Saturday, May 31, 2008

the carrot cake chronicles.

In recent years I have been converted to carrot cake. And by recent years I mean roughly within the past 8-10 years.

I used to despise carrot cake. I used to think that if I wanted to eat dessert, why would I want to eat something made of vegetables? (I know, I know. It's not exactly vegetable matter. I was little and dumb. Weren't we all at one point?) Why don't you add some peas and broccoli to that "cake" while you're at it? I also wasn't a fan of cream cheese, so vegetable cake smothered in a cream cheese concoction was just about the last thing I wanted to eat in any given situation. Besides mushrooms.

Sadly, carrot cake had two strikes against itself.

I remember my biggest fight with carrot cake, and it was when I turned 8 years old. In Mormon culture this is a significant age. It was time for me to be baptized. My Mom got the great idea to make a carrot cake for my baptism. FYI: This point in time falls before my conversion to carrot cake.
I didn't think it was asking too much to make a cake for my baptism that I would like.
Apparently my eight year old self didn't know any better, and it was indeed too much to ask.

"Why Mom? I hate carrot cake, it's so gross. Can't you make something else?"
"No, it's good. Now shut up and be grateful."

I am only pretending to be happy and like the carrot cake in this picture.
I didn't know what I was missing.

The last time I made...scratch that.
The last time I helped make a carrot cake was from a box mix.
Yes, it was good but nothing compares to something homemade.

I took the liberty of stealing this picture from Jacob Divett's facebook album. I'm assuming he won't mind...

Before I continue, let's rewind a few weeks. It was Sunday and the third hour block of church. My mom and I were sitting in Relief Society. A sign up sheet was being passed around for food assignments for the annual Ward Hog Roast at our old Bishop's house. I immediately signed up to bring dessert because I love to bake.

I thought I would be ambitious, and make a carrot cake from scratch to bring. I had to search the Internet for for quite some time before I found a recipe that sounded decent. So many of them had pineapple, which seemed a little weird. Maybe it's normal for carrot cake, but I didn't feel like trying it out this time.
A lot of other recipes had pureed carrot baby food instead of real shredded carrots. I'm sorry, but I have to draw the line somewhere. And baby food seemed like the perfect place.

Here are the results. I know it doesn't look like much, but I was still super excited about it.

I'm on much better terms with carrot cake these days.

Friday, May 23, 2008

come along with me, and embrace your inner nerd.

I have decided that everyone has a nerdy side to them. Whether you want to admit it or not, you do. Some have larger sides than others, but there is nothing wrong with that.

I will proudly admit that I can solve a Rubik's cube, I love the show Heroes, I watch the X-Files every now and then, I had a Harry Potter cake for my 20th birthday, and I have a crush on the fictional character Oliver Wood. Yes, the keeper/captain for the Gryffindor Quidditch team.

Don't even judge me because you know that secretly you play World of Warcraft or for reals Dungeons and Dragons, or what have you. To each his own.

And even if you don't think you're nerdy or have nerdy tendencies, someone else does. So either way, you have an inner nerd.

Anyway. My point is, I also have a hobby that not that many people know about. You could say that it is definitely part of my nerdy side, and it could be categorized within the hobbies section. sub filed under granny.

I quilt. It's something that my mom enjoys and she taught me a few years ago.

I have a couple different projects I'm working on so far this summer, and when I'm done perhaps I'll post some pictures.

So there you have it. I have admitted parts of my inner nerd for the entire free blogging world.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

welcome back.

I had to start this blog for a photography class in the Fall of 2006 at school. Then I remembered about it, and thought I would just start using it again. It will be good for me because I am so bad at writing in any type of a journal. I always make an effort to, and I do fairly well for a couple of weeks, and then I forget.

I have another blog, but it's from high school, and it's super lame. I was reading it the other day. So I'm starting over. I feel it's an appropriate time. I'll have somewhat of a fresh start at school next year. Living in a new place, with new roommates. Can't wait.


I start my new job on the 27th. I had to go get my preplacement health exam done today, and since I also had to have one last summer and took the pee/drug test then, I didn't have to do it today.

Not that you wanted to know that.
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