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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…

Classic Spiced Carrot Cake



I've tried carrot cake a lot of different ways over the years, with pineapple and coconut and all sorts of raisins; but what I really love is a classic carrot cake, starting with a yummy spice cake (similar to what you would use to make a pumpkin spice cake) and one pound of freshly-grated carrots and nothing else! If you're in a pinch, you know what I always say, there's no shame in using a box mix!! You can still add fresh carrots or coconut flakes, raisins, etc. And remember that all of the spices are optional. If all you have on hand is cinnamon, that's fine! If you have allspice or pre-mixed apple pie or pumpkin pie spice with a few of those ingredients - nutmeg, cloves, etc., that's fine too. Just add about one tsp to start and add more if you don't think the batter has enough of that fall-spice flavor. What do you like to put in your carrot cake?


INGREDIENTS
*makes two 9-inch rounds or 12 cupcakes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or butter
  • 1 cup milk (or dairy-free option)
  • one pound of freshly-grated carrots
  • optional - garnish with chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease your cake pans or line a cupcake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, soften the butter or add oil and mix in the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients - flour, spices, baking soda, and baking powder and slowly add to the wet mixture. Blend until just combined.
  4. Fold in the carrots and any other things you want like raisins or coconut flakes.
  5. Bake about 25-30 minutes or until center is cooked through.
My munchkins can't have dairy, so we skip on the cream cheese frosting. Though Duncan Hines makes a very tasty Cream Cheese Frosting that is gluten-free and milk-free! If you want the real deal, here is a great basic cream cheese frosting recipe. Enjoy!


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Comments

  1. Mmmmm...carrot cake! (Wait'll William sees this one!)

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  2. For me it's a tie between carrot cake and black forest! Both are irresistible!

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