Three Baths for Envy (Recipe: Carrot Cake Cupcakes)

So, my bestie Sam visited me from Houston this weekend! (And to visit A and the girls.) It was so wonderful to see her. We had the best time. But I don’t think she was ready for our excitement Friday night.

A and I picked up Sam from the airport around 11pm (first of all, we were “late” because her flight got in early and I wasn’t counting on it landing 25 minutes early!). We drove home and we decided to let the girls out the front door to say hi. (I think I have mentioned before that Callie has ‘excited pee’, and since she hadn’t seen Sam since we were in Blacksburg I thought she might be a bit excited to see her.)

Well, the girls ran out to greet all of us, and then Callie headed straight for some of the long grasses in our front yard (not long grass because we haven’t mowed, but the long grass landscapers put in that I am not a huge fan of) and proceeded to roll. I called her to me, and she came right away (wagging butt and all). But then Envy, seeing where her sister had been, headed for the same spot. She did NOT come when I called her, but continued to roll until I was able to get to her.

As soon as we let them in the house, Sam very nicely said that the girls smelled. Bad.

Yup. They surely did.

So, after giving Sam the tour of the house, I took Callie upstairs for a bath. She was a rock star. She just stands there and lets me soap her up and rinse her down. No issues. Smell gone. (Also dirty bathtub as the girls haven’t been to the groomer since June…)

Envy was next. She is also docile but she kept turning her head away from me. I scrubbed as best as I could and rinsed. After she was toweled off, Sam said, “She still smells.” Yep. Her neck.

I washed her again. focusing on the back of her neck this time. She kept turning her head away from me. I rinsed and toweled her dry. She STILL smelled.

I put her in the bath for the third time. No wonder she was turning away from me…when she turned her head in that direction she was hiding just a little bit of the cat or raccoon poop (or whatever it was). Sneaky pup. I washed her good that time. Smell free!

And that was how poor Sam’s trip started in Raleigh.

But I hope we made up for it the rest of the weekend!

We slept in on Saturday and took her to brunch at Beasley’s Chicken + Honey in downtown Raleigh.

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SparkCon was going on where there was a sidewalk chalking contest and lots of local vendors selling their wares that we meandered around for awhile.

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We took her to Moore Square to show her the giant acorn.

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And then found her some pennants (Duke, NC State, Chapel Hill) for her classroom. (Sam is an elementary school teacher and she puts pennants on her wall from different schools she has been to–her kids love it!)

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Sunday we got in a run around Shelley Lake.

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A had breakfast waiting for us upon our return and then Sam and I went into Durham to see a fellow Chi O sister who happened to be in Durham that weekend.

Then we were lazy the rest of the afternoon. Sam and Callie got some good snuggle time in, though.

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It was so wonderful to see her. A and I are going to try to get down to Houston for a visit in February or March!

1 year ago: The Expanding American Waistline & Xtreme Eating 2014 (Recipe: Apple and Pecan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes)

2 years ago: A 5K with the Bestie on my DE Trip! (Recipe: Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze)

Quote of the Day:

“Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.” – Carl Jung

So, I am kind of the birthday treat provider. If it is your birthday, I try to provide some sort of birthday treat. It doesn’t always work out, but I do the best that I can. Well, T had her birthday a couple of weeks ago and she loves carrot cake, so I made these Carrot Cake Cupcakes. They weren’t my best, but they were airy and had good flavor to them.

Carrot Cake Cupcake

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla and water. Beat until well mixed.
  3. Stir in baking soda, powder, salt and spices.
  4. Add flour and mix well.
  5. Stir in carrots, pecans, and crushed pineapple.
  6. Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the frosting. I made cream cheese frosting.
  8. Once the cupcakes are completely cool, frost away!

Courtesy of Let’s Dish

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