Vegan, Gluten-Free Dog Birthday Cake Recipe

I made my dog a birthday cake! And threw him a birthday party! I know it’s extra as hell but he was turning one and he’s my life so I had to.

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Right before I put the cake in the oven. 🙂

I made a vlog of the whole cake making experience, which you can see here:

The cake is vegan and gluten-free because my dog has a sensitive stomach, but also because this is just the healthiest kind of cake you can make for a pup!

 

VEGAN, GF DOG BIRTHDAY CAKE

(inspired by the guidelines here: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/how-to-make-your-dog-a-rockin-birthday-cake/)

Makes four big dog pieces

CAKE:

1 cup brown rice flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 cup applesauce

1/4 cup ground flax seed, mixed with 3/4 cup water to make flax eggs

1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

 

FROSTING:

1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup non-dairy milk

3 dates

Mix all your dry ingredients together, then mix in the wet ingredients. Should mix easily, with a medium-thick consistency. Put into a baking pan (greased with coconut oil) and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Let cool. Blend frosting ingredients together in a blender – a more high-powered blender will result in a smoother, fluffier frosting. Spread frosting on top of the cake. Decorate with dog treats if you want. Serve, and watch your dog wolf it down in two seconds flat!

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Otis and his BFF Riley eagerly awaiting their cake. Otis even knows the word “cake” now, and that song “happy birthday” means he gets cake!

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Otis at his birthday party!

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The final, ugly cake. It says OT IS on it. Haha.

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Otis having fun with his friends.

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Letting my son lick the spatula.

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Good boy kept me company the whole time I made the cake!

 

I hope you like the recipe, let me know if you make your dog a birthday cake! Come say hi on Twitter or Instagram @erikaheidewald

 

 

 

 

 

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Quick OOTD – the coolest girl in school 

Quick OOTD post! This was my audition outfit for a role of the “the coolest girl in school.” I wasn’t exactly the coolest girl in school in real life so it’s always fun to play it. 🙂 

Jean jacket, velvet bodysuit, and black jeans all from Forever 21. Shoes by Converse. 


It was Otis’ first birthday yesterday!! You’ll see more of that later though because we’re having a birthday party on Sunday. 🙂 


It’s been a doozy of a day politically and in the industry, if you want to read my thoughts on that, I tweeted a bit more than normal today. Suffice it to say here that it’s good to have family you love and trust when the rest of the world seems so dangerous. 

Erika 

VEGAN ICE CREAM AND A VINTAGE DRESS

Last night Frida and I went out to Cocobella Creamery, a vegan ice cream shop in Hollywood, to celebrate our two year anniversary!! Cocobella has a really cute interior so naturally we had to take some pics. 


Pink Dress: 1940s vintage original, Wild Man vintage in Lawrence, KS

Shoes: Target 

Pearls: hand me down 





We had a wonderful night together talking about the early days of our relationship and how far we’ve come since then. It’s truly been an incredible two years and I feel like the luckiest girl on the planet to have such a kind, loving, supportive, beautiful, fascinating, creative, intelligent, hard-working, compassionate partner. 

Vlog from our anniversary will go up on our channel tomorrow! 

❤ 

Erika 

I QUIT MY DAY JOB!

Officially, as of today, I quit my day job. I am now a full-time actress and housewife!!! (Technically housefiancée, but who’s keeping track?) I’m so incredibly excited. This change is going to leave me more time to work on my career and the things that really matter to me in life. God willing, I am done with the day job life forever.

I’ve always been somewhat cleaning-averse but I’m actually looking forward to keeping a clean and organized home. I used to resent it because it represented time away from my acting career – work for money came first, work to keep myself alive came second, and work for my acting career came third. Any time I spent at the grocery store or doing laundry or sweeping the kitchen was time coming out of pursuing the career that is my driving force on this planet. But now, I don’t have to do day job work. My acting career can come first, and keeping a nice home and lifestyle for myself, Frida, and our pets can come second. I recognize that this is a privilege, and it’s one I’ve never had before. I’ve been working nonstop since I was 14. I frequently pulled all-nighters. Two years ago I had FIVE jobs during the fall. I slept a few hours a night and I swear to god, I got eye bags I can never get rid of. But now Frida has a steady income that can support us, and any money I make from acting is supplemental. I get to just pursue my dream and create a wonderful life for my fiancée and me. I’m overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude that I get to do this.

Since we’re here, let’s indulge in some outfit pics.

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Dress and belt: authentic 1960s vintage, Jet Rag

Shoes: Target

I loved this outfit and literally wore it just to hang out at home and edit YouTube videos. I always feel nice getting dressed up, even with nowhere to go.

Good riddance to my day job. I feel fucking free.

Erika

September Favorites

 

I’m going to try and dedicate a blog post to each new YouTube video! Our latest video on Erika and Frida is all about the beauty products, movies, podcasts, and more that we were obsessed with in September.

Links to everything we mention in the video here:

The Sleep Styler: http://amzn.to/2k3xsJq

WoodWick HearthWick Vanilla Bean Candle: http://amzn.to/2k44Mjp

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lipstick in Happy: http://amzn.to/2xGOS3c

You Must Remember This podcast: youmustrememberthispodcast.com

Topper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0n5a…

You can also buy Topper on DVD: http://amzn.to/2xGDGDH

GT’s cranberry kombucha: http://amzn.to/2y9gP5d

 

BIG post coming tomorrow – I went to the Museum of Ice Cream!!! So many great pics to come!!! 😀

Say hi on Twitter or Instagram @erikaheidewald

 

70s 90s 2017 – September 27, 2017

Outfit posts are back! They’re back! I moved and got a dog and honestly it messed with my outfit post game. It took me a while to find a good place at my new house to take photos. Basically Frida and I have a 5 to 10 minute window in the early evening after she’s home from work and before it gets too dark in which to take pictures. And now that we’ve figured it out, the outfit posts are back.

Shirt: Vintage 1970s from Jet Rag

Choker: Forever 21

Jeans: “Mom jean” from Forever 21

Shoes: Platform sandals from Mossimo for Target

Watch: Target

Lipstick: Almay

Brows: NYX brow cream

I love all-vintage outfits (I’m never afraid of looking costumey. Who cares) – but it’s fun to mix vintage pieces with modern ones, too – it’s a bit of a challenge and I like trying to make take disparate pieces and make them into a cohesive look. In this outfit we have a shirt from the 70s, modern jeans that are based on a 90s fit, and modern shoes and accessories. The makeup look is very classic and more heavy-handed than I usually wear.

Just in case you forgot that Frida and I are real cute, too.

I shot a couple of YouTube videos today, which I’m glad about because I was too busy last week and missed a couple of my usual upload days. Today’s video is a story about a time I accidentally went to an AA meeting and was too embarrassed to admit that I had actually been looking for the church youth group so I pretended to be there on purpose.

Come say hi on social media! @erikaheidewald and @erikaandfrida

 

Velvet and Leather at the YouTube Space LA 7.21.17

Frida and I went to the YouTube Space on Wednesday night for a music night. We got to see Bea Miller perform, who I was a lowkey fan of before and my admiration for her definitely grew after seeing her perform live. It was also a fun opportunity to dress up and get some red carpet pics taken! 



Velvet bodysuit: Forever 21 

Faux leather jacket: Frida’s from Sweden 

Dark green corduroy skirt: Forever 21 

Blue lace Shoes: Converse 

Handbag: Moda Industria


I was really happy with my makeup look, too! 

Tarte liquid foundation 

Mally primer, concealer, and blush 

Elf contour powder kit and eyebrow gel 

Bare minerals ID eyeshadow 

Eyelure lashes with Mally mascara

Mally lipgloss 

I don’t usually wear pink colors on my eyes – I go with light tans and browns – but I liked this look so much I did it again today! 


You can see it in action in the video I shot and posted on my channel today. It’s all about my stupid irrational fears (that turned out mostly to be about Port-a-Pottys):

Now that we are moved in to our new place I hope life will be slowing down and I can post more outfit pics! I just need to find a good spot by my new house to take them 🙂 
Come find me on Instagram and twitter any time! 
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Take a Polaroid, It’ll Last Longer 6.6.17

Shirt: Target 

Choker: Forever 21

Sweatpants: handed down from my stepmom because they were too big for her, baybee! 



I love this shirt, even though it’s pretty strange that wearing corporate logos is just a part of fashion now. But shit, it’s a cute logo. This look is a little ’70s, a little ’90s, a little 2017 and that’s basically my look. I’m ready for the sequel to Dazed and Confused, no matter what decade it’s set in. 

My latest YouTube video is up now! Check it out and subscribe? Please? 

I got to watch Rachel Maddow tonight because I’m at a friend’s house – I don’t have cable and my TV is 20 years old but Rachel makes me wish I had cable. Sometimes all the news is overwhelming and I love her ability to lay it all out clearly. I felt more hopeful than I have in a while that all of this will end with Trump in prison. Please, Lord. 

Come say hi on Twitter or Instagram @erikaheidewald
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Fly the Friendly Skies 6.01.17

Jumpsuit and choker: Forever 21

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban


I flew from Kansas City home to LA today! I had a great trip to Kansas, you can see the latest vlog here:

t’s good to be back in LA with Frida. I also got to fly first on the way home which is always a fun treat. And the legroom is to die for. I have to dress up on flights because I fly as a guest of my aunt, who’s a flight attendant, so officially I am representing the company. Also if they have space in first I can sit there, but only if I dressed up. I had been wearing a dress but that’s not too comfy while you fly, and then if you don’t get first you’re stuck in coach in a dress which is not a super pleasant experience. I decided I wanted a black jumpsuit, went to Forever 21 to look for one, and by Jove there it was. The perfect airplane outfit for me. Looks nice but it’s comfy and great for airplane naps!

More disappointing news – I honestly can barely stand to think too much about the US pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. Republicans today exist only to make liberals mad so they will jeopardize their children’s future just to stick it to liberal strangers on the internet. It’s “cut off your nose to spite your face” come to life.

At least I found a good jumpsuit. Sigh.

Thanks for reading! Come say hi on twitter or Instagram @erikaheidewald

Wish Upon a Star

This outfit reminds me of the ’90s Disney Channel movie Wish Upon a Star, where Katherine Heigl switches bodies with her sister. It’s so good. I loved that movie as a kid and wanted to grow up to look just like her and now I totally do! Just shorter and with a different face. 


Crushed velvet dress, choker, and jelly shoes: Forever 21 



I’m in Kansas for a week watching my dad’s house and taking care of their animals. I made a vlog about my trip here and introduced all the animals by recreating the opening of Bring it On. I don’t know I guess I’m just a creative genius??

I sure do hope Jared Kushner goes to prison. 

Come find me on social media and say hi! @erikaheidewald