Peanut Butter & Carrot Dog Birthday Cake

Happy Friday!

I decided to write a blog post today about Max’s birthday cake that I made for his first birthday. I was contemplating baking him something this week and writing a blog post about it, but decided that since I received questions on Facebook about his birthday cake, that I would share the recipe instead of baking something new.

I got the recipe and inspiration for this cake from Katie over at And Everything Sweet. You can see her post with the recipe here.

Katie decorated her pup’s cake with the cutest bow and banner! I’m not sure exactly how she made the bow, and since my baking skills aren’t quite that advanced, I decided to refrain from trying. 🙂

Instead of making a banner I wrote Max’s name with peanut butter instead. I also wasn’t sure what size pan Katie used, so I stuck with a traditional 8 inch round pan. I was going to double up but figured that Max is such a tiny dog and didn’t really need the extra cake, especially since no other pups were in attendance for this party.



To make this cake you will need the following;

1 cup of white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup shredded carrots
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey
8 oz non-fat cream cheese for frosting (you will not need the full 8 oz)
*optional: Milk Bones for decoration
*optional: additional 1/2 cup of peanut butter for decoration
Mix the flour and baking soda together. Then mix in all other ingredients.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30-40 minutes.
When cake is finished baking and has had time to cool off, frost with cream cheese. Make sure not to go overboard. Although this is a special treat, try not to put too much cream cheese on the cake.
You can take Milk Bones and line the outside of the cake to give it a more finished look.
To write a name on the cake and add more decoration, take a ziplock bag and fill a corner with approx 1/2 cup of peanut butter (preferably creamy). Close the bag and cut the corner you filled with peanut butter. Make sure not to cut the hole too small or too big. You will need a hole large enough for the peanut butter to smoothly pass through. If you make the hole too big, it will be harder to write. Once you have cut your hole, squeeze the bag of peanut butter and write your pup’s name and/or make designs. Have fun with it! Your pup won’t judge your artistic abilities, or lack there of. 🙂 If you mess up you could always lightly remove the peanut butter with a paper towel, and use the cream cheese to fill in that spot and re-try!
When you are finished you could slice and serve like you normally would a cake. I would advise this especially if you have other pups who will be eating, or you are serving this to a smaller dog. Max was solo at his party, so I let him dig in at first and then eventually I cut a smaller piece out for him since it was easier for him to eat that way.

I also made Max this handmade hat with craft supplies I had lying around the house. Let me know if you wish to see a post on who I made his hat. 🙂


As always, thanks for visiting and make sure to leave a comment if you have tried this recipe or have a favorite you have tried before!


Gift Guide for the #CrazyDogLady in Your Family

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I can’t believe next weekend is Christmas! I still have a few more gifts to purchase, which is surprising because I started shopping in mid-November this year. If you’re anything like me and have a crazy dog lover in your family, this list may be helpful!
I’ve compiled a list of the best items to get the #crazydoglady in your family. (Since I am that person in my family)

1. Who doesn’t love weekends, coffee and dogs? This shirt is perfect for the person who can’t get enough of all three!
Short Sleeve Weekends Coffee & Dogs Tee • Nordstrom Rack • $29.97

2. Another shirt for the dog lover in your family. Someone who points out every time they see a dog while you’re out:
All the Dogs Tee • Treat Dreams • $30

3. These cute magnets are the perfect stocking stuffer.
Dog Butt Magnets • World Market • $12.99

4. This cute little ring dish says it all. If you are a true dog lover you’d wish the over population in shelters would end, thus wishing that every dog had a home, as well as wishing that every home had a dog. (Because us fellow dog lovers all know how great it is to have a dog in your life.)
In a Perfect World Dog Plate • Francesca’s • $8

5. This cute mini-emergency kit is an essential that every dog owner needs to throw in their bag. It has items such as ear and eye wipes, waste bags, dental wipes, cleaning towelettes and a collapsible water bowl. Not to mention it comes in a cute spotted bag. I love this!
Mini-Emergency Kit For Dogs • Francesca’s • $16

6. No matter who you voted for this election, everyone could agree that if their dog was on the ballot, they would have voted for him/her. With no hesitation.
My Dog For President Box Sign • Francesca’s • $12

7. Does your recipient love to draw and doodle? This coloring book features a ton of different dogs that they can color in while they plot their next effort to #saveallthedogs.
A Million Dogs Coloring Book • Urban Outfitters • $9.95

8. Pins and patches are a trending item, so what type of pin do you buy for your family/friend? A pin that screams what they really are…”A Dog Petter”. They can wear pins proudly on their jacket or attach it to a makeup bag or their canvas/fabric purse.
Dog Petter Pin • Urban Outfitters • $10

9. As you all may know I love the store Basin. I recently discovered it this past summer in Orlando and have been hooked ever since. (You can read more about them here) One of my favorite things about Basin is that they are cruelty-free. This paw prints soap is such a cute gift idea! You can purchase it alone or put it in a gift set as well. I have purchased their soaps before, and I love them!
Paw Prints Soap • Basin • $5.99

10. All of us girls have given or received a best friends heart in elementary school and your best friend then wore the other half. Who says you can’t be BFFs with your dog? This set is a charm necklace you get to wear and your dog gets to wear his little charm on his collar! Instead of a heart, it’s a bone broken in half. You’re welcome.
Dog Bone “Best Friends” Charm Necklace and Collar • Local Fixture • $30


That about wraps up my list! I could continue, but these were my favorites across all different types of items. Let me know your favorites in the comment section below! 🙂


Fall Do’s & Dont’s for Your Dog

Since Halloween is in a couple of weeks, I thought I would write about some precautions you can take when it comes to your pooch. If you’re anything like me, often times I am too wrapped up in costume ideas, making sure I have enough candy for trick-or-treaters, and other fall festivity preparation that I rarely think of how I can I be proactive to protect my dog.

1. Don’t leave Halloween candy or wrappers lying around. This goes for sitting your candy bowl down for a second while you’re waiting for the next round of trick-or-treaters to come as well as leaving a few candy wrappers or a couple of treats on the end table at home. A good portion of candy has chocolate in it, and as most of you know, chocolate is poisonous to dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more poisonous. Even if it isn’t chocolate, the sugar content in candy isn’t good and it could even become a choking hazard depending on the size of your dog. As far as wrappers go, any type of plastic or tinfoil is bad for your dog’s stomach because it can block the intestines and could also pose as a choking hazard.

2. Do consider leaving your dog inside. If your dog is like mine, he likes to greet whoever comes to the door immediately by going out to the front step to greet them. He is friendly but a dog shouldn’t be entering and exiting the house when people you do not know are coming to your door. Also if your dog likes to bark, consider putting him in a room for a couple of hours so your guests can have a non-threatening (or annoying) trick-or-treat experience. Try taking your pup for a walk long before trick or treaters come so that way they won’t be completely restless. Last year we opened up our garage and set up a table and sat our candy bowls on top of that. Max was outside with us on a leash wearing his Ninja Turtles costume. He is not a threat and was right by our feet the entire time.

3. Don’t put a carved pumpkin with candles inside within reach of animals. This one is pretty self-explanatory. Your dog can eat pumpkin, but the flame inside of the pumpkin is hazardous for your pets.

4. Do continue your flea prevention medication. Just because there have been some chilly nights does not mean that fleas aren’t still out there. The fall is prime time for little pests to show up.

5. Do involve your dog in some safe fall festivities. I have seen plenty of costume contests for dogs at local pet bakeries and pumpkin patches. However, make sure that your dog’s costume does not impair their vision or their ability to breathe. Also, make sure that there are no small pieces that they could bite off and choke on. Another perk of fall is that dogs love pumpkin treats, so you can bake them up something yummy. Just try and make sure that if you buy any canned pumpkin it has a low or no amount of sugar. There is a big difference between pumpkin pie mix/spice mix and regular pumpkin. Look for pureed pumpkin or basic canned pumpkin.

6. Do keep an eye out for environmental allergens or poisons. Fall is a popular time for your dog to experience some allergies. Keep an eye out for their symptoms and be sure to talk to your vet if you think your pet is allergic to something. Also be sure to keep an eye out for mushrooms as these can be very poisonous to animals as well. When you are cleaning up the yard for the year, be sure to properly dispose of any bulbs as those can be poisonous to pets as well. Acorns and certain types of leaves are also hazardous, so if you know that you have acorns in your front yard, then keep a special eye out while your pet is outside.

To be sure that what your pet is coming into contact with is safe, check out the ASPCA here.


Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Review

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Before the hot days of summer are almost over I wanted to give a review on an ice cream mix that we bought Max when we were in St. Augustine. If you haven’t already read the post on our trip there, you can do that here.

Frozen yogurt/ice cream is not a new concept to Max. We buy him small cups of frozen yogurt every time we got to Petco. When we were out and about in St. Augustine we stopped at a small shop called Faux Paws and came across something called Puppy Scoops. Because we were far away from home, it was the perfect thing to buy and not have to worry about anything melting.

The thing that caught my attention was that it is all natural, contains real whole milk (lactose-free) and is made and sourced in the USA. It was also reasonably priced at about $5.

This is an ice cream mix, so all you have to do is add water.

This is what the container looks like. Please excuse my un-grouted backsplash my husband still has to finish. 🙂

This is what the container looks like when you open up the packaging.

All you have to do is mix 2/3 cup of warm water with the contents of the packet and mix slowly. It gets sort of thick so you have to be careful that you don’t spill any. This fills up almost to the edge of the container. When you have finished mixing, you pop the lid back on and freeze for at least 5 hours.

When you are ready to serve, you should unthaw this for about 5-10 minutes. I let mine freeze overnight so I had let it unthaw for a little bit longer than the suggested time.

This is what the final product looks like. It looks just like human ice cream. The suggested serving amount for a medium sized dog was two scoops so I gave Max just that, plus a bonus half scoop. 🙂

Max enjoyed every last drop 🙂 He even licked the bowl clean.

If you are interested in trying out puppy scoops you can check them out here. The flavors they have available in the ice cream mixes are carob, vanilla, peanut butter and maple bacon.

Have you tried puppy scoops before or do you have favorite ice cream you make for your pup? I’d love to hear your favorite product or recipe!


I purchased this products and 100% of this post is my honest opinion.

Dog-Friendly St. Augustine

As promised, I am back today to tell you about our day in St. Augustine. It is a super dog-friendly town, and if you are ever in Florida you should definitely make a stop.

We stayed in Orlando for a week with Max and decided to take a trip to St. Augustine for a day. You can read more about our stay in Orlando here.

Our first stop was going to the lighthouse. The actual lighthouse isn’t pet-friendly but the grounds and gift shop I believe are. There is a little walking path with shade and benches where your dog can hang out while people in your party can go up to the lighthouse if they’d like. We went on vacation with Ryan’s parents, so while we went up they watched Max and vice versa.
Inside lighthouse

So many stairs!

St. Augustine Lighthouse

View at the top of lighthouse

Such a pretty view at the top of the lighthouse! My hubby is holding my clutch while I take this photo 🙂

After we spent some time at the lighthouse we went to the St. Augustine Beach by the St. Johns County Ocean Pier. All of the beaches in St. Augustine are dog-friendly except for the Anastasia State Park I believe. We enjoyed our time at the beach, but I can’t say that Max necessarily did. It was his first time at the beach so it was a bit for him to take in. He was afraid of the waves rolling in, so he decided to hang out in the shade under an umbrella on his beach towel. I had known that he would need something to keep him occupied in case this happened, so I brought a toy for him to play with.

Max at beach with hippo His face says it all haha 🙂

Max at Beach

Me trying to lure Max into the water

After we spent some time in the sun, we decided to walk around the older downtown area and take a look around. We made a pit stop at a shop called Faux Paws where they sell gourmet treats and other items for pets. We bought a bag of apple pie treats and a container of ice cream for Max. I assume it was the owner who was working at the time we decided to stop in, and he offered a baked treat in every available flavor for Max to try. I guess that makes up for him not liking the beach so much.


Such a cute and unique town. I loved the different colored buildings.Downtown St. Augustind

I wish we would have stopped at this cute little popsicle shop. Next time for sure.

After we walked around for a bit we stopped at O.C. White’s Seafood & Spirits and sat on the patio since it was dog-friendly. It was great to sit on the patio since the restaurant sort of has a road on each side and you can even see the ocean from your seat. Our food was good, but I was a little bummed that our waitress didn’t offer Max any water. I don’t necessarily except every dog-friendly patio to offer a dog menu, but we were in Florida, it was summer and boy was it hot. And it was just water. We used an extra bowl that you usually get with your appetizer or meal and put some of our bottled water we already had into a bowl for him to cool down.

O.C. White's O.C. White's

I ordered yummy coconut shrimp and sweet potato fries.

After our late lunch, we walked around some more and ended up walking around Castillo de San Marcos which is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. By the time we were done eating and walking around the fort was closed but we could still walk the perimeter. This is also a dog-friendly attraction in St. Augustine.

We saw so many turtles by the docks.

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos

Our day soon came to an end when we tried to go to the Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth but realized that we had an hour until they closed. Luckily the tickets that we bought were good for any time so we decided to make a trip back to St. Augustine on our way back home since it was in that general direction.

We stopped for ice cream on our way back to Orlando at a shop called Cone Heads and then noticed there was a beach access not too far from the shop so we went and had one last look at the beach as the evening rolled in. It was calm and quiet and we were so glad that we stopped.

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At the end of our stay that week we set out to make one last stop in Florida at the Fountain of Youth. Right outside of Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth is a street called Magnolia Ave. It was one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. My iPhone photo does not do it justice by any means.

Magnolia Ave

The Fountain of Youth is also another dog-friendly attraction in St. Augustine. Dogs are allowed pretty much everywhere on the grounds. If your dogs are likely to chase or bark at peacocks maybe think twice about it. There are a few dozen peacocks roaming the grounds. They were even up in the trees which I have never seen before. Another thing to note, like most dogs, Max got a little startled when they shot off cannons (they have specific times when they do this) but we tried to make sure that we were far enough away from where they were. Just a little FYI before you plan your visit here with your dog.

Right at the beginning of our stay. We bought water and brought in one for Max. Definitely a necessity.

One of the many beautiful peacocks on the grounds.

There is an actual spring you can drink from inside.

Hanging out with Ponce de Leon himself.

I thought this Fountain of Pooch was a super cute touch, however, there was no flowing water when we arrived and yes, whatever was in there was brown. Good thing we bought waters while we were there, and I brought Max’s collapsible water bottle with us.

I am not sure how true this story is, but it touched my little dog-loving heart. Please excuse the chipped nail polish. It was at the end of our vacation 🙂

That’s a wrap! I would definitely recommend going to St. Augustine if you are ever in the area. Especially if you have a dog. As I mentioned earlier, everything that we did for the most part was dog-friendly with the assumption that you clean up after your dog and they are leashed. I would suggest that you always carry around water for you and your pooch, although most shops and restaurants have water bowls outside if it’s an emergency.

As I mentioned before, I would also suggest that if you do go to Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth that you are aware of the peacocks there and that they shoot off cannons frequently.

Have you been to St. Augustine with your dog before? Did you do anything that you would recommend to other dog owners? I am very curious because I would love to go back!