Carrot Cake

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For Thanksgiving, I was given the task of bringing dessert since, you know, that's what I do best.  Nobody can get food poisoning from a cake....I think...Anyway, this year the requested flavor was carrot.  I have to say, this cake is incredibly dense so it may not be for everyone, but I loved it.  The cheesecake frosting was a little soft for piping, but everyone loved it.  I made sure to put on a minimal coating of icing because everyone usually takes it off since I put heaps of it, but everyone complained that there was not enough icing.


 The icing was not perfect.  Let me explain.  What happened was this....I was dancing with a spoon to a tribal song (true story) from a commercial with a wooden spoon.  The wooden spoon went flying SMACK onto the cake....but my dancing was pretty epic if I do say so myself....





HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!


CARROT CAKE
Ingredients:
3 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with
juice
1 cup raisins
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8x12 inch pan.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.
4. In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.
5. Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well.
6. Pour into prepared 8x12 inch pan, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour. Check with toothpick.



 CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Ingredients: 
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese,
softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.

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OOTD 11152012

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Before Alterations


 Top:  Express- $9
Bottom:  Victoria's Secret- $6
Boots:  Gifted

I bought some black pants from MJRSales.com, which is closed now.  I shed some tears, but ultimately, you just have to let the things you love go, and if they come back, it's meant to be....Okay I kid, but they did close the web site which is awesome because I would get all sweaty and itchy when I saw something I wanted and the urge to yell CHARGGGEEE IITTT would creep up like a clingy ex-boyfriend...I digress...

I bought these pants in a size that was too big for me, and since it was the second time I ordered them (the first time I got them four sizes too small), I decided to take them to my favorite seamstress.  I have mentioned her here before.  I call her Mom, and she basically works for free.  All I have to do is give out some kisses and bake some goodies, which I do anyway.

She took in the inside seam of the pants and eureka!!  They are fixed!!   The first picture really does not show exactly how hideous and unflattering they looked on me, but I assure you they were extremely tight on the ankles and loose everywhere else.  Weird.

On another more serious note, as this semester draws to a close, I am really starting to hyperventilate.  I generally put silly little things on here because my original intention with the blog was to use it as a means to dress better or ummm...reduce the ratio of sweat pants to normal clothes I used in the week (reduce not eliminate..I am a student after all), but I think I may actually include some more personal information every once in a while. 

I have to apply to graduate school.  I feel like a giant is sitting on my chest.  Please, won't someone take me...I have to make a decision that will affect the rest of my life, including the relationships I have with those that I love.  I am freaking out.  Also, I am a really shy person.  People like to describe themselves as shy very liberally, but I get anxiety attacks just walking in front of a classroom.  As a result, I doubt professors know my name, even if I do have good grades, so for the next two weeks, I will be visiting professors in their office hours attempting to establish some sort of relationship so I can get letters of recommendation.  HOW DID I LET THIS HAPPEN?!?  Thank God it's the weekend already....time to set up a plan of action.  I may have to bake a lot of cakes next week for uh, bribing and stuff.  

Anyway, have a great weekend everyone!
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OOTD 11132012

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 Top:  Thrifted via savers
Jeans:  New York and Company
Shoes:  Gifted


Okay so I'm obsessed with these boots. :)

I had never been to Savers until about two weeks ago, so there I go signing up for their e-mail update services.  As it turns out there was a fifty percent off sale this past Monday.  I have never been more excited to receive an email from a stranger.  

This was epic.  I managed to squeeze in some shopping between classes and exams.  I think there may have been about a hundred people in the store.  Thankfully, there weren't many 5'2 ladies there an hour after the store opened, so I managed to snag soooo manyyyyy thingssss.  I bought about twenty items of clothing for $50, including some ridiculously expensive leather glitter shoes.  I need to take some pictures for you guys (probably on Friday).  Some sucker put those back on the rack right in front of me, and I ran over there so fast...

I may sound like a cheapskate, but I actually purchased some items for several family members for Christmas.  We're talking white Gap trousers, Ann Taylor items, etc.  I crossed off three people from my Christmas list, and because I am notoriously terrible at gift giving, I have made them try on every item before I wrap it to ensure a safe experience for all involved.  Cue me running away in tears after everyone hates their gifts.

The blue shirt I am wearing was something I spotted on the way to the cash register.  Love at first sight.  It is possibly the softest blouse I own.  For $1.50, it is perfection.  Unfortunately, the cat has already punched a hole in the front with her crazy nails, but I will just pretend like I do not see it.  The top button also seems to pop open easily when tugged.  Luckily, I managed to wear a nice bra today so the crowd of UT students that I flashed won't be too traumatized.  True story.

Have a wonderful day everyone!


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OOTD 111212

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 Top:  Kenneth Cole Reaction via Ross
Bottom:  New York and Company Jeans
Boots:  Gifted


Honestly, most of the time, I just pair a white shirt with whatever jeans I can pull out of my closet.  Normally this would work except I keep wearing my knee high boots in anticipation of the return of cold weather...and it's about 90 degrees outside.  It's supposed to be cold people.  I got the memo, but no one else did.

In other news, I baked A LOT this weekend.  I wish I had something pretty or edible to show for it (just a bunch of dishes), but a lot of the stuff I baked was just incredibly artificial tasting or bland.  Basically I tried several recipes that were nothing special so I know I will not be putting them on the blog.
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Some Western Lovin'

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Painted Shoes

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Ever since I came back to college, I have found myself having to become more creative in terms of wardrobe.  Since I do not have a flowing income, and numerous bills to pay, I have to find ways to stretch my current threads.  

I was stalking searching through pinterest and saw some black platform shoes made my heart skip a beat.  That's when I remembered that I had a blue pair of platform shoes that I had really not used very often because I was really not in love with the color.  This was one of those shopping impulses that was not very well though out.  So out came my black acrylic paint and here is the result:




I have painted shoes before (once a few years ago), and they have not chipped or discolored at all, so I am not worried about it being a disaster.  Now I just need a reason to put this babies to use!!
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Chai Tea

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Some days, you just need to come home to a giant bottle of tequila margarita.  Given that I don't really drink, this has become my latest obsession. My sister enjoys hers with sugar and soy milk, and I am sure traditionalists will scoff at the recipe, but I happen to love it prepared this way.  It is fast and delicious.



Directions:

1.  Pour some hot water on a bag of Chai tea of your choice.
2.  Add French vanilla coffee creamer.
3.  Add 1-2 teaspoons of honey. 
4.  Stir and enjoy!!
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Mud run recap

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May I suggest that anyone who is a couch potato not attempt a difficult 5K race that is filled with obstacles before they actually are able to run maybe for one mile...


This was our little racing team.  My older sister intelligently chickened out at the last minute, but Gloria managed to convince me that it would get warmer as the day went by and the obstacles would not be all that difficult.  SHE LIED!  When we left the house, it was 50 degrees outside.  At the time of the race, it was 44 degrees.  With no pants.  NO. PANTS.

We were given scarves that I attempted to tie around my head a la Rosie the Riveter but did not achieve quite the same effect.  Let's face it, she had Photoshop and a giant dose of pretty.  She cheated.

...and so the race began...


This sucker almost took me down.  When it was my turn to attempt it, I reached the very top and just hugged it for dear life.  My arms were shaking so hard, probably from the cold, but mostly I was just pumped full of Spartan adrenaline fear.  I began to plan my reverse route.  Momma didn't raise no fool.  There was no rope on the other side and no amount of CPR can bring you back when you break all your bones.  Luckily, a kind woman, whose head kept making contact with my booty as I attempted to scale back down, started to calm me down by telling me that I was doing so well, and I was so close to the finish line.  Two miles and four obstacles later, I would come to find that she lied to me.  To be fair, if someone kept making butt to face contact with me, I probably would have done the same.



The final obstacle was a giant water slide.  I ended up with seaweed everywhere, even in my shoes and underpants.  How they got in there is still a mystery to me.  I felt like a champion until I realized that I could not feel my legs.  Seriously.  Off we ran to the car where I saw a nude man changing out of his wet clothes.  Luckily, he offered to take our group picture after some initial awkwardness.

Overall, I had a lot of fun.  For most of the weekend (except for my Halloween excursion), I basically hibernated.  My body did not seem to enjoy the race as much as I did.  Will I do a race like this again?  Maybe.  Probably.  Definitely not in the winter again. 
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