Carrot Cake Muffins

As part of my weekly pinterest challenge, I started it off with a baking project.

In honor of my dad’s birthday, I could’t think of a better reason to start.
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{Happy Birthday Dad!}

I found this King Arthur Flour recipe on pinterest. Now I must admit, I don’t really care for carrot cake that much. In fact I hate it, really just because of the raisins.

I had asked my dad what kind of cake he wanted, he responded with carrot and red velvet. Red Velvet is my favorite too, but my sister picked that one because she too hates carrot cake. I stumbled upon this recipe and decided I must try it. I might even like it.

I started by greasing the cup liners. I then made the cream cheese filling and set it aside. Note – I did not use the flavoring they suggested in the recipe.

I then added the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and I didn’t have any ginger on hand, so I used nutmeg.

The recipe says to whisk the oil, water and eggs in a separate bowl then add to the dry mixture, but frankly it was late and I was tired, so I added those ingredients to the dry ones. I added the carrots last and whisked it until everything was mixed evenly.

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I used a tablespoon, and put 2 tablespoons in each cup, then 1 tablespoon of filling…

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Then I covered with one more tablespoon of batter.
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The muffins cooked for 20 minutes
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I let them cool before the husband and I cracked one open to try. We both actually liked them. They didn’t taste like traditional carrot cake, we actually both agreed that they tasted more like an apple spice cake.

The one thing I would probably change is to make more of the cream cheese filling, it didn’t seem like enough.

Unfortunately I don’t have any more pics of them. I was exhausted and forgot to take any at the party. Plus we skipped out early since it was past B’s bedtime and it was getting late.

Today’s Question: Do you like carrot cake? Would you make these muffings?

I’m a mom, now what?

I read a blog post by Amanda, about finding a place to fit in as a new mom.

I am 27, probably what most deem as a “young” mom,I’ve also been married for almost 3.5 years and I have an almost 4 month old baby boy.

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I used to teach, I was in a sorority, I played sports, I loved going out with my friends to watch sporting events. But now everything has changed. I love my friends, and still spend time with those dear to me. But I am the only one with the responsibility of a child, and that does make us different. I can’t go out to the bar on a whim. Weekend plans take at least a week of notice, getting the in-laws to baby-sit, etc… While I know my friends are very understanding and don’t treat me any differently, I would still very much like to have friends that do have young children.

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Now I don’t know what to do. I am generally very shy, especially when it comes to meeting new people, but for my sanity, and for the changes in my life I need mom friends. People who stay at home and are interested in the same things I am, and as shallow as this may be, people who are my age, and outside of children share the same interests.

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The area where I live, on one side is a bunch of yuppies and hippies and on the other is mostly self-righteous entitled types. I just haven’t found the gems in the mix. How do you moms do it? How do you find your mom friends!?

I am a bit apprehensive about mommy & me classes. One reason being that I am shy, and will seriously sit there and play with B, and listen to the other moms. I am much better one-on-one or in a group of 2 or 3. I also sometime wonder about the mom judgement. You see it on blogs in news articles. People judging other people’s parenting choices. I am pretty set in my ways, but that doesn’t mean my way is better than yours. However, I think I am in the majority when it comes to my way of thinking. Any advice out there for this new mom?

Today’s Question: Do you feel like you are missing mom friends? How do you find them?