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Amazing Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

RecipesChristine SilbaughComment
Amazing Carrot Cake looks great on a  dinner plate  on top of a soup bowl…

Amazing Carrot Cake looks great on a dinner plate on top of a soup bowl…

Ingredients

MIX TOGETHER AND SET ASIDE FOR 1 HOUR

6 cups grated carrots

1 cup brown sugar

MIX WET INGREDIENTS

4 eggs - whisked

1 1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup plain yogurt (whole milk)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup crushed pineapple, drained

MIX DRY INGREDIENTS

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

ADD IN LAST

Carrot mixture, drained

1 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine grated carrots and brown sugar. Set aside for 60 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8 inch cake pans.

  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs until light. Gradually beat in the white sugar, oil and vanilla. Stir in the drained pineapple. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, stir into the wet mixture until absorbed. Finally stir in the drained carrot mixture and the walnuts. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.

  4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan. When completely cooled, frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter (softened at room temperature)

1/2 cup cream cheese

4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)

1 cup chopped walnuts for decorating

Directions

  1. Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended.

  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy.

  3. Frost cake and pat chopped walnuts on sides and or top of cake.

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Nora's Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

RecipesChristine Silbaugh1 Comment

Ingredients

WHISK TOGETHER AND SET ASIDE

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

CREAM WET INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1 cup sugar

1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

THEN STIR IN

3 cups oats (not instant)

1 1⁄2 cups dried cherries 

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°

  2. Whisk dry ingredients; set aside.

  3. Combine wet ingredients with a mixer on low. To cream, increase speed to high and beat until fluffy and the color lightens.

  4. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until no flour is visible. (Over mixing develops the gluten, making a tough cookie.) Then add the oats and raisins; stir to incorporate.

  5. Fill a cookie scoop and press against side of bowl, pulling up to level dough (to measure 2 tablespoons of dough).

  6. Drop 2-inches apart onto baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray.

  7. Bake 11-13 minutes (on center rack), until golden, but still moist beneath cracks on top.

  8. Remove from oven; let cookies sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Making Marks... Sliptrailing

Pottery StudioChristine SilbaughComment

Making designs on my pottery is one of my favorite things to do.  

Drying Dinnerware...just sliptrailed 

Drying Dinnerware...just sliptrailed 

There is so many ways to make marks (designs). I love Sliptrailing because it leaves a raised texture so it adds an extra level of tactile experience when using the dishes. It is a very time consuming process...but it's worth it.  

Here is a high speed video showing just how I do it... 

Plates & bowls...just decorated  

Plates & bowls...just decorated  

Seeing Things in a Different Way

Christine SilbaughComment
Mountain Boxes

Mountain Boxes

Hanging planter

Hanging planter

New ideas have always come easy to me... 

One day when I was making some of my hanging planters, I looked at them and saw mountains... That is how my mountain boxes were born! 

Mountain Boxes Drying

Mountain Boxes Drying

Mountain Boxes glazed in Deep Sea Blue & Emerald Green

Mountain Boxes glazed in Deep Sea Blue & Emerald Green