Jasper’s Puppy Birthday Party

My sweet Jasper turned a year old and I did his birthday photos, which you can see in my previous blog post, but we also had a little puppy birthday party for him!  His aunt, pup cousin and grandpa came to help celebrate.

I made a few party decorations for him that turned out pretty cute. I made the “Happy Birthday” banner you see in the photos below, colorful pennant banner and paw print napkin rings. Also, I made him his own birthday party hat and I can’t forget about the party balloons. Every birthday party needs party balloons. I should have the birthday banner and a few other matching instant download birthday coordinates in my shop soon.  It’s just a matter of getting pictures and getting them uploaded.

puppy party decorations

Shih Tzu Puppy Birthday Party with pup cakes

puppy birthday pup cakes

I can’t forget to mention that we even had pupcakes to help celebrate the occasion. They have peanut butter, honey and carrots. If you would like to make your fur baby some you can find the recipe below.

Puppy Party with pup cakes

Puppy Birthday Party with pup cakes

Shih Tzu birthday party

Here is Rocky, Jasper’s pup cousin, and he approved of his pupcake!

puppy birthday pup cakes

Mom and her puppy

A photo of the birthday pup with his sister and mom!

Mom and her puppy

I love my fur baby and this picture of us. His puppy dog kisses lets me know he loves me too!

Sleepy birthday pup Sleepy birthday pup

I love this sleepy puppy face so much! He needed a nap after such a busy day!

Pupcake Recipe (Makes 12)
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup of shredded carrots
1 banana
1 large egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Frosting
1 – 8oz low fat cream cheese
1 cup of peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Line a cupcake/muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners. Place all ingredients into bowl and mix until mixed together.  Spoon evenly the mixture into the cupcake liners. Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until a inserted toothpick comes clean.

Frosting: Place cream cheese and peanut butter into bowl and mix together until mixed together. Place frosting into piping bag with large star tip and pipe on to the pupcakes. Decorate with your dogs favorite treat.

These may not be too appealing to the human guests but the dogs love them! You can store any leftovers in a freezer bag for up to a month. Remove and thaw before giving to dog.

Until next time,
Dovie

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Happy First Birthday Jasper! | Dog Birthday Photos

If you weren’t aware, my family and I have a lovable and an oh so cute shih tzu named Jasper. We got him when he was 9 weeks old and he just turned one on January 24th! I can’t believe he is a year already. I can believe though how much we have fallen in love with him. He really is the sweetest and gentlest dog.

I never thought of myself as a “crazy dog lady” before. Well, that was before I started planning birthday photos and a small family birthday party for our Jasper. So, yeah, I guess I can now be considered a “crazy dog lady”. Oh well, I kind of like it.

Here are a few photos of his first birthday photo session that I took. He had no clue what I was doing but realized that treats were going to be involved so he put up with my shenanigans. Brace yourself for the cuteness overload that you are about to see!

Dog First Birthday Photos

What does someone who makes birthday chalkboards do when their puppy turns a year old? Make him one of course! Here he is with his very own birthday chalkboard. (If you are interested in one for your puppy or your own child then you can check out my birthday chalkboard designs in my shop Simply Dovie.)

Dog First Birthday Photos

Here he is with his most favorite toys, his brown bear and his stuffed marshmallows! We received the marshmallows in a Barkbox in December. He carries them around everywhere with him, even outside.

Dog First Birthday Photos

He even got his very own pupcake! Keep an eye out on the blog as I soon will be making a post with the recipe on how you can make your fur babies some pup cakes too!

Dog First Birthday Photos

Dog First Birthday Photos

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He really liked his pupcakes, if he had fingers and could talk, I bet he would say they were finger licking good! I told you he was adorable and I hope you enjoyed Mr Jasper’s birthday photos!

Until next time,
Dovie

 

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Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe – Appetizer

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

You think you have tasted the best spinach artichoke dip? Think again, because this is the best spinach artichoke dip recipe around and it is so delicious! If you love spinach and artichokes with ooey gooey mozarella cheese then you’re going to love this too. My family sure does, including my kids which is great news because spinach and artichokes are so good for you.c

We enjoy eating it at family parties and as an appetizer special occasions. Also, it is a great game day food to snack on while watching your favorite football team. If you are ready to find out how easy it is to make this delicious goodness then keep on reading.

 

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Ingredients: (Yields 6 Servings)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cubed mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of juices
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, chopped

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Spinach artichoke dip recipe

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 Fahrenheit. Combine all ingredients and place into shallow baking dish. Bake dip for 15-20 minutes for 15-20 minutes or until mozzarella cheese is melted. Serve it with tortilla chips or bread. Then enjoy!

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Look at that yummy goodness! If you try this recipe I would love to hear your feedback by leaving a comment.

Until next time,
Dovie

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Valentine’s Day Fortune Cookies Tutorial

Who doesn’t love fortune cookies? I don’t know if you know, but you can make your very own homemade fortune cookies! How exciting, right? You can make them for Valentine’s Day, weddings, birthday parties or just for fun. I made some for Valentine’s with cute little Valentine’s sayings. It does take a little practice when it comes to making them so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t go as well the first time you try.

First you will start out with making your fortune cookie saying inserts. You can make these by handwriting your message on paper strips or you can download my free Valentine’s fortune cookie sayings here. There are 9 sayings included and below is a list of the Valentine’s fortune cookie sayings. If you decide to write your own then you can cut strips to be about the size of 2¼” x 5/8″ or to the length and width you decide works best for you.

1. Happy Valentine’s Day
2. you = awesome
3. your’e sweeter than a cookie
4. life is sweeter with someone sweet like you
5. I am fortunate to have you as a friend
6. you’re friendship is worth a fortune
7. good fortune is smiling down on you
8. love, hugs & good fortune
9. the best is yet to come

Once you have those downloaded then you will cut them out and have them ready to go when your fortune cookies come out of the oven. Download the Valentine’s fortune cookie sayings here.

To make these cookies, the recipe is pretty simple, it does take a little practice when it comes to forming the cookies without them cracking though.

Fortune Cookie Ingredients – Yields 6
1 egg white
1/8 tsp almond extract
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose bleached flour
1/4 cup white granulate sugar

2. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease cookie sheet with either cooking spray or butter.

3. Put 1 egg white into a bowl along with 1/8 teaspoon of almond extract and 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix the egg white mixture until foamy/frothy.

4. Sift 1/4 cup of All-purpose bleached flour, 1/4 cup of white granulate sugar and a pinch of salt together.

5. Add the flour mixture into the egg mixture and blend together. Below is a picture of the foamy egg mixture with the flour mixture.

6. Place two 1 teaspoon of mixture into circles onto a greased cookie sheet at least 3-4″ apart. Use the back of a spoon and spread the circles to about 3″ circles. It is recommended to only do 2 or 3 at a time so you have time to fold them while they are still hot to prevent them from cracking.

7. Place cookie sheet in the oven and bake cookies for 7 minutes or until about 1/2″ edge of the cookie has turned a golden brown. The middle will still be pale.

8. Remove the cookie sheet from oven and use a spatula to remove the cookies from the sheet. Form the cookies quickly before they cool down by placing a fortune on top of the middle of the cookie, then fold the cookies together with the edges touching. Form the fortune cookie shape by folding the cookie on the rim of a glass with the edges facing outward from the rim.

 

9. Then place your fortune cookie in a muffin tin until completely cooled to keep it’s shape.

10. Decorate your fortune cookies. These were decorated with Wilton’s melted candy melts in colors red, white, and bright pink. Also,  the sprinkles are Wilton Fill Your Heart Sprinkle Mix.

11. Store fortune cookies in an airtight container so they don’t become soft. If you give your fortune cookies away in a mini take out container then place your fortune cookie in a sealed bag or wrap in saran wrap.

TIPS:
1. Use thin cotton gloves to handle the hot cookies to not burn your fingertips because they are really HOT!
2. If the center of your cookies aren’t as crisp as you would like then place cookies, when they are still in the muffin tin, in a warm oven. Make sure the oven is off and it is only warm.

I hope you enjoy!

Until next time,
Dovie ♥

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Watch me make fortune cookies.

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Valentine’s Decorations | DIY Felt Heart Banner

felt heart banner instructions

Valentine’s is just around the corner.  Just letting you know in case you haven’t noticed all the Valentine goodies that are now adorning the store shelves.  This means that there is another special occasion that we can decorate for.  Is there really a better way to decorate than with your own homemade decorations?  I think not.

You can start the DIY projects off with making this easy and adorable felt heart banner.  I’ve made mine and already have it hanging across my dining room window.  You can hang it across a window, a fireplace mantle, bookcase, or even across a mirror.  This banner would be a great Valentine’s photography prop as well. My daughter loved it so much she is making one to go in her bedroom.

Here is a closer look at the hearts.

felt heart banner instructionsThis post contains affiliate links, which means that I’ll receive a small commission if you make a purchase using the links.

Materials Needed:
• Felt material in your color choices – DIY Polyester Felt 50 Pcs 10x10cm/4x4inch, Nonwoven Fabric Sheet for Craft Work Type A Super Soft Squares, About 1.5mm Thick
• Heart Pattern
• Embroidery Floss – Soledi Cross Stitch Floss 50 Skeins Premium Rainbow Color Embroidery Floss Sewing Threads
• Twine / String – Hemptique Baker’s Twine Mini Spool Spring Fling, 6-Pack
• Scissors
• Sewing Needle
• Yarn Needle – Susan Bates Steel Yarn Knitting Needle, 2-3/4-Inch, 2 Per Package
• Straight Pins – Singer Pearlized Head Straight Pins, 150-Count

felt heart banner instructions

Step 1: Make a heart pattern then trace heart pattern onto felt material. You will need 2 hearts for each heart. Trace as many hearts as you will need.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 2: From your felt material, cut out 2 hearts for as many hearts as you will need. This will be the front and back side of one felt heart.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 3: Thread needle with white embroidery floss, place the 2 heart cut outs on top on each other and pin together with straight pins.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 4: Sew the 2 hearts together with your stitch about 1/4 from edge and with a 1/4 spacing between stitches. Do not sew completely around the heart as to leave spacing to stuff the heart. Once you stuff the heart you will stitch up the hole. You can sew your stitch with stitching the thread around the edges (not sure of technical name of stitch) as in the photo below or you can straight stitch. This will be your preference.
felt heart banner instructions banner instructions

Step 5: Stuff the heart with your filling. I have used 100% Polyester filling.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 6: Thread yarn needle with twine.  I used 60″ of twine. Do not tie twine ends in a knot, let the twine hang down a couple of inches as seen in photo.
felt heart banner instructions
Step 7: Insert the yarn needle with twine through one side of the heart towards the top making sure to go between the 2 heart layers and through the stuffing and come out the other side at the same position that you went through on the opposite side. Repeat this step until you have threaded the twine through all of your hearts.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 8:  Once you have all of your hearts on your twine, then you will hang your banner up and enjoy how adorable it is!
felt heart banner instructions

If you make this, then I would love to see your creations by tagging me on Instagram. #simplydovie or @simplydovie

Here is the video if you prefer to watch.

Until next time,
Dovie ♥

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