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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?

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Socialization and Salsa

Hi and happy Wednesday! I feel like I’m totally confused on what day of the week it is this week. Our church is having its annual fall revival, which started on Sunday and ends tonight. It has been amazing to be at church, listening to great sermons, and hanging out with fellow Christians, but I feel totally confused on what day it is since we are usually at our church on Sundays and Wednesdays!

Anyways, I am sharing some snapshots and thoughts for today!

I am back on a button art kick! I’ve made a few canvases for friends and family and even button art in the shape of a pelican. I love crafting as a creative outlet. Working with my hands always helps relieve stress.

Blue and green C button art canvas

Mavis has been making some new friends lately! I brought her to my parents’ house on Saturday for a cookout and she got to meet Brandy (their cocker), Reggie (their labrador), Lily (their tabby cat), and Indy (my sister’s golden retriever).

At first, she was so afraid when I brought her in the house that she peed on me. Poor gal. I know that all of the socialization will pay off, even if it’s scary for her in the beginning. We took things slow with the introductions and by the end of the day, she was much less fearful!

Cocker spaniel puppy and golden retriever puppy

Mavis and my sister’s puppy, Indy! We trained them together on Saturday and it was absolutely adorable!

She also met two of my pet sitting clients, both of which are puppies. It was so cute to see her romp around with a havanese and corgi!

cocker spaniel and havanese puppy

Alright, enough about Mavis! How about a picture of some mums? I saw these while I was heading home from grocery shopping and just had to take a picture (I was sitting at a red light when I took the photo). I love doing things like that because it reminds me to stop and smell the roses… or take pictures of mums 😉

colorful fall mums

I can’t believe it is almost officially fall. I feel like the summer went by in a flash! It was a great one, though. Speaking of great, my brother and sister-in-law gave us some salsa that they made and canned with tomatoes from their garden and it is incredible. I hope they have more jars left because we’re almost finished with the one they just gave us!

Homemade salsa from garden in a mason jar

Guess who is going to the vet tomorrow evening? Malcolm! He’s due for his one year check up and booster shots. Jimmy and I are trying to decide if we should bring him to the vet in his stroller or borrow a carrier from our neighbor. Decisions, decisions!

Black cat sleeping in sunlight

Alright, I better get my day started. I have lots of work to do, along with a bunch of laundry to fold!

I’m thinking of doing a Q&A post soon, so if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!