First, the carrot cake recipe. It’s in the extended entry… which I guess makes it last. Whatever. It’s off the top of my head, so Mom, if you are reading, feel free to jump in with corrections. NOTE: Mom had corrections, so read the comments before trying this!
Second, Mr. X has a to do list. I saw it before it was fleshed out and made fun of it (in all fairness it consisted solely of the title, “To Do”). Now he wants to know where mine is. It’s right here, buddy. I got your list.
- Dance with joy at realizing that spring property taxes have already been paid from escrow and I don’t have to pull $3,000 out of my bottom.
- Remember to pick Mom up from her massage at ten. Remember to pick Mom up from her massage at ten. Remember to pick Mom up from her massage at ten.
- Either call American Standard (YES I still have the number) for a replacement part for my water cannon or buy new faucet assembly. Will be going to Expo with Mom, so chances of buying new things increases tenfold.
- Deal with HR/exit stuff from work.
- CLEAN THE HOUSE, WOMAN.
- Put away laundry.
- Empty boxes from office.
- Create more bookshelf space for the frazillion books brought home from office.
- Ditto for framed photos.
- Not so much for the framed certificates and tokens of appreciation.
- Somehow make the right rear car window go up and down.
Install cool new ceiling fan in bedroom.
- Never again admit that I did this in bare feet and without turning off the circuit breaker.
- But the shocks are mild and avoidable for a practiced hand like mine.
- But, OK, you have a point. *cough*
- Even though I have changed out dozens of outlets and light switches and fixtures and still have my faculties. (Shut up.)
- Quit browsing Wikipedia and shower and dress or you will never get to Mom by ten!
Ultimate Homemade Carrot Cake
1/3 cup oil
2 cups sugar (or 1 cup white, 1/2 cup packed brown)
2 cup enriched flour (or one cup white, one cup whole wheat)
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots (raisins optional, yet yummy)
Mix oil and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each. Sift together dry ingredients. Mix into batter a bit at a time. Fold in carrots. Pour into two 9-in pans and bake 45 minutes at 325. (I think. Keep an eye on it.)
1 stick butter, softened
1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 t vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla and mix until consistent(ish). Add powdered sugar one cup at a time and mix until smooth. If you like a lot of frosting and want to divide the layers, make a double batch of frosting. That just about covers a four layer cake (my personal favorite).