Pet Lovers Valentines

January 21, 2015

The grand-girls were here this past weekend.  Friday was a PD day so I picked them up late Thursday afternoon.  We declared Friday to not only be a PD day but a PJ day as well!  Ella and Sophie were happy to not only be off from school but to not have to get dressed and to be able to just laze away their day.  Funny thing though, at 4:00 o’clock they both decided that they had enough of their PJ’s and donned some play clothes.  It didn’t seem to bother them that in just a few short hours they would have to change back into their sleepwear and go to bed.

We spent some of Friday afternoon decorating some Valentine cookies.  With all of the pictures of pets shared on Instagram, it’s obvious that there are countless pet lovers everywhere.  Time for a special cookie just for them.  You will need two days to make these cookies as they require a day for the flood icing to dry before you add the cute little paw prints.

Pet Lover Valentines - Dog and Cat Paw Prints

Saturday before finishing our cookie decorating, the grand-girls and I went to Conlon Farm in Perth and had some fun sliding down the hills there.  Sophie went down the hill once on the slide with her sister and preferred to just walk around and watch everyone else.   I can’t blame her, the hill was pretty steep in places.  Ella on the other hand, took to the hills like a penguin to an iceberg!

After being there for about 45 minutes, Sophie told me she was cold and wanted to go home.  Ella took one more run down the hill and we set off for the house.  A big mug of hot cocoa with marshmallows and whipped cream did not help Sophie to warm up and she complained that she was “chilly on the inside.”  Poor little thing kept falling asleep while I was cooking dinner and she couldn’t hold her head up at the dinner table.  By 7:00 p.m. she was sound asleep and unfortunately woke at 9:30 telling me her arms and legs were sore.  I was sure that she was coming down with something and Sunday morning she did wake up with a fever.  Not the best way to return the grand-girls to their Mom and Dad but after a few days of rest at home on Sunday and Monday, she was on the mend.

These were a fun cookie to decorate, but then again, aren’t all cookies fun to decorate?  O.K., sometimes you can get a design that gives you more headaches than smiles but trust me on these…they are fun to make.

I didn’t get step by step pictures done but did manage to get off some shots with my phone.

Pet Lover Valentine Cookies Flooded

Simply bake some heart-shaped cookies and then with red icing, pipe and flood them before leaving to dry overnight.

The next day using a brown edible marker, draw or trace a dog’s paw print on a cookie.  Pipe the outline with brown piping icing and then flood the design with brown flood icing.

Pet Lover Valentine with Dog Paw Print

Repeat this process for the cat paw prints only use a pink edible marker to draw your paw and pipe and flood with pink icing.  Use a #0 tip and brown piping icing to pipe the tiny cat claws.

Pet Lover Valentine Cookie with Cat Paw Print

How about you?  Are you a dog or cat owner or both?  Have a four legged pet lover in your life?  Bake them some of these for February 14th. They’ll love you for it!

Pet Lover Valentine Cookies - Dog and Cat Paws with Hearts

Do you love seeing photos of pets on Instagram?  I do and I’ve been know to post quite a few of our dog Max from time to time.  I always look forward to new pictures from Bridget’s Spike and Blue Bell, Gail’s Josie and Vivi, Teresa’s Doogan and Izzy and many more cuties that show up in my feed.

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On Monday I clicked on the link from a tweet by 100% Canadian Milk *…easily portable Breakfast Sunshine Cakes are a great alternative to morning muffins.* and when I saw the recipe they were promoting I bookmarked it, knowing full well that it wouldn’t be long before I tried it.

Ron is a morning person and after reading his paper with a cup of coffee and taking Max for his morning walk, he will eat a full breakfast. Better still, he cooks his own. He also makes his own lunch and we’ll take turns cooking dinner.  I on the other hand, am a night owl and I have never, since leaving my parents’ home stayed with the habit I was raised with of eating three good meals a day.  Honestly, outside of having a good healthy dinner every evening, I’m what some people may call a grazer and snack eater.  I’m not hungry when I wake up and will often go until mid afternoon before I’ll fix a snack and then I’ll munch on stuff until dinner time, eat a wholesome dinner and then snack until I go to bed. Is anyone else like me?

Anyway, Wednesday morning came and I was in the mood to bake so a Breakfast  Sunshine Cake was soon in my oven, the recipe slightly adapted from the original only because I did not have a few of the ingredients on hand.  It was -23 degrees out and though I wanted to bake, I was in no mood to bundle up and make a run to the grocery store.   I get dressed for this kind of cold weather when it’s time for me to walk the dog only, otherwise I’m a hermit in my home ’til the temperature rises.  So, I made do with what I had on hand.

Ingredients for Breakfast Sunshine Cake

The original recipe called for a mix of white and whole wheat flour.  I used all unbleached white flour and added in some organic oatmeal.  It also called for wheat germ which I never have on hand so that was left out.  I substituted the butter with coconut oil and added my own candied spiced chopped pecans instead of walnuts.  Not having any zucchini, my cake was baked without it.

The batter came together nicely, even though I did not follow the instructions as written.

Sunshine Breakfast Cake Batter

This cake is just like a square cut muffin actually.  If you are looking for a sweet snack in the morning, this is not it.  It is however a healthy and tasty alternative, very dense and very moist.  A great little accompaniment to your morning coffee or juice and a nice snack to pack in your kid’s lunches.

Breakfast Sunshine Cake Baked

Breakfast Sunshine Cake (adapted from Dairy Goodness’ Original Recipe)

1 1/2 cups of unbleached flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of organic oats

1 cup of milk

1/2 cup of packed brown sugar

1/4 cup of coconut oil

1 large egg

1/4 cup of fancy molasses

1 cup of grated carrots

1/2 cup of raisins

1/2 cup of chopped spiced candied pecans

1/2 cup of desiccated unsweetened coconut

Directions:

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and oats.  Set aside. Place coconut oil, egg, milk, molasses and brown sugar in your mixer bowl.  Beat on medium until well blended.  Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients until combined.  Add in your grated carrots, raisins, pecans and coconut.  Mix together well on medium high speed.  Pour batter in prepared 8″ square cake pan.  Bake in pre-heated 375 degree oven for 30-40 minutes.  Mine was done in 30 minutes.  Let cool before cutting.

If you want to sweeten this up just a little, drizzle some warm Canadian maple syrup over the cake.

Serving Suggestion for Breakfast Sunrise Cake

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