I’m not ashamed to join the legions of other bloggers and officially declare that fall is my favorite time of the year. Because it is. Hands down.

Every September, I find myself busting out my prettiest cursive and writing long lists of my favorite autumnal things. Boots, apple picking, soup, and crunchy leaves always make the list.

But this year is different because I’m a first time dog parent. Along with a furry friend, I have gained access to a whole new world of pup-friendly, fall delights. Crisp morning walks! Romping in crunchy leaf piles! Snuggling under a blanket while watching football! Baking Pumpkin Pie Puppy Biscuits!

Yeah, I actually did that, and I think it’s going to be a regular on my Autumn celebration list forevermore. They fill the house with an insanely good smell, and they’re super healthy for your dog.

This may be Copernicus’ first fall, but after a couple of these biscuits, I think he was prepared to jump on the bandwagon and declare this his favorite season as well.

I got the recipe from a wonderful cookbook, which I whole-heartedly recommend adding to your collection.

Here’s how you make ‘em:

Pumpkin Pie Biscuits

1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ cup chicken broth
¾ cup canned pumpkin
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Combine the dry ingredients. Blend together the broth, pumpkin, oil, syrup, and egg in a blender or food processor. Mix wet into dry, and blend with hands until all the flour is incorporated. Roll into a ½-in thick sheet on a floured surface, and cut out biscuits with a cookie cutter. Place on a baking sheet covered in non-stick or greased foil, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until brown. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Copernicus is now 15 weeks old. I can hardly believe it! And with each passing day, it’s becoming more clear that he’s not going to be your average goldendoodle. Instead of the typical long, curly, glossy hair of the goldendoodle, he looks more like a golden retriever who got a little rumpled in the drier. I just can’t get enough of his adorably-unkempt, scruffy look!

Hi there! I'll be taking maternity leave during the summer of 2018. If you'd like a pet portrait during this time, feel free to drop me a note (awillsie@gmail.com) and I'll let you know as soon as I'm back to the studio. Thanks!