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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…

Easy Robin's Egg Easter Cupcakes

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If you want to switch up the typical carrot cake this Easter and serve something chocolatey instead, these adorable bird's nest cupcakes are perfect. I know they've become a staple for most people this time of year. I used a devil's food chocolate cake recipe to balance out the sweetness of the toppings. You can use the basic recipe below or start with an easy boxed mix. These Easter cupcakes often call for coconut flakes, but I thought slivered almonds might make for a more realistic looking nest. It turned out to not make much of a difference in my opinion, so use whichever you prefer. As far as taste goes however, the almonds won out for me.


INGREDIENTS
*makes one dozen
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Dash of salt

TOPPING
  • two 16oz. containers creamy milk chocolate frosting
  • 10 oz bag slivered almonds
  • Malted milk ball speckled eggs (You can get a few small bags at Dollar Tree or a large bag at Wal-Mart.)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake pan.
  2. Cream together butter, sugar, milk, eggs, salt, and vanilla until smooth and fully combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder.
  4. Add the dry mix to the wet mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Fill each cavity about 3/4 full and bake 25 minutes or until cooked through in the center.
  6. Let cool and stir together the almonds and chocolate frosting.
  7. Use a spoon or spatula to get about a tbs at a time of the topping and another small spoon or butter knife to gently apply the topping to the outside edges of the cupcakes, leaving the center un-frosted.
  8. Top each cupcake with three candy eggs. Enjoy!


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