_Perhaps my favorite day or the year has arrived! The day when we do something totally ridiculous as a family and spend a bit of cash on pure happiness. Today of course is my dog's Birthday! Happy Birthday, Oscar, old chap!
Turning 6 is a momentous occasion for a dog. It could be considered mid-life for some, but of course my dog will live forever.
With grey fur peeking through around the muzzle and a little "hitch in his giddiyup (from a previous hip fracture)," my earnest Beagle is a little worse for wear, but loved just the same.
Today we began the festivities by baking a batch of Oscar-friendly Birthday Muffins. Complete with frosting and a loving lick from Axel, Oscar was pleased-as-pie to feast on his own private delight.
Our next stop, as on each of his birthdays. was the pet store. We used a "birthday coupon" to score a deal on a new brain-teaser/treat-dispenser.
Watching him lounge on the sofa this evening, I'm noticing a shit-eating-grin. I think he enjoyed his very special sixth birthday.
Oscars Birthday Cupcake Recipe:
1 cup white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey
*Mix ingredients in order above. Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake in a muffin tin for approx. 12-15 minutes. Makes roughly 9 muffins.
Oscars Frosting Recipe:
6 oz. softened cream cheese
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp honey
*Mix well and frost cupcakes generously.
I recommend giving one to the birthday dog and freezing the rest. It's always great to have treats on-hand for...say...Valentines Day...Easter...Halloween. :)
Post muffin. I think he was about to cry.
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