Fresh Apple Cake

Oh the weather is cool, the nights are long and I just want to hunker  down in the evenings by a glowing fire with a little treat.   So-I found a perfect cake to satisfy my sweet tooth without going  over  the top.  I am even thinking this might be one of the desserts  that I make  for  Thanksgiving. This cake is filled with fresh apples, toasted pecans and a perfect frosting made with fresh honey.  I think we might be able to even  say that this  cake is healthy! wink... I have really  become a fan of bundt cakes, and I will tell you why. They seem to be no fail, easy to mix, love the consistency, simple  to decorate, stunning to serve and are great for transporting. Fresh Apple Cake~ Ingredients- Honey Glaze: 1 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla Fresh Apple Cake Ingredients- 3 cups cubed Granny Smith apples ( about 2 medium size) 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans toasted 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Inspirational Thursday-Craft Show

Well, I mean to tell you that Oklahoma City knows how to host a   Craft show.  Full, abundant, selection, quality and look what I  found! Primitive Dough Bowl-can't wait to use this for my decorating this  Christmas. Sugar mold- Perfection with candles...singing happily to myself. I collect snowmen, so when I spied these linen napkins with hand  embroidered snowmen-they were coming home with me. Love these darling and huge acorns-my daughter sneakily purchased  them and tucked them in my bag. This is my Rebecca the sneaky little acorn bandit, with Molly.  Who you can't see. So here is Molly who was a real trooper and shopped with us for a  total of  six hours! The theme was An Affair of the Heart.  So many women in one  place.  On a very chilly day. Still everyone was smiling with a zest and gusto like I have never  seen before. Rebecca and I have started a tradition and we promised that no  matter where lifes journey takes us we will always meet in Oklahoma City once a year to


Three Welcoming Wreaths For Fall

I enjoy decorating and decorating for the Holidays makes it even  more special and rewarding.  Many of today's styles are a beautiful blend of eclectic,  primitive, rustic, French or whatever you can  imagine.  Gone are the days of matchy, matchy-thank goodness. I have enjoyed designing and creating three different styles of  wreaths for  our home and I am sharing them with you today.  The first wreath will hang in our dining room on a very beautiful antique hutch that was my Grandmother's. If you happen to follow along you will have seen this hutch  showcased many times.   This wreath is a blend  of bold and natural the base of it is grapevine. Most of the  grasses, wild wheat and  acorns I found while on my  morning walks.   Since I was envisioning a little bling I spray painted  the acorns gold and  also some of the tips of my floral pieces. I have been crazy over orange this season so naturally  I added a  glorious  orange bow which just happens to have delicate threads of 


Lets Make Popcorn Balls

I think popcorn balls are a perfect treat for this time of the year and  that got me to thinking of  how people used to hand them  out  to  trick-or-treaters.  The more I thought about this the more I  wanted to make some for my family. I was taking a little trip to Oklahoma to see the youngest daughter  and to go the one of the most amazing craft shows ever (post to  follow later in the week.)  So, I asked her what I should bring-  answer was Popcorn balls.  Was this perfect or what? So, here we  go, I have a super recipe to share with you. Lets start with 3 bags of microwave popcorn popped-you may have a few delicious little puffs while your syrup cooks to perfection... You will need a candy thermometer plus a heavy and trustworthy  saucepan.  Word of caution watch that thermometer-it takes quite a  while for the syrup to get to soft ball stage but whoo hoo then it  really  takes  off!  Not fun to work with hot syrup that is overcooked. Popcorn Balls- adapted from Paula Deen You will


Inspirational Thursday-The Cookie

Have you ever had someone give you something just because they  were being nice?   Last week this lovely gesture known as being "nice,"  happened to  me. It was just an ordinary day at the hair salon and I was simply getting  an ordinary trim. When one of my hair stylists clients came in with two festive  Halloween cookies for her.  I admired her client's cookies, the client smiled politely at me and  said "thank you," as she went on her way. Cut turned into style out and nearly an hour had passed by.  Just as I was preparing to leave the client with the cookies came through the door smiling.  In her hand she held a beautiful pumpkin sugar  cookie  and  she gave it to me! Wondering how nice presented itself in your week? Please Join Me~ A Rural Journal Little Red House


A Pig and A pumpkin Vignette

Gusty northerly winds blowing, a chill in the air with a Halloween  moon wandering throughout the nighttime sky. This how a not too serious  Halloween vignette is born. Such a  simple combination of a bit of whimsy and fun, a  pumpkin  and  a  flying pig adorn our table for some Halloween cheer. My Mother's antique crystal bowl filled with a bit of this and that... Some golden acorns and a colorful leaf or two. I have never envisioned a pig and pumpkin side by side. Yet, a perfect Halloween duo they are! Please join me~ A Stroll Thru Life Savvy Southern Style Ivy and Elephants The Dedicated House Dwellings-Amaze Me Monday Little Red House