Carrot Cake Muffins

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Our house is being overrun.

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By baby items.

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I’m not complaining – I’ve dreamed of this for years, but it is getting hard to maneuver around the ginormous boxes this stuff comes in.

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We’re having a virtual shower in a couple of weekends so I’m not allowed to open any of them either which adds an extra layer of fun. Any package that arrives that doesn’t seem like the shape of something we personally ordered just goes straight into the nursery. Or in the case of a couple boxes that are the size of an 8 year old, they will just sit in the dining room until I’m allowed to open. All these boxes are putting a damper on my ~nesting~ of which I tried to begin this weekend. Washing and folding all of her little ‘fits and crawling on my hands & knees in her room trying to make sure none of the little plastic tags I ripped off her clothes lodged themselves in the carpet for her to eat.

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I’m a natural at motherhood!

 

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + baking) | Serves: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. of ground ginger
  • Pinch of S
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. of ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts, chopped

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Grease a muffin tin + place muffin cups in each holder
  • Combine flax meal + 1/3 cup of water in a lil bowl + set aside
  • Combine flour + oats + baking powder + cinnamon + nutmeg + ginger + S
  • Microwave coconut oil until liquid
  • Add coconut oil to a separate bowl + add carrots + milk + brown sugar + vanilla
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients
  • Divide batter between tins + top with a sprinkle of oats + walnuts
  • Bake 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Serve warm
  • Serve to your husband too and see if the first words out of his mouth are also “wow, these taste healthy”

 

Adapted from here!

Chocolate Bundt Cake

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In another life, I would be heading to the beach this weekend.

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That other life is just a pre-COVID-19 one.

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I’m not a huge beach person anyways, so it’s not a huge loss.

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It’s more of the principle of a mini vacation. It was really just an excuse for all of our pals to get together before we all move this summer. I suppose we still could have made it work if we all wore masks inside our AirBNB and disinfected the toilet seats, showers, sinks and really any other hard surfaces after every single use. But alas, we canceled. It’s probably a good thing considering we’re in the midst of some sort of tropical storm and if we had any intention of not passing germs back and forth the ENTIRE weekend, we would need to be outside soaking up some rays. Which, now that you mention it, I desperately need……..maybe I’m down about not going on this trip after all…..

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You would understand if you saw my pasty skin.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 1 bundt cake

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of white cane sugar
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. of S
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2/3 cup of olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a bowl, combine flour + sugar + cocoa + baking powder + baking soda + S
  • Add in milk + 1 cup of water + olive oil + whisk until combined
  • Mix in vinegar + extract
  • Pour into a greased/sprayed bundt pan
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center relatively clean
  • While it cools, combine coconut milk + chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl + microwave or 30 seconds, stir, repeat until softened + combined
  • Once cake is cooled, flip onto a plate + shake it loose
  • Pour glaze on top + serve
  • Recreate the chocolate cake scene from Matilda

 

Adapted from here!

Lemon Pound Cake

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So about this packing thing.

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We’re two days in and I think I’m over it.

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I mean, not that I’m helping. But my supervisory role is really weighing on me.

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I’ll remind you we are possibly months away from moving. With that, I’d personally only like to pack things we don’t use often or that aren’t aesthetically pleasing. Enter my knick knacks and wall hangings. Do I use them everyday? Not in a practical sense, no. Do they bring me joy and make our house a home? Most definitely. I turn my back for one second and this man packs ALL my knick knacks and starts taking down my wall hangings. Is he out of his mind?! Apparently.

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He also tried to convince me to get rid of my books and get a Kindle. Again, I’m not sure we’re going to make it through this.

 

Time: 1.5 hours (prep + baking) | Serves: A family of two for about an afternoon

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. of lemon extract
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. of S
  • 2.5 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • dd butter + sugar to a mixer, cream together
  • Add in vanilla + lemon extract, mix
  • In another bowl, combine flour + baking powder + S
  • With the mixer on low, add flour mixture a little at a time until it combines with butter + sugar
  • Add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice in a measuring glass + add almond milk, mix + let sit for a couple of minutes
  • Pour in the milk to the other ingredients + combine
  • Fold in lemon zest
  • Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray + add batter
  • Bake for 40 minutes
  • Remove + cover with foil, bake another 20 minutes
  • While the cake cools, combine powdered sugar + remaining lemon juice
  • Once completely cool, pour on glaze
  • Serve at any time of day + try not to eat entire loaf in one sitting, I suggest serving slices to neighbors to ensure self-control

 

Adapted from here!