Norman is 10: A Cupcake Recipe for Dogs and People

Norman turns 10 today so it was only natural that his sisters and I made cupcakes for our celebration. This banana and peanut butter cupcake recipe is delicious and safe for dogs, and, well, OK, for us humans, too. The main thing is that the birthday boy enjoyed his.


This recipe was adapted from a few different ones I found online. I like that it makes just 5 regular-size cupcakes. They’re definitely a little bland for us humans, but Norm gobbled them right up. The girls actually devoured theirs, too. I think that was due to the cream cheese frosting on top.


I used canned cream cheese frosting for these cupcakes, but scraped almost all of Norm’s frosting off before serving it to him. There are a lot of decent pet-friendly frosting recipes online, too. Happy birthday, dear boy. You really, really need a haircut, but we love you so much anyway.




  • 1/2 cup plain white flour ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons of water


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Sift together flour and baking soda and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the peanut butter, mashed banana, egg, and water until combined.
  • Stir in the flour mixture and mix until smooth.
  • Spoon into a muffin pan lined with cupcake papers.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool before topping with frosting of your choice, or leave plain for your pooch.
In My House

Happy Birthday Norm

Norman turns seven today. I can hardly believe it.


Here is some more information about Norman.

Norman is an Aquarius which means he is witty and clever but also insists on having his own way.


  • Curling up on the couch watching Hoda and Kathie Lee while Mom and Dad are at work
  • Belly rubs
  • Running around Grandpa and Grandma’s farm
  • Russian literature
  • Barking at/with the Jack Russell terriers next door


  • The vacuum cleaner
  • Cats
  • People who post about their stomach ailments on Facebook
  • Kissing noises
  • When Mommy pets other dogs

Happy birthday to my delightful boy.





Leaving the Dog


(Photo by Mist and Moonlight Photography)

Norman was my first baby. I have had him for six years, which, if you’re doing the math is six times as long as I have known my daughter and three times as long as I have been married to my husband.

Usually my parents who live an hour away dog sit, but recently when we went away for the weekend, a local friend offered to let Norm out a few times which was incredibly convenient but resulted in the following texts in the days prior to our departure:

Me: “Is Rick sure he doesn’t mind letting Norman out at least once every 12 hours, preferably more?”

My Husband: “He’s sure.”

Me: “It might be too big of a pain. What if there is a thunderstorm and Norman gets scared?”

My Husband: “I will text Rick and tell him he has to go over to the house and snuggle Norman.”

Me: “Maybe I better just stay home, I’m worried about Norman.”

My Husband: “Babe, he will be fine.”

Me: “Can we leave the TV on all weekend to keep Norman company?”

My Husband: “Yes, Babe.”

So, alas, I kissed Norm good-bye and, making sure I was wearing my “I Love My Dog” bracelet, got in the car for our road trip. He was fine.