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How to Improve Your Personal Style

An individual’s personal style is something that can set them apart and make them stand out in a room full of people. Even if you aren’t that into fashion, you can still develop a style that people can identify you by. Perhaps you’re wondering how you can improve your style and make it more interesting, or you’re at a point in your life that you’re hungry for change. Whatever the case, you can improve your style at any time you want to, just be open to trying something new. Here are practical ways that you can improve your personal style nevertheless.

Know What Look You’re Going For

Before you can actually improve your personal style, you need to know what exactly you’re looking to change it to. Identify what your personal style is presently and what about it is you want to improve. It could be that you wear too much black and feel like your style is too gothic and want to introduce new and vibrant colors to your wardrobe. Knowing where you want to go will give you an idea of how to g…

Classic Spiced Carrot Cake



I've tried carrot cake a lot of different ways over the years, with pineapple and coconut and all sorts of raisins; but what I really love is a classic carrot cake, starting with a yummy spice cake (similar to what you would use to make a pumpkin spice cake) and one pound of freshly-grated carrots and nothing else! If you're in a pinch, you know what I always say, there's no shame in using a box mix!! You can still add fresh carrots or coconut flakes, raisins, etc. And remember that all of the spices are optional. If all you have on hand is cinnamon, that's fine! If you have allspice or pre-mixed apple pie or pumpkin pie spice with a few of those ingredients - nutmeg, cloves, etc., that's fine too. Just add about one tsp to start and add more if you don't think the batter has enough of that fall-spice flavor. What do you like to put in your carrot cake?


INGREDIENTS
*makes two 9-inch rounds or 12 cupcakes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or butter
  • 1 cup milk (or dairy-free option)
  • one pound of freshly-grated carrots
  • optional - garnish with chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease your cake pans or line a cupcake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, soften the butter or add oil and mix in the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients - flour, spices, baking soda, and baking powder and slowly add to the wet mixture. Blend until just combined.
  4. Fold in the carrots and any other things you want like raisins or coconut flakes.
  5. Bake about 25-30 minutes or until center is cooked through.
My munchkins can't have dairy, so we skip on the cream cheese frosting. Though Duncan Hines makes a very tasty Cream Cheese Frosting that is gluten-free and milk-free! If you want the real deal, here is a great basic cream cheese frosting recipe. Enjoy!


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Comments

  1. Mmmmm...carrot cake! (Wait'll William sees this one!)

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  2. For me it's a tie between carrot cake and black forest! Both are irresistible!

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