Carrot Cake Cookie Bar Sandwiches with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cookie Bar Sandwiches with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake, like most things in life, makes me think of Pine Cove.

Carrot cake cookie bars with cinnamon cream cheese frosting
April 9: Foreground

I don’t know how the debate began, but by the end of my third summer working at Pine Cove, the summer staff were engaged in a serious, opinionated discussion about carrot cake.  I sided with the pro-carrot-cake side of the debate, led by the assistant work crew director.  But, the carrot cake haters also had a strong team.

I remember that the debate continued on GroupMe for several months after camp ended, but I don’t think we ever reached a consensus.

What do you think about carrot cake?  Yay or nay?

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Carrot Cake Bites {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe}

Carrot Cake Bites {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe}

This is Katy Bunny, the loyal rabbit that I stuffed at Build-A-Bear Workshop when I was 5 years old.

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Microwave Carrot Cake

Microwave Carrot Cake


Every week, The Oatmeal Artist posts a roundup of oatmeal recipes and Instagram pics, often based on an announced theme.  This week, her theme is vegetables.  I may have gone a little crazy…


Here’s  all the vegetable-oatmeal dishes I made:

  • Apple-Cinnamon Sweet Potato Oatmeal
  • Carrot Cake Oatmeal Mug Cake (the recipe I am posting now)
  • Mac-n-Cheese Oatmeal using vegetable pasta (recipe coming next Friday)
  • Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies (using Amy’s recipe)
  • Orange Dreamsicle Green Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl (recipe coming eventually…)

What can I say? I love oatmeal, and I love a challenge!



  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Topping ideas: cream cheese, raisins, walnuts, shredded carrot, coconut


  • Chop the carrot into several large chunks.  Grind carrot and oatmeal in the food processor until it forms a course flour.
  • Add orange juice, baking soda, and cinnamon to the food processor.  Pulse 4-5 times to combine all ingredients.
  • Coat a single-serve ramekin or a mug with nonstick spray.  Pour batter into mug.
  • Microwave for two minutes.  Let cool.
  • Decorate with desired toppings.
  • Eat and enjoy!


Top Ten Tuesday: Tea Steeped Overnight Oatmeal

Top Ten Tuesday: Tea Steeped Overnight Oatmeal

For a Southern girl, I don’t drink a lot of sweet iced tea. Don’t get me wrong; it’s tasty on a hot summer day. I just would rather have a steaming cup of hot lemon tea. Or peach tea. Or green tea.

One thing is for sure though. I LOVE overnight oatmeal. No matter what type of tea you prefer, tea steeped oatmeal is a unique way to add new flavor to a classic breakfast food.

Here’s the basic recipe:


  • Water
  • 1 tea bag
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Mix-ins


  • Bring water to a boil and pour 1/3 cup into a mason jar.  Add tea bag and let sit at least an hour.
  • Add 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup milk, and “mix-ins”
  • Seal jar and shake vigorously.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove tea bag from the oatmeal mixture before eating (if preferred, this can be warmed in the microwave before eating).

**If you prefer to make your oatmeal in the morning, boil 3/4 cup of water with tea bag and 1/4 cup milk.  Reduce to low heat and add oatmeal.  Cook for approximately 5 minutes.  Transfer to bowl and add mix-ins.


1. Orange Tea Steeped Overnight Oatmeal.

  • Black pekoe-cut tea
  • 2 tbs. raisins, chopped
  • 1/2 orange, slicedteasteeped


2. Green Tea and Nectarine Overnight Oatmeal

  • Green tea
  • Nectarine, pitted and chopped



3.  Dark Citrus Overnight Oatmeal

  • Orange spice tea
  • Grapes



4. Tart Tea Overnight Oatmeal

  • Lemon tea
  • Dried cranberries



5. Pomegranate Punch Overnight Oatmeal

  • Pomegranate Tea
  • Cucumbers



6. Plum Spiced Apple Overnight Oatmeal

  • Apple Spice Tea
  • Plums



7. Calm Carrot Cake Chamomile Overnight Oatmeal

  • Chamomile Tea
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Cinnamon



8. Minty Morning Overnight Oatmeal

  • Mint Tea
  • Pineapple

**This may sound like a weird combination.  I was leery of it, but don’t be afraid.  It is actually really refreshing!



9.  Prominent Pumpkin Overnight Oatmeal

  • Earl Grey Tea
  • Canned Pumpkin
  • Cinnamon




10.  Relaxing Honeydew Overnight Oatmeal

  • Chamomile-Mint Blend Tea
  • Honeydew, cubed



What is your favorite tea flavor?

BBQ Carrot Fries

BBQ Carrot Fries


Although I am from a town that claims to be the BBQ capital of the world, I am not a huge fan of pulled pork barbecue sandwiches.  However, I found myself in the mood for some extra-flavorful veggies today, and these BBQ “fries” hit the spot.  The tangy BBQ flavor mixed nicely with the sweet carrots to create a simple mid-afternoon snack.

The recipe below is for a single serving, but it could easily be multiplied to be served as a side-dish.  Also, most people would probably prefer a stronger BBQ flavor; feel free to add more BBQ sauce!

BBQ Carrot Fries


  • 1 large carrot
  • 1/4 tsp. BBQ Sauce (or more)
  • 1/8 tsp. chives
  • salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Slice carrots into 3-inch by 1/4-inch fries.
  • In a plastic bag, combine all ingredients. Shake well so that the carrots are well coated.
  • Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and arrange carrots in a single layer on the pan.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until tender.
  • Eat and enjoy!


What is your hometown known for?