My bestie turned two yesterday – can you believe it!? He still acts like a clumsy, playful pup most of the time, only now he’s got 32 kilos of fluff to throw around which – obviously – he completely forgets when he’s charging around the house (…and I’ve got a massive hole in the plasterboard on my staircase to prove it…). Before having a dog, I’d have been one of those people who’d have thought it totally weird to bake a dog birthday cakes. It is a bit weird; I mean it’s just another day to him, right? And he doesn’t know what cakes are! But honestly? He’s such a legend; he makes Sunny and I laugh every single day, cheers us up when we’re feeling low – and just generally makes life a little bit – a lot – better (even when he wipes his butt on the sofa cushions or inhales a whole pile of expensive cheese straight off the kitchen counter…). So why wouldn’t we celebrate and spoil him a bit? He deserves it! 🙂
Bungle only gets these special cheesy Pupcakes on his birthday. He’s got a couple of food allergies so we’ve got to be careful what we give him – but these I know are safe! And he loves them! They’re full of dog friendly ingredients and treats, with a piped cream cheese and peanut butter frosting. Watch out if your dog can’t handle dairy, though, as these are full of the stuff!
Mozzarella (Mutzzarella?) Pupcakes (makes 6)
200g Self Raising Flour
50g grated Mozzarella
6 tbsp Natural Yoghurt
For the icing:
200g Cream Cheese
50g Peanut Butter
Set your oven to 170 and lined a muffin tray with paper cases.
In a bowl, mix together the eggs, natural yoghurt and grated cheese, and then fold in the flour.
Separate the mixture into the muffin cases and then bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool.
To make the icing, smear the peanut butter down one side of your piping bag, then fill with cream cheese. Decorate, then allow doggo to devour. 🙂
It’s almost hard to believe it’s April; it seems like just yesterday that everyone was moaning about how January was dragging into its third millennium – and yet, here we are! Although, the weather still doesn’t seem to have gotten the message and most days it feels a lot more like February. Over Easter, I made the decision to step away from the computer for a bit and because Sunny had a week off we both got really excited about getting out and about together. But – surprise, surprise – it pretty much rained ALL WEEK. In the end, we managed a trip to Costco (…fair play, their hot dogs are banging) and a run down to Penarth to take Bungle for a bath. I mean, we also got some major adulting done around the house like washing curtains and painting skirting boards (…and also got very close to completing Assassin’s Creed Origins. Priorities people, come on.). But, that’s it. We got rained off. And although that’s kind of expected when you live in Wales, there are limits.
It’s funny. I’ve always thought of myself as an autumn/winter kinda gal, but this year? The endless darkness and the lingering cold and wet and not being able to get out has made me miserable. I’ve really, honestly struggled. It’s been hard being cooped up and old anxieties have at times really gotten the better of me. I’ve felt tired constantly, haven’t been eating well and have found it really hard to feel inspired. And while the weather always seems like an easy scapegoat when it comes to finding a reason for feeling blue, it’s contributed massively.
But! Yesterday the sun came out and I actually put the air con on my car for all of ten minutes (…until my fingers froze and my eyeliner started to run down my face…), so I’ll take that! Spring is on it’s way and there are loads of exciting things ahead, so onwards and upwards! 🙂
Anyway, it’s always great taking Bungle down to Penarth. You might laugh about the whole bathing him in the sea thing, but actually it really works! Salt water is great for his coat and because Penarth has a pebble beach, he doesn’t get any sand stuck in his fur. Plus, he LOVES the sea and swimming. Just look at his happy little face! 🙂
Once Bungle had shaken off and was rocking some beachy blonde waves, we went onto the pier and stopped in Waterloo Tea for a cuppa and a cake. 🙂
Have a great weekend everyone! Hopefully the sunshine will finally make a comeback, eh? 🙂
The last time Cardiff saw real snow was five years ago – and I missed it! I’d just moved down to London. We hardly ever see snow here in South Wales – which is weird because we’re known for our year round drizzle! But the simple fact of the matter is, it never gets cold enough! There has to be some kind of unseasonable weather fluke before we see any of the white stuff.
Cue, the Beast from the East! On Thursday morning – St David’s Day – our trademark Welsh drizzle turned into blizzle and it didn’t stop coming down until Saturday afternoon. Sunny was in London and almost got stranded when Paddington Station shut down before noon because of a slippery platform (*eyeroll*). Like I said, we see snow so rarely that all it takes is a few flakes for the whole country to throw up its hands and shout “Nope!” I mean sure, we had to survive on soup and freezer food for a couple of days, but it was totally worth it to see Bungle playing around in the snow for the first time and trying to race every sledge down the hill. 🙂 Plus, it almost felt like we made up for those five years of no snow. In some places the drifts were thigh-deep; we couldn’t open our back door and no one went down our road that first snow-day.
Did you see any snow over the weekend? It’s all pretty much melted here now – and I’ve gotta say, I’m not sorry! Now I’ve had my fill of Winter, I’m ready and raring for Spring to come.How ’bout you? 🙂
My bestie turned one on Saturday, and seeing as today is the dreaded Blue Monday (the most depressing day of the year according to the media) what better way of bringing a bit of sunshine to your feeds than a bumper, image-heavy Bungle post?
It’s been such an amazing year. Sunny and I had always wanted a dog – especially a Golden Retriever – and we couldn’t believe our luck when a Goldie not far from us had a litter last January (Friday the 13th, which should have been an omen really!). Bungle is one of a kind. He can be difficult and stubborn (I’m pretty sure I’m the neighbourhood laughing stock – he drags me around the block, knocks me off my feet and decides to hump me in the middle of the road on the daily), but we love him to bits. He’s the friendliest dog in the world and makes us laugh every single day (check out his Instagram for a daily dose of his trouble making). And because of that, we spoil him rotten. 😉
Last weekend started off a little earlier than usual because Sunny’s little sister came to stay with us. On Friday I took her into Cardiff for some Christmas Shopping, which started off with breakfast at my favourite cosy nook, Barker Tea House. Tina had a massive bowl dog dish of porridge, and I went for their blueberry and bacon pancake stack. 🙂
Here’s one of the weirdest things I did last weekend; I had my face turned into chocolate! I mean, I have chocolate on my face all the time, so when Candy Mechanics asked if I wanted to be temporarily immortalised as chocolate lollipop – it was just too weird an opportunity to pass up! They’ve set up shop outside Debenhams in St David’s until the 23rd of December, and for £7 you can create a chocolate selfie! A perfect stocking filler, don’t ya think?
I think almost everyone put their decorations up last weekend, us included! Sunny hates doing it (apparently I’m really fussy about it! Pfft!), so he very kindly enlisted Tina to help out instead. We got the tree and all the other bits up in record time; what took longest was convincing Bungle that the tinsel, fir and fairy light invaders weren’t scary. He barked at the wreath on the door all afternoon and still won’t go near the tree. What a wimp!
On Sunday, I took a couple of birthday presents out for a spin (The Oliver Bonas Jumper is hands down the cosiest, fluffiest jumper I’ve ever owned) and went out for a wintery walk.
We parked up in the tiny village of Michaelston-Le-Pit and picked up the Salmon Leap Trail, which follows Wrinstone Brook and is apparently full of Salmon in the spring. It’s amazing how many lovely walks there are out in the Vale; now that Bungle’s able to walk a bit further it’ll fun to go exploring next year 🙂