BITES

Dog Bites | Nimbus’s 4th Birthday

If you’ve ever spent more than one hour with me then you have heard about my dog Nimbus. I can’t describe how important this animal is to me or how much I love him. I always had tons of animals growing up: cats, dogs, lizards, guinea pigs. But Nimbus is really something special. My mom gave him to me as a college graduation present in May of 2013. He was exactly 7 weeks old, and everything I ever dreamed of.

Our first night together with my sister:

This year I cannot believe it but he turned FOUR years old. And to celebrate we made PUP-CAKES!

Ingredients //

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 TBSP Honey
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/3 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter ( + extra for “frosting” )
  • 2 TBSP Flour
  • 2 TBSP Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • Mini Muffin Pan

Directions //

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Mash your banana and stir together in a medium sized bowl with the egg and honey.
  • Add in the peanut butter and stir until smooth. I couldn’t get mine totally smooth and it still turned out!
  • Then, stir in the flour, oats, baking powder, and water until well combined.
  • Let sit on the counter for 20 minutes or so, and then spoon into your mini muffin pan! Mine made about 10.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until your utensil comes out clean when inserted.
  • Cool, and then frost with additional peanut butter!

The dogs pretty much swallowed these whole so I’m not sure they really appreciated all the flavors and thought that went into making them, but they were still fun to make!

Happy Birthday Nim!

xx

Thanksgiving Pies

I love baking, I love sweets, I love styling food, and somehow I have NEVER baked a pie! I’ve been so inspired by the super creative things people do with them, that I finally ordered a set of leaf-shaped cookie cutters from Amazon and tried my hand at it. I just made a few basic pies, and then got creative with the crust. I looked up a tutorial of how to do the weave style, and free-styled the rest. The best part is that it was WAY easier than it looks. If you know how to braid hair, then you know how to braid a pie crust. Just be gentle with the dough so it doesn’t tear, and then brush an egg glaze over the entire thing to make it shiny and tasty looking. They may look too pretty to eat, but trust me, they aren’t ;D

First up, I made a classic Apple Pie!

I am not a baker and this is not a food blog, and this is amazing. You literally just add water, and you have dough. AND it tastes awesome!

Don’t worry about ugly pinched bits, just cover them up with leaves!

Next, a Bourbon Pecan PieĀ in which I added way too much bourbon. A little goes a long way, guys.

Yum!