Sunday, April 18, 2010

Raw Carrot Cake

I have been taking a class on Emotional Freedom Therapy for the last few months on Saturday and we had a all day class this last week. This is the class of wonderful women I have come to respect and admire so much! It's always so wonderful getting to know people so intimately and they love you warts and all!

I wanted to take something the entire group would enjoy snacking on without having to worry about who was on a diet, who might be allergic to gluten, who didn't eat sugar, etc. etc. (Am I the only one who's noticed how difficult it's getting to bring a food item somewhere?) Anyway, the class started in an hour and I needed to be speedy about here's what I did...
Raw Carrot Cake
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup soaked, chopped dry fruit (I used raisins, goji berries, & AJ sweetened cranberries)
1 cup chopped nuts (used pecans)
1/4 c. honey (I used a chokeberry honey I bought in Star Valley with RaeAnn)
1/4 c. agave
1 t. pampered chefs cinnamon blend
4 T. ground flax seeds (this would get adjusted to how much water was in your carrots)

Mix ingredients together, adding flax seeds if necessary so mixture is not too moist. Press into a rounded bowl or the shape of your choice (I made it look like a cake roll, long and skinny). Chill well to set shape (thru it in the freezer as it was an emergency!). I frosted it with plain greek yogurt and sprinkled with more chopped pecans. Live Well, Judi

Friday, April 2, 2010

It's RaeAnn's Fault!!

For our little trip to Star Valley last month my friend RaeAnn from Cutie Pinwheel bought me the cutest little tea cup and saucer and confessed that she found it at Deseret Industries. So today I decided that I would stop by D.I. to get a couple of ties to let the kids try and dye eggs like Nedra did on her blog (Cactus-Needle). I'm wandering thru D.I. looking for ties and decide it would be fun to stop over at the pottery section and see if I could find a tea cup like RaeAnn did. And low and behold, I see the most beautiful set of dishes I've ever seen!! They jumped off the shelf and landed in my cart and insisted on going home with me! I have been looking for plates for the longest time thinking I wanted to replace my everyday dishes. I thought these would be it...then upon returning home I looked them up on the internet and found out they are from the 1940's and worth lots of money. So I won't be using them for everyday, but I'm definately serving Easter dinner on them. I got 13 dinner plates, 12 salad plates and 6 saucers...paying about $26 for the entire set!! One plate on the internet goes for $18 on Ebay, but the replacement value is $29 for a dinner plate. I forgot to say I also got a platter for $1.50 (retails for $70 on the internet) and a serving bowl. They are so me and Shabby Chic and I'm tickled pink!! Thanks RaeAnn for inspiring me!