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10.16.2014

Newton's Law of Gravity Apple Caramel Cake





You know Newton's Law of Gravity....right?

 You learned that in grade school. It goes something like this. When an apple ripens and falls to the ground, it's time to make apple cakes and pies. :)  That's what Newton said and I am sticking to it. :) This is a cake I concocted from several different recipes.  You can make it in a sheet cake form or fancy like I did for a dinner party.  The sheet cake way is less messy.  Either way you will love it and I hope you will try it.


Cake Ingredients:

1 18 oz. spice  cake mix 
1 cup chopped apples
1 cup chopped pecans (if desired)
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup caramel ice cream topping


Frosting Ingredients:

1 -3.4 pkg. butterscotch pudding
apple pie spice ( to taste)
1 cup milk
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 - 8 oz. tub cool whip
 gingersnaps - crushed (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare cake mix according to package directions adding in the chopped apples and nuts.  You may use a 9 x 13" dish or make a layer cake.  The simple 9 x 13 dish is the easiest and less messy.  Bake until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean.  While the cake is still warm poke holes in it with a straw  or something similar like the handle of a wooden spoon.  Make holes all over the cake.
In a bowl, stir together the condensed milk and caramel topping.  Pour the mixture over the cake, making sure to fill all the holes.  The mixture may/will puddle on the sides.  That's okay.   Place cake in refrigerator to cool.  .  For the frosting, use a large bowl and add the dry pudding mix,  spice, confectioners sugar and milk.  Using an electric mixer, blend until mixture starts to thicken.  Fold in the whipped topping.  Spread frosting on cooled cake.  For a pretty garnish, I drizzled with more of the caramel ice cream topping and sprinkled with the coarsely crushed ginger snaps. 

*****Cook's Corner:  to save a few calories, I used Smucker's Fat / Sugar Free  Caramel Ice Cream topping


 Until next time, have a fabulous weekend. xoxo
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10.06.2014

The Sound of Fall

The sweet pink flowers of summer may still be blooming, but the sounds of Fall are definitely here! :) (turn up your sound for this one and don't laugh at my video attempt   :) 






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9.30.2014

Questions and Answers

There's been a great tour going through the awesome world of bloggers this past summer and I was invited by the sweet and fun Pamela of From My Front Porch to Yours to join in. It's a great way to meet new bloggers and re-visit some old friends too. I am often emailed and asked questions by my wonderful readers, so this also a chance to answer some of those. 

 So here goes:

What am I currently working on?  At present, I am working on several things, first and foremost being a few Halloween fun things for my booth and a small vintage desk that I am painting in my home made chalk paint called French Gray and Old World White.  I can't wait to see it finished.  These are furniture pieces for a new booth/space I have rented at the most darling shop called The Lazy Daisy.   The vintage French chair below is a piece I just finished and took in.
I will blog about that soon.  I also have had a website since 2007,  The Vintage Nest, where I sell smaller true vintage and antique items, specializing in what you see in the decorating magazines at any given time.  Between the website, my booth, and taking care of our country home and family, I stay very busy.


How does my work differ from others of its genre?  I really try to put more of the "old world" look to my re-do furniture pieces and add "character" that may not have been there before.  For instance, yesterday at auction I picked up some beautiful architectural wood pieces.  What they were originally for I have no idea, but I think they will add so much character to a newer piece of vintage furniture.  I love the classics and tend to stick to that genre.  To me classic means grace and stability and something you will never tire of.



Why do I create what I do?  My mother is very artistic, a talented seamstress and needle works artist. Among other things, she painted beautiful oil paintings, a few of which hang in my home now.  And my father could draw anything and make anything he put his mind too, as well as fix anything.  I can't tell you the times I would find a fixer upper, literally on the side of the road, and bring it home to Daddy to repair.  I also have several pieces of furniture he made from walnut and mahogany, such as picture frames, clocks and small tables.  He worked as a civil engineer and invented several tools for the government too.  So I have been fortunate to inherit their creativity.



How does your creative process work?  So many things spark my imagination and inspire; the colors in my flower garden,  something I may see in a magazine gets my mind to working overtime,  an old pickup truck going down the road to the local dump, loaded down with old rusty stuff,  or even broken items no one else wants at my local auction.  I  just created some charming Autumn wreaths from an old country store new/old stock stove parts.  And travel always gets me going.  I never fail to come home ready to sit down and create.  And all the amazing and wonderful shelter bloggers out there.  Their creativity inspires me so much for which I am so grateful.


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Thank you for reading through this and I am thrilled you stopped by.  I have a fairly new blogger I would like to introduce to you.  Her name is Mary and her blog spot is Marlo and Bill.  I met Mary through facebook and found out she lives pretty close to me.  We have been "junking" together and I have visited her very charming home.  She loves ironstone and primitives and weekend camping.  She's also a fabulous cook.  Scoot over to her blog and check out some of her recipes.  I have loved everyone I have tried!!!



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