Friday, May 25, 2012

new things.

This week I discovered three new things that I am pretty excited about.  Well, really I'm only excited about two of them, but the third will be a slight help with babygirl's dinnertime when I am tired.

1. If you make a solution with 2 parts water and 1 part white vinegar and spray it on your outside windows, it will get rid of the hard water stains from the sprinklers.  Let it sit for a minute or two before wiping it off with a soaking wet rag.  My water spots are mostly gone. I think after one more application they will be.

2. (the not-so-exciting-but-still-helpful-discovery)  The other night when I had no energy ideas for dinner for Olivia and just pulled out some baby rice cereal to mix with water, she was not having it.  I mixed in a sprinkling of cinnamon and tried again.  She loved it. I even tried it myself and it tasted a little like a pastry.  Cinnamon baby cereal+ store bought pureed veggies = dinner.

3. This recipe.  I was not thrilled about giving my daughter the traditional piece of birthday cake on her first birthday (Monday!  Holy crap!) to dig into, since she is not used to sugar.  I made this whole-wheat applesauce carrot cake as cupcakes for her to have as her birthday treat.  I'll spread a homemade whipped cream on top and birthday girl can get her yummy semi-sugar fix.  They really are extremely good.  I had to keep myself from eating too many so I could freeze the leftovers as muffins for snacks later.  I usually don't mess with a recipe the first time I make it so I can see what the consistency and taste are like, but next time I think I'll try substituting the sugar for some honey.  Also, my batter was a little dry this time and I had to add a splash of milk after combining the wet with the dry.

Applesauce Carrot Cake

            1 c. all purpose flour
            1 c. whole wheat flour (or 2 c. whole wheat)
            1/2 tsp. baking soda
            1 tsp. baking powder
            1/4 tsp. salt
            1 tbsp. grated orange rind
            1 c. sugar
            1 egg

            2 tbsp. oil
            1 c. thick sweetened applesauce
            2 tsp cinnamon
            1 tsp vanilla
                        1 lg. grated carrot

  Mix sugar with dry ingredients.

  • Mix liquid ingredients, including applesauce. Combine. Fold in grated carrot.
  • Bake in 9"x9" or 7"x11" pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Cut in squares. Serve warm with fat free vanilla ice cream or ice with your favorite frosting.

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