What's in my cupboard

I will admit.......I am a food hoarder.  I like to buy groceries.  Most of time all that I buy are used up.  Sometimes I find myself throwing stuff away.  Either I bought it when it was on sale or I saw a recipe that sounded good.  Late last year I thought to myself, I need to stop.  After I threw away almost an entire garbage bag full of stuff I knew I needed to get a handle on what was in my cupboard. So I thought, why not take an item that's been sitting in my fridge or in my cupboard and find a recipe for it.   So I slowly started googling different items for different recipes.  I decided I might as well blog them with "What's in my cupboard" .  I'm doing a few things. .... mixing my love for photography and my enjoyment for cooking into one happy place :)  Perhaps it will encourage you to do the same.  I'm all for inspiration, so please share if you do!

Today, I had left over carrots.  I didn't want to throw them away so I googled a recipe and found a small and simple recipe.  Applesauce Carrot Cake Muffins.  Simple and delish!

1/4C applesauce

1/2T vegetable oil

1/4C granulated sugar

1/4C light brown sugar

1 egg

1t vanilla

3/4 C carrots, finely shredded

pinch of salt

1t cinnamon

1/2t nutmeg

shake of cloves

1 1/2t baking powder

1C all purpose flour

Shred carrots; beat applesauce, oil and sugars until combined.  Mix in egg, vanilla and then carrots. Add remaining dry ingredients, mix until blended. Divide evenly into 6 lined muffin. Bake for 20-22 minutes at 350 or until toothpick comes clean.  Cool for several minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield 6  ***I used a muffin pan with only 4 muffins and used the rest in a mini muffin pan*** 

Recipe found at bakedbyrachel.com