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Found the original recipe in a local newspaper and thought we’d try it today.  Our oldest daughter Hannah “tweaked” the original recipe a bit for Abby since she is gluten free (actually she’s like me – grain free – but sometimes its ok to cheat!!)


Carrot Applesauce Cake


3 cups (or more?) Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking Mix

1/2 TBS baking soda (original called for 1 TBS but there’s already baking soda in the baking mix)

1 TBS cinnamon

3/4 tsp nutmeg

1 1/2 cups organic sugar

4 organic eggs

1/2 cup olive oil

1 TBS vanilla extract

2 cups organic unsweetened applesauce (or 1 jar canned)

3 cups grated organic carrots

1/2 cup dried fruit – raisins or cranberries (we used raisins)


Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with Pam or similar spray or just grease it with butter (butter is healthier!!)


In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.  Stir in the grated carrots and dried fruit.  In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and applesauce.  Add to the dry mixture, stirring just to combine.


Pour into the pan and bake until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean – about 45 to 60 minutes – my oven is “cooler” so it took about an hour.


Rich, moist, yummy, and healthy too!  Can’t get much better than that!  Enjoy as a dessert, a treat with a  cup of tea, or even for breakfast!!!  I can’t wait for tomorrow already!!  :)


Ok, I totally get it.  You aren’t one of those Pinterest Moms that obviously spends hours creating all these cutesy crafts and DIY herbal remedies, etc.

Well, news flash!!  Neither am I!!!

Every remedy and recipe you find on this blog is simple and quick to prepare!  The Elderberry Syrup recipe takes an hour or so – that’s the longest I’m gonna bother to spend on prepping a remedy – hey, I’ve got a life, ya know?  ;)  So if you’d much rather spend a few dollars for some ready-made products that work, read on!  :)


A great resource for herbal remedies, a company that we have purchased from since their early days-




Beeyoutiful is a small, family owned and operated business.  They are Christian homeschoolers too.  The first product I purchased from them was Winter Breeze – a chest salve like Vick’s VapoRub.  We used this faithfully for years – the jar is getting pretty old now – but I used it on the girls when they had Whooping Cough – worked great, really helped ease the coughing along with Red Clover tea.



The next product we bought was BerryWell, an elderberry syrup.  I make my own now but if you’d rather not – this is a wonderful product that works very well!






We also buy a product called “Tummy Tune Up” – an acidopholis supplement that I add to our morning smoothie (recipe here).  It’s especially great when someone has had a bout of stomach flu – really helps get things back to normal FAST.

Tummy Tuneup


They have great customer support, fast delivery, and a “bee points” program where you earn points toward your next order.  10% of your current order goes toward the next one – really adds up!


Some of their products include:


  • nutritional supplements for the whole family
  • herbal remedies for specific health concerns
  • essential oils (I will add – not as pure as Young Living’s!  Not therapeutic grade – more for diffusing)
  • herbal teas
  • mineral make up and skincare, etc.
  • plus informative articles and recipes for DIY remedies, household cleaners, etc.


You can check them out right here – BeeYouTiFul.  They also have an affiliate program where you can earn 10% on each referral sale.  That really can add up too, just like the BeePoints!  :)


Happy shopping!!  :D




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