Mavis

Cupcakes, Books, and Keeping It Real

I’m officially in cake mode again! Well, cupcake mode. I’ve been practicing cupcakes for Sadie’s first birthday party! We’re doing a honey bee themed party and I’m having way too much fun with ideas for treats.

Honey themed cupcakesHoney bee cupcakes with honeycombCandy honeycomb

I made chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and butterscotch “honeycomb” and topped them with a drizzle of honey! The only thing missing are these candy bees. I’m thinking I want to try out some chocolate covered pretzel ideas next. Can’t wait!

Onto the topic of reading. I’ve been reading up a storm lately. Mostly pregnancy and birth-related books–my favorite.
-Just finished Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care
-Currently reading The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
-Up next is this birth story book

If you’re interested in reading about all things pregnancy, birth, baby, and parenting, I have a page where I list all of titles I’ve read in each category.

Now it’s time to keep it real here on the blog. I have three things to share today!

White and brown American Cocker Spaniel

1. Malcolm puked under mine and Jimmy’s bed the other day and Mavis crawled underneath it to eat the puke before I could clean it up. She then decided she couldn’t crawl back out and was stuck. I couldn’t move our bed because it’s too heavy. I called Jimmy while he was at work and we both had to just laugh that we have these weird/random situations with our small zoo of animals. Mavis eventually crawled back out when I pretended I was going on a walk without her, lol.

2. Remember how I called 911 when Sadie hit her head and was bleeding from her mouth? Jimmy and I had to call again less than two weeks later when she was choking on a plastic gum wrapper while we were driving. It was by far the scariest moment of my life. Thankfully she was able to breathe again after the longest minute of my life, but it was awful. I had a lot of fear and worry after that incident. I’m just focusing on the fact that she is okay now and God is in control. This parenting thing is not for the faint of heart.

3. I am so behind on blogging. I feel like it takes me three times as long to post and comment on blogs. I am reading other blogs and thinking of post ideas all the time, I just have a hard time finding the time!

Well, that’s all for today! I hope everyone has a great week and I’ll be back the next time I find a free moment 🙂

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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?