Category Archives: The Pups

Peanut Butter, Banana Puppy Cupcakes

It’s no surprise that I spoil our dogs. Brent blames me for Bacon being spoiled, which is probably true. 🙂

I’ve been watching re-runs of DC Cupcake and it really got me in the mood to make something fun for the dogs. I’ve been thinking about making some treats for the and all I needed was the inspiration to make some cupcakes to help make the decision easy.

I knew the basic ingredients I wanted to put in them, and just kind of wen from there. The doggies seemed to really like them…and people did too!

Peanut Butter Pupcakes

 

Ingredients:

2 Whole Ripe Bananas 1/2 Cup Applesauce
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter 2 Cups Wheat Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1/2 Cup Canola Oil

Icing

2 Whole Ripe Bananas 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. First, mix the canola oil and applesauce. Then add in the peanut butter until it is smooth. Last, add in the flour and baking soda.

2. In a separate bowl, mash up the bananas and then add them into the batter. Pour the batter into mini muffin tins with paper liners. Cook them for 15 minutes.

Icing

1. Mash the banana until they are as smooth as possible. Then add in the peanut butter and mix. This will determine the thickness of the icing.

2. When the pupcakes are cooled, top them off with the icing and let the little nuggets enjoy!

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The little spoiled doggies loved their little treats and I didn’t feel bad giving it to them because I know EXACTLY what’s in them. And it didn’t include any ingredients that I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving them any day of the week.

A few people tried them too…and they weren’t bad at all. Think banana bread without the sugar topping. They were delicious.

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When I’m going out to the store and just want to pick up some treats to have in the cabinet, I love the Trader Joe’s Dog Treats. Simply because when you read the label, you know every ingredient. If you wouldn’t eat it, why would you feed it to them??

I’ve tasted the Trader Joe’s treats…and they are quite bland. Tastes like food…but bland. I don’t need to worry about anyone eating those 🙂

Here are some other home-made dog treats:

Pupsicles

Peanut Butter Birthday Cake

What are your favorite dog treats to spoil the puppies??

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Cauliflower and Herbed Barley Salad

This week Mama C was cooking up some dinner for the family and she was working on this cauliflower dish. She called me and Maggie over to give it a try because she wasn’t sure about how it tasted. As soon as Maggie and dove a finger into, we were hooked. This dish is filled with a strong lemon and garlic flavor that really took the cauliflower to another level. We couldn’t get enough of it.

So, Mama C has allowed me to share this amazing recipe with all of you 🙂 I’m telling you, you won’t be disappointed. She has somehow found a way to take cauliflower and make us WANT to eat it. Crazy.

Cauliflower and Barley Salad

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Quick Cooking Barley Salt
1 Tablespoon finely grated lemon zest 3 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise 1 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil Black Pepper
1 Head Cauliflower 1 15oz Can Small White Beans
1/2 Cup Parsley Leaves 1 Clove Garlic

Directions:

1. Start cooking the barley in a large saucepan, according to the directions on the package. Once it is cooked, drain it and set it aside.

2. Whisk the lemon juice, mayonnaise, mustard, 3 Tablespoons of Olive oil. Finely grate the garlic clove and whisk it into the dressing as well. Finally season it with salt and pepper to taste.

3. In a large skillet, heat up apprx. 1 Tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Add in the cauliflower and occasionally stir it until it begins to brown in spots. It should take about 10 minutes.

4. Add in 2 tablespoons of water, then cover it and allow it to cook for 2 minutes longer, or until they are tender. Season them with salt and pepper to taste.

5. In a large bowl, add in the dressing, then add in the cauliflower, barley, beans (washed under cool water) and parsley. Toss it to coat everything and top it with the zest of lemon.

I can’t tell you how delicious this is. We had it as a side dish, but you could definitely have this as a main dish and even top it off with some sort of meat. You can also substitute the barley for quinoa or any other grains. The dressing is really simple and could compliment just about any grain.

Snowing Again!

This weekend we were hit with another storm, which was actually originally going to get up to 13 inches. But the temperature rose just enough last night to turn it into rain, and really reducing the amount of snow…and just making everything slushy.

However, that didn’t stop Bacon and Oreo from heading outside to get a spot of exercise. They have been kind of cooped up and Bacon has been staring at us begging to let him out. Colleen ended up taking the two of them out in the snow and throwing a ball around. You couldn’t have pictured any happier dogs.

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If you couldn’t tell, Oreo is back to her old self. We are trying to keep her from jumping around too much, but she doesn’t really have any interest in doing so. I took her to the vet on Friday and they came to the conclusion that it wasn’t took bad of a herniated disk because she did recover so quickly.

Hopefully the snow isn’t took bad for my flight tomorrow 🙂

A Herniated Disk and the Gun Range

This weekend Brent finally convinced me to go to a gun class. He signed the both of us up for the safety certification class on Friday, which was 4 hours long. I have to say, I wasn’t all that excited because to be honest, guns scare the crap out of me. Brent loves them. He grew up around them and he just eats up everything that has to do with it. Me, you can drop me off at a mall and I will be entertained for a while. Brent, drop him off at Bass Pro Shops and the man will send hours upon hours just walking around the place. It doesn’t really help that the Bass Pro Shop in Foxboro has a bar inside of it.

A few weeks ago, Maggie and I wanted to stop at Victoria’s Secret for their semi-annual sale and Brent was at Bass Pro Shop for almost 3 hours. The sweet guy that he is, he bought me a beer bottle coozie.

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Anyways, you get the point. So, Friday night we sat through the 4 hour class and learned about guns. How they work, how to store them, how to disarm them, how to apply for one and how to shoot one. It was actually really informational and slightly eased my terrifiedness of them. After learning about them for a while and practicing with some fake ones, they brought us into the range to give some real ones a go. I took a quick picture while I was standing in the range waiting, and I felt like a complete nerd because I not only looked like one, I was caught.

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Brent was already shooting his revolver and semi-automatic. They had instructors standing there with you just to make sure you weren’t going to accidentally shoot yourself or anyone else.

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All good things.

You ended up shooting about 20 rounds and then went back to your seat. I didn’t do too badly. I was extremely consistent, but I kept hitting the bottom left corner of the box we were aiming at. I took a picture of the target paper but it’s on Brent’s phone. I really didn’t do too badly for the first time shooting at a target. I was really consistent, so they were thinking the sights might have been off.

The Oreo:

On Sunday morning, I woke up to Oreo jumping off my bed, which is about 2 feet high, and spinning around in pain. She was biting at her bum so I naturally thought she had to go out. I let her out and she immediately went to the bathroom then curled up in a ball under a tree. I called her back inside and she just sauntered back in and curled up in a ball with her head on my leg. She was being unbelievably clingy and if you have a dog, you know that’s the first sign that something is wrong and they don’t feel well.

I picked up her and carried her downstairs where Brent is sleeping and woke him up with a hurt Oreo. He brought her back outside because at his point she was salivating at a crazy rate. Her entire mouth was soaking wet. She immediately went over to a tree and curled up in a ball. And if you have ever watched Marley and Me, you KNOW this is never good.

We ended up calling a 24/7 emergency vet and they gave us the address to a closer one. After waiting for 45 minutes or so, the vet did a quick exam and came to the conclusion that she herniated a disk. Painful. We brought her back home under strict instructions to keep her as immobile as possible. No long walks, no stairs, no jumping, no playing. Just sleep. I thought we were going to have to put her in her crate for hours but the poor thing has no interest in anything but sleep.

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The poor thing. We have her on pain medication, which seems to help a ton. I’m such a sucker though…I’ve been trying to make things as easy as possible. She doesn’t really want to eat but she has to in order to take her meds so I sat there and fed her the food one by one. I have also just pushed her food right up to her little bed and let her munch in the laziest of positions.

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Yesterday she was definitely much better than Day 1. Today, I would say she is around the same as yesterday. A bit more active but still in a bunch of pain. I have heard that herniating a disk isn’t that uncommon in smaller dogs. It just usually happens when they are a bit older…not 2. It makes me nervous that she is looking forward to many more of these episodes. 😦

They all make fun of me because I’m slightly babying her…but someone’s got to do it!!

Last night I also came up with a Clockwork Ab workout to share with you. I had Maggie do it with me at the gym and she loved it. There are no crunches and it will really get you!

Are you the type that babies your sick ones or are you the “Meh, give her the meds and she’s fine!” ??

Valentine’s Day Fun Facts and Book Club

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I’m kind of a nerd and kind of love useless facts. I feel like when you share them with other people and absolutely shock them it’s really really entertaining and fun. So, in the interest of allowing all of you to do just the same thing…I’ve put together a Valentine’s Day Fun Fact list…just a continuation of the Christmas One! I mean…who knew Mistle Toe was really another way of saying Poop Twip. Shocking!!

  • Around 1 billion cards are sent. After Christmas it is the second largest card giving Holiday.
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 10 account for 650 million cards given to teachers, friends and family members. Teachers receiving the largest  number of Valentine’s Day cards.
  • In Korea, if you are not given a gift on Valentine’s Day, then you along with all of the other singles go to Korean restaurants and eat black noodles to mourn their single status. Wowie. 
  • Cupid is the symbol of Valentine’s Day because he is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. He holds the bow and arrow because it is believed that the arrows were magical and aroused the feeling of love. 
  • Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet, still receives about 1000 Valentine’s each year in Verona.
  • In the middle ages, young men and women would draw a name from a bowl to see who would be their valentine. They would wear the printed name on their sleeve for a week and was done so that it becomes easy for people to know their true feeling. This is where “wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from.
  • In America, pilgrims used to send confections for Valentine’s Day because it contained sugar and it was a rare product. Hence, the beginning of sending chocolates to your valentine!
  • The heart is considered the source of all emotions. In early days, the shape of the heart came about when people attempted to draw the organ without knowing exactly what it looked like.
  • In olden times, some people believed that if a robin flew over your head, you were going to marry  a sailor. If it were a sparrow, she was going to marry poor but be happy. If it were a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
  • The Romans celebrated Valentine’s Day on Feb 14 in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman Empire gods and goddesses. She was also the goddess of women and marriage.
  • Physicians would prescribe chocolate if someone was pining for a lost love.
  • 3 percent of people give gifts to their pets on Valentine’s Day! Down 4% from Christmas!!

 

Fun!! There are definitely some goodies in there! If you know any other fun facts, post them in the comments!

Last Night’s Book Club

Last night I headed out to Boston to meet with a bunch of ladies for book club! I had been a part of the book club 3 years ago before I moved to Florida, and they are still getting together 🙂 It was sooo good to see these girls again because it had honestly been 2 years since the last time I was at one. There are some new additions and some people that have moved off but it was definitely a good time.

This month, it was held at Shannon’s apartment and she had a yummy spread out. I won’t spoil it because I know that she is posting it on her blog, Dresses and Desserts. She blogs about all of her sewing projects and delicious yummy desserts that she whips up. I saw a few of her projects that are in the works, and daaaaaang. She has a black dress that she used the fabric from a prom dress that she hemmed. And also the LARGE T-shirt blanket that she has been working on for a while. Rumor has it that her next project is flower girl dresses for a wedding. It’s amazing the things that she can do.

Anyways, for book club, we read The Chaperone.

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It is a book about a woman in the early 1920’s who was an orphan in New York City. She, along with several other girls were sent off on an orphan train across the country. The train would stop, the girls would line up and people would walk by them and select them tom come home with them. Cora is selected by a family in Kansas who raises her as her own. They suddenly die in a grain silo accident leaving her without a family. She eventually meets her husband, Alan and settles down in a small city in Kansas.

The story follows Cora as she travels back to New York City as the chaperone of a friend’s young girl. She leaves Kansas in hopes of finding out the truth about her past at the orphanage and her own family.

It is a very different story. The author brings in twists and turns that you really won’t see coming. The book was an east read and captivates you right from the start. It was rated as a great book by everyone in the book group…and that NEVER happens.

If you have read this book, feel free to email me with the link and I can post it below…of just comment with your own review!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!! Hope you all get chocolates and flowers!!

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Puppy Treats and Sparkling Jello

As a part of my baking expedition, I finally pulled out a do it yourself cookie treat kit that I had found at Petsmart on sale for 1 Dollar. It was a must buy. I have been wanting make my own puppy treats for a while and the only ones that I had really made where the pupsicles a few months ago. The dogs really loved them, but they weren’t really appropriate for the middle of Nemo. 

Anyways, I started mixing them up and all that is really in the batter is Whole Wheat Flour, Rolled Oats, Baking soda, Salt, Peanut Meal, Cornmeal and Powdered Eggs. Then you add in water and canola oil. Really simple and really easy to duplicate. I haven’t attempted to duplicate this yet, but you better believe it’s going to happen. And when it does…there will be different flavors 🙂

I cut them into these cute little doggie bones in hopes that people wouldn’t think that I was making them some oatmeal cookies or something. BUT..that didn’t stop Brent from taking a little bite out of them. He said they tasted like Nerd Cookies….which is what we call Bridget’s Gluten Free Cookies. If you couldn’t tell, we haven’t really found an option for Bridget that doesn’t taste all dried out.

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They were standing at my feet the whole time I was making them. Bacon and Oreo could definitely tell that I was making something for them.

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Cuties.

When that finished up, I started on a little project for the peoples. Sparkling Jello. Initially, I was looking for some club soda to make this and Maggie was cleaning up the house. We called my sister Colleen who was at the grocery store with my dad picking up the groceries for the week, and asked for some club soda and Maggie needed paper towels.

When my dad walked in the door, he asked “Do I even want to know what the dogs did to the carpet?!” Say What?!

In translation from Colleen to my dad, she included…club soda and paper towels and there’s something on the carpet. Allowing for a small freak out the whole drive home for them.

NOPE, just yummy Sparkling Jello.

Sparkling Jello

 

Sparkling Jello Ingredients:

1 Pack of Jello Water
Club Soda

 

To make the directions REALLY easy. All you do is follow the directions on the package and for the step in which you add 1 Cup or 2 Cups of cold water, you substitute cold club soda. You should be refrigerating the jello for 15 minutes between when you add the hot water and when you add the cold water. Some packages say you should and some don’t. Chilling the boiling water before you had the cold club soda helps preserve the carbonation.

Adding the club soda in really does make it dance a bit on your tongue. It really dresses up the jello and makes it something a little more exciting. Not that jello isn’t amazing already!!

 

How have you taken something ordinary and made it more unique??