Notice anything different? 😉
I’ve had quite a rough time with my ears for the past, um, 15 years. I’ve had them pierced probably six times and every time they either get infected or I get a build up of scar tissue (keloids). Three years ago I actually had to have SURGERY to remove the scar tissue in my ear lobes and my doctor told me that I could never again get my ears pierced or wear earrings. Until today! I got some super sweet clip-on earrings from Claires (I know, I’m 11) and I looove them! I really don’t even think you can tell they are clip-ons unless you stand abnormally close to my ear lobes. And they were only $6.50! Yay!!
Before running errands I made some delicious iced tea using Good Earth decaf green tea and Tazo apricot white. I sweetened it with just a squirt of agave and made enough to sip on all weekend long. I filled my Navitas Natural’s water bottle and off I went!
VERY happy the beet juice came out of my shorts.….that would not have been cool.
Later, I snacked on a banana with almond butter (and had more iced tea!):
And then around 5:30 headed over to my parent’ house for the big birthday dinner! I found the delicious Boutari that I had the other night at Wine Exchange and it was pretty affordable so I brought that over—-
And had about two glasses throughout the evening. 🙂 My mom made this recipe out of The Don CeSar Hotel Cookbook:
I was sooo impressed! She even made the vanilla bean beurre blanc sauce. Super rich but very, very delicious. I felt like we were eating at, well, The Don CeSar! Here’s my plate with shrimp, coconut jasmine rice and mahi with papaya banana chutney and vanilla bean beurre blanc-—
Everything was just fabulous! But the cake topped it all of. I was sort of proud of myself because even though my mom MADE the cake, I formulated the recipe (loosely based on the pineapple carrot cake recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance) and was just crossing my fingers that it turned out. Well, it better than turned out! Try for yourself and see!
Whole Wheat Walnut Ginger Carrot Cake
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, soymilk or cow’s milk
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup cane sugar
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 cups grated carrot
Heat oven to 350. Grease two 8 inch cake pans. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.
In another bowl, mix almond milk, sugar, maple syrup, canola oil and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to wet in batches. Mix together. Fold in coconut, carrots and walnuts.
Divide mixture between both cake pans and bake for 40-45 minutes.
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup coconut milk
23 tsp vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
Cream earth balance until light and fluffy. Add coconut milk and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth (use stand mixer and keep mixing for a solid 7 minutes). Add coconut and mix to combine. Keep in fridge until ready to use on cake.
As you can see, it looked divine and tasted more than divine. Here was my slice!
But I think I finished off everyone else’s icing as well—its my favorite part! Ryan and I did the dishes afterwards and a few more licks may or may not have been taken. 😉 I am in a full blown sugar coma now! No more dessert! Well…..at least no more dessert tonight!
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And….on a sadder note (this blog has been WAY too sad lately). We got very upsetting news today that our family friend’s 15 year old son was riding his bike and got hit by a car yesterday morning. Currently he is in a coma in the hospital here…….so please pray for Kevin and PLEASE wear your helmet when you ride your bike. Kevin was not.