Mavis

Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies and A Sick Pup

Well, Mavis ended up loving Camp Bow Wow! As I mentioned in my last post, Jimmy and I want to have doggy daycare as an occasional option in case Mavis doesn’t get as much attention or can’t get all get all her energy out when her little sis arrives.

Small dogs at Camp Bow Wow Pittsburgh Southwest Web Cam

I brought her in for her interview on Wednesday morning last week to see if she would be okay getting along with the other dogs, and once she was approved, she stayed for the rest of the day.

I had way too much fun watching her on the camp’s web cam. She came home so tuckered out and happy that I brought her back again on Friday. On Saturday, she was lethargic, and on Sunday she had diarrhea so badly that we ended up at the emergency vet.

Cocker spaniel therapy dog in training harness at vet

Thankfully, Mavis just has a tummy bug that isn’t contagious and is treatable with antibiotics. Since nothing else in her routine changed except going to doggy daycare, I can only assume that’s what caused the sickness? I guess it’s kind of like taking a child to daycare, the child getting sick, and then building up their resistance to the germs at the daycare.

It’s just no fun to see your usually perky and sassy pup so sick. She’s on the mend, though, and Jimmy and I are so glad Mavis’ sickness isn’t anything serious! If anyone in the Pittsburgh area is looking for a 24/7 emergency vet, I’d highly recommend University Veterinary Specialists. We received really great care there.

After an eventful Sunday morning, I was in the mood for some baking. Is baking comforting to anyone else or just me? The process of creating, baking, and enjoying food just makes me so happy.

Malted Milk Chocolate Chip CookiesMalted milk chocolate chip cookies

I finally perfected my recipe for malted milk chocolate chip cookies! It has taken a few test runs, and I’ve been at it since May, but I think I’ve got it down pat now. The cookies are soft, malty, have a variety of chocolate in them, and are made with browned butter. Man do I love browned butter.

You can find the recipe here!

That’s pretty much what I’ve been up to the past few days. Taking care of our little May May and baking. And anticipating our little chicka’s arrival! Aaaand eating lots of this chocolate. It’s delish 🙂

Lindt 78% dark chocolate bar

Do you like to bake?

What’s your favorite type of cookie?

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Snapshots

Hello and happy Wednesday! Just popping in to share some snapshots from my life lately.

Fall flower arrangement with pumpkin candle for fall decor

I started to decorate our house for fall, but realized my decorations are a little sparse. I think I went on a declutter spree a few months ago and may have donated more than I thought 😉 I’m liking the simplicity, though!

Glade Cozy Autumn Cuddle fall candle limited edition scent Bear Naked granola pumpkin spice granola for fall

Speaking of fall, I picked up this candle and this granola and give them both a 10 out of 10! The candle smells wonderful and the granola is the perfect blend of spices, oats, and white chocolate.

I had some of the granola the other night mixed into in pumpkin yogurt with a cut up apple and it was fall on fall on fall!

Strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream and rosettes with silver sprinkles Strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream decorated with roses and sprinkles

The cake I made for my mother-in-law’s birthday party went well! I ended up doing exactly what I thought I would (for once, haha): a strawberry cake with strawberry filling, vanilla buttercream, rosettes, and sprinkles.

What was even better than the cake was the company that evening.

Puggle and cocker spaniel

Mavis and my sister-in-law’s dog, Dixie!

Hair twins girls with curly dark blonde hair

My sis-in-law and I were hair twins!

Jimmy and I brought Mavis over to my sister-in-law’s house and we all had dinner and hung out celebrating my mother-in-law! It was a lovely evening and so fun watching Mavis interact with her “cousin” lol!

American cocker spaniel sitting on chair

Mavis paid a visit to the vet over the weekend to get her yearly shots, plus a few extra shots so she can go to doggy daycare. I’m taking her for an interview at Camp Bow Wow today to see if she likes it.

Jimmy and I figure it will be good to have doggy daycare as an option for our little energizer bunny to get her energy out from time to time once her little sister arrives!

And rolling right into the topic of Mavis’ little sister, I’m happy to report that she and I had our last iron infusion!

Pregnant IV iron infusion for anemia

I can’t say enough good things about the doctors, nurses, and staff a the Hillman Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital here in Pittsburgh. I felt so well cared for and had great experiences each time baby and I went in for our infusions. My hematologist (and pretty much everyone) was a little nervous baby and I wouldn’t make it to all four infusions before delivery, but by the grace of God we did!

I’m still anemic, but my hemoglobin levels have risen, which is such a huge blessing! I’ll head back to the hospital in November for more blood work and infusions as needed.

Okay, two more snapshots because I love sharing pictures of our pets!

Cocker spaniel and pit bull Black cat with yellow eyes sitting on blanket

Lola and Mavis went to the groomer and got matching bandanas and Malcolm decided to camp out on our blanket and look adorably handsome.

What would a snapshot of your life lately look like?