carrot bread/cake~

I wish the computers had smellavision ~ then you could smell how delish my house smell right now.  I just whipped up a big double batch of carrot bread (5 loaves) and it left the nicest aroma while baking.

Here's the recipe: It makes a big batch!  It will make 2 loaf pans and 6 cupcakes or 2 bundt cakes or doubled will make 5 loaves 


4 Cups raw fine grated carrots
1 (20 oz.) can of crushed pineapple w/ juice
1 1/2 Cups Vegetable Oil
3 Cups white sugar
6 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
3 Cups Flour
3 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Cups raisins
1 Cups flaked coconut

Step By Step

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease and flour two 10 inch Bundt pans or 2 loaf pans and 6 muffin tins or if doubled 5 loaf pans.

2.  Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

3.  In a large bowl, combine carrots, pineapple, oil and sugar.  Add eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Beat well.

4.  Add the flour mixture and mix well.  Stir in the raisins and coconut.

5.  Pour into prepared greased and floured pans.  Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

If Bundt cake or muffins ~ allow to cool completely before frosting with Cream Cheese Frosting.


1 block of cream cheese (softened)
1/2 pound confectioners sugar
1/2 C. butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream the butter, vanilla and cream cheese.  Slowly beat in the powdered sugar adding a little milk if necessary to make desired thickness.


I also had to do a little patching job on Old Mr. Acid Pants.  Explanation ~ Dear Hubby is an engineer in the steam plant at the paper mill.  On occasion he has to work with some pretty caustic chemicals.  If he gets just the tiniest splash of acid on his blue jeans it will start out as just a little hole and by the end of the shift it will turn into a big hole.  If I went out and bought new pants for him every time he got splashed with acid ... I'd have to get a divorce; because I sure couldn't afford him.

So.... I sew patches on his work pants.

Here's a before:

and the After:

Not the prettiest looking pair of jeans; but good enough for his dirty job.


What else is new in the north woods ~ oh yeah...
Sam got the Thanksgiving turkey ~ and no Chuck... it doesn't say ButterBall on it's butt.

Until next time...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


  1. Hi Mel, I read your Carrot Bread recipe and just had to do the cut/paste and save it to try out for myself. Like yourself, I am finding that making it from scratch is so much better in taste and for us. So thats what I have been doing. I did more canning this year than I care to remember! Have a great day!

  2. Mmmmmmm carrott bread.You know I have had that a few times before from some friends of mine.Everyone of the breads tasted different.So I am going to make yours.I will leave you a comment soon. OK!!!

  3. Hi Kiddo...I wonder if I could have smelled your bread if I had been there...I'm still all stuffed up like that turkey of Sam's is going to be...and don't have my sense of taste back yet either...6 days down and 3 or 4 to go, right? Funny how we end up doing the same projects or chores...I just patched 7 pair of jeans....4 for our plastics technician, 2 for our papermill leadman, and 1 for our jack-of-all-trades tool and dye guy...gotta try that carrot cake again....haven't had it in goes on my side of the river

  4. Yummy!!! I bet the aroma is breathtaking!!! Ahh! I envy your talent for cooking such beautiful and tasty foodies. Yummy!

    I like the patches. I do that Guy's pants. I totally agree Jeans are too expensive to toss because a little hole.

    I like that Turkey... and hey it could have Butterball on it's butt if'n you took an ink pen and wrote it there. lol

    Wishing you a delicious day!

  5. Carrot cake, breads, fresh vegetables, cheese curds, hot pizza sauce... is it any wonder the kids love to stay home.

    When Colleen and I get old we'll be moving in too!!! Are you ready for that SLIM???? ~ ROFL

  6. Me that aughta make the ol boy leave....if he had to deal with 3 of the sisters-in-laws, heck, I'm sure we could talk Lin into coming too....Are ya ready for THAT Slimmer???ROFL......cause all the goodies Mel makes surely will feed us all...oh, and we will need Sara to move back in to make the appetizers...hmmmm, I'm liking this idea more and more