Easter is a very special day in our family. There are special surprises, special worship services, and a special dinner with favorite dishes and indulgent treats. Like this dense flavorful carrot cake. I’m not sure how it ended up on our Easter menu, because I first enjoyed it at my own wedding reception many moons ago–in the middle of December. Still, it has plenty of springtime panache. My mother-in-law shared the recipe with me when I was a newlywed and I’ve gladly shared it many times since then. It’s known simply as The Carrot Cake.
This cake is done entirely from scratch, with plenty of buttermilk, vanilla, butter and other such goodness. There’s also a glaze. And frosting. On top of the glaze. You’d better eat some extra asparagus, you know, for balance.
It’s a bit of work, but not tricky or difficult, and it’s just the thing for a special occasion. I used a bundt pan, because I think it looks pretty, but it works perfectly in a 9×13 also.
Now for the cake, with orange glaze and cream cheese frosting to follow.
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- 2 cups of flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
Don’t you just love coloring Easter eggs? I do, though I prefer to stay away from food dye (I only like liquid art supplies that wash out easily). My affinity for Easter is thus hampered, because of my inevitable clumsiness – I have spilled more than one bowl of Easter egg dye. So, this year I decided to look for some alternatives to decorating the Easter eggs. I found all manner of alternatives, most involving glitter, which looked like plenty of fun; but the technique for me was clear and simple – Sharpies. The answer so often is “a Sharpie.”
You will need:
- Tape (preferably double-sided)
- Animal template
Now the process quick and easy:
1. Look online for an outline that you like, any Easter animal will do. I went for the classic bunny, but a duckling or a pig would be just as gratifying. Make sure to pick an image that is clear and has a single-line shape.
2. Print out the image, make sure it is small enough for an egg (unless you’re working with an Ostrich egg – then go ahead and print the outline out on a whole page).
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This is a continuation of my cruise post you can find here on Petit Elefant.
Our first cruise embarked on Jan 28, 2011, it was a nine-day Mexican Riviera cruise aboard the Carnival Spirit. We loved that ship’s set-up. We booked two cabins. On the Carnival Spirit, on decks five through seven there are six interior cabins that connect to balcony cabins. What that means for those of you that haven’t cruised before, is that you get a phenomenal deal, due to the fact that interior’s are less than balconies. We chose this option so that our girls could sleep in the interior room, and we’d have the balcony, but because the rooms connect, we’d leave the door open and our living space was much more comfortable. For nine days the cost was $67 per person, per night, all inclusive.
Sadly the Carnival Spirit was moved to Australia in 2012 with it’s sister ship the Carnival Legend. However, they have two other sister ships with that sweet set-up, the Carnival Pride which sails on the west coast, and the Carnival Miracle which sails on the east coast.
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Ladies, 2015 is officially jam-packed full of gorgeous fashion style, and I’ve been spotting fun, trendy new Spring lines practically all over the universe, (the internet counts!). So, girls, women, ladies, let’s get started.
Heeeeey, hey laadieeeees!
I can’t help myself. I sort of apologize.
Please hear me when I tell you there are some Spring 2015 trends you want to check out. Today I’m hitting a few that I’ll share below, but first, let’s break for a video. I’m starting up style videos again with the magical sparkly editing skills of my friend Jenny so let’s pause and watch. (are you excited about this? do you have topics you want me to cover? let me know in the comments!)
Now that we’ve seen the fun style stuff I hauled in almost-3D, let’s talk about discount shopping for a minute. You know I love a good deal, so much so that I’m genuinely incapable of buying anything full price. ANYTHING. Food, clothes, airline tickets, hotel rooms, cars, homes, stickers, you … >> find out more...
Easter is just a couple weeks away! It’s time to get crafty with eggs, bunnies, and pretty pastel colors! I know you’ll LOVE these projects I’ve found from some great DIY blogs. Decorate your home with these crafts or gift them to friends and family in their baskets!
1. Metal-Leaf and Washi Tape Eggs from Miss Renaissance: You guys. These Easter eggs are just TOO GORGEOUS! I think these would be so fun to make!
2. Envelope Bunnies from Martha Stewart: This is the perfect craft to make with your little ones! Stuff yummy treats inside these cute envelope bunnies!
3. Funny Bunny Easter Favors from Oh Happy Day!: Having guests over for Easter dinner? Make these adorable bunny favors to hand out at the end of the night!
4. Dip Dyed No Sew Placemats from Eighteen25: Serve a delicious meal on these DIY dip dyed placemats! I am in love with these beautiful pastel colors.
5. DIY Easter Tote from Small Fry: Your kiddos will have a ball collecting all of their eggs into this fun bunny tote! It’s a cinch to make!
6. Dry Erase Easter Card Printable from Handmade Charlotte: Make … >> find out more...
It’s story time today, so pull up a chair and get comfortable. I’m sharing a tragically funny story about the hardships of growing up with a gorgeous older brother.
Over the weekend we went out of town for a 4-day state championship swim meet a few hours away from home. My little family stayed with my aunt and uncle so we could rest and hang out at their house in-between morning and afternoon swim sessions. If you’ve ever attended a swim meet, you know that they go on, and on, and onnnnnnnnnn so even if a meet is only a couple of hours from home, it’s so much easier for everyone to stay somewhere close to the pool for the weekend.
I feel so lucky my aunt and uncle live so close because this is the third year in a row we’ve crashed at their house for this particular swim meet. We not only get 5-star accommodations, we also get precious family time in-between morning and afternoon swim sessions. And we all know the best thing about family time is the unedited story telling, especially when the heroes and heroines of the story aren’t with you to defend their name(s).… >> find out more...
To a lot of people, spring means “Spring Cleaning,” so then we start to see images of watering lawns and dusting shelves – but I think a more important kind of cleaning is sometimes over looked: yourself. The most vital thing for us to take care of is our own skin and bone house. I confess that for me, winter always involves a kind of winter coat (unfortunately, I don’t mean a pea-coat, or cute neon Northface – I mean a warming fatty layer – the kind a bear develops for hibernation). So whether you are trying to get rid of your sweater-body and move towards the swimsuit body, or you simply want to feel refreshed like the blooming trees; this homemade detox ought to do the trick.
You will need:
- 6 slices of cucumber
- A lemon or a lime (or both)
- 1 tbsp. grated Ginger
- 5-8 Mint leaves
- 1 tbsp. honey
- water (duh)
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- Squeeze the lemon/lime juice into your bottle. (I like to add a few extra slices of lemon for flavor and for color.)
- Slice and add the cucumber slices. Tip: the thinner the cucumber slices, the stronger their flavor.
- Grate or finely slice
I’ve told this story many times, but the other day I realized I’ve never written it. It’s time to put it out there, because it’s unreal. I still don’t know how it happened, but it did. I flew halfway around the world on an airplane without a ticket. This is not fabricated. Honest. Perhaps I should start at the beginning.
It was 2006, the year before we moved to S. Africa, and we were taking lots of short-term teams over to do what we could to help with the orphan crisis that resulted from the AIDS pandemic. S. Africa is a long ways away, about an 18 hour flight from the U.S. East coast. For some reason, my husband and I planned a trip that was only a week long, including travel, with a four-year-old and a two-year-old. The odds were against us before we even began, but we were young and we forged ahead with that “I can do anything” attitude.
When we checked in at JFK airport in New York, something was up. The gentleman at the gate frowned slightly when he ran my boarding pass and told me the same thing the ticket agent said when we … >> find out more...