Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Texas Family Gathering

After a week of extremely cold temps in Tennessee, it was such a welcome relief as we flew into Texas and greeted by temps in the 70's.  This really made me ready for spring to arrive.  As soon as we made it to mama's, she had food on the table and most importantly a carrot cake waiting to be devoured.  Mama just happens to make the best carrots cake I have ever eaten.

Carrot Cake, Family.Jennifer Willard Photography,

Carrot Cake, Family.Jennifer Willard Photography,
Carrot Cake
Ingredients:
1 1/3 cup oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3 cups grated carrots, do not use pre-grated as they are to thick.
1 cup toasted chopped pecans
Directions:
Toast pecans in a 350' preheated oven for 6-7 minutes.  Let cool and chop.
Mix all ingredients together, including toasted pecans.  
Spoon batter into a tube pan that has been sprayed well with baking spray.  
Bake in a preheated oven at 350' for 1 hour.
Icing Ingredients:
1 (3 ounce) package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
4-5 Tablespoons concentrated frozen orange juice, thawed.
1 pound box powdered sugar
Icing Directions:
Mix all ingredients together to spreading consistency and spread on cooled cake, pooling any leftover in the middle.

The buttercups were already in full bloom around the lawn.

After a full day of shopping we met up with brother Bob and his family.   
Carrot Cake, Family.Jennifer Willard Photography,
Stone-Me-brother Bob-Mama

Carrot Cake, Family.Jennifer Willard Photography,
Mama with one of  her grandsons, Brandon.

Carrot Cake, Family.Jennifer Willard Photography,
 Brandon, who just happens to be the most handsome young man in Navarro County.

Carrot Cake, Family.Jennifer Willard Photography,
Nephew Brandon-Me-Bob
9 out of 10 youngsters get their greatness from their Aunt.  Thats right, uh-huh.

Carrot Cake, Family.Jennifer Willard Photography,
Brandon-Me-Brother Bob.  
My brother has the best sister in the world, just saying.

Carrot Cake, Family.Jennifer Willard Photography,
Jonathan-Great Aunt Bee-Nolan

Carrot Cake, Family.Jennifer Willard Photography,
You can't wrap love in a box, but you can wrap a person in a hug.

Carrot Cake, Family.Jennifer Willard Photography,
 Mama with Nolan

Carrot Cake, Family.Jennifer Willard Photography,
 The charming Heather

Carrot Cake, Family.Jennifer Willard Photography,
Me-Jonathon-Mama-Stone

Our last day of visiting before we returned home was at my nieces house.  Jennifer of http://jenniferwillardphotography.com was kind enough to give me some photography pointers.  There is no way my pictures will ever be as great as hers, but with the few tips maybe I can become better.

Carrot Cake, Family.Jennifer Willard Photography,
Konnor-Me-Mama-Stone-Shane-Jennifer-Ashtyn 

He's just so adorable...
Konnor