Monday, September 26, 2011

yummy carrot muffins recipe

~I have been trying to do partial or whole flour substitutions(wheat for white) in some of our recipes to try and sneak some healthy grains in my man's diet (burger likes whole grain just fine). I really like this whole wheat white flour for being a sneaky snake. We made a great whole wheat pizza dough recipe and we thought the dough was very workable and was super tasty.
~Moving on...Burger had been asking for carrot cake cupcakes and I figured I might could trick him with a muffin(totally worked or at least he liked them very well). He took them to school everyday that week...and actually ate them. We have had quite a time wrangling that boy into eating at school!
~What I really liked about this recipe from Martha was the inclusion of yogurt and the lowish sugar it called for...I made it Greek for more protein and loosened it with buttermilk so the batter was not to thick.I also halved the white sugar and added brown as the other half. As a matter of fact, IN my recipe adaptation I substituted and added quite a lot so you can check and compare to see all that went on in there. Martha gives us a little tip for making pumpkin spice..."To make your own pumpkin-pie spice, combine one and a half teaspoons ground cinnamon with one-quarter teaspoon each ground ginger and nutmeg."

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin-pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups peeled, shredded carrots (about 5 medium)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon combined with
  • 2 tbs sugar for topping


  1. Prepare 12 a muffin tin and a 12 mini muffin tin with spray and flour or liners. You can make just 12 jumbo muffins but we love the 12 mini muffins for burger to have in his lunchbox...doing this this just made my big muffins a little smaller. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, pumpkin-pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, butter milk, butter, vanilla and egg. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add yogurt mixture. Stir until just combined. Fold in carrots and raisins.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups,sprinkle the tops of muffins with your sugar cinnamon mixture and baked in a 375-degree oven for about 20 minutes.Check with tooth pick for doneness.
  4. Transfer to a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

little lovely thang in dusty fields

~I wanted to share a very special dress that I recently added to my shop. The entire dress is made from re-purposed cotton fabrics. The bodice is contemporary lawn cotton. The skirt is lined with a layer of Egyptian cotton and the top layer of the skirt is a vintage lawn dating back to at least 1950's. The lawn fabric is a sheer field of dusty florals. It is really a sight to see. It is a size 0-4 with elastic shirring at the waist and on the back panel, the straps are fold over elastic and the bodice is trimmed in stretch lace.

~I would like to thank my hawt model...Dr Laaaaura

Thursday, September 8, 2011

the 'dre dress in black and gray and my ropers

~I wanted to share the 'dre dress finished in black and gray. I made one obi to go with both dresses. The client is a server at an upscale food shop in downtown Austin. The dress was made to be worn with no apron and the over sized pockets were made to hold a moleskin book and a wine key. I also made myself one and it is a my favorite thing to pair with my new to me lace up ropers!

And I also bring to your attention especially if you are from the other part of the world known around here as "Not Texas".

~Things have been pretty crazy over the last week in
Central Texas. You may have heard of the devastating wild fires that we have had that have destroy over 1,500 homes in our area. If you would like to help some of these families you can find organizations to donate food, clothing, time or money to on the Austin statesman website. You can also find more updated info and post info on the Central Texas Wildfire Recovery Facebook thoughts are with all the families who have lost so much in the last week... And I am in awe of all the brave men and women who have been fighting these fires.