Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rabbits & Children

We had three bunnies before our wonderful daughter came along. So we had to do some creative parenting to ensure that the transition was successful.

Some bunnies (Wayne) took to Eleanor as if she was his own. No, literally. This rabbit guards her at night.

The other two, well, like most rabbits, need some adjusting.

What does this entail? Not leaving my daughter alone with them. Always supervising them. She means well, but can get grabby. This goes for any pet. The parent always needs to be there.
Please never ever buy a 'pet' for a child. Its your responsibility as an adult to take care of these animals and ensure they dont get in harms way.

Noodles means well, but she can get a little too excited. As you can see, these bunnies can bring out the fun in all of us. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The BEST Carrot Cake (that also happens to be vegan but no one needs to know that) Recipe

The BEST Carrot Cake you will have. 

Per my original post and much thanks for the inspiration from Apt. 2B Baking Co. this is my modified version of their wonderful recipe. 

People are often shocked that this is vegan, and often ask me to share the secret. So here it is. I'm posting it to my blog, its just easier to send the link.

So, enjoy. 
Yes, it works amazing with coconut cream, no you don't need to add the walnuts, and yes you can substitute the raisins for any dried fruit like currants.

So here it is :D

2 1/4 cup flour
1 cup packed brown sugar OR Maple Syrup
1T ground fresh ginger
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1c plus 2 Tablespoon orange juice (room temp)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 Tablespoon vinegar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup golden raisins (or any dried fruit)
1c crumbled walnuts, or pecans
3-4 cups shredded carrots
Can or two of coconut milk (depends on how much icing you want)
Icing sugar


Be sure to place can of coconut milk in fridge overnight. 

Preheat oven to 350, grease pans with coconut oil

1. Add raisins/dried fruit to room temperature orange juice to soak while you prepare the other ingredients.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda). Stir in the walnuts

3. In a large bowl whisk together the wet ingredients (sugar or maple syrup, oil, vinegar and vanilla). Then stir in the orange juice with raisins/dried fruit, and shredded carrots

4. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture all at once and fold gently to combine.

5. Pour into cake pan and bake for 20-25min or until a cake tester comes out clean. (even if it doesn’t come out clean its ok since the cake has nothing harmful in it and can be eaten raw)

6. Let the cakes cool in the pan for about 20 minutes, then invert on a rack to cool completely before assembly.

7. Icing (This can be done in advance)
- Remove can from fridge
- Carefully open (do not shake). The cream of the coconut will have risen to the top while the water will remain in the bottom.
- Carefully scoop out the cream on the top and place into a mixing bowl. (My trick is to cut a V into it with a knife and drain the water)
- Add desired amount of icing sugar and whip

- Use as regular frosting  

Thats it.

Hope you enjoy and share please! And yes, take all the credit :D