Thursday, June 30, 2011

Applesauce carrot cake and a trip to the pool

I was reading some blog posts last night and there was one from Sarah at First Comes Love where she shared a recipe from an app she has on her iPhone. I was curious as to what app that was so I commented asking her and she replied and told me it is called “Spark Recipes”. It is an app with easy and healthy recipes. So I downloaded it and I was browsing through the drinks to see if I could find any new smoothies to make. Well, one of them had applesauce in it so I decided to browse for recipes with applesauce in them because I know we have 2 jars of applesauce, both unopened. One of the very first recipes I found was applesauce carrot cake. I looked at the ingredients and I had everything you need for it! I just bought 3 lbs of carrots (3 1 lb bags) last night so I thought this would be a good way to use up some of them. They have a feature on the app where you can view the recipe online and read what other people think about that recipe. I was seeing some of them that said they increased the amount of applesauce to a full cup so I decided to do that. Others also added 1/4 cup of milk because it was too dry. I definitely needed to add the milk because it was way too dry without it. Another big thing was the baking time. The recipe says to bake it at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. I thought this was too long and apparently so did other people. They suggest 45-50 minutes for a 9’’ x 13’’ pan. I put mine in and set the timer for 40 minutes but when I checked it with 10 minutes left it looked done. So the bake time was 30 minutes.
I had two containers of icing but they go with the 2 boxes of cake mix I have. I decided to make some icing with a recipe from Spark Recipes. I typed in icing and I found one called “Tasty Carrot Cake Icing”. It is meant to go with the recipe for “Tasty Carrot Cake”, but I figured it would taste just as good with the recipe I made my carrot cake with. The icing only calls for 3 ingredients,  only 2 of which I had to go buy, so it couldn’t get any easier than that.
So I made the cake and then around 5:30 me and one of my bridesmaids went to the pool!!! We were going to go earlier but she had to work until 4 instead of 2. But going later worked out because instead of the regular price of $8, after 5:30 it only cost $4 to get into the pool!! Before we went to the pool, we stopped at K-mart because I wanted to use the coupon for buy one get one free suntan lotion that came in the Sunday paper. It was about $10 and I had about $10 worth of K-mart rewards points so I just paid less than $1 for 2 bottles of suntan lotion!!!

We had a great time at the pool!! I really hope I got some sun because I am so white!!! I think I may have gotten some sun. It was nice to get to hangout with my bridesmaid because even though we work together, we hardly ever hangout outside of work. We definitely have to do that again sometime soon!!!
We stayed till about 7 and then I came home and made dinner. Nothing too fancy, just a hamburger helper and a rice side. Then my fiancé and I tried a piece of my carrot cake and we both love it!!!
So now I am just going to relax the rest of the night, maybe catch up on reading some blogs. I’ve been pretty good recently on not having a ton of posts to read. I just noticed the other day that I have 248 followers now, so thank you to the new followers!!! My next goal is 300, so when I reach that goal I will do another giveaway!! Have a great night everyone!!!

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