Recipe: Absolutely Perfect Carrot Cake

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 9:23 PM
Published: Monday, February 01, 2016 @ 4:53 PM

By all accounts of those who tried it, this cake lives up to its superlative name. It's dense and moist, but with a light crumb. It's sweet, with a strong but not overpowering spice flavor. It gets a lot of good old-fashioned rustic texture from raisins, nuts and medium-coarse carrots and uses a little honey for a rich flavor. Perfect for Easter time, but this cake works beautifully for a variety of occasions.



Hands on time: 30 minutes  Total time: 1 hour and 10 minutes  Serves: 16


    2 cups all-purpose flour 
    2 teaspoons baking powder 
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
    1/2 teaspoon allspice 
    1 teaspoon salt 
    4 eggs 
    1 1/4 cups vegetable oil 
    1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 
    1/2 cup honey 
    2 cups grated carrots 
    3/4 cup baking raisins 
    3/4 cup chopped pecans 
    Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows) 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour (or use Baker's Joy) two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans. 
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Set aside. 
Combine with a whisk the eggs, oil, granulated sugar and honey and mix until well-blended. Fold in the flour mixture, carrots, raisins and pecans. 
Bake for 40 minutes, or until the center of the cakes spring back when touched lightly. Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks and cool completely. 
Ice with Cream Cheese Frosting: Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, mix together 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter and 1/2 cup vegetable shortening until creamy. Add 1 (1-pound) box confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon oil (or extract) and mix until smooth and light. 


Per serving, with Cream Cheese Frosting: 663 calories (percent of calories from fat, 52), 5 grams protein, 76 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 34 grams fat (12 grams saturated), 78 milligrams cholesterol, 298 milligrams sodium

DIY under $10: candy heart grows the love

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 11:25 PM
Published: Friday, January 01, 2016 @ 12:32 PM
By: Jessica Garringer

Have you ever wondered how people fill vases with certain items, but not hurt the fresh flowers they put inside?

We show you how with this project, which looks ahead to Valentine’s Day. This quick and easy do-it-yourself project will cost you just $8 to make (with the flowers).

You will need:

  • bags of Conversation Hearts — $1 each at Dollar Tree
  • large glass cylinder vase — $1 at Dollar Tree
  • small glass cylinder vase — $1 at Dollar Tree
  • bunch of flowers — $4 at Kroger
  1. Place the smaller vase into the larger vase so it is centered.
  2. Open your bags of conversation hearts and begin filling in the space between the two vases. You can place a piece of foil over your smaller vase so no candies fall in.
  3. Continue filling up your space until you reach the top rim of the smaller vase. Do not fill above this point or your candies will spill into the water.
  4. Once your candies are in place, carefully fill the smaller vase with water. Do not get any water on your candies or they will start dissolving.
  5. Cut and arrange your flowers and place them inside the smaller vase. Display and enjoy.

Is your Christmas tree still up?

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 11:10 PM
Published: Wednesday, January 06, 2016 @ 5:11 PM
By: Laura Lordi - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

            Is your Christmas tree still up?
In Rowan and Chloe Richards-Boeff's playroom, mom Meg decorated a 6-foot Christmas tree in red and green with peppermint and homemade ornaments. A train runs around the foot of the tree, while a Santa hat acts as the tree topper.

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Is your Christmas tree still up?

How long people choose to keep holiday decorations up is a hot topic in the early months of the year.

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So is there a certain day that's appropriate to take down that Christmas tree?

If yours is still in place, you’re not alone! Some people wait until Jan. 6 to take it down. Why? Jan. 6 is the observance of Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, a Christian holiday that celebrates when the three wise men arrived to welcome the baby Jesus with gifts.

But don’t wait too long. Some think it’s bad luck to keep it up after past the holiday!

How about you? Is your tree still standing?

7 greatest Martin Luther King Jr. quotes

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 10:19 PM
Published: Monday, January 18, 2016 @ 8:47 AM
By: Atlanta Journal Constitution

            7 greatest Martin Luther King Jr. quotes
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., right, speaks at a news conference in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 7, 1966. King, the head of the Southern Leadership Conference, a civil rights organization, announced Chicago as the target of his first major effort in the North in his campaign to clean up slum neighborhoods. Seated at left is Albert Raby, head of the Coordinating Council of Community Organizations, also working for civil rights. ((AP-Photo))

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On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.

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Although the speech is King’s most frequently quoted, the civil rights legend gave many speeches on a range of topics – and they aren't all about "dreams" and "mountaintops."

Here are some of King’s lesser-known quotes:

1. On the rationalization of slavery, from his 1963 collection of sermons “Strength to Love:” “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

2. On the need for executive orders, from his 1962 speech at Dartmouth: “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me but it can keep him from lynching me and I think that is pretty important, also.”

3. On poverty and the failings of capitalism, from his 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” speech: “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”

4. In response to William Faulkner’s statement that civil rights activists should allow whites time to get used to equal rights: "We can't slow up because of our love for democracy and our love for America. Someone should tell Faulkner that the vast majority of the people on this globe are colored.”

5. On the cost of silently tolerating injustice, from his 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” 

6. On rioting as a means of protest, from his 1967 “Where Do We Go From Here?” speech: “A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.”

7. On military spending, from his 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” speech: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”

Tired of flowers? Bronx Zoo offers unique - if somewhat icky - way to say 'I love you'

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 9:49 PM
Published: Monday, January 25, 2016 @ 5:49 AM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Tired of flowers? Bronx Zoo offers unique - if somewhat icky - way to say 'I love you'
A juvenile Madagascar hissing cockroach sits at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Sept. 23, 2007. (Almabes at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and for those who find the ritual of chocolates, flowers and dinner monotonous, the Bronx Zoo has a solution.

After all, nothing can say "I love you" in quite the same way as giving your loved one's name to one of the zoo's Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

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"As they say, roaches make the heart beat faster," the zoo said in an advertisement for the service.

For $10, the Bronx Zoo will let you name a cockroach for your sweetheart – or maybe your ex, if you think that's more appropriate.

The price includes a digital certificate proclaiming the Valentines cockroach's name. For an additional $15, the zoo will send a printed certificate and a box of sweets from the Nunu Chocolate company.

“Your donation will also help us protect these misunderstood love bugs, along with a lot of other animals, both big and small,” the zoo said.

The Madagascar hissing cockroach is the largest known species of cockroach. They get up to two or three inches long.