send you some - make them yourself!

I've fine-tuned my recipe over time, and I'm happy to share it with you. I live at high altitude, so if you live at lower than 5,000 ft elevation, you'll have to make some adjustments. The most obvious will be to add less liquid. Play around with the ingredients, sizes, etc. Make the recipe yours! Or, just use my recipe - your dogs will love you for it!

The number of treats this recipe makes will depend on the size of cutter you use, and how thin you roll the batter.

I purchased my cookie cutters here:

I've never used the large, and I rarely use the smallest. I generally use the two middle sizes.



Preheat oven to 350 degrees

INGREDIENTS (I use organic, but you can use what you like)

2 c whole wheat flour

1/2 c wheat germ

1 t sea salt

1 t chicken buillon

1/2 cup + 2 t very warm water

1 egg

Enough olive oil to grease cookie sheets


1. Put all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowel

2. Add teaspoon of chicken buillon to very warm water. Mix until fully disolved.

3. Add chicken buillon/water mixture to dry ingredients.

4. Add egg to dry ingredients.

5. Mix all ingredients together with your hands. Dough should have consistency of cookie dough, but slightly stickier.

Dough will be mixed thoroughly when you can form one large ball of dough.

Lightly coat counter (rolling surface) with a small amount of whole wheat flour. Place dough on rolling surface and flatten as much as possible with your hands. Then start to roll with a rolling pin. Make sure to coat the surface of the rolling pin with flour.

Roll the dough out to 1/4" or thinner. (Play around with thickness until the treats are your preferred thickness once cooked.) My dog (who is a Senior and doesn't have a lot of teeth) prefers very thin treats. Younger, bigger dogs tend to prefer thicker treats.

Cut the dough with the cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheet. They can be close to each other (they will not "spread" while cooking), but not touching. Fill the cookie sheet up and place in oven.

Here's the tricky part: The amount of cooking time will depend on the thickness of the treats. 1/4" thick should cook for 30 minutes. Super thin cookies should cook for 15-20 minutes. Again, it will depend on your elevation and how thinly you've rolled the batter.

Perfectly cooked treats should be about the color of peanut butter, maybe slightly darker - but not by much!

You can't really make these incorrectly, except if you overcook them. You'll know right away if that happens. But don't worry - my dog still loves them, they just don't look as pretty.

I store them in a paper bag. Don't put them in a ziploc or any type of plastic - the moisture in the treats will start to mold. If you freeze them, make sure to use them within a week of thawing. If you DON'T freeze them, and just keep them in a regular paper bag, they will last a very, very long time!

Good luck! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.




Posted in Lifestyle
Sept. 19, 2021

Breckenridge passes short-term rental cap on 1st reading

Breckenridge Passes Short-Term Rental Cap


Those who spoke at public comment overwhelmingly opposed the move

The Breckenridge Town Council voted unanimously on first reading to pass an ordinance capping the number of nonexempt short-term rental licenses at 2,200, following nearly five hours of public comment overwhelmingly against the move.

The town also   ... click here to read more

Posted in Short Term Rentals
Sept. 16, 2021

Changes to Short-Term Rental Permits - Breckenridge, Colorado

Summit County Fall Colorado

NEW Short-Term-Rental Permit Rulings

(09-16-21: I will update this as things develop)

What You Need To Know:    

Town of Breckenridge

First reading of the draft ordinance was approved 9/15/21. The second reading and final vote is Tuesday, September 28th.

  • The town approved a cap of 2200 permits. There are currently 2495 and over 300 additional were applied for in the past two weeks.
  • Council reasoning: degradation of community character, although affordable housing and limiting tourism have both been mentioned by Council members.)
  • The ordinance does not apply to units/complexes with front desks, security systems, and a central phone system.
  • Permits will be reduced through attrition as properties are sold or owners permits expire. New permits will be issued through a wait list system.
  • A temporary six-month STR permit will be issued to new property owners to allow them the ability to honor reservations that existed on the date the property transferred and the permit was lost. Details will be established in the administrative regulations.
  • The effective date will be 35 days from the second reading and final ratification of the ordinance.

Summit County

The County passed an emergency ordinance to put a twelve-week (90-day) moratorium on new short- term rental license applications. The purpose of the moratorium is to allow staff time to get caught up on processing permit applications.

  • The moratorium goes into effect Friday, September 17th at 11:59 PM.
  • Properties in Keystone, Copper Mountain, and in the 4 o’clock Subdivision and Skiwatch in Breckenridge are exempt from this moratorium and may continue to apply for permits as normal.
  • Property owners can apply for permits throughout the regular process through Friday.
  • Properties under contract should submit a letter as we outlined last week with the new permit application through Friday by submitting it to
  • During the moratorium, properties under contract and properties that are under construction may apply for a special exception prior to applying for the permit.

·         During the moratorium, the County plans empirical data research and will work to find creative incentives for property owners to convert their properties to long-term rentals in “locals zones”. These zones include:

  *   Dillon Valley

 *   French Creek

  *   Woodmoor

  *   Wildernest

  *   Frisco Terrace/Evergreen

  *   Lake View Meadows

  *   Mesa Cortina

  *   Summit Cove

  *   Alpine Breck

  *   Quandary Village

  *   Peak 7


More information on the process and mapping of Keystone and Copper can be found here:

Posted in Short Term Rentals
July 31, 2017

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