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Gift Guide for the Dog Lover

I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.


The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.



These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

Dairy-Free Homemade Hot Cocoa


I recently found out that neither of my daughters can have any milk whatsoever (not w/out getting sick or having rashes). If you have a lactose intolerance or milk allergy, you know how hard it is to find pre-packaged sweets that don't contain milk.

At Christmastime hot cocoa is a staple in my home, but it's impossible to find it at the grocery store without milk in the ingredients. I also like to avoid the extra trip and cost of buying dairy-free hot cocoa mix at the health-foods store. Luckily my local grocery store carries dairy-free carob baking chips, so I've come up with a dairy-free hot cocoa recipe that is so decadent, it's like drinking chocolate syrup. You can thin it out with more dairy-free milk if you want to, but why on earth would you want to do that? Merry Christmas!

Ingredients:
*makes 4 large servings

-5 cups dairy-free milk (unsweetened & plain-flavored) ex: soymilk, rice milk, coconut milk. I used plain unsweetened soymilk.

-2 cups dairy-free carob baking chips

-1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions:

1. Pour milk into a small saucepan and heat on the stove on medium high until warm (a minute or two)

2. Add in carob chips and stir frequently with a whisk until melted.

3. Add in powdered sugar and bring to a simmer, continuing to stir (a few minutes).

Comments

  1. My husband is both Lactose intolerant AND needs to stear away from gluten in his diet. He can tollerate a little here and there. So, hoorah for you in finding some way to get around this problem.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Krisztina!

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  2. I can't imagine being lactose intolerant... so much to have to adapt around!

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    1. It's been challenging. Have to make a lot of homemade stuff for the girls. As for myself, well I make myself sick on cheese every now and then because it's worth it to me! Lol.

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