Saturday, April 19, 2014

PUPPY PAW-TY


Wow... I have not posted in awhile! Sorry all! Been busy with many things... including fulfilling Jack's bucket list. One of his wishes ( well alright what I assume he would wish for if he could talk) is to have a Puppy Paw-ty. We had it today and it was a delightful time! There was tons of treats for the pups and beer/food for the humans.

I made all of the treats from scratch and made doggy bags for my guests to take some treats home. 

The Puppy Menu:
Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Cupcakes  - I baked them in a mini cupcake tin to make them into cupcakes and topped with peanut butter as the frosting!
Peanut Butter & Bacon Treats - I used the extra Carob Frosting from the Donuts to dip some of these cookies in! 

















For the humans, I had doggy themed beer and wine along with Apple BBQ Chicken and Apple Coleslaw Sandwiches and Earl Grey Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert.  ( I did not get any pictures of this cause there was puppy chaos everywhere).



















While it was not the easiest thing to manage, we also attempted to have a puppy photo booth! Getting the dogs to sit still was almost impossible. but we did what we could.


Each guest also left with a coaster of a geometric illustration of their pup (possibly the hardest/time consuming thing to do for the whole party).




Saturday, April 12, 2014

DOG BUCKET-LIST

This post is bittersweet. Amy recently found out one of her five dogs has a terminal cancer. So she made this bucket list for her dog Jack!


This is a great idea to make for someone when they have received bad news like this to turn it positive You can also make some natural sweet potato dog chews, or some homemade peanut butter treats to go along with it!

- Jerica-

Update 4/20/2014

Just giving you all an update on what Jack has been up to! I adore dogs and have never lost one before - so this is all new to me. Learning to be okay with it and accept it has been a struggle but doing all of this for him has made it a lot easier! I have had friends that have lost their best friends before and I have always tried to do something for them, like special treats in a jar for their other dogs! So for Jack - I had to do something amazing! 

- Amy -

Check out his adventures (not in the exact order as his bucket list):

1. LEARN TO SWIM 

 2. GO TO THE BEACH


3. EAT ICECREAM - I rarely go to fast food chains but Good Times Burger have these awesome doggy treats called Paw Benders. 


4. CHASE A PUPPY - I tried to fit in as much as I can in a day for him, so I invited Snoop to the beach with us! Jack is a big dog but adores chasing puppies, I had to find one who was super playful and bold enough to be Jack's chew toy. 

5. HAVE A PAW-TY - check out more pictures on the Paw-ty post.

 6. HAVE A BEER
7. EAT A BURGER
8. HAVE A LOBSTER DINNER --> I switched this to Rib Dinner since I have no idea how to make lobster. It seemed fancy enough
 
9.  TAKE A FAMILY PHOTO - This was the closest thing we could get to a family photo. Trying to get 5 dogs to sit together in one spot is tough! 

10. HAVE A CUDDLE PARTY - We actually do this all the time! We also had one with Katherine and Jerica when we first found out Jack was sick. Jack even got Coco to cuddle with him once! 
11. MAKE TREATS - We made tons for Jack's Paw-ty. Well, I made tons and he just taste tested them.  We made sweet potato treats, carob dipped peanut butter treats, peanut butter & pumpkin pupcakes, puppy donuts, apple bacon and cheddar biscuits, and a carob & carrot cake! 



Thursday, February 20, 2014

DESSERT PIZZA: FRESH BLACKBERRY, GOAT CHEESE, THYME & HONEY


Yes I just said all of that in one recipe! Don't question me!

Amy found this amazing recipe for a dessert pizza that we then made for her birthday! We ended up making it with Red Mill gluten free pizza dough mix, but of course you can use it with any type of dough. It is a very sophisticated taste but is not difficult at all to make, much easier than a regular pizza. We also made a ricotta lemon-almond cake and prosciutto/arugula/pear pizza, but that's a story for another day! (An aside: For all you single goat-cheese-loving ladies, check out this recipe for goat cheese alfredo with roasted red pepper!)


Monday, December 23, 2013

KEYBOARD ART

My soon to be betrothed likes computer games, so of course he likes all his artwork to reflect this right?! I got this idea from Paper, Plate and Plane but arranged mine in a different way.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

OMBRE EMBROIDERY THREAD FEATHERS

This craft is a little more time consuming but they are great if you have lots of embroidery thread lying around. When I'm sending someone a letter I like to put one of these to spice it up a bit. So spicy!


Sunday, December 8, 2013

DIY CHRISTMAS GIFT ROUNDUP

Here is a quick roundup of some DIY christmas gifts made by A Diamond Mind for you to make this winter that are all under $15! Click pictures for links and enjoy!

 DIY vanilla chai tea



For the dog lover in your life, some sweet potato chews! The only ingredient is sweet potato.
 

 Make one of these cuties in an hour with hand sewing. Use fabric scraps to add some personality to the ears!


http://adiamondmindblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/diy-iphone-case.html
Order a cheap wood case and use a wood burning tool to customize it!

 http://adiamondmindblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/triangle-art.html
Make some geometric art with paint samples and old magazines. 


http://adiamondmindblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/is-it-possible-to-put-this-night-to.html
This is perfect for friends or family who have moved away. Complete with homemade woodstain.