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colleenmomof2

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Posted to Thread #15707 at 2:55 pm on Aug 1, 2009

1. Started by watering and fertilizing tomatoes with Espoma Tomato. Picked the first two red grape tomatoes and there are a million or so green ones coming at every size (some still as blossoms!) I also have 2 other regular tomato plants in containers filling with various sized green fruit.

2. Still no zucchinis attached to the flowers but I harvested 6 nice blossoms and will be chiffonading them to add to the individual croissant quiches I'm making tomorrow. Need to defrost 2#'s of bacon today!

3. After breakfast, I'm starting on Greg's Birthday Carrot Cake Bars for my brother-in-law's birthday celebration tonight. I looked through the FK swap for the recipe but couldn't find it so here's what we love:
1 cup raisins plumped in hot water
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps baking soda
2 1/2 tsps cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup of grated carrots
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
12 oz carrot baby food
2 cups coconut (save 1 cup for frosting)
8 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1 1/2 tsps vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
toasted macadamia or walnuts (opt)
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour (we use finely ground almonds in place of flour) a 12"x18"x2" jelly roll pan. Sift together the flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside. 2) In a food processor, grate carrots and set aside. Change to blade. Beat sugar and eggs for 20 seconds. Add oil slowly in a stream. Process 20 seconds. Scrape into a large bowl. 3) Stir in baby food, 1 cup of coconut, raisins, and grated carrots. Add flour mixture and stir until no streaks appear - do not over mix 4) Spread batter into the pan. Bake for 20-35 minutes. Allow cake to cool before icing. 5) Make cream cheese icing by combining cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Beat in sugar until smooth. 6) Ice cooled cake. Sprinkle with coconut and/or nuts.

4. I need to run out to the "little market" for their special ground round (and great big buns) so hubby can make his famous Auggie burgers for his little sister and her birthday-boy husband.

5. My youngest is downtown at a friend's art show and I'm "wishing" that he will call before he comes home mid-afternoon and offer to pick up potato salad for dinner - NOT! Or maybe the oldest will spring from his bed and volunteer to go - not likely. (Neither boy will eat potato salad!) I suggested to hubby that I can make layered salad - lettuce, peas, green onions, sliced eggs, more lettuce, bacon (this is the reason for the extra pound of bacon defrosting), grated swiss, and mayo/parm topping - but he said, "Too much work." So maybe he'll drive cross town to our one and only Red, Hot and Blue. Aside from my own recipe - which is too much work - RH&B's is my absolute favorite!

6. Do a final clean around the house and head out for a walk downtown around noon with hubby. I'm salivating over the chicken Greek salad we'll share! Colleen

PS I'm really, really looking forward to Julie and Julia later this week!


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