Saturday, Saturday, Saturday. It was gray and drizzly today, but that was fine with me. We are in the midst of tightening our belts for various reasons, so staying home was on the agenda anyway. It was nice to putter around lighting candles here and there, dancing to music on Pandora, flipping through the Christmas (!) catalogs that came in the mail, and sneaking a few pages of reading in between breaking up the fights that my children were getting into throughout the day. Who knew that making forts out of couch cushions and blankets could be sooooooo aggravating for every child involved? Me. But I was hoping that this time it would be different!
So. I often find myself at loose ends on Saturday afternoons and happily baking fills the void. Today I baked a carrot cake. I have never done one before (I don't think) and so it seemed like a good challenge (especially since Button was on the outs with his siblings and wanted to help). I found this great recipe and miraculously had everything I needed (I had an extra can of crushed pineapple for Pascha and finally found a use for it!). If you make it, go all out and do layers. They make things more fun! Our cake has pecans instead of walnuts and no raisins. Also, I bought baby carrots at the market this week and briefly considered grating them with the cheese grater... but it didn't seem like that would end well. I just pulsed them in the food processor for a bit and saved my fingers. I also chopped up the crushed pineapple that way too so that it would be less chunky in the cake.
Now, it is time for a slice! I wish that you were here to join me!
It looks beautiful! I love pineapple in my carrot cake, it's so moist that way. I am curious though, did you have any problems with your cake baking evenly? For some reason I have that problem with homemade carrot cakes. I have wondered if it is bc they are so dense that the carrots sink to the bottom and (for me) they bake weird. I've only had true "success" once and I can't figure out what I did differently!
Your "forsight" about the fort made me chuckle. My kids have the same *construction issues* as well. For some (illogical) reason, I never picture your kids bickering :) btw, looking forward to your fall wardrobe post. I always love your classic looks and minimalistic approach to fashion.
I wish I was there too!
Thanks, New Mom! I didn't have a problem with this cake... it seemed to bake evenly throughout.
I'll try to post about my autumn wardrobe this week! Thanks for the reminder!
I wish that you were here too, Lucy!
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