Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A Bloggle of Peeps

If there was ever a time to reinvent the English language, it might be during a friendly game of Boggle. If you have never heard of the game, here is one website's brief definition:

"A timed word game where players have 3 minutes to find as many connected words as possible from the face up letters resting in a 16 cube grid. Quick and fun!"

Essentially it's a mix between Scrabble and a crossword puzzles, with a little bit of Yahtzee thrown in.
Funny how words like 'stret' and 'wang' suddenly sound ordinary while playing a game like this. I could have sworn up and down they were in the dictionary.

So what did you do for Easter while we were playing Boggle? Playing Twister? Well I never...

Alright, fine. I admit it. We did manage to do a bit more than just a little word debauchery during our Easter weekend. My sister actually sculpted quite a masterpiece with her massive marzipan skills (just recently acquired - this weekend). I do believe her former 'sister' title is in review for promotion to 'creative consultant' after seeing such mastery displayed on our Easter Carrot Cake .
Is a promotion in order? Take a look below and decide for yourself. (Did I mention she's only 12?)


Carrot Cake
Marzipan Bunny
That pink stuff on the left is my week attempt at decorational improvement. Mental Monkey Note: leave good enough alone. Oh, and Peeps and Marzipan carrots don't exactly mix.

Carrot Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting
-adapted from allrecipes.com

1 1/2 c grated carrots
1 c whole wheat flour
1 c white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
3/4 c vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 oz crushed pineapple with juice
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1/2 c raisins

Frosting
1 3/4 c confectioners' sugar
4 oz Neufchatel cheese
1/4 c butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

Cake
1. Combine carrot, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix well
2. Add the remainder ingredients until well incorporated.
3. Pour into a round spring form pan.
4. Bake in oven for 45 minutes, or until toothpick in center comes out clean.

Frosting

In a medium bowl, cream together all ingredients. Spread on cake once it has cooled.


For the decorations:
Grass: shredded coconut and green food coloring. simple
Carrots: Using one 7 oz. tube of marzipan, shape small pieces into carrots of various sizes. Use a toothpick to create small indentations on the surface to resemble a real carrot. Brush with cocoa powder, top with curly parsley, and voila!
Bunnies: Oh, nevermind.




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