Carrot Cupcakes

Dear Sis,

Mr. Baby had a late nap, so we baked this evening for the dinner we are having with neighbors tomorrow night. We are getting together “Not” to celebrate Mr. Baby turning 1 this month:) (If we were, Daddy would not approve.)

Carrot Cupcakes
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c avocado oil
  2. 3/4 c sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 1/2 c carrot, shredded
  5. 1 c flour
  6. 1/2 t baking poser
  7. 1/2 t baking soda
  8. 1/2 t cinnamon
  9. 1/4 c pecans, crushed
  10. 1/4 c raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a cupcake tin with parchment liners.
  2. Whisk together oil, sugar, and eggs. Stir in carrot.
  3. Combine dry ingredients. Stir into carrot mixture.
  4. Fold in nuts and raisins.
  5. Spoon equally into lined cups. Bake 25 minutes.
Notes
  1. * If cream cheese frosting is desired, see recipe adaption link and make a 1/2 batch.
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Love,

b

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Pumpkin Carving Contest

Dear Sis,

Remember the Year of Dates gift I gave Josh for Christmas two years ago? We are still working on it:) Last October, Josh was in Atlanta getting a type rating, and I was so full of baby I looked like I had swallowed a pumpkin! 

    I got to work on my pumpkin during Mr. Baby’s nap, using a pumpkin carving kit and pattern I had picked up at the store. All the finishing touches were completed while Daddy and Mr. Baby made a run to the airport. I’ve carved serval pumpkins over the years… none too impressive. This is my best one to-date. 

    Somehow, my husband made it 30+ years without ever carving a pumpkin! He drew his design on with a Sharpie and started cutting. When he finished cutting around the top, he grabbed the stem and lifted it free. The stingy seedy mess that came with the pumpkin top caused a stream of disgusted expressions, “Eww!!! That’s nasty! What is that stuff?” and so on. “How do I get that out?” he asked me. “You scoop it out,” I said plainly. The look on his face was priceless as he realized that he would have to reach into the detestable insides of his pumpkin. I offered to do it for him, but he insisted that he wouldn’t be able to beat me fair and square if I helped. 

    I spooned snack into Mr. Baby’s waiting mouth, to a series of muttered complaints of dismay at the grotesqueness of pumpkins. I was laughing so much, Mr. Baby decided it was funny too! At this point, Josh had his hand inside the pumpkin, with his face turned as far away as possible. “It even stinks!” he said, choking on his words a little. “It’s almost as bad as egg,” he declared. 

    Those who know Josh, know that he has a strange and passionate loathing for eggs and many of the foods that contain them indiscreetly. Mr. Baby and I boomed with another round of laughter. “I’m so sorry Josh! I had no idea you’d find pumpkin carving so gross, when I made that date night gift.” I said, between bursts of laughter. 

    Mr. Baby and I went on a walk, so Daddy could work in peace. He was making the last cuts and wiping them clean when we returned. Together, we walked to the neighbors to let our judge know we were ready for his expert opinion. Our judge eagerly let himself out of his gated back yard, his mom and baby brother trailing behind.

    The two-and-a-half year-old that would decide the success of our pumpkin carving, rambled as he walked about all the little things that caught his eye. When he saw the pumpkins, he was eager to lay hands on them, but his mom warned him to stay back from our fragile candle-lit works of art.

    He looked them both up and down with careful consideration. Then his mom prompted, “Do you like the kitty one, or the Halloween scene with the moon, bat, and pumpkin best?” “The kitty,” he replied quickly. Josh had won the contest! All of his pain and suffering was forgotten, as a grin emerged on his face. “I knew he would pick the kitty,” he said. “Kids always pick animals.”

    Our judge’s youth made it necessary for him to preside over our case before dark. He had a scheduling conflict with bedtime, so he never go to see their full affect.

Whether I was outsmarted or out-carved is still up for debate:)

Happy Halloween!

Love,

b

 

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Pear Cheesecake Bars

Dear Sis,

Yesterday, we spent most of the day in the kitchen. We made lasagnas for us and some neighbors who had their first baby last week and we made Pear Cheesecake Bars.

Pear Cheesecake Bars
Serves 9
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Ingredients
  1. 20 gingersnaps, crushed
  2. 1/4 c unsalted butter, melted
  3. pears; see notes
  4. 1 1/2 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, soft
  5. 1/2 c sour cream
  6. 1/2 c sugar
  7. 2 eggs, beaten
  8. 1 T vanilla bean paste
Instructions
  1. Line a square baking dish with parchment. Combine cookie crumbs and butter and press into pan. Place pears over crust. Chill while preparing other ingredients.
  2. Preheat oven to 325. Beat together cheese, sour cream, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Pour over pears. Bake 50 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Chill before serving.
Notes
  1. Fresh Pears: Peel, core, and chop two pears. Add to a saucepan with 3/4 c water, 1/4 c sugar, and 1 T lemon juice. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, cover and steep 15 minutes. Drain and cool before using.
  2. Canned Pears: Drain and chop 1 (15 oz) can Pears in Juice
Adapted from Roxana
Adapted from Roxana
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b

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A Trip to the Zoo

Dear Sis,

Mr. Baby enjoys watching animals, so we thought it would be a good time to try a zoo visit. We took the Littles along, not in a Nanny capacity, but as a fun day together. 

William liked all the animals, but he especially liked watching the lemur. 

We stopped at a pizza buffet for lunch and the boys played the afternoon away at the arcade, while I hung out with a napping Mr. Baby.

Love,

b

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Triple Cookie Bars

Dear Sis,

Daddy likes Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brownies, and Oreos, so we thought we’d give Chocolate Chip Oreo Brownie Bars a try. Oddly enough he didn’t love them all together, but I did!

How to Make Chocolate Chip Oreo Brownie Bars

  1. Press Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough into the bottom of a baking pan. (2/3 pkg refrigerated dough for a square pan and all of it for a 9×13)
  2. Arrange Oreos on top.
  3. Mix up a batch of Brownies according to package instructions and pour them on top. (plastic pouch of mix for square pan and a box for a 9×13)
  4. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes.

All of our staged photo attempts were a wash, but we got a good one on our morning walk:)

Love,

b

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Sock Yarns

Hi Sis,

I have been adding sock yarns to my Etsy shop! It has been fun learning how to do indy dyeing, or should I say playing around and making random art. lol 

I wasn’t pleased with my first few hanks, but I really like my last few. I am learning not only what colors look good together, but how concentrated dye can be and how sometimes adding one color on top of another, doesnt always produce the color I originally wanted. 

Love Jamiegoof

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