Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cake Please

My favorite cake is carrot cake. And my favorite carrot cake is the one my mom makes. She made it for me this year on my birthday and it was delicious as usual. I had to share a few photos of it because I am in love with this idea of how she decorated it.

She found this lady head at the antique market in Seaside. Her grandmother had one exactly like it when she was a girl. I think it is the best cake topper ever. I love that all 33 of my candles fit in it and how they spiral out if you look at the cake from the top.

I am stealing this idea the next time I have to bake a cake. You could use any little vessel of any sort! In case you want this great recipe, here it is:


4 eggs slightly beaten
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups self rising flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups grated carrots (about 4 large)
1 cup chopped pecans

Combine the eggs, sugar, and oil and mix well. Add the flour a bit at a time until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and pour into 2 cake pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

For the cream cheese frosting you will need:

1/2 cup butter softened
1 package 8 ounce cream cheese softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 1 lb pack powdered sugar

Combine the butter and cream cheese and cream together. Add the vanilla. Add the powdered sugar a bit at a time until desired consistency.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Neon Nails

Girls beach trip began with a trip to get a mani/pedi. Otherwise, I would have needed to wear closed toe shoes even in the sand. I remembered seeing some two toned nails in a magazine recently in coral and turquoise that I loved. I told the girls about them and we decided to try out this new trend. The colors were a bit limited but since Neon is so hot right now, we went that route.

We found fun ads in fashion magazines that coordinated with our polish choices:

I love this picture of Jacqueline's fabulous nails holding a choco-taco. Doesn't get much better than that.