You are already in love aren’t you? How can you not be with that adorable face?!
This is Bailey, our sweet 6 week old Boston Terrier.
The dog that I said I would NEVER have. The dog that has captured my heart, my lap…and my time. If you have ever had such a young puppy, you know exactly what I mean.
The Most Precious Gift
Bailey was a present for my daughter’s 6th birthday. She had been begging for a puppy since she could talk.
My husband and I had given her every excuse as to why we would NEVER have a dog–allergies, travel, too much work, cost, etc–the truth was that we had been burned by a very wild and crazy dog when we were first married. Our American Bulldog was as dumb as a box of rocks, a barrel or energy, struggled with incontinence, had allergies and had to be put to sleep after she tore her 2nd ACL–yes, we replaced the first knee!
So what convinced us?
Well, before we saw Bailey and fell head over heels, our daughter came home one day with a plan.
A PLAN TO MANIPULATE
She is crafty, my little girl. She sat down at the dinner table and proceeded to tell us she wanted to be a vet but was unsure she would ever be able to be one because her parents never gave her a pet. Ouch.
She also said there were hypo-allergenic dogs and dogs small enough to travel with us and she was willing to feed a dog, walk a dog, and clean up after a dog.
The thing about my daughter is, when she sets her mind to something, forget about it! (Now if she doesn’t feel like doing something–that is a nightmare!)
So we researched dogs, we called our allergists and pulmonologists and received permission to get a dog, specifically a Boston Terrier.
And then we fell in love.
We were crazy in love–my hubbie and I. We were counting down the seconds until we met our newest addition for 2 reasons: we couldn’t wait to see our daughter’s reaction (which was priceless) and because we couldn’t wait to snuggle her ourselves.
Bailey is one of us now and I wouldn’t trade the sleepless nights or the accidents around the house to not have her. She brings us joy and laughter.
It also was blessing to say YES to one of my daughter’s biggest wishes.
Onto the Pancakes
The morning after Bailey entered our lives was my daughter’s actual birthday. And you all know how I like to play with my food when there is an event to celebrate.
So I tried to create “Bailey Pancakes” with regular pancake batter and chocolate pancake batter.
As you can see, I am not the best artist–but after a sleepless first night with a new puppy and a 6 am school day start, they weren’t bad. And they pleased my little girl–enough said.
I started with my traditional pancake batter and added in some cocoa powder to half the batter to create contrasting pancakes–since I use whole wheat flour, the contrast was not as noticeable as I was striving for. Once the pancakes were made, I cut the chocolate pancakes into shapes for the puppy’s ears and black spots. Then I sliced bananas for the whites of the eyes and the nose. I laid chocolate chunks on the bananas for the pupils and nose.
Most importantly, these pancakes were served with some serious love for my baby’s birthday. And that made up for my lack of perfection.
My Go-To Pancake Recipe
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2½ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅓ cup oil
- 4 eggs
- 3½ cups buttermilk
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- Heat skillet or griddle over medium heat and grease with butter or oil.
- Mix flour, salt, baking soda and powder together. mix together liquids.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients until batter is just moistened.
- Divide batter in half and add cocoa to one half.
- Ladle ¼ cup of batter onto griddle and flip once bubbles begin to appear on surface, 2-4 minutes depending on power of your stove.
- Flip pancakes and cook 1-2 minutes more per second side.
- Serve pancakes with your favorite toppings or get creative and play with your food like I do 🙂
This is a large recipe and the leftovers freeze beautifully. I place the cooled pancakes into a freezer bag separated by wax paper. As I need a quick breakfast, I remove as many pancakes as I desire and reheat for 1-2 minutes in the microwave.