peanut butter carrot pupcakes

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As you may know, we have a dachshund named Hank who rules the roost. We rescued him a few years ago after his previous owner left him at animal control, where they euthanize owner surrenders. He was sad and scared and immediately stole our hearts. Now he’s happy as a clam and we can’t imagine life without him. My parents, who adore Hank, also have a dachshund. He’s a puppy named Cinno (pronounced chee-no, short for Cappuccino) and is one of the spunkiest little animals I’ve ever known. Spoiler alert: he has stolen our hearts as well.

Over the holidays, Hank (a somewhat crotchety, spoiled old man) and Cinno (a chewing-everything-in-sight-including-your-face puppy) had the opportunity to bond.

 

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Is that not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? EVER? These pups give us so much joy, so I wanted to do a little something for them.

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Enter these “pupcakes” – cupcakes made specifically for dogs. The ingredients are all dog (and cat!) friendly, but they look just as pretty as human cupcakes.

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These are super easy to make and the ingredients are available at any grocery store. Whole wheat flour is better for your dog (just like it is for humans, too) and natural peanut butter typically contains a lot less sugar. However, definitely think of these as a treat. Just like you wouldn’t eat a whole tray of cupcakes, don’t give your dog too many of these goodies. K?

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Peanut Butter Carrot Pupcakes

batter
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup honey
1 1/3 cup grated carrot, divided
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

icing
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup natural peanut butter

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla and honey with a hand mixer or by hand until completely smooth. Fold in 1 cup of grated carrot. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the peanut butter carrot mixture a bit at a time. The batter will be very thick.

Using cupcake liners or parchment paper, line 12 mini muffin cups or 6 full size. Place a scoop of batter in each lined cup (enough to take up about 3/4 of the space). Bake for 20 minutes for full size and 12-15 for mini muffins or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and let the pupcakes cool completely before icing.

To make the icing, mix the yogurt and peanut butter until combined. Add more of either until you get icing-like consistency, then refrigerate to set.

Once the pupcakes are cooled, spread icing on each one and top with remaining carrot. Serve to you deserving pup and watch them disappear!

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Enjoy!

Love,

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homemade marshmallows

homemade marshmallows | Cody Uncorked

So, the high today in Atlanta is 36 degrees and the low is 12. Sheeeeeeeeesh!

Luckily, two posts ago I shared an easy recipe for homemade hot cocoa mix, and today I’m sharing the perfect accompaniment: homemade fluffy marshmallows.

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Making marshmallows was on my cooking bucket list. I don’t love the store-bought versions – they always seem to taste too chemically to me and are full of crazy ingredients!

Plus, Pinterest is laden with dreamy, fluffy, white and bright pictures of homemade marshmallows…taking on the challenge was too hard to resist.

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So, after scouring the dregs of the Interwebs to find the best, easiest-to-follow recipe, I knocked homemade marshmallows off my list. The verdict? If you love ‘mallows and you want huge, cloud-like cubes that melt into your hot chocolate like sweet whipped air, I recommend trying it at least once!

The recipe I found to be the most thorough was from The Clever Carrot. Emilie’s version does not contain corn syrup and does contain tons of great tips and tricks to guide you through the process.

The one thing I missed when I set out on my marshmallow-making adventure? The tray has to set for at least 8 hours before you can cut the whipped filling into individual pieces. Don’t forget to plan for the tortuous wait.

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Despite the high praise (they really do taste amazing and the texture is to die for), I have to be honest with you: making marshmallows is a sticky, powdery, messy process. And total transparency? I probably won’t make them again unless it’s for a very special occasion. While the end product was perfectly fluffy and lovely, the juice – to me – wasn’t worth the squeeze.

They sure make pretty pictures though, don’t they?

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Until next time!

XO,

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the year in review | 2014

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2014 was an incredible year filled with travel, time with family, and – of course – amazing food. This post doesn’t capture it all, but is a recap of some of the highlights.

[BELOW] Invested in a nice camera which has upped my photography game big time. // Made incredible donuts (during a terrible snow/ice storm!) and amazing sticky buns. // Started a new job where I’ve made some great new friends.

[BELOW] Had friends get engaged + get a puppy, another set of friends get engaged and two other sets got married – one in Savannah and one in St. Simon’s Island

[BELOW] Worked with some great brands, including Mirassou, Goose Island and Epicurean. // Tried my hand at making pasta for the very first time.

[BELOW] Traveled well and often, including local places (like Athens!) and to cities in other states, including Des Moines, Phoenix, Seattle, Chicago, New York and San Diego.

[BELOW] Ran four 5Ks and celebrated one year married with my favorite person. // Was featured on Bon Appétit’s Instagram, which led to record traffic to Cody Uncorked and a slew of new followers!

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2014 - a look back | Cody Uncorked

[BELOW] To cap it all off, we spent the holidays with our family and loved every single second.

Phew! 2014 was a whirlwind of amazing and 2015 has big shoes to fill. I can’t wait to see what’s in store and hope you’ll be following along with me here and on Instagram.

Love,

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