For the Love of Carrot Cake

 

I have found a new love in my baking skills and after having carrot cake at the movie theater this past weekend, I thought that I could definitely bake my own. Pinterest is completely addicting and after some review I finally found the perfect receipt for carrot cake, I choose recipes based of time and ability. I am not professionally trained but I love cooking so it’s always really fun for me to try things out and have my fiancé taste them for me.

 

Fact – I rarely try my own cooking because I am very critical of everything, so if I find fault in something I always feel necessary to throw it away. Bryan, my fiancé, often tells me I’m crazy for not trying out my own food, because he thinks I am a great cook.

 

This carrot cake I tried for myself and it was absolutely delicious, it was extremely moist and when I brought it to our Memorial Day party it was gone within minutes. People were having seconds and I barely even had a chance to taste it, but when I did, I knew I did a great job.

 

Carrot Cake Ingredients

  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1½ Cups Sugar
  • 1 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp of Salt
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • 3 Cups of Grated Carrots – 4 Large Carrots Peeled and Grated through a Cheese Grater
  • 1 Cup of Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Eggs

 

Cake Instructions

  1. Set the oven at 325 Degrees F
  2. Sift the dry ingredients together
  3. Incorporate grated carrots, oil and eggs *Do not worry if the mixture looks too wet, you’re doing just fine.
  4. Pour into your favorite baking dish.
  5. Set your timer at 50 Minutes, depending on the size of your baking dish and the heat of your oven, you’ll be able to determine whether or not you need to keep it in 10-15 minutes more. I still use toothpicks to determine whether or not the cake is ready.
  6. Once your cake has cooled decorate it as you please, I whipped up some good ole cream cheese frosting

 

It did take 15 extra minutes to bake my cake, but like I said it can be your oven or baking ware not retaining enough heat.

Cream Cheese Ingredients

  • 1 Brick of Cream Cheese
  • ¼ Cup of Butter – Room Temperature
  • 1½ tsp of Vanilla
  • 2 Cups of Confectioner’s Sugar

 

Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

  1. With your electric beaters, beat together cream cheese and butter until well blended.
  2. Adding your confectioners sugar half a cup at a time, you don’t want clumps, increase rate if it gets clumpy or use spatula to even it out
  3. Add 1 ½ tsp of vanilla and blend again

 

 

VIOLA you’re all done. I hope you get to try this recipe out for yourself and let me know what you think.

SkinnyGirl vs Tipsy Girl

Bethenny Frankel pretty much revived Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City, the seasons she was wasn’t there I refused to partake in it and in the brief moments that I did I was highly disappointed!

 

Can we talk about last night’s episode now?!

 

In last weeks previews you see that Bethenny confronts Sonja Morgan after the diabolical which was Sonja’s birthday/album release party, just kidding but I do expect that to happen in the near future, she was actually confronting her on Morgan’s attempt at dipping her feet in the alcohol bizz.

 

Basically naming her rose “company” Tipsy Girl…ring any bells to any of you!? If you have been living under a rock or have never tried her tasty anything, Bethenny has a huge brand named SKINNY GIRL! Come on Sonja, you’re not dumb, you must have known that this would raise questions with the cast and the rest of the world. I mean Bethenny did Skinny Girl Margaritas, Cocktails, Popcorn, Sparkling Water, pretty much everything and now Sonja is literally riding on her coat tails by even endorsing let alone owning a “company” called Tipsy Girl!
Why Sonja, why!? Although Benthenny was really laying it on her last night, not once did I feel bad for Sonja. Yes you want to get back to where you were before, but does that seriously mean betraying a friend and if you’re so concerned with your finances should you be out drinking so much?! What pissed me off the most was when their conversation is over and the crocodile tears have dried and you see her walking into the elevator saying, “So now I can’t do pocket books because Luann does them?” Ugh Sonja, you’re not fooling anyone.

 

Bethenny you’re better off, but on a side note, oh my god I definitely want to work for Bethenny or be Bethenny!

A Letter to My Sister

Dear Kathyrine,

 

Hello, it’s been such a long time since we’ve talked last and there are so many things I just want to say to you. First, I want to say how sorry I am to have missed so many important things in your life, like your high school graduation, your very first boyfriend, your college graduation and most importantly, I’ve missed you. I still don’t understand what had happened to our friendship, our sisterhood, everything, but I hope that we can put that in the past because you are so important to me.

 

Mommy and Daddy have said time and time again that it will take some time for you to come around, I have tried to be so patient, but I miss my little sister, I miss you so much and it is so sad because I know nothing about you now. I never want to wish this kind of pain and hurt on anyone, because through these years it’s felt like I’ve lost some part of me and it was because you have been missing from my life.

 

I am so proud of the woman you’ve become and what you’ve accomplished, the first in our Family to graduate from college, that is such a great honor and I am proud of you. Thank you for taking the place of being the big sister to Kristine and Kisha, because they have been able to look up to someone with so much ambition and drive, something that I lack, I look up to you. My genius little sister who didn’t give a shit about the opinions of others, I wanted so bad to be like you, strong willed and smart. I looked up to you and gloat about you and your accomplishments to my friends, to Bryan and anyone who’d listen.

 

I’m getting married next year, to Bryan and man does he make me so happy. He’s really ambitious and strong willed like you, mommy and daddy really like him, KC too and maybe even Kisha. Bryan is really great, and when he says hi to you he’s not trying to be an ass, he’s honestly trying to break this tension that has been built up for so many years. It’s so funny, when Kisha was sick and we had to pick she and mommy from the Naval Hospital, all Kisha wanted to do was go back home, but mommy forgot her keys. Bryan climbed up the wall and got in through a window to let mommy and Kisha back into the house. Kisha thanked him and he was so happy because he thought that his efforts were finally making some progress. That’s what I want, a little progress, nothing too crazy, not just yet at least, but it would make me so happy to have you attend our wedding. Obviously it would break my heart to not have you come but in the long run I think I would understand.

 

I love you very much and I wish that things weren’t like this; I wish you and I had the same relationship we had back when we were young girls. Now we’re both women trying to find our place in this world, but I would out of everything love if we could make amends, I want to make this effort because life can be hard especially without my sister.

 

I love you, thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I hope it finds you well and I hope that there is still a place in your heart for me.

 

Love Always,

 

Karyn