Carrot cupcakes

The hardest part?


Grating the carrots.


But I used my food processor this time.  The grated carrots were a larger grate than I wanted but the cupcakes still turned out fine.

Actually the hardest part is not eating all of them at once!


2 c. flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups cooking oil
3 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

Add eggs and oil to all dry ingredients.  Beat till smooth.  Add carrots and nuts, if using.  Place in a greased 9×13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.  Cool before icing.

For cupcakes: Fill cupcake pans with liners and fill 3/4 full.  Cake is dense and doesn’t rise as typical cupcakes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Cream cheese icing:
1 pound powdered sugar (approx. 4 cups)
8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla

Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth.  Add powdered sugar and beat until fluffy.  Ice cake or cupcakes.

For icing carrots and stems: reserve 1/4 cup icing and add orange (5 drops yellow, 1 drop red) food coloring and place in a zip bag.  Cut small hole in a corner and make carrots.  For stems: take 1 tablespoon icing and add 1-2 drops green food coloring.  Place in zip bag and pipe two stems at the top of the carrots.

Another substitution

In the United States we just celebrated Thanksgiving.  The traditional meal consists of turkey.  The trimmings vary from home to home and region to region.  Do you still have any leftover turkey?

Last year I posted a chicken corn chowder recipe that I threw together.  The post was about substitutions in recipes.

Well, I substituted again using the same chicken corn chowder recipe.

I used some leftover Thanksgiving turkey instead of the chicken.


Foiled with cookies

My great plans to knit during lunch were foiled by a crossword puzzle.  I love crossword puzzles almost as much as knitting.  Since concentration (and relative quiet) were key to knitting and not missing another yarn over, I helped with the puzzle.

Brought my knitting with me today so I’m hoping I can work on it during lunch…again.

My camera was giving me fits last night.  I managed to take a few pictures of the sweater-in-progress but the card reader on the computer wouldn’t recognize the photos to download.  Maybe I can post those pictures tonight.

Ah, tonight… Even though Mr. Aitch doesn’t allow like me to use the oven when it’s above 70 degrees, I will be making white chocolate macadamia nut cookies tonight.  (I substitute white chocolate chips and add 1 1/2 cups chopped macadamia nuts.)  His church is having a bake sale this weekend and I begrudgingly volunteered to make something.  The dough is resting in the fridge as we speak just waiting for me when I get home from work.  The church will get three dozen cookies and I will keep the rest for the weekend festivities.

My daughter and her family (best SIL in the world, twin 17-month girls, and two dogs) will be coming for the weekend and there’s nothing like being greeted with fresh white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.

Yes, Mr. Aitch and I go to separate churches.  He’s the choir director at a Methodist church and I am catholic and go to a catholic church.  I do attend services with him sometimes though we never get to sit together since he is directing the choir.  No, I don’t sing well.

So along with baking cookies and knitting, I will have to do some clean up around the house tonight.  Busy, busy.