Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Show and Tell Friday ~ Vintage Postcards

I am usually not a collector of things but I do hold dear my very sweet, vintage postcards.
They fit perfectly in this gorgeous crystal box that was given to me from my daughter.
More contemporary in design than my other pieces, I love the facets on the lid that catch and play with light!
Here are a few of my favorite postcards:
Lots of Christmas Postcards
Sentiments for Best Wishes!
Birthday Greetings
Happy Easter Wishes
I love the beautiful handwriting on this one!
A one cent stamp postmarked 1909.
Someone who took advantage of every inch of space for their correspondence.
Love the upside down, askew stamp too.
Remember when little boys were addressed as Master?
My favorite postcard, received as a surprise from a very sweet and thoughtful blogging friend!
Thank you again, Marie!
Joining Cindy @ My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!

Kay's Carrot Cake

A few days ago, I posted a healthy carrot salad and mentioned that another carrot recipe would follow.
Chow down on lots of fruits and veggies and save up all your extra calories for this heavenly dessert.
When I saw a recipe for Carrot Cake posted by one of my favorite food blogger's I knew right away I wanted to try it.  Paula (@Salad in a Jar) made it for her mom's 93rd birthday!
The original recipe comes from Paula's sister, Kay.
Paula includes her own variation which is a little more healthy.  Or, I should say, a little less unhealthy :)
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I have enjoyed every recipe I have made from Paula and this one goes on the list as well.
Not only is it a pretty cake but just as moist, and rich as one might expect in a carrot cake.
The cream cheese frosting is lick-your-finger delicious.
I followed Kay's frosting recipe but used a full 8-ounces of cream cheese instead of just the 6-ounces.
Paula's version uses marshmallow cream that I will, for sure, be trying. 
 Although I did not have the correct tip, I piped some orange frosting to resemble carrots onto the top of the cake just because I have always wanted to make a cake with piped- on carrots! And, yes.  That is parsley you see on my cake.  Creativity only goes so far and I wasn't about to make extra frosting just so I could pipe green carrot tops.
I took this cake when we went to visit my cousin this weekend in Lewes, Delaware and everyone there, liked it too!  Karen said it was the best carrot cake she ever had.
Here is the recipe right from Paula's Blog.
And if you have a chance, stop by Paula's place.  I just love her and you will too.  She has many "skinny secrets" for eating the foods you enjoy and still staying fit and trim!

Kay’s Carrot Cake
Recipe source: Salad in a Jar

Note: Paula's version is indicated by the parenthesis

Ingredients
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cup oil (1 cup)
2 cups sugar (1-1/2 cup)
4 large eggs
3 cups grated carrots
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I use toasted pecans + 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries + 1 cup shredded coconut)

Directions
First: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare 3 9-inch round cake pans or 10 x 14-inch rectangular pan by spraying with vegetable oil/flour combination such as Baker’s Joy or line the bottom of pans with wax paper or parchment paper (my preference).

Second: Whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Third: Combine oil and sugar in mixer bowl until smooth. Add eggs and mix until smooth. Mix in carrots and vanilla.

Fourth: Add dry ingredients and mix only until they disappear. Gently fold in nuts, fruit and coconut if using.

Fifth: Bake for 25-35 minutes rotating pans half way through baking time. After cooling for 5 minutes, turn out onto baking rack and allow to cool completely before icing.

Cream Cheese Icing (Kay’s way)

Ingredients
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 pound (3-1/2 cups) powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions: Mix cream cheese and butter till smooth and fluffy using an electric mixer. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.

Cream Cheese Icing (My way)

Ingredients
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups marshmallow cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Thank you, Paula (and Kay)! 

Linking to I Should Be Mopping the Floor@

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Lewes Delaware

This past Saturday, John and I woke bright and early and drove almost two and a half hours to spend a wonderful day visiting my dear cousins who have a home in Lewes Delaware.
We took a walk by the water
Watched the boats
Enjoyed a cool summer breeze
Talked and laughed while enjoying a Pig Roast at their Community Center
and had a great time catching up with her daughters
Though they really wanted us to say over, we needed to be home for Sunday morning. So, after a full day and evening it was time for us to 'Fly Away Home'.
Just for fun I looked in my photo files for any pics of Karen and I as children.  Here are a few I found without having to pull out my photo albums and scanner.
Me with my Chatty Kathy doll, my Aunt (Karen'sMom) and Baby Karen

Joining Susan @A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

Baking Peanut Butter Crisscrosses with my Helper ~ TWD

Tuesdays With Dorie baker, Jasmine of
Peanut Butter Crisscrosses
 My little helper was glad she did!
She measured and poured...
and whisked...
 and licked the paddle...
 and tasted.
Her opinion...
"Lets make these again.  Cookies are fun!"
~*~
Dorie's recipe was very similar to my Peanut Butter Cookie recipe.
She said the dough would be "soft. pliable (mushable, actually)".
My dough was way too sticky to roll into balls with my hands. I adding additional flour and even then, I just dropped the tablespoonfuls into the bowl of sugar to coat before making the crisscrosses and placing onto the sheet.
Not sure why I needed extra flour but the cookies turned out great!
Visit Jasmine's blog for the recipe.
Tuesdays with Dorie

Monday, September 6, 2010

Carrot Salad

Cleaning out the refrigerator recently, I wanted to use up the last of the produce and that included a bag of carrots. I thought about trying a recipe I came across for roasted carrots but wondered if I might find something like a carrot slaw. So I Googled and found several carrot salad recipes. Since they were all similar, I went with Ina's because her's had added sugar and sweet always makes me happy.
This was just what I was looking for.  Crunchy carrots, sweet pineapple and a few raisins for color and texture that made for a nice side that would compliment anything from burgers to a pork roast.  I served it with fried shrimp
Here is the recipe:

Barefoot Carrot Salad

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 pound carrots
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (I use Miracle Whip)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup diced fresh pineapple

Directions

Place the raisins in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes and then drain.

Fit a food processor with the grating blade. Cut the carrots in half and place in the feed tube so they are lying on their sides. Process in batches. Place the grated carrots in a medium bowl, add the lemon juice and toss.

For the dressing, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar and salt. Pour the dressing over the carrots and add the pineapple and raisins. Toss together and serve.

Notes:

Ina only uses "good" mayonnaise. I, on the other hand, think mayo is rather oily and flavorless and I dislike it. Though many will cringe at the thought, I am a Miracle Whip fan.

Since I do not have a food processor, I used a box grater to prepare the carrots.
Linking to I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Relaxing

Sometimes it's nice to be totally distracted from all our busyness.
One of our favorite ways is to become complete engrossed in a jigsaw puzzle.
 Of course, the timing has to be right.
It can't be when you are having company over because the puzzle will be sprawled out over the dining room table for a while.
It can't be when little ones will be visiting because a lost piece is a very sad finish.
It can't be when you have lots on your plate because you will find yourself spending way too many minutes every time you pass by looking for just one more piece.

But, a few times a year, we enjoy being hunched over the dining room table sorting end pieces from center ones, grouping similar looking pieces and searching for a particular shape or color.  Then relishing the satisfaction each time we find a perfect fit and tap it into its place.
It's kind of nice when things go together well and you can see the big picture getting clearer.
Life doesn't always work that way.
That's where faith and trust comes in.
~*~ 
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror;
then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part;
then I shall know fully,
even as I am fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12

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