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BANANA CAKE, DOG-AND-HUMAN-FRIENDLY

BANANA CAKE, DOG-AND-HUMAN-FRIENDLY

  Few days ago, January 24th, it was Bear’s birthday – he turned six! My little cocoa puff is all grown-up now, and his chocolate beard getting whiter by day. So, of course, we had to celebrate his birthday with cake, and that’s why this […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY SPECIAL FRIEND!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY SPECIAL FRIEND!

SOMEONE VERY SPECIAL Six years ago someone very special was born into this world. (And, yes, I know, he is a window-licking special, but so what)… Someone who took our lives by storm, and changed them forever… Who made me to realize that dogs are […]

PEAR TARTE TATIN, DELICIOUS AND EASY

PEAR TARTE TATIN, DELICIOUS AND EASY

  Fancy as it sounds, Tarte Tatin is actually a simple, classic French upside-down tart made with a puff pastry. It’s probably one of the easiest desserts I ever made and instantly fell in love with. Pretty sure, once you try, it will become your […]

CHOCOLATE COVERED COCONUT MACAROONS

CHOCOLATE COVERED COCONUT MACAROONS

  I don’t know what’s wrong with me lately and I got stuck on desserts… I guess, it’s a holiday season to blame. Not that I am complaining, no… I will take any excuse to bake an extra batch of cookies or a cake – […]

CHRISTMAS PHOTOSHOOT

CHRISTMAS PHOTOSHOOT

As soon I have finally “risen from the dead” after being sick for over a week, it was time for Christmas photoshoot. It was after 10 PM but it didn’t scare me or boys. Actually, if anything, they were extremely excited about doing something, anything […]

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, dear friends! May the best things happen to you and your families in new upcoming 2018: health, happiness, love and prosperity, and your most unthinkable dreams come true! May no war or disasters come your way – we […]

HAPPY SIXTH BIRTHDAY, MILO!

HAPPY SIXTH BIRTHDAY, MILO!

MILO IS SIX YEARS OLD! Well, it’s official – Milo is older than me! And Bear will be in less than a month… It’s absolutely insane how fast these years went by, and before I know it, they will be the patriarchs of this family. […]

DOG’S BIRTHDAY PEANUT BUTTER CARROT CAKE WITH BANANAS AND PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING

DOG’S BIRTHDAY PEANUT BUTTER CARROT CAKE WITH BANANAS AND PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING

  MILO IS SIX YEARS OLD! Well, it’s official – Milo is older than me! And Bear will be in less than a month… It’s absolutely insane how fast these years went by, and before I know it, they will be the patriarchs of this […]


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY SPECIAL FRIEND!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY SPECIAL FRIEND!

SOMEONE VERY SPECIAL

Six years ago someone very special was born into this world. (And, yes, I know, he is a window-licking special, but so what)…

Someone who took our lives by storm, and changed them forever…

Who made me to realize that dogs are truly your four-legged kids and you can love them just as much…

Someone who I have a very special, invisible connection to and when I go away, feel how bad he misses me…

Who makes me laugh every day even if it wasn’t a good one…

Who understands me regardless of language I speak – which doesn’t necessarily mean he will do what I ask, though…

Someone who is so special to me, that I’m terrified of the day when we will have to say goodbyes…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHOCOLATE!

Four days ago it was Bear’s birthday – he turned six! My little cocoa puff is all grown-up now, and his chocolate beard getting whiter by day. He was never too wired up to begin with, but I think he mellowed down even more now.

Once in a while his happy-go-lucky personality goes undercover though, and the mischief comes out to play. That’s when you will see skid marks on the rug and try not to go deaf from Milo’s barking (while Bear stays silent the entire time!)

So, of course, we had to celebrate Bear’s birthday with cake, and that’s why this post is four days late – I had to bake one on the weekend and take some pictures.

 

This time I decided to treat my babies to banana cake. As I mentioned before, my dogs have a very special affair with this fruit. We go through 2-3 bunches of bananas a week in our household, and hey, don’t look at me – they ate it!

I remember once in the store picking bananas and trying to find not too yellow ones, and a woman next to me is doing the same. Then she complains that they are all too ripe. I agree but quickly add: “But honestly, I don’t think my dogs will complain…” She froze for a second, then turned around and said: “Your dogs? They love bananas?”

Yep, they sure do! I wouldn’t be surprised if Bear could spell this word by now! I swear he can read my lips when I silently ask him if he wants one. Because when I do, he runs like a bullet and brings me a Kong toy which I usually stuff for them with bananas.

Actually, this is our every morning ritual just before I have my coffee…he is right behind me, holding the Kong toy. I think Bear is a living proof of Pavlov reflex, because even if I pick up empty coffee pot to wash it, regardless of the time of the day, Bear is right there. Waiting. With Kong toy.

BANANA CAKE FOR DOGS AND HUMANS

So… Sunday morning I baked the cake. A regular banana cake, human-and-dog-friendly, just cut back on sugar and butter, with dog-friendly frosting. I figured, this way we can join the party and have a bite too.

I was hoping to take pictures and post them on the same day, but unfortunately, it took me almost 1,5 hours to bake the cake and then 2,5 hours to cool it off, and by that time the day light was gone. It was really grey rainy day too, so the party had to be moved again.

 

Monday afternoon, during my lunch break (I telework from home), I pulled my camera and birthday hats. The pawty started…

As usual, it wasn’t very easy to take pictures of these two gourmand dogs, because all they wanted – cake, cake and more cake. Plus, I guess my photography skills are also to blame which I really hope will improve overtime.

BEAR COPPERFIELD

Anyway, Bear decided to be really original this time and swallowed his piece of cake right with the candle. Boy, was he fast! I managed to get the cake back out of his mouth, but not the candle. It went right down!  I was terrified! The session was interrupted by quick Google of possible complications from swallowing candle, which didn’t seem too bad. Thank goodness, it wasn’t lit anymore, or I would think Bear is shooting for Bear Copperfield!

 

HE ALSO MANAGED TO BLOW OFF ONE CANDLE!!! Only one, but when he couldn’t wait for cake anymore, he barked, and that did the trick! I think, he was quite surprised himself.:)

 

 

The Chocolate really wasn’t cooperating this time either. Every time I told him to seat and stepped back to take a picture, he would lie down. Which is sooo Bear…

 

 

Finally Milo joined the pawty…

 

 

I learned my lesson with Bear and took the candle off the cake before Milo chowed it down.

 

 

I had to take pictures of them separately, because the two of them and a cake is an explosive mix. They were running in circles and not sitting where I wanted them too, or if did, so far from each other, that it wouldn’t even make a sense to take a picture. I am sharing one just because, but none of them are any good really. 🙁

 

 

P. S. We all tried the cake too. It was moist and totally wonderful. Both boys and us really enjoyed it.  I would change the frosting next time though if I made it for myself – peanut butter & banana in that role apparently are not my favorite (surprise, surprise – never thought I would say something like that.)

Milo & Bear approved! See the recipe for Banana Cake For Dogs and Humans over here.