It’s Lily’s 9th Birthday! Well, it was on January 18, 2018. She’s a Great Dane who is full of spunk and excited to turn 9. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already seen these, yet they’re too good not to share here, too. Let’s check out the past year for Lily!
I remember back in June, when we were in Glacier National Park in Montana with Lily, a lady came up to us and just started hugging Lily. Her Great Dane was at home and too unwell to travel. I asked how old she was – 9 said the lady. Later on when Bryce and I were by the fire I got excited – do you think Lily could live to be 9??!!? Neither of us thought it would be possible, yet here she is, a 9 year old happy Great Dane. Who, I should mention, travelled to BC this past weekend.
She is flat out one of the greatest dogs (Bella was awesome, too). The neatest part about Lily is how much she loves being the centre of attention. We didn’t ever really know this until she became our only dog, yet she likes the spotlight. Here are 9 photos of Lily over the past year – it was a great one.
The Past Year
The photos above was taken on Thursday morning, the day this pup turned nine and in true Great Dane fashion, she’s stretching and being bashful.
Below, Lily and all her stuffies. She is ridiculously spoiled.
Rice on her nose – what? I have rice on my nose? She didn’t eat one day in July so we gave her some rice – hoping it would entice her to eat. Well, it did and after looking at us the next meal, like ‘ah, where’s my rice?’ we’ve been giving it to her ever since.
A fall walk around the property. She loves living in the country.
Slobber on her face? I told you she likes to play!
Glacier National Park travelling on the Going-to-the-Sun-Road. Lily loves car rides!
On the deck, protecting the property. This is how she spends her days when we are home and it’s even slightly warm out. She loves nature.
Lily in the City of Yellowknife Visitor Centre smelling a polar bear. This pup braved the cold and had an adventure of a lifetime.
That’s us almost a year ago in Yellowknife. Staying warm in the Arctic winter.
Overall, the past year with Lily has been so much fun. We hit up Dairy Queen yesterday to celebrate this one of a kind pup! Thanks to all of you who love her and love all dogs – dogs are the best, aren’t they?!
Lily’s 9th Birthday
Lily loves ice cream! And will casually stare down the drive thru attendant while waiting.
Feeding her a cone is so much fun – pure awesomeness. Happy Birthday sweet pup – congrats on being 9!
Thanks so much for visiting and celebrating with us!
Have you ever heard of hot chocolate cookies or Mexican chocolate cookies? Well, these chili chocolate cookies are similar to those, yet way better in my opinion. They bring together the heat of chili with the richness of dark chocolate. You need to use at least 70% dark chocolate, otherwise the balance is off. Okay, let’s get baking!
1 1/3 cups gluten free flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of both cinnamon and chili powder
3/4 cup coco mix
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup dark chocolate
First, gather all of your ingredients. Mix together the first 5 ingredients. Sift them well. Then, melt the butter and coconut oil. Mix well and add in the coco, vanilla and the egg. Then, add in the sugar to the butter mixture. Lastly, mix the dry into the wet. Stir well until all combined and mix in the chocolate shavings last.
Roll into a log and cover with plastic. Set in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Once your dough as set, slice into 1/4 inch pieces and bake for 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees.
Dust the finished cookies with powered sugar or coco power – or both!
Done! Time to eat up.
I find these cookies so addictive – they offer a nice richness of flavour without being overly sweet. Be careful though, that dark chocolate is rich!
Cookie time! Time for snickerdoodles. Bonus part, they’re gluten free. One of the tricks to snickerdoodles is the browning of the butter. It takes time and patience, so free your self of responsibilities and head on over to the stove and get baking!
2 1/2 cups of gluten free flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
dash of salt
1 cup of slated butter
1 1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of white sugar
tablespoon of yogurt
1 large eggs and 1 yoke
tablespoon of vanilla
Gather all of your ingredients.
In a large skillet melt the butter on low-medium until it’s nutty and brown. Don’t leave it, you need to keep whisking it so it doesn’t burn.
Then, add in the sugars and remove from the heat. Whisk in the eggs, vanilla and yogurt. Then add in all the dry – keep whisking until it’s all combined.
Roll into a large ball and chill for 6 hours, or overnight.
Once the dough has been chilled roll the dough into 1 inch balls and roll them in a mix of cinnamon and sugar (ratio 1:2). Set the oven to 350 degrees.
Bake for 10 minutes – then let them cool for at least 10 before you eat them. They’ll be soft and chewy, totally yummy.
These are some of my favourite cookies. Gluten free snickerdoodles – so tasty!
Grab a cup of tea and enjoy a cookie – stay warm, it’s cold out there! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you soon.