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Carrot Cake Recipe & Happy Holidays!

Posted on: December 11th, 2011 by lisabell Click to Comment

Thanks to everyone who attended last night’s sold-out Holiday House Concert! It was great fun to perform for everyone and we also raised nearly $400 (with tickets and gin sales) for my favorite non-profit Growing Gardens.

I am so very blessed to be able to share my music, and carrot cake, with all of you! As promised, here is the recipe for my mom Carole’s famous gluten-free carrot cake. Happy Holidays!!!

Carole (& Lisa’s) Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

Cake:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
2 cups all-purpose gluten-free baking mix (I use the mix from Boulder-based Bella Gluten-Free-available at both Boulder King Sooper’s and online at www.bellaglutenfree.com)
2 cups sugar
1 cup crushed pineapple (1 small can), drained
2 cups grated carrots
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups oil (canola or similar)
2 teaspoons vanilla

Sift the dry ingredients together (very important!)
Beat the 4 eggs in a large mixer or bowl with the oil and vanilla.
Add the flour mixture and blend. Then add the carrots and pineapple.
Pour into a greased and gluten-free baking mix floured 9×13 pan.
Bake for 55 minutes. Let cool, then frost with:

Frosting:
1 8 oz block of cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
1/2-1 cup powdered sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
2 teaspoons vanilla

Let the cream cheese and butter sit at room temperature (while making the cake) to get soft. Blend the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together in a large mixer or bowl with hand mixer. Sift the powdered sugar (to remove lumps) and add according to your taste. I use about 1/2 cup per 8 oz cream cheese. Frost and top with pecans if you like. Enjoy!!!!

Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse = Big Change!

Posted on: December 7th, 2011 by lisabell Click to Comment

I don’t know about you, but I have been feeling a major shift happening for quite a few months! There is a major shift in the energy of the universe happening at this time, and for some, that can mean that things feel in flux. I know that’s true for me! I was sent this update from Power Path in Santa Fe today and I thought I would share it:

“The Full Moon is Saturday, December 10 at 7:38 AM Mountain Standard Time. This full moon is accompanied by a total eclipse of the moon visible in North America. Needless to say it is a very powerful time and serves as the bookend to an intense time of change and acceleration that began on the New Moon on November 24. Definitely do something to acknowledge this day. Make an inventory of what has changed for you and spend some time dreaming big and thinking outside the box regarding your intentions. Stay away from anything negative and set your boundaries against what does not feel congruent with you. If people are melting down around you, hold them in compassion but do not join in the drama. Your actions speak louder than words at this time and the universe will take note of any fully committed action you take towards your intentions. Be sincere and know what you want. Take some action that indicates you really mean it.”

One way to take inventory of the things you no longer want and those things you do want to accomplish is to write them out. My friend Tessa Michaels at Living Through Spirit suggests examining at all aspects of your life from physical to mental, career to relationships. Take two pieces of paper for each category and on one piece write those things you want and on the other those things you no longer want. Be detailed and specific. Take the pages of the things you do not want and burn them, releasing them into the Universe and taking away the worry and burden behind them. Concentrate on the lists of the things that you do want and begin to work toward manifesting only those realities. Take action! Doing this on Saturday sounds like perfect timing. May all of your wildest dreams come true in 2012!