Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.

Hello, Autumn…

and all at once, summer collapsed into fall

Thankful. Grateful. Blessed.

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

Every leaf speaks bliss to me fluttering from the autumn tree

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is always something to be thankful for..

-Bayley & Ani 

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A Love Like No Other

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There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse  R.S. Surtees

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Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see it.

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The riders hands are not to control the horse but to feel the horses thoughts.

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“To me, luxury is being with my horse, with no time pressures. A moment away from everything.” -unknown

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In riding a horse… We borrow freedom

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Not everyone can hear the silent language between a horse and rider, not everyone can trust their life with a 1200 lb animal, and not everyone has the guts, blood, sweat, tears, and dedication needed to be part of this world. But equestrians are no ordinary people and horses are no ordinary animals. The only ones who truly understand this world are the ones who are a part of it.

 

-Bayley Davis

 

All photographs capture moments in Upstate, NY. These are all my original photographs.

Love me, love my dog..

To my dog
I will never move and not take you with me
I will never put you in a shelter and leave
I will never let you starve
I will never let you hurt
I will never desert you when you get old
I will never leave you when you go blind
If that time comes, I will be there to hold you
Because I love you and you are family

WAKE UP.
HUG DOG.
HAVE A GOOD DAY.

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner

 

Love, Ani.

Miss Ani

Hello World! I’m almost embarrassed that it’s been months since I’ve posted a blog. Summer went by way too fast and unfortunately school has become my main priority. I thought I would make this easy and treat everyone to some adorable Ani pictures! Enjoy! (I promise cupcake posts are on the way)

 

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How do you like Ani’s Halloween bow?! Orange is definitely her color!

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Green might be her color too…

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Or maybe pink…

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Do you get the Harry Potter vibe or Minion vibe?

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I can’t get enough of those little teeth!

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Okay, I think the sparkly tiara best suits her! Little Miss Diva!

 

Talk to you soon!

– Bayley & Ani

 

Follow Ani’s photos on my personal Instagram (@BayleyAnn034) – prepare yourself for adorable doggy pictures!

Blueberry Pancake Cupcakes!

I’m a huge breakfast fan! One place I can always count on satisfying those cravings are my beloved diners. I love diners because I can order breakfast anytime of the day without judgement (well maybe a little judgement from my not-so-breakfast-loving boyfriend) BUT that doesn’t matter because as long as I can order some pancakes there are no worries! Who doesn’t want a tall stack of blueberry pancakes anyway? Blueberry pancakes may be one of my all time favorite breakfast foods which is why I’m extremely excited to introduce this recipe. A blueberry pancake cupcake with maple frosting. Too good to be true? (Can you tell I’m hungry?) With that said – let’s get started with this yet again super simple recipe. I was thrilled I didn’t need to run out to the grocery store for anything. The ingredients are familiar enough that they are probably packed away in your refrigerator and cupboards. Let’s go!

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Ingredients:

1 cup Butter – room temperature
1 1/2 cup Sugar
3 Eggs
2 Egg Whites
3 1/2 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1 cup Sour Cream
1/3 cup Milk
1 tbsp Vanilla
1 1/2 cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries

Note: I used fresh whole nutmeg and fresh blueberries!

Maple Buttercream Frosting:

2 sticks Butter – room temperature
1 8oz package Cream Cheese – room temperature
4 cup Powdered Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Maple Syrup

Note: You can add less or more maple syrup depending how strong you’d like the maple flavor! Also, I used fresh blueberries and cinnamon sugar for decoration.

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pan. Makes a little over 2 dozen cupcakes.

2. In electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Once light and fluffy add eggs and egg whites one at a time until each is fully incorporated.

3. In medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and cinnamon.

4. Combine wet ingredients together – milk, sour cream, and vanilla. Set aside.

5. Add flour mixture to electric mixer in three additions, alternating with milk, sour cream, and vanilla.

6. Fold blueberries into mixture.

7. Fill cupcake cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 16-18 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing. Make sure cupcakes are completely cool before frosting.

Maple Buttercream Frosting:

1. In electric mixer beat cream cheese and butter on medium/high speed until smooth.

2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Continue to mix on low/medium speed.

3. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract. Continue to mix until combined.

4. Make sure cupcakes are cool before frosting.

5. Decorate cupcakes as desired!

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Have fun and enjoy! You’ll love this breakfast inspired treat!

Bayley & Ani

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

I’ve never been a fan of white chocolate. If I’m going to indulge in a chocolate treat it won’t be white chocolate, but when it comes to cooking with it that’s a different story. I love baking with white chocolate. It creates such rich flavors and it doesn’t matter what kind of dessert it’s incorporated with; cookies, brownies, but most importantly cupcakes! A white chocolate cupcake – wonderful. Now imagine a white chocolate cupcake with raspberry filling – phenomenal. This pairing of a decadent cupcake and a tangy fruit filling will leave anyone wanting more! These cupcakes are always the first to go. Devoured – just like that. If you’re looking for a cupcake that’ll leave an impression you must try this recipe. On the other hand, be prepared for a future of requests because they’ll be asking for these for the next year! Now do you believe me? These cupcakes are that good!

If you’re ready – let’s get started!

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Ingredients:

1 Box Betty Crocker White Cake Mix
1 3.4 oz. package White Chocolate Instant Pudding
4 Egg Whites
1 cup Sour Cream
3/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Salt

Raspberry Curd Filling:

Note: To find the recipe just click on the link! I’ve used it in another great recipe! Also, I suggest making the raspberry curd before the cupcakes because you should cool and refrigerate before filling.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 8 oz. package Cream Cheese – room temperature
1 stick Butter – room temperature
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2-3 cups Powdered Sugar

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pan. Makes about 18-20 cupcakes.

2. In a medium bowl combine cake mix, pudding mix, and salt.

3. In electric mixer mix egg whites and sour cream until combined. Add vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla extract and continue to mix until well combined.

4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix on medium speed until smooth.

5. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing. Make sure cupcakes are completely cool before filling and frosting.

Raspberry Curd Filling:

Note: Click onto link to find directions for the raspberry curd filling!

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1. In electric mixer, add cream cheese and butter. Beat until combined and smooth.

2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Mix on medium/high speed until creamy.

3. Add vanilla extract and continue to mix.

4. Once everything is combined – frost your cupcakes! But make sure they’re cool!

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Have fun and enjoy! We wish everyone a beautiful spring/summer!

– Bayley & Ani

 

May BarkBox Review!

Yes! Finally we’ve caught a glimpse of sunshine and let me tell you it’s been great! Sunshine and warm weather welcomes lots of fetch games with Ani. She’s obsessed with tennis balls lately, just trying to pry them out of her mouth is a challenge. This tennis ball obsession has led to an obsession with just about anything that resembles a ball. This BarkBox quenched this newly discovered obsession which I’ll elaborate on further throughout the post. Ani was also excited to find a squeaker toy that passes for her favorite feline friend, Moe. (Yes, it’s a kitty) Wow – can’t forget two, yes two, bags of really yummy, yet healthy treats. Let’s just say this months BarkBox was worth the wait, but aren’t they all? It’s hard to pick a favorite when they’re all so great and different.

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The Products

Let’s begin with Ani’s favorite toy – it’s a Megalast Ball by JW Pet! Why is this ball the best? It’s vibrant red color and funky shapes make this ball unlike most, which is why Ani’s obsessed. The holes and shapes make it easy to grip, which is great for a game of tug of war with her doggy brother, Piper. My favorite aspect of this product is its safety. This product is certified non-toxic; free of lead, antimony, arsenic, barium, calcium, chromium, mercury, and selenium. I’m sure all dog mommy’s appreciate that!

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Meow! Yes, I’m in love with this adorable kitty-shaped toy! Who doesn’t like a cute kitty squeaker toy? Ani sure does (even at 1 AM when some of us are trying to sleep). Ani squeaks all around the house, which is a helpful hint when trying to find her! Loopies does a fabulous job catering to our pups!

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Max & Ruffy’s haven’t disappointed in the past so I was confident these healthy treats wouldn’t disappoint either. These strawberry and carob flavored treats are perfect for a summer snack! Every ingredient is human grade – yes! These organic treats are wheat, corn, soy and GMO free! There are absolutely no artificial flavors and they’re low fat! Perfect for our weight challenged pups. Ani loves these irresistible treats.

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No Grainers by Nooties delivers delicious jerky chews! (Ani told me they were delicious) These BBQ chicken flavored treats are also grain-free! Isn’t it wonderful that our pets are fed so well these days? It’s great to know my dogs eat just as well as I do. These soft jerky pieces are great to give whole or easy to break into tiny pieces. Enjoy those jerky chews, Ani sure did!

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If you want any information as to how to get your pup his or her very own BarkBox check out my January BarkBox Review! Enjoy the surprise!

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We hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day celebration!

– Bayley & Ani

 

 

Blueberry-Lime Cupcakes

I’ve been scouring the produce section for weeks in search of fresh blueberries and I’ve finally found some! There’s nothing better than fresh blueberries. They’re sweet and refreshing. Now add fresh squeezed lime juice and zest. This may be the best combination yet! A cupcake incorporating two of the best spring/summer ingredients can’t disappoint and let me tell you it didn’t. I still have people raving about this recipe asking when I’ll make more. I’ve turned non-blueberriers into blueberriers just because of this simple cupcake recipe!

Get ready to make the cupcake of the summer!

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Ingredients:

3/4 cup + 2 tbsp Flour
3/4 cup Cake Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1 stick Butter – room temperature
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp Sugar
Zest of 1 Lime
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tbsp Lime Juice
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Milk
1 cup Fresh Blueberries

Lime Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 8 oz. Cream Cheese -room temperature
1 stick Butter – room temperature
3-4 cups Powdered Sugar
1 tbsp Lime Juice
Zest of 1 Lime

Note: Depending how tangy you’d like your frosting you can less or more lime juice.

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pans. Makes about 12-14 cupcakes.

2. In a medium bowl combine 3/4 cup of flour, cake flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. In a separate bowl combine blueberries and 2 tbsp of flour. Toss gently.

4. In electric mixer mix sugar and lime zest until well combined and fragrant. Add butter and continue to mix on medium speed until fluffy. Add eggs and continue to mix. Add vanilla and lime juice.

5. Begin adding flour mixture and milk alternatively into electric mixer. Make sure you begin and end with flour mixture.

6. Once batter is combined gently fold blueberries into the mixture.

7. Fill cupcake cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing. Make sure cupcakes are completely cool before frosting.

Lime Cream Cheese Frosting:

1. In electric mixer beat cream cheese and butter on medium/high speed until smooth.

2. Add lime juice and zest. Continue to beat.

3 Add powdered sugar one cup at a time and continue to mix on medium speed.

4. Once smooth and creamy begin frosting your cupcakes!

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Enjoy and have fun! I promise you’ll make these cupcakes more than once! HAPPY SPRING!

– Bayley & Ani

April BarkBox Review!

Ani has had a pretty exciting month; she celebrated a birthday (she turned one on the 18th!), met some new doggy friends, enjoyed some beautiful Spring weather, and received her BarkBox! The best part of it is, Ani’s BarkBox was delivered on her birthday! What a great birthday gift! (Not that she didn’t get three brand new toys earlier that day.) I was thrilled my little birthday girl could enjoy another great birthday surprise! We opened that brown box to lots of goodies. Talk about spoiled pup! Five items and all for her? I’d say she’s one lucky girl. She couldn’t resist getting her cute button nose right in that box.

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Let’s get started.

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I’ll start off with Ani’s favorite gift. Once she got her mouth on this there was no getting it away from her. This adorably spooky toy is a product of Loopies. It’s much more durable than most squeaker toys. It’s long legs make it excellent for a game of tug-o-war and it’s tennis ball head makes it great for a game of fetch! Ani is obsessed.

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Have you ever opened a bag of dog treats and wondered how these smell better than your own food? These treats smell great. I couldn’t believe it! These soft, chewy, and grain-free treats make great training treats. They are slightly small for larger dogs. Off-Leash treats did a nice job capturing Ani’s attention!

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Riley’s Organics did an awesome job making sure our pets are held to the highest standard. These treats are free of corn, soy, wheat, sugar, and preservatives! It’s great knowing our dogs are given the same opportunity to live a healthy and smart lifestyle. Feeding your dog the right products makes all the difference.

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Oh Barkworthies – my pooch is thoroughly impressed with your 100% beef bladder yummy treat. Maybe not very tempting for us human owners, but Ani sure enjoys it! This is a great alternative from the traditional rawhide chew. These bully sticks are chemical and preservative free making them a favorite in my household.

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Who doesn’t enjoy a smoothie? Us humans shouldn’t be the only ones who can enjoy one – what about our pups? Mr. Barksmith answered our dogs prayers! They’ve created a carrot cake smoothie treat just for our canine friends. This smoothie treat consists of apples, bananas, and carrots; pop it in the freezer for a cold treat or as it is! This yummy blend of fruits and veggies was a favorite.

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If you’re wondering how you can get started with your very own BarkBox check out my January BarkBox Review. I would recommend BarkBox for all my furry friends. Ani receives the best goodies every month! It’s definitely worth it!

Hope everyone had a great April! For those who shared an April birthday with Ani – she wishes you a Happy Birthday! Enjoy!

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Bayley & Ani

March BarkBox Review!

It arrived! BarkBox has entered the building. Yes, we really are that enthused over our monthly gifts. This month was no disappointment. (surprise, right?) This month’s box was inspired by the most important meal of the day; it’s breakfast! I couldn’t wait to open it up and rummage through all the goodies. Halt! First I (more importantly Ani) was greeted with a ruv note. This BarkBox never ceases to amaze me. Once we read our ruv note, which I’ll have photographed below, we began removing the items one by one. Love it, love it, love it, really love it, and of course love it. It’s safe to say we were completely and utterly pleased.

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If you’re not sure how BarkBox works check out my January BarkBox review! I go in depth about what BarkBox is all about and how to get your pet started! I would recommend it to anyone. I love gifts and so does Ani – these are the best kinds too. You never know what you’re going to get. Surprise! It also makes a great gift for an animal lover. That’s how I got started!

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The items:

Although it didn’t last as long as I’d wished it had, Ani says it was worth it. This leather toy is made to look like a piece of bacon! It also has a lovely squeaker inside which is super exciting to Ani. This bacon toy made by Aussie Naturals is 100% natural, eco friendly, and made with rescue tested leather and coconut fibers. I’m sure it would’ve lasted longer with most pups, but I own destructo puppy! Overall, she loved it!

I’m very impressed with this toy. This toy, made by Safemode, was interesting because it had many qualities. This bone shaped toy is:

-oven and freezer safe
-safe for your entire family
-tested to children’s toy safety standards
-free from cancer-causing chemicals, phthalates, and BTA
-made from durable, yet flexible food-grade, non-toxic silicone
-dishwasher safe and bacteria resistant

It’s hard to believe one dog toy can have so many beneficial qualities. There’s no chance of bacteria, which is expressed as a real concern today. It’s pleasing to know that our animals, especially, our dogs are being protected from hazardous chemicals and materials. I’m thrilled that pet industries have cleaned up the quality of their merchandize in order to keep our families best friends safe. This toy is a total winner in my eyes.

Treats! Hurray! Ani says thank you Wagatha’s for these delicious organic breakfast biscuits. They’re wheat-free, lactose-free, and are made with ingredients like apples, bananas, and cinnamon. If there wasn’t a little smiling dog on the front of the box I would probably eat one myself! They sound scrumptious.

Ani is one lucky girl because there are more treats! This is the best part of the box, right? Ani wants to thank Happy Howie’s for the tasty sausage link goodies! These treats are great. They’re made with real turkey and best of all – NO corn, wheat, artificial colors or preservatives. A healthy treat you’ll feel good about giving your dog.

BarkBox isn’t skimpy with their treats, which Ani appreciates. Have you ever enjoyed salmon for breakfast? Well your dog is about to. Baker’s Best has created Wild Pacific treats that are made with real salmon and glazed with a maple-blueberry compote. I think my dogs breakfast themed treats sound better than my breakfast! Spoiled pups!

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Ani had a fabulously festive St. Patrick’s Day! We hope you all enjoyed it as well. Enjoy the rest of your March month!

For our fellow cold weather pups – stay warm!

Bayley & Ani