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Over the weekend my furry daughter turned 4, so I figured it was a perfect time to whip up some DIY pupcakes (cupcakes for pups – see what I did there?) to celebrate the occasion.
Our Sweet Suzy Turned 4!
It’s hard to believe that 4 years have passed since Tim first brought Suzy home. When Tim first got her, I was finishing college in New Hampshire and he would bring her up to my apartment on the weekends. I remember she was so tiny that, when we’d wake up in the morning, she’d be stuck in the small crack between my bed and the wall. I don’t think there was a single night that we succeeded in crate training her, listening to her cry while we kept her locked up in a box was just too much to handle.
From the beginning, we brought her everywhere. In college, she came out to parties with us. When we’re going about our daily life, she comes with us almost everywhere… even if it means she has to sit in the car and wait.
She really is the ultimate ride or die bitch, always down for an adventure and there to greet you with kisses when it’s all over.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve become increasingly more busy during the warmer seasons. Each year we attend more festivals, weddings, and other super fun things that do not dog friendly. This has left us needing to leave Suzy behind more often than not, which is something we always feel terrible about.
You know that awful feeling you used to have when your parents told you they were “disappointed in you,” instead of mad? That’s nothing compared to the feeling we get while we’re packing our stuff to leave and can see the visible sadness on Suzy’s face. It breaks our hearts that we can’t just bring her everywhere because she’s really sweet, and cool… and deserves the world.
Suzy was a big factor in our decision to travel the country. Initially, we discussed traveling abroad for a while – but the thought of putting her in a box in the bottom of a plane was too much for us! (Also – quarantines abroad are scary!!) I’ve heard too many horror stories about dogs getting lost on planes to even consider that.
Traveling around the United States in an RV is obviously our dream, but if we know anything about our dog – it’s her dream too. She looooves car rides, especially if they end in a place that she can run around and be free. She also loves attention, which is something we can’t give her as much of while we’re working our 9-5 jobs. Suzy doesn’t know it yet, but her 4th year here on earth is definitely going to be her best one yet!
DIY Birthday Treats!
In another attempt to better my fur baby’s life, I wanted to make her some homemade treats for her birthday. I’d never done it before, but I always prefer the idea of DIY anything – especially if it’s food! With all of the chemicals in prepackaged human foods, I can’t imagine that dog food is any different. I spent a while searching for the right recipe on Pinterest, and ended up choosing this one from Dog Mom Days (check out her blog.. it’s awesome!!), and modified it slightly based on the ingredients I had at home.
DIY Pupcake Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make DIY Pupcakes:
- Cupcake pan & cupcake liners
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp pure pumpkin
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cup peanut butter (make sure it does not contain Xylitol – dangerous for your pup)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 2 cup whole wheat flour (I used all-purpose flour because both stores I checked didn’t have whole wheat. If your dog is allergic to wheat – don’t use this recipe, or substitute for another type of flour.)
- 1/4 tbsp baking soda
- 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- Shredded Carrots (I bought them already shredded in a bag!)
- Candles if it’s a birthday celebration! (optional)
- Small dog treats of your choice to top the pupcakes! (optional)
Now that we have the ingredient’s covered.. here’s how you make your DIY Pupcakes.
Preheat your oven to 350°.
Mix 3 tbsp pumpkin, egg, water, 2 tbsp honey and 1/4 cup of peanut butter in a bowl and whisk. (It will be the weirdest consistency ever with little peanut butter chunks. At this stage, I was seriously questioning why I decided to make this.) Keep whisking until you get a somewhat smooth broth-like consistency.
Slowly mix in 2 cups flour and 1/4 tbsp of baking soda to the bowl. Mix again until the consistency is smooth.
Next, mix in 1/2 cup of applesauce to the batter, and as many shredded carrots as you’d like! I used about 2 big handfuls because Suzy loves carrots.
Once the batter is all mixed up and the oven is preheated. Fill the cupcake liners about 1/2 full, and place in the oven for 30 minutes!
This recipe made 20 cupcakes. (Treats for at least a week!)
DIY Pupcake Frosting
Once you get the pupcakes in the oven, mix the remaining peanut butter in a bowl with the greek yogurt until it turns to the desired frosting consistency.
Dog Mom Days recommended 1 cup yogurt: 1/2 cup peanut butter, but I just guessed based on consistency.
Place the frosting in the refrigerator until it’s time to frost your pupcakes.
Once the pupcakes have baked and cooled down, frost them using a knife (or a frosting bag if you’re feeling really Martha Stewart).
Add a treat, and a candle – and serve to your four-legged friend! (Don’t forget to remove the wrapper!)
I hope you and your dog enjoy this recipe as much as Suzy and I have! Every time I’ve walked in the kitchen since I made these DIY pupcakes, she follows me and stares – silently willing me to feed her one. I’d say she loves them, but that may be an understatement!