Pineapple Carrot Upside-Down Cake

The recipe I’m about to share with you is not fat-free.  It isn’t gluten-free, dairy-free or egg-free.  It will not fit into a paleo diet, nor one based on avoiding canned food.  It is not vegan or sugarless.  However, it is delicious, and as long as you’re not restricted by any of the above, I highly recommend you indulge in it at least once.

This cake is dense and sweet, so a little goes a long way.  The carrots and pineapple are tasty together.  When you taste it hot out of the oven and think it can’t get any better, let it sit for a few hours and think again.  I think this will be repeated as our Easter dessert.  I just need to find a can with 11 pineapple rings in it.

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Pineapple Carrot Upside-Down Cake

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 20-ounce can pineapple slices
  • 10 – 12 maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups finely shredded carrots

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Melt the 1/3 cup of butter in a 12” oven-safe skillet.  Sprinkle the 3/4 cup of brown sugar over the butter.  Drain the pineapple, reserving the juice.  Arrange the pineapple slices on top of the brown sugar, adding a cherry to the center of each.

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Combine the remaining butter and sugars in a mixing bowl.  Add milk, pineapple juice and egg.  Mix well.  Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Mix on low for 30 seconds to combine, then on high for one minute.  Pour into the skillet over the pineapple.

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Bake 45 – 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Immediately flip the skillet over onto a heat-proof plate.  Strong muscles help for this step.

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Leave the skillet in place for a few minutes.

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Remove the skillet, slice and serve.

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I think some coconut would make this even better, but not everyone in my house agrees.  It wasn’t exactly difficult to get anyone to eat it just the way it is.

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Friday Favorites–Carrots

You know how most people have a certain food or two that they just can’t tolerate?  That one that you can’t even eat to be nice?  My big one: cooked carrots.  I can manage if they’re minced up small and mixed with other stuff, but plain – there’s just no way.  Taste, texture, it’s the whole package.  Oddly, I like them raw and even more weird, I love carrot cake.  Fortunately, there are many ways to enjoy the beauty of a carrot without having to choke one down all by itself.

Friday Favorites - Carrot Crafts and Recipes - Crafty Staci

I’ve seen many versions of carrot-in-dirt cupcakes lately, but these Carrot Top Cupcakes from Hungry Happenings seems the easiest to actually pull off.  For those of us who are not naturally talented cake decorators at least.

Carrot Top Cupcakes by Hungry Happenings

When I switched to K-cups a while back, I was left with part of a Costco-sized package of coffee filters.  These Coffee Filter Carrots from Urban Comfort would be a great way to use a few up.

Coffee Filter Carrots by Urban Comfort

This Carrot Cake Fudge from Inside Bru Crew Life looks fabulous.  Anyone know where to find the Carrot Cake M & M’s?

Carrot Cake Fudge by Inside Bru Crew Life

These little Thread Spool Carrots from Crafts by Courtney are made using washi tape, but lots of other crafts supplies would work if you can’t find it in orange.

Thread Spool Carrots from Crafts by Courtney

I love how each piece of this Pineapple Carrot Cake from Just a Taste looks like a carrot.

Pineapple Carrot Cake from Just a Taste

These Springtime Baby Carrots from Carolyn’s Homework are a great Easter decoration when you’re going for a more grown-up look.

Springtime Baby Carrots from Carolyns Homework

Just try and keep all the little bunnies out of your kitchen after you make these Carrot Cake Truffles from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.

Carrot Cake Truffles from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Better yet, let them in and put them to work making Fingerprint Carrot Cards from Sassy Dealz.

Fingerprint Carrot Card from Sassy Dealz

This cute Carrot Bunting from Fiskars would be an easy way to add a little color to your Easter decor.

Carrot Banner from Fiskars

These Carrot Easter Eggs from A Night Owl are just adorable!

Carrot Easter Eggs by A Night Owl

So tell me, carrot fan or not?

Friday Favorites–Bunnies

Is is just me, or are there a ridiculous number of really cute Easter crafts and recipes out there this year?  I’m going to blame Pinterest for that one, because it seems like ever since it rolled into town there’s just more of everything.  Especially food.  Seriously, can we all agree to stop posting delicious-looking things late in the evening when I’m trying not to snack? 

Friday Favorites - 10 Bunny Crafts and Recipes - Crafty Staci

Almost anything that involves coconut is a-ok with me, but these Easter Bunny Tail Truffles from Pizzazzerie are cute to boot.

Bunny Tail Treats from Pizzazzerie

I kinda love how The Frugal Girls made Peeps seem almost healthy with these Peep Fruit Kabobs.

Peeps Fruit Kabobs from The Frugal Girls

Okay, everybody look at this Lop Eared Sock Bunny from Craft Passion, then say it with me – Awwww!

Lop Eared Sock Bunny by Craft Passion

I can’t even imagine how long it must have taken to make this Candy-Coated Easter Bunny Cake from Party Pinching, but it’s adorable.  I wouldn’t let anyone cut it.  Ever.

Candy Coated Easter Bunny Cake from Party Pinching

This Peeps Garland from Pillows A La Mode makes me think of paper dolls.  Or paper bunnies, in this case.

Love me some Nutter Butters.  That’s why you’ll find none of them in my house.  However, after seeing these cute Nutter Bunnies from Plain Chicken, I might have to go out and buy some.

Nutter Bunnies from Plain Chicken

These Hungry Bunnies from Lil Blue Boo look like they were modeled after a well-loved stuffed animal.

Hungry Bunny from Lil Blue Boo

Sometimes it’s just the simplest thing that spices up a table, like these Bunny Tail Drink Stirrers from Pizzazzerie.

BunnyTail Drink Stirrers from Pizzazzerie

Bunnies don’t always have to be sweet.  Check out these Easter Bunny Stuffed Eggs from My Fudo.

Easter Bunny Deviled Eggs from My Fudo

But sometimes they need to be completely made of sugar, like these sweet Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe.

Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops from Doll House Bake Shoppe

I’ve been working to get my Etsy shop ready for spring this week by adding some new fabrics and a bunch of new ready-to-ship items.  I decided there were some things that need to find homes, so starting today…

Etsy Clearance Sale Spring 2014 - Crafty Staci

Greek Yogurt and Berries Parfait

I find it a little difficult to find healthy snacks when I’m away from home.  It’s even worse that I often end up in the coffee shop, full of cookies and other fat-laden baked goods.  I’ve given up a lot of things for this diet, but I still budget in the occasional Starbucks drink now and then.  Recently, I discovered their yogurt parfaits in the refrigerated section.  The berry version is only 220 calories and it’s delicious.  It didn’t take long before I was wondering if it was something I could replicate at home.  Oh, yes I can.

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This actually doesn’t take a ton of different ingredients, and one batch can make 4 – 8 servings, so you’re set for breakfast for at least a few days. 

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Start the granola first, so it can bake while you whip up the fruit compote.

Granola

  • 3/4 cup oats (gluten-free, if that’s how you roll)
  • 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • dash of salt

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.  Spread on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes, then stir.  Bake for 15 minutes longer, stirring every 5 minutes, or until golden brown.  Pour onto wax paper to cool.  Once it has cooled, break up some of the larger pieces.  Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

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Once the granola is in the oven, you can start the fruit compote. 

Strawberry Blueberry Compote

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries (5 – 6 large)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (frozen is fine)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water

Combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and water in a small saucepan.  Cook over medium low heat until bubbly.  Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to thicken, around 5 minutes.  Add the blueberries and cook just until they’re heated.  Remove from heat and cool.  Makes about 1 cup.

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You can also cook both berries together from the beginning, just be aware that while the flavor is there, your blueberries will not be recognizable in the final product.

To assemble the parfait, start with 2 tablespoons of the berry compote on the bottom for 8 servings, or 1/4 cup for 4 servings.

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Add 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt for either number of servings.  I like Zoi.

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Top with 1/4 cup granola for 4 servings or 2 tablespoons for 8.  You should have a little granola left over.

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After you’re done looking at how pretty it is, mix it all together and enjoy.  Oh, and it’s still pretty.

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One thing I really love about the Starbucks parfait is that the granola is in its own container so it doesn’t mix with the yogurt and get soggy.  You can just dump it in when you’re ready.  After a little brainstorming I solved that problem with my homemade version too.

Save and wash an empty applesauce container.

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Fill it with the granola and top it with a piece of foil.  Put it upside down on top of the wide-mouth jar lid and twist on the ring.  The foil keeps it in place!  I shook this and it didn’t budge.

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Here’s the REALLY good news.  If you make this recipe into four servings (as shown in the first photo above), each one will have 206 calories, which is 14 fewer than Starbucks’.  If you make it into eight servings, as shown in my awesome travel container here, it’s only 125 calories!

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Healthy on-the-go snack problem?  Solved.

Friday Favorites–St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve spent my entire life thinking I had some Irish ancestry, even on days other than St. Patrick’s.  As it turns out, I’m more likely Scottish.  I even have a family castle and a once-every-seven-year reunion in the homeland.  I’m also a distant relative of Sean Connery.  As exciting as all that is, it’s a little disappointing too.  I liked being able to claim a little legitimacy in my Kiss Me, I’m Irish pin.  But aren’t we all just a little bit Irish this time of year?

First of all, just for fun, here’s the castle:

Duart Castle

I don’t think they’re going to let me move in anytime soon, but I might be lucky enough to visit one day.

10 St. Patrick's Day DIYs - Crafty Staci

Corned beef and cabbage is really an American version of Irish food, but dishes like this Authentic Irish Colcannon from Boulder Locavore are much more traditional.

Authentic Irish Colcannon by Boulder Locavore

I love the simplicity of this St. Patrick’s Day Clover Canvas Art from Lovely Clusters.  I actually think this would work outside of the holiday as well.

St Patrick's Clover Canvas Art by Lovely Clusters

How fun are these Leprechaun Hat S’mores from Hostess with the Mostess?

Sometimes basic and inexpensive projects wind up being the most impressive, like these Thrifty Hurricanes from Two Twenty One.

Thrifty Hurricanes by Two Twenty One

This Leprechaun Crunch from Yesterday on Tuesday looks fun and tasty, but what I want to know is, who has to eat all of the Lucky Charms with no marshmallows?!?

Leprechaun Crunch by Yesterday on Tuesday

Again, so simple, but this Leafy Spring Wreath from Dollar Store Crafts would be perfect for a subtle St. Patrick’s Day decoration.

Leafy Spring Wreath by Dollar Store Crafts

I know some kids who would enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day Coin Dig from The Pleasantest Thing.  And I know one who hates getting messy and really, really wouldn’t.

St Patrick's Day Gold Dig by Pleasantest Thing

These Shamrock Cupcakes from Easy Cake Decorating are just brilliant.

I think the hardest part of this felt St. Patrick’s Day Garland from A Subtle Revelry would be cutting out all those shamrocks.

Easy St Patrick's Day Garland by A Subtle Revelry

I think the photo says it all when it comes to this Pistachio Pound Cake from The Candid Appetite.

Pistachio Pound Cake by The Candid Appetite

Go find someone to pinch (on Monday!)

Friday Favorites–DIY Recipe Storage

Since two of my more recent projects have involved finding ways to store my crazy recipe collection, this seemed like a good day to find out what other people are doing about it.  There are so many ideas out there that at least I know I’m not the only one with a recipe hoarding issue.

Friday Favorites - DIY Recipe Storage - Crafty Staci

A recipe box is a pretty traditional method of storage, but I loved the added personality of the spoon on this Bent-Spoon Recipe Box from Country Living.

Bent Spoon Recipe Box from Country Living

What I really love about this one are the chipboard tabs inside this recipe box from Paper Vine.

Recipe Box from Paper Vine

This Turn-Style Recipe Holder from Debbie Hodge is pretty enough to double as kitchen décor.

Turning Recipe Holder from Debbie Hodge

This Easy Recipe Card Holder from Make and Takes is perfect for those times you just need to focus on the one card.

Easy Recipe Card Holder from Make and Takes

If you want to be able to plan your recipes for the week, this hanging recipe holder from Shivaya Naturals will come in handy.

Meal Time Organizing from Shivaya Naturals

This recipe binder from Food Storage Made Easy is simple and smart.  The recipes are color-coded on cardstock!

How to Organize Your Recipes from Food Storage Made Easy

If you don’t have a dedicated cookbook shelf in your kitchen who says you can’t add one?  Check out this Easy Kitchen Island Addition from The Endearing Home.

Easy Kitchen Island Addition from The Endearing Home

In addition to all the recipes I’ve printed and written on cards, I also use my tablet in the kitchen.  Based on the food splatter in some of my more often-used cookbooks, I try to keep it off the counter and protected.  This Swing Down Cookbook Rack from Family Handy Man would probably save my screen.

Swing-down Cookbook Rack from Family Handyman

This Kitchen Tablet Holder from Mamie Jane’s is made from a cutting board and Scrabble tile holder.  Love this.

Kitchen Tablet Holder from Mamie Jane's

This Cookbook Chair from Thistlewood Farms definitely wins for most unique storage idea.

Cookbook Chair from Thistlewood Farms

Now I kinda want to go cook something.

DIY Cookbooks

I have a dilemma, and I’m going to be up against it for the next five months.  I’ve got lots of things to make for my daughter’s wedding in July, but I’ve been forbidden by the bride from writing about any of it here until the wedding is over.  I’ve made a few cute things lately, but this radio silence is keeping me from showing them to you yet.  I can tell you, come August you’ll probably get sick of hearing about wedding stuff.

I was working on something today that lead into a non-wedding project, so THAT I can share.  This is my cookbook shelf my husband built into the end of the island when he remodeled our kitchen.

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See that empty space on the top shelf?  It was completely full of recipes I’d printed, cut from magazines, etc.  This is just a sampling.

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I also had a giant binder I’d stuffed recipes into the last time I decided to tackle that pile, and it was so big it was falling apart and was almost impossible to pick up any more.  I decided it made more sense to sort the recipes into categories and have a book for each one.  If you remember my Fiesta dishes, you know I’m not afraid of rainbow colors in my kitchen.

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After much hole punching, I slipped the recipes into their appropriate binders.  My goal was to have a little room to add to them, but I’m a little worried about the dessert book.  That would be the already-stuffed yellow one on the end.

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The binders I used have the clear plastic so you can print a label and slide in down the spine, but as I said, this was an off-shoot of a project I was already working on, and that involved my vinyl cutting machine.  I had a little trouble getting the vinyl to stick to the binder, so I hope these survive.

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I love how these look, all labeled and colorful and organized.

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Thanks for joining me for that little break.  Now, back to wedding crafting!

Friday Favorites–Rainbows

Every year when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, the rainbows start showing up.  There was even one behind my house a couple of days ago.  Unfortunately, it didn’t come with a Pin It button, so now it’s gone.

Friday Favorites - 10 Rainbow Crafts and Recipes - Crafty Staci

If I use the last viable bit of a piece of fabric, but there’s still a scrap left that measures at least a couple of inches in each direction, I stuff it into a box.  My intention is to one day make a quilt from it using little squares, possibly in a rainbow.  Every time I see something like this Rainbow Migrating Geese Quilt from Sew Create It I think of that box of scraps.

Rainbow Migrating Geese Quilt from Sew Create It

I think I mentioned my Mother of the Bride Diet recently.  It’s pretty high tech.  If I eat something, I count the calories (using an app), keeping my total under a designated number each day.  I think I could work in this Rainbow Chicken Salad from Pinch of Yum.

Rainbow Chicken Salad from Pinch of Yum

These Rainbow Heart Transparencies from Twig and Toadstool would be a fun way to share a rainbow with the little ones.

Rainbow Heart Transparencies from Twig and Toadstool 

I have to try this Rainbow Sandwich Bread from The Artistic Farmer.  How fun would it be to make sandwiches with this?

Rainbow Sandwich Bread from The Artistic Farmer

This Rainbow Sunshine Plushie from Chez Beeper Bebe looks easy to make and would be a great gift for a new baby.

Rainbow Plushie from Chez Beeper Bebe

How cute are these edible Rainbow Cupcake Cups from Tablespoon?  I had no idea it was that easy to make fondant!

This Rainbow Streamer Party Backdrop from Creative Juice would be great for a St. Patrick’s Day party, but would also work for a birthday or baby shower.  How about a Wizard of Oz themed party?

Rainbow Party Streamer Backdrop from Get Creative Juice

This Origami Crane Mobile from A Piece of Kate’s would be pretty in a little girl’s room.

Rainbow Origami Crane Mobile from A Piece of Kate's

This Rainbow Stripe Crochet Blanket from The Crafty Mummy is just so bright and cheerful.

Rainbow Stripe Crochet Blanket from The Crafty Mummy

Here’s another recipe I’d be willing to fit into the calorie budget.  The beauty of this Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza from Gimme Some Oven is that if there’s a vegetable on it you don’t like, just replace it with another.

Rainbow-Veggie-Flatbread-Pizza-from Gimme Some Oven

I hope you’re not tired of rainbows now, because all this is leading up to a project I’m going to share with you next week.  Another hint…it’s coffee-sleeve-of-the-month time!

Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci

First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Usually when my blog anniversary rolls around, I dedicate a set of Friday Favorites to the top ten most popular projects I’ve written about since the beginning.  I planned to do that again this year, until I looked it up and realized it hadn’t changed much since last year.  That’s not very interesting, so I’m going to change it up.  Here’s a glimpse into the stats behind my little space:

I’ve written 156 Tutorials

I couldn’t believe that number until I actually counted.  Here’s hoping I have another 156 in me!  The top four are:

Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve  Robin Hood Hat  Creamer Bottle Snowmen  Ninja Monkey Sling Bag

I’ve shared 39 Recipes

This is kind of a weird one for me.  I don’t consider this a cooking blog, but sometimes I make food I want to share.  The favorite four:

Microwave Caramels  Spiced Chai and Salted Caramel Cocoa Mixes  Caramel No Bake Cookies  Breakfast in a Jar

I’ve curated 161 Friday Favorites

Since I’ve tried to keep these to about ten per week, we’re talking 1610 projects I’ve featured here!  The top four are:

Friday Favorites - Fat Quarter Projects - Crafty Staci  Friday Favorites - T-Shirt Refashions - Crafty Staci  Friday Favorites - 10 DIY Gifts for Guys - Crafty Staci  Friday Favorites - 10 Projects for the Car - Crafty Staci

Just for fun, these are all the topics I’ve covered so far as Friday Favorites:

Friday Favorites Topics - Crafty Staci

Believe it or not, I have many more filed away for the future – and I’m always open to any topics you might want to see.

Last chance to enter my 4th Anniversary Giveaway!  Entries will be accepted until midnight tomorrow, so make sure to get yours in.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday!

Friday Favorites–Valentine Crafts

This isn’t romantic or mushy, but I’m sick.  I’ve been on my couch since last weekend.  The reason I’m sharing this with you is in the hopes you’ll forgive me for the sparse info here today.  I didn’t want to miss the chance to show you the great Valentines crafts out there, but that’s about all I have in me.  While you read this I’ll be taking it easy, watching the blizzard blow in.

Friday Favorites - 10 Valentines Crafts - Crafty Staci

Wonderland Valentine’s Day Tea Party on Catch my Party

Wonderland Valentines Tea Party on Catch My Party

Cinnamon Valentine Caramels from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Cinnamon Valentine Caramels by A Farm Girls Dabbles

Winged-Heart Sachets from Positively Splendid

Winged Heart Sachets by Positively Splendid

Conversation Heart Tree from Amanda Jane Brown

Conversation Heart Tree on Amanda Jane Brown

Victoria’s Secret Bag Heart Banner from R & R Workshop

Victorias Secret Bag Heart Banner on R and R Workshop

Paper Clip Love Birds from The Craft Patch

Paper Clip Love Birds on The Craft Patch

Pink Cinnamon Rolls from Love From the Oven

Pink Cinnamon Rolls on Love From the Oven

Borax Crystal Hearts from Club Chica Circle

Borax Crystal Hearts from Club Chica Circle

Love Note Valentine Bunting from Lil Luna

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Valentine Chalkboard Mason Jars from Plaid

Valentine Chalkboard Mason Jars from Plaid

Before I crash again, I just wanted to let you know that my blog anniversary is next week, so be sure to check back to enter my giveaway!