Another Goodbye

The time has come to say goodbye to another family member.  We found out Abbi has bone cancer in early December.  The vet gave her 6 mo to a year.  Her back leg is totally immobile now and it is time.  Mike took her for a walk this morning in their favorite spot and came home and said ‘it’s time’.  She now appears to be in pain and that is the last thing we want for her.

We’ve had her for 9 years and she has been a great dog.  She’s a great hunter and lives for it!  She has brought two litters of puppies into the world.  She was the greatest mama too!  We have heard great things about her puppies too!  She loves to run and is a calm wonderful house dog at the same time.

Goodbye Abbi!  Can’t wait for you to meet up with your best friend Hunter and run and swim again!  We love you!


RECIPE: Buttercream Frosting

Every good cake or cupcake deserves and equally delicious frosting.  This is one of my favorites (second only to cream cheese frosting).  It goes well with most every kind of cake and is easily changed by adding different flavors!  It is my go-to frosting when I do cakes.

Buttercream Frosting

1 c. butter, softened

6 c. powdered sugar

6-8 T milk

1-2 tsp almond flavoring

 1. Begin by creaming butter.

2. Next add some of the powdered sugar and milk.  I usually start with 2 c powdered sugar and 2 T milk.  I usually cover it with a kitchen towel so that I don’t get a powdered sugar facial!

3.  Once you get a good mixture going add the almond flavoring.  It is 1-2 tsp but I never measure I just dump it in.

4.  Keep adding ingredients and mixing until everything is in.  You want it to be creamy.  Be careful not to mix on too high of speed or you will end up with lots of air bubbles in the frosting and that will cause issues when you are trying to spread it.

That’s it!  Try not to eat too much of it before you frost your cupcakes!

RECIPE: Raspberry Swirl Cupcakes

Just in time for your Easter celebrations I’m gong to let you in on another one of my ‘secret’ recipes!  Everyone RAVES about these cupcakes and I must admit they are pretty fabulous!  And for those of you thinking how hard they are going to be but they really are easy.

Raspberry Swirl Cupcakes

1 c water

1/3 c oil

3 eggs

1 box white or yellow cake mix

1 box instant vanilla pudding

Raspberry pie filling

Cupcake Liners

1.  Crack eggs into mixing bowl.

2.  Add oil and water.

3. Dump in cake mix and pudding mix.

4.  Begin mixing.  About half way through I stop the mixer and scrape down the sides to ensure all the ingredients get mixed in fully.

5.  Mix for a couple minutes until the batter looks like this.  While the batter is mixing put your liners into the cupcake/muffin pan.

6.  I use this kind of ice cream scoop for my cupcakes.  It is about the perfect size (I don’t fill it all the way to the top but about 3/4 full) and easy to push the batter into the liners.

7.  Fill your cupcake liners about 3/4 full.

8.  I put the raspberry filling out of a can in a chopper to make sure it’s not such large pieces.

9.  Put a small dollop of raspberry filling on the top of the cupcake batter.  I use about 1 tsp per cupcake.

10.  Take a knife and start swirling the filling around with the batter.

11.  Make sure you swirl it around really well.

12.  Bake cupcakes at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Sometimes with the filling in there it takes a bit longer.

 I’ll be back tomorrow with a fabulous frosting to top these off!

Saying Goodbye

The day has come when we have to say goodbye to our beloved Hunter.  We have known it was coming for some time already but have been putting it off.  A few months ago we took him to the vet to see what to do with him.  He is almost 12 years old and he’s just plain old.  His body has been giving out for the past 9 months.  He has gotten more and more clumsy over time and he has been having a hard time getting comfortable.  The past two nights he has spent sleeping on the concrete of his kennel in the poop and snow.  Although he is not in pain and he is not comfortable and as much as we’d like to prolong it I don’t think that it is the right thing to do.  He is not the happy, playful dog that we know.  He is thin and frail and clumsy.

Hunter you have been a great dog!  You were our first ‘baby’ and will always hold that special place in our hearts.  You have been a part of our family and will be sorely missed.  It will be so hard to say goodbye to you but I think it is time.  Don’t worry, your friend Abbi will be there soon to greet you!