Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dish of the Week

Apple Bread Pudding
This is goooood!!!
I have a lot of apples. I'm supposed to be making apple butter for my husband. It will happen. I swear it will. (that is to keep me motivated). But until I get that done I will make a whole bunch of other apple dishes. And enjoy every one of them.
Here is the recipe for this yummy dish....


4 cups soft bread cubes

1/4 cup raisins

2 cups peeled and sliced apples

1 cup brown sugar

1 3/4 cups milk

1/4 cup margarine

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs, beaten


1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup margarine

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 7x11 inch baking dish.

2.In a large bowl, combine bread, raisins, and apples. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup brown sugar, 1 3/4 cups milk, and 1/4 cup margarine. Cook and stir until margarine is melted. Pour over bread mixture in bowl.

3.In a small bowl, whisk together cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and eggs. Pour bread mixture into prepared dish, and pour egg mixture over bread.

4.Bake in preheated oven 40 to 50 minutes, or until center is set and apples are tender.

5.While pudding is baking, mix together sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup milk, and 1/2 cup margarine in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat, and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Serve over bread pudding.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pumpkin Pickin'

Today we are venturing back to Parma to pick out some pumpkins from my parents' garden. It's really nice to have access to a little pumpkin patch. I've grown them before and hopefully we'll grow them again next year. I'm already planning a garden, are you? I think I'll try to grow some white pumpkins.
They seem so fancy!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Halloween Decor

Today I'm sharing a little of my house. I did some decorating for Halloween. Not too much this year but our house is starting to feel like our home. Even though most of the colors in my home are on the pastel side, they contribute nicely to fall shades.
 My orange accent hutch loves Halloween.
 My sweet blue table.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dish Of The Week

Caramel Apple Cake
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Oh! You have to try this yummy cake. The flavors are wonderful and the caramel on top is perfect. The recipe is from Paula Deen so you know it's good. I even ate it for breakfast the morning after I made it. (Which I'm sure made my blood sugar go crazy. Good thing I didn't have a Dr. appt. that morning, they would have thought I was a diabetic for sure!)

Here is the recipe....

2 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts (I omitted)
2 1/2 cups diced apples, canned or fresh
I added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (because apples need cinnamon)
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Cream together sugar, eggs, and oil. Add flour; mix together until well blended. Add vanilla, nuts, and diced apples. Spread into a lightly greased and floured 13 x 9-inch baking dish; bake for 45 to 60 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. When cake is done, punch holes in it with a knife and pour topping over.

Caramel Topping:

1 1/2 stick of butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1/8 cup of milk

Heat all ingredients together over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Let boil for about 2 minutes. Pour over warm cake.
Serves 15-20

Monday, October 17, 2011

Not Your Grandma's Doily

Have you noticed the lace trend is hitting home and furniture?
It's not just for clothes and old ladies anymore. I had a few lace curtain panels that I was going to sell at a yard sale but I changed my mind so I could try one of these crafts....
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Lace Coffee Table
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Spooky Meets Stylish

Here is a Halloween party that is a feast for your eyes as much as your sweet tooth. The details are boo-tiful! And I love the chocolate keys. I've been wanting to try making the stands made from old books. Such a cool idea.
Check out the rest of the party pictures at Hostess With The Mostess.
Vintage Haunted Halloween Party
Vintage Haunted Halloween Party
Vintage Haunted Halloween Party
Vintage Haunted Halloween Party
Vintage Haunted Halloween Party
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nursery Rhymes

I have 4 children. I will soon have 5. Out of 5 children I have had a total of 1 nursery.
 It was the sweetest little baby room and I spent a lot of time in that room. It had a super comfy loveseat and calming colors and a big smiley sunshine on the wall. It was my happy place.
If you have the chance to have a nursery I suggest you take advantage of it. You'll never regret it.

I think this nursery is so very nice. And the yellow crib makes me smile.
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Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Birthday: Five Yr Old Style

My youngest son has his birthday a week before Halloween. We decided to do a "Spooky Party" this year. He is so excited that he hasn't stopped talking about it. Since July.
This is the type of party I envision....
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But this is they type of party he envisions.....
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He thinks these are awesome because they have "blood".  
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And this is the best because it has "blood".
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And he said he likes these because, "Ahhhhhhh!"
He's turning 5 so all he cares about is blood and monsters and being silly.
It's going to be a great party!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dish Of The Week

Apple Crisp
Apple Crisp Recipe
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This is my favorite dish to make when the weather cools. My parents have a small apple orchard and I love that I live close enough to share in their bounty. And it is such a delicious bounty! I had this for breakfast this morning.
Such a good way to start my day!

The recipe I use is a very old one that I love. It doesn't have oats in it but you won't miss them. I've had many compliments over the years and if you make it expect it to be gone very quickly.

My Mom's Apple Crisp
6 apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t cloves
2 t lemon juice
Mix together and place in 8 x 8" pan.
1/2 c sugar
3/4 c flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 c butter (soften a little bit)
1/4 c chopped nuts (opt)
Mix together and sprinkle over top of apple mixture.
Bake at 375 deg. for 45 min.
Warm it up and eat it with ice cream!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Some Spring Into My Fall

I know it's Fall but I had to share this photo. It's just too pretty! I especially love the little pom poms on the edges.
Such a fun touch.
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