Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I had my first garden this summer and it turned out better than I thought it would. I've grown tomatoes and peppers for a few years, but this year my husband and son put in a garden area in our backyard. Our soil is hard, so we had to add alot to it, and I wanted to grow carrots, so we had to dig deep and amend that part more than the rest. Well, it worked; I actually got quite a few carrots. So yesterday I was thinking I might make carrot cake with some of my carrots, and I started looking for recipes.
I'm not an originator of recipes. I don't create my own. So I collect cookbooks. I'll decide what I want to make, check out recipes for it in multiple cookbooks, figure out which ingredients I have, which I don't like, and choose the recipe that seems to fit us best. If it works, and most of us like it, then it becomes a keeper (unless I forget which cookbook I found it in...but that's another story).
Anyway, I found a carrot cake recipe in a little cookbook I use often. The lady who wrote this is the homeschooling mother of 14, and she has some wonderful (and not too complicated) recipes in this book. Everything I've made from it has been loved by my family, an important factor for all. Her name is Marilyn Boyer and her family also produces some wonderful homeschooling books and materials. They have a blog and website called The Learning Parent. You can access it here thelearningparent.blogspot.com
Here's the recipe. I omitted the nuts because I have a couple of kids that can't eat them, and it still turned out wonderful. Thanks Marilyn!