Friday, July 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Karma!

Growing up, I never thought I would be one of THOSE people. Some of my family members were some of those people and I never understood it. It was not until I got a dog that I really understood what it meant to be apart of that crowd. I had always seen people with their animals talking to them like babies, kissing them, letting their pets kiss their lips (still kinda gross), or dressing their pets in expensive fur coats with pink buttons that accented the beloved pet's fresh manicure. Crazy...Absurd, I thought, until today. Today, my lovely dog Karma turned one. I showered her with love, bought her three presents (one of which includes a new red and leopard print bed, which totally matched nothing in my room, where she sleeps, but my fiance felt the need to get anyway), and I even made her a peanut butter and bacon cake. As I was mixing her cake, I realized that I was now, officially, one of those people whom I had scoffed at many years ago- I wasn't ashamed. I was so excited for her to eat what I am sure was a delicious concoction and was greatly delighted as I watched her devour it from her bowl.

The surprising thing was, I really enjoyed doing this for her. For once, it was not about making my fiance dinner, or cleaning the dishes for the 15th time today. I was able to try something new, that I wanted to do. I has been looking forward to making her cake all week. When I was finally able to give her a nice birthday today, I not only accomplished something I had never done, but I was also able to take a break from the busy business of last minute wedding planning and graduate school work.

If you have a dog you adore- plan him or her a birthday party. Get a few goodies and make a cake, the recipe of which I list below. Best of all, it gets your mind away from the worries of everyday life and lets your pet know how much you care. Let me know how it goes! :)

Peanut Butter and Bacon Doggie Cake

1 cup flour
1 egg
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 t vanilla flavoring
1 t baking soda
4 slice cooked bacon, crumbled

Preheat oven to 350 degree. Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Put mixture in a lightly greased 8 inch circular pan or bone pan, if you have it. Bake for 15 -20 minutes. Let cool and serve.

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