I’ve never been one to dress up my dog. Maybe it’s because I’ve always had larger dogs but I feel like it’s more for tiny fit-in-your-purse-breeds. I am a fan of cute collars and harnesses however. And you can ask Kevin (ok, maybe don’t) because I know I probably buy way too many of them. So my solution, keep a cute collar on your pup and then make them a festive scarf for the holidays.
Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner (less than a month!) and I always want an excuse to put hearts all over something, I’ve created this super easy to make, no-sew pet scarf. It comes together in minutes and it affordable to make so get crafting and make them of your pup and all their dog park friends.
Use pinking shears to cut the felt into a rectangle. Bring the short sides together to fold it in half. Cut parallel to the long side and then about 2/3 of the way down pivot 45 degrees and cut a triangle.
Cut out several small heart shapes using regular scissors.
Place them on the scarf with the clear plastic side up.
Place the scrap of fabric on top and press with a warm iron for about 45 seconds (I recommend doing this on an ironing board or mat).
Remove the cloth and carefully peel away the clear plastic backing.
Repeat this and add as many hearts as you like. Let it cool completely and then you can tie it around you dog’s neck.
These are approximate sizes. You may need to scale up or down according to the size of your pet.
Small dog: 25” x 5″ Medium dog: 30” x 8″ Large dog: 35” x 12″
If you’re one of those who’s not a big fan Valentine’s Day, don’t fret. Just make it into a Gal-entine’s Day! Start planning your fabulous girls night out (or in) and get something special for your best friends to let them know how much you adore them and appreciate their friendship.
Here are just a few of my favorite things that I think are fit for any bff.
I admit, I’ve never been a big marshmallow fan. I know, I know that’s crazy.
But gimme some marshmallows with chocolate and graham crackers and I’ll eat them by the handful! So it comes as no surprise that my next batch of baked donuts would be an homage of one of my favorite desserts. Because when you can’t have a campfire, these baked s’mores donuts are definitely the second best thing.
These donuts would make the perfect sweet for your Valentine. Breakfast for bed, am I right? They are best enjoyed warm out of the oven but still delicious at room temperature. Just be sure to not eat them all before giving them to your valentine!
2/3 c cocoa
1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
1 1/4 c light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 c chocolate chips
3/4 c milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp white vinegar
1/2 cup melted butter
For the marshmallow glaze:
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
3 tbsp unsalted butter
2 c mini marshmallows
1 c graham cracker crumbs
Preheat the oven to 350° and lightly oil a donut pan. If you only have one pan, like me, then you’ll bake them in two batches.
In a large mixing bowl (I like to use my Kitchenaid metal bowl), combine the cocoa, flour, brown sugar, baking power, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer (this is where a glass Kitchenaid bowl is handy), combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and vinegar.
Slowly add the egg and milk mixture to the dry ingredients. Add the melted butter and mix until combined and a batter forms. Pour half of the batter into one 6-count donut pan. Be sure to not fill each donut to the top, if you do this the batter will overflow when it’s baked.
Bake the donuts for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of them comes out clean.
Remove them from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack. Allow it to cool for a couple minutes then remove them from the pan and allow them to cool. Re-oil the pan and back the second batch of donuts with the remaining batter.
While the second batch is baking, make the marshmallow glaze. Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl. Melt butter and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Then whisk the marshmallow mixture into the sugar mixture.
Dip each baked donut top side down into the marshmallow glaze and then immediately dip it in a shallow bowl of graham cracker crumbs. Place the donuts on a plate and allow the glaze to harden…or eat them immediately!
It’s Friday! And we’ve officially completed the first full week of 2016.
Anyone else have a really hard time getting back into your routine this week? I know I did. Between getting my horse settled in his new home in L.A. and figuring out my new daily schedule, things have felt a little all over the place this week. Here’s to hoping next week feels a little more put together.
Here are some of my favorite links to try this weekend:
Everyone has New Years resolutions…well maybe not everyone but a lot of people like to set goals for the year. If improving your photography is on your list, Rachel from The Crafted Life (aka one of my blogging besties) has you covered!
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What are your goals for 2016? Do they include improving your photography?