Friday, August 30, 2013

Best ever Carrot and Walnut Cake....

I just have to share this recipe. Are you after the best Carrot cake ever. Well I have it here. I have made many carrot cakes in the last year.

You see I really wanted and Kitchen Aid. So my husband bought me one with a condition attached. Everyday at work he buys himself a coffee with a slice of carrot cake. He worked out the price of the cake after one year would equate to the cost of the Kitchen Aid.

You guessed it!! I have to make carrot cake so that he can take a slice to work with his lunch each day.

I have tried a few recipes now. So I have tweaked a few and changed some things and this is it. It is moist, full of carrots, spices and flavour.

Ingredients you will need:
  • 1¼ cups dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 5-6 grated carrot
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a round 9 inch tin with baking paper.

Beat sugar and oil with an electric beater for 2 minutes.

Add eggs one at a time. These are eggs from my chickens.

Beat for a further 2 minutes so that the egg is all incorporated.

Sift in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, ginger and mixed spice. (sometimes I add extra mixed spice I just love it) Leave it to just sit on the top of the sugar mixture while you get the carrots ready.

Grate carrots and add it to the bowl.

It looks like a lot of carrots, I know. It is carrot cake after all.

Add chopped walnuts. Mix together with a large spoon until all combined.

Place into the prepared tin and bake for 1hr and 10 minutes. ( times may vary due to different ovens, check after on hr.). Allow to cool in the tin.

The smell through the house is just magnificent.

It just rises beautifully. My kids can't get enough of this cake either. They love taking it to school and having a slice or three when they come home from school.

And Dave is happy he gets his slice of carrot cake for work. And I got my Kitchen Aid.

I don't like the cream cheese icing as it is then too hard to package for school and work, but if you like you can always make a Cream Cheese Frosting to go over the top.

Filomena xx

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Crochet Class Catch-up...

Wow these ladies are progressing really well and venturing onto some bigger projects now after just a few lessons.

I knew I was going to enjoy doing this but I never realised just how much I was going to love it. I so look forward to the next class.

Here are some of the ladies completed projects.

Cotton Dish Cloths
Granny Square Pin Cushion
Look at this fantastic effort. She completed this blanket for her daughter, such a precious gift for her to keep forever.

Granny Square Blanket
They have completed so much in such a short time. I know they work hard in-between classes and practise everything they are shown.

Tonight we started a beautiful lacy scarf and next we are doing flowers. I know that have been waiting patiently to learn to make them. That is going to be so much fun.

Filomena xx

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What I have been working on lately....

As most of you know I always have a number of projects going at any one time. And I always like to have one that I can take with me on the go. At the moment though I have three on the go projects that need completing. Well one by the end of the week.

In a previous post I showed how to cut 8 Half Square Triangles in one go. I was then left with a few of these made. So I made up a few more and put this dear little quilt together. I just love it.

I still have the binding to sew on. I really like the red border and the strip binding. The fabric line I used for the quilt is Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics. She has so many cute fabrics.

This next project I started last year and I do a row or two whenever, well now I want to get it finished by the end of the week and give it my son Andrew for his 8th birthday. So I have been taking it everywhere with me and I just have a few more rows to go and I'm done.

 I have also put up a tutorial on how to do the granny ripple you can find it here.

And my final long term project is my hexagon quilt. Now don't laugh! I need to get this finished by November for a quilt show I am entering it into......

I love stacking them up like this.

I know I know I need to get cracking if this is going to be a queen size. My plan is to finish the crochet blanket and then get working on these hexagons day and night. The fabric for my hexagon flowers are Etchings by 3 sisters for Moda Fabrics.

So how many big projects do you have going at any one time?

Filomena xx

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A little birthday pouch...

As the kids have gotten older and so have their friends, it has become harder to buy a little gift. Other than the gift card or iTunes card. So today my oldest boy is going to a girl in his class 12 year old birthday party.

I loved that he asked me to make a little pouch. So I got busy, picked some fabric a pre-teen would like and got some nail polish to go inside the pouch.

I just love what it ended up looking like.

I have some more of this fabric so I think I will need to make one for myself soon too.

Filomena xx