Archive for May 2011 | Monthly archive page

The harbor in Camden Maine is coming alive, as is our quaint little seaside town. The boats are all open and starting to take salty dogs out to sea. The lobster men can be seen racing between traps in their boats. The lilacs are blooming at Camden Windward House and yesterday I noticed my favorite black eyed suzie’s are starting to come out of the ground. Jesse, has successfully made a wisteria flower on the front porch. Baby birds are nesting over the Chart Room back door and the humming birds have come back. Yesterday my children swam in Lake Megunticook for the first time this season. While we were at Barrett’s Cove, Megunticook Lake, we noticed a person rock climbing Mt. Battie. Yes, spring has finaly arrived in Camden Maine.

This is a recipe from the A very nice blog that we highly recommend. We are surely going to make these muffins this season!   Carrot Cake Muffins yields 18 medium sized muffins 2 cups of barley flour (or whole wheat flour)  2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 1/2 cups grated carrots 1 cup of milk 1 cup of applesauce or grated apples 1 cup of  maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 cup crushed walnuts (optional) Preheat oven to 350* In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients. Now in a medium bowl, combine all the wet ingredients. Slowly add the wet ingredients in with the dry, stir to combine. With an ice cream scoop (or spoon), add batter into either a well greased muffin tray or into unbleached baking cups.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a fork inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before eating.

A bit of advice, you may want to make a double batch of these since they seem to go rather quickly… My mother, sister and cousin were over when I made them and by the next morning, there were none left. Between those three, my husband, my daughter and myself all 18 muffins were gone! Poor Reid does not get to try any until his birthday, and even then it will be a special treat that he will not get again for awhile.

These muffins can also be made into a cake for a first birthday party or any celebration!

Bon Appétit!

Chef Momma

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

3/4 cup of mashed sweet potato  1/3 cup cream cheese at room temperature or soft unripened goat cheese at room temperature 2 tablespoons of softened butter 4-5 tablespoons of maple syrup (add extra tablespoon for very sweet) 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon plus extra for dusting on the cake as garnish In a large mixing bowl add all of the ingredients (except for the dusting cinnamon). You can either hand whip it with a whisk or use a hand mixer or food processor. I used my hand with a whisk (it’s a great upper arm work out!), I find that hand whipping it adds an umph to the frosting, where as beating it makes it a bit airy, but it’s a personal choice. Whip, blend or process until the frosting becomes spreadable, then with a spatula, take a large glob and throw in on the top of the cake, spreading the frosting around carefully

Spring has sprung and my husband has put out the Maypole. We have a joke each year that he has the biggest Maypole on the street. This is true because we are the only ones on the block that have a pole out to welcome spring. You may ask why a couple from NY that is Irish, English, Polish and Italian in heritage would put out a maypole. If you look at Wikipedia, it seems like every culture has some form of this spring ritual, believe it or not. The Italians grease the pole and have contests to see who can get to the top and steal the crown. Not sure how to interpret this one.

We like the idea of welcoming spring after a hard winter. We celebrate the renewal of life and hope for a successful summer.

This years pole is our largest one. Jesse stood on the roof of the porch to put it together. I told him, he is not try to beat this record next year. He would have to stand on the roof of the house, and that could get ugly.

Please stop by to see the pole, we keep it up for almost the whole month of May.

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