It is that time of year again, when most of us forget what is really behind the holiday and focus on copious amounts of chocolate. For some of us, it stays a religious deal, but my guess is that they are somewhat of a minority.
Not being a particularly religious person myself, I like to think of holidays like Easter and Christmas as a chance to be giving, enjoy the break and be social by spending time with the ones I love. This includes my husband (of course) and my friends (where possible), my family (also where possible) and my gorgeous four-legged family too.
So, the time we have off work for Easter this year will be spent doing a multitude of things. Friday and Saturday will be spent at home together working on ongoing projects which mean a lot to us to get finished. One afternoon will see a coffee break including terribly fattening chocolate cake with nearby friends.
Sunday will include a trip , most likely to the beach, with the canine component of the family, and lots of treats for all involved.
Monday will be a day lunching with friends, and an extra reminder that all of our friends are very important to us.
We already have a little stockpile of treats stashed away for each other, and a bag of goodies for the pups as well.
Please remember at this time, with all the chocolate flying around left right and centre, that doggies are special and CANNOT have any. Theobromine is a substance in chocolate (more particularly in cocoa) which can harm dogs, so please arrange substitute treats for your special furry friends.
I have included a simple recipe below if you want to show your pups just how much you love them this Easter by taking the time to bake them something special. These can be coated in carob for extra choccy goodness if you like 🙂
2 cups (250g) wholemeal flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
270g unsalted natural peanut butter
1 cup (250ml) low fat milk
Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes
1.Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C. Grease baking trays. Stir together the flour and baking powder and set aside. 2.In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter and milk. Stir in the flour mixture until well blended. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll out to 1cm thickness and cut into shapes using biscuit cutters. Place 2cm apart on the prepared baking trays. 3.Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove from baking trays to cool on wire racks.
More importantly, whatever Easter means to you, I hope you have a fantastic one.
Enjoy the break and few days off the hustle and bustle of the passing world. It will still be waiting there for us when we get back.