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Hey y’all! I’m here to catch you up on the last few days. Here we go…

Not much has happened!

Haha Kidding! No…but seriously. Nothing to exciting has been happening. We got some ice/snow and pretty much stayed in the house for the last 3 days. We’ve been baking, doing puzzles, working on the magazine, more baking, and playing Wii. It was really nice to get that family time all to ourselves. I love winter…as long as I don’t have to go outside.

Thanksgiving is in a few days. I am excited! I love Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe it’s already that time of year. On another note…I haven’t bought one Christmas gift yet. That stresses me out a little bit…but this won’t be the first year it gets done at the last minute. Luckily the kids don’t really want anything super big this year. It should make for an easy shopping experience. Last year I did most of my shopping online, but since I’ve waited so late this year I doubt I’ll be able to do that. Bummer!!!

Here’s a few pictures from our week.

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I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!!! Talk to you soon!

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Hello friends. I have a recipe for you tonight. It’s called Mom’s Best Apple Cake. I found this on Pinterest 9 days ago and I’ve made it twice already. Jerms loves it…which is great, because he’s not much of a sweets eater, so it’s gotta be pretty good! It’s really simple and I normally have everything to make this cake already in the kitchen. Here’s the website that was linked from Pinterest…Bunnys Oven! She has some really great recipes on her website, so make sure and check it out.

Here’s the recipe. You won’t believe how easy it is.

Mom’s Best Apple Cake.

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  •  3 cups apples, peeled and diced

Topping

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup milk

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Cake: In a large mixing bowl, beat together the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Beat together until well-incorporated. Stir in the apples.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 55 – 60 minutes. Cool completely before adding the topping.

Topping: In a saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, and milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils. Boil without stirring for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately spread over the top of the cooled cake. Let sit for an hour prior to serving.

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I like this cake…nothing more and nothing less. I did go through her comments and a lot of people added cinnamon and really liked it. I might try that sometime. I really enjoy making this, especially since Jerms is such a fan of it. It’s nice to have a favorite dessert I can whip up for him now.

I hope you will give this a try sometime. It would be a great cake to have around the holidays. Everyone likes apples, right?

Make sure and check Bunny out over at her website!

I forgot to take pictures of the cake before we tore into it…Bunny has great pictures on her website.

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Hey guys! I feel like time is dragging by the last few days. Has it been that way for you too?  Maybe I’m just anticipating the holidays so much. I am so excited this year…honestly, I think I’m this excited every year I just forget a year later. 🙂  We have everything wrapped and ready to go. Atticus has been so good at keeping all the presents a secret, which I was very worried about!  I only have a few little things left to buy as stocking stuffers, other than that my shopping is done! I  love seeing the kids open their gifts…the looks on their faces…they just get so excited. I just can’t wait!

This will be my first year to cook Christmas dinner and I’m not sure why, but I am so thrilled to be  cooking Christmas dinner!!! I have it all planned out, the grocery list is made, I’m thinking of ways I can spice up the decorations for the table. I am just really into the Christmas spirit!!

Here’s my menu for dinner. I want input if you have any. Anything special you do for Christmas dinner? Favorite recipes? I would LOVE to hear them or maybe share a link to where I can find them!

*Ham-Recipe from Paula Deen

*Green Bean Casserole

*Mashed Potatoes

*Black and Green Olives

*Lime Jello with Pears-This is something Jeremy’s MeMaw always made them.

*Rolls

*Dessert-Black and White Pie-My grannys recipe. (Jeremys favorite)

My menu is small, but since it’s my first actual holiday extravaganza I want to make sure I don’t get overwhelmed in the kitchen! I feel like I am missing something though. I don’t know what it is! (Input is welcome…Im begging!) My mother-in-law and brother-in-law are making the drive to Eureka Springs for Christmas, there will be a total of 6 of us eating. Not to big and not to small. Just perfect for my first holiday meal!  I am most excited about this…drum roll please…I inherited Jeremy’s MeMaws china a few months ago. It’s still boxed and wrapped in newspaper. I don’t have a china cabinet yet and I have no room in my kitchen cabinets, but I am going to unwrap it and get it ready for this special occasion!! Jeremy is very excited! MeMaw passed away in 2009 and is missed dearly. She was such an amazing woman. I feel very lucky to be able to use her stuff and make so many new memories with the china she loved and shared with her family for so many years.

I will make my weekly trip to Wal-Mart for groceries and last-minute Christmas stuff. I need to hand wash the china…do some cleaning around the house.  I have  baking to do for neighborly gifts and such. We normally make Christmas ornaments and hand out with the baked goods. That is still the plan, but Jeremy has been extra busy and hasn’t designed them yet. I’m sure it will be a last-minute thing, but it’ll get done! I think we may even have a few friends driving through  and stopping to see us sometime this week. I have no idea when yet, it’s still up in the air.

I’m sure we aren’t the only ones who will be busy this week. Are you going out-of-town? Is this your first time cooking for the family? Any traditions? I wanna know! Please share your thoughts and tell me what’s going on at your house.

Until next time! Steph 🙂