Saturday, May 23, 2009

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (duh!)

The longest part of this process (aside from the baking) is the grating of the carrots. Don't buy the pre-shredded. I hear it doesn't work out so well.

Carrot Cake

4 eggs
1 1/4 cups veg oil
2 cups white sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots (about half a bag of carrots for me)

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 cake pan
2. In a large bowl beat the eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla together. Mix in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in the carrots. Pour into the pan.
3. Bake 40-50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes in the pan then put it on a rack.
4. Frost the crap out of it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Glass Cameo Prezzie

I meant to post about this back during my birthday but just didnt get around to doing the photographs. Pang and JJ (Junior made it clear that HE picked it out) got this for my for my birthday because they know I collect them. Purty huh? Which picture do you like best? Im having trouble picking one.

Monday, May 18, 2009


The light was so beautiful I couldn't help myself. I also wanted to start photographing my scarves a bit before I give them all away so here was the first.

These are from today. It was so nice out.

Im really good at looking pissed off and mean

Damn this blade of grass! It would've been a keeper.

First spin on my new trike

Another scarf picture...I gots them all dirty

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

We love bananas in this household but some always end up getting too ripe (even for me) so then I make yummy treats with them and everyone at work tells me how great I am. Its awesome! As usual..these are totally easy and dont require a big mixer or anything too fancy.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 small bananas
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp veg oil
1/2 tsp vanilla

1. Set your oven to 350. Line your cupcake pan with liners or use those neat little silicone ones (reusable! woot! save the planet!)
2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In food processor (or by hand..I didnt mess with the f.p. despite loving it) blend banana and buttermilk until the banana is broken up. Let me tell you a little thing about buttermilk also..don't waste your money buying a whole carton of it. Measure out some milk to very close to 1/4 of a cup, then fill the rest with lemon juice and let it sit for a few minutes. Its the same thing. Little tips. Im full of them.
3. Combine banana mix with eggs, veggie oil and vanilla. Fold the dry mix into the wet mix.
4. Scoop into muffin tins (or a loaf pan if you're too lazy for cucpakes) and bake for 20-25 mins. (Note..I dont really bake by a timer. I just keep checking and pressing them until they are done, and by pressing I mean I push it and if it springs back its ready..if it sinks in its 20 minutes could be an exaggeration)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

6oz or 3/4 package cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 stick room temperature butter
2-4 cups powdered sugar

1. Combine cream cheese, vanilla and butter. Beat until creamy. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar. Add 2-3 more cups until the desired consistency is reached. (I did like 2 and a half).

Let me just tell you, this makes a lot of icing. So what I did was I made a batch of cupcakes and then I made a loaf of cake. So..if you want you could double the cupcake recipe and do the same. Or just eat the icing..its so good.

Friday, May 8, 2009

I terrorize my animals

she hates when i pick her up

oh hai! were you trying to nap?

I have been a bad blogger. I apologize.