Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What's Cookin' Wednesday: Apple Cake

"Raw Apple Cake"

This is the best recipe for an apple cake that I've ever tasted in my life. I may be partial since it was my Aunts, but I'm pretty certain its dang good. Anyone who tries it says so. By no means is it healthy, but nothing that's this delicious is healthy, is it?
So here it is
What you need:
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup veg oil 
3 eggs
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp salt
6 raw apples peeled, diced
2 tsp vanilla
What you do:
Mix the cut apples up in a bowl with a few sprinkles of sugar and cinnamon for flavor

Mix in order given and pour into a greased & floured bunt pan. 
Cook 2 hours (give or take 15 min) 
Remove and cool on a rack 

Icing: confectioners sugar and milk 
Apx 1 1/2 cup conf sugar and 3tbsp milk. Not really sure. I eyeball this one until I get a thick but smooth texture. Pour over cake 
(Put wax paper under it so it doesn't make a huge mess)
Serve this warm or at room temperature.
I keep it in the fridge so it stays a bit longer, and heat it up in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up!
Serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce
 ~ Absolute Heaven!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

I'm still here....

I've taken my much needed break from blogging because I've been super busy and super stressed and very tired from it all. 
We've been up to a whole lot since I last blogged. We've had end of the summer things and weddings and lots of running around. 
I went apple picking with my nephews and my mama. 
We celebrated our first wedding anniversary. 
We have had endless house showings with still no offers which is becoming increasingly frustrating. 
And we have been enjoying the small amounts of downtime we've been able to have. 
Here's look back at some of the things you've missed...

School started and I made this cute board to welcome the kids back...

This guy went away for a week for work and I missed him like craaaazy

But I got to pick him up from the airport when he came home and surprised him at the gate! 

We spent the last days of summer soaking it all up on the beach after all the Benny's left!

We did lots of grilling...including my delicious Hawaiian pork chops 

I fell in love with this quote 

I spent an afternoon shopping and antiquing with my mama and seriously resisted whatever dish type thing this is because it was $50 and I wasn't quite sure what it was...

We took in lots of end of the summer sunsets on the bay

My mom and I took the boys apple picking. I was so excited to get to pick Honeycrisp this year!!

These two were just precious picking apples. 

I made this amazing apple cake. Omg so good. My aunt wanda's recipe. Yum 

I also whipped up two quiche's that I cut and put in the freezer to grab & go
The bottom quiche recipe here

And in the same day for dinner I made stuffed peppers. So good. My fave

We celebrated an old high school friend and enjoyed sharing their special day 

Here we all are - high school then all of our weddings. 

We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary in a cute town about 45 minutes north of us. 

Amazing food - this is what we had for an appetizer. Chicken Empenadas

This amazing pizza 

And this incredible Kobe burger with Parmesan garlic fries. 

We went to a crepe shoppe for dessert. 
I had mixed berry. 

Ted had s'mores - both were amazing 

We went to a satellite Carlo's location 

And got this incredible mini mouse cake

We ended the night cuddled up on the couch watching a movie. 

I saw this and decided I need to find it 

We woke up one morning and went to let the dog out and saw this guy hanging out. 

We celebrated another couple and one of teds high school friends wedding day this past Saturday.  

It's been a crazy couple of weeks. 
So many things have been going on. 
I'm looking foward to next weekend already and truly have no interest in my job anymore. Haha 
I hope y'all have a fantastic week. 


Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday Favorites!

Linking up with:
Thank goodness it's Friday.
School started this week.
We had a staff day on Tuesday and the students came back on Wednesday.
Yesterday we were still sorting out the chaos so I'm hopeful today goes a bit more smoothly.
I'm seriously looking forward to the 3 day weekend though.

So to kick off the weekend, here are my faves lately...

Fall Candles

I  love Bath & Body Works candles........
but sometimes I love the smell of Yankee Candles.

They just surpass B&BW in certain scent fields.
I love their Macintosh & Cranberry Chutney.
I also love their Christmas candles....like all of them.
Only problem is they are like $30 a pop instead of 2 for $20
BUT - it's worth the splurge to me :)

Hobby Lobby & Kirkland's

Fall and Christmas are the best for these two!
I can't be trusted in these stores.
I have a serious obsession with both of these...
I know I'm not the only one!

Cool Summer Nights
Not quite "chilly" enough to wear long sleeves, but just cool enough to not be hot and not be uncomfortable. I love when the summer officially starts winding down...

Riding bikes with my mama

Summer sky 

This sandwich. 
It's pulled pork with candied bacon and cole slaw.

My Long hair!
I haven't cut my hair in over a year and I'm actually loving it. 

I hope everyone has an amazing holiday weekend!
Cross your fingers that one of these several couples that have looked at our house make us an offer! It's been a LONG 9 months on the market and this stuff is seriously getting OLD!

God Bless!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 11th

September 11, 2001
A day anyone who remembers it, will NEVER forget.

I don’t think anyone that was over the age of 12 at the time, could forget where they were the morning of September 11th 2001. I am no different to that matter. I remember it well.
I was 19 years old.
I was in my Western Civilization class at college.
I was with 3 of my friends, Tim, Tony and Meghan.
We all just sat down in the massive amphitheater waiting for our professor to get there. Some guy sitting toward the front of class had a lap top and he stood up and mumbled something like “oh my gosh, we’re being attacked” and I remember thinking,
what’s the deal with this guy!?
About 3 minutes later our professor walked in and almost shouting said, go home!
Get in front of a TV!
History is in the making as we speak...
We all sort of looked at each other and got up and left.
I remember we went to Tim's house and put the TV on.
Then I called my mom because I got a little nervous.
She was upset and asked where I was and told me to come right home.
So I did just that. I went home.
We watched on TV as the second plane hit the World Trade Center
It was surreal.
Then news of the crash at The Pentagon came through...
What was happening?! Would it stop!?
It was too much....
Especially living an hour south of NYC - it was a little too close to home for me.
I remember thinking about my cousin and my good friend who both worked in the city.
No one could get in touch with either of them.
I finally got in touch with my friend, who happened to work in the towers, but he didn't go to work that day because he wasn't feeling well, and was working from home.
Talk about eerie.

And the other plane that did not hit its mark.
Those poor people and those brave individuals who diverted that plane in PA....

And my cousin finally was able to contact my Aunt.
She walked out of the city in a large crowed and managed to get a ferry across the river to NJ where my uncle ran up to get her from.
Absolutely nothing in this world can prepare you for the feelings that you feel when something like this happens.
And there is no way to erase it from your memory.
I remember we were under a no fly ordinance and no one planes were allowed to fly.
And I remember laying in bed and hearing a plane fly overhead, but being so close to NYC,
I knew it was military, but still - I froze when I heard a plane fly over.
It's sort of like one of those things you're parents say like "I remember where I was when JFK was shot" - unfortunately it's just that kind of tragic event that never escapes you.
 One thing that stands out was President Bush...
 I remember seeing him in jeans and a t-shirt and light jacket standing in the rubble with a megaphone. I remember thinking, wow he's so real right now.
No suit, no prompter, no script, just raw, real and in the moment.

 Everyone was just banded together.
And for one of the worst possible reasons.
The attacks on America on 9/11 were heinous.
It was such a horrific act of terror and left such a permanent impact on our country with MANY things changing because of it.
The people who lost their lives.
The people who lost their loved ones.
The first responders.
The injured.
The poor individuals who jumped to their death.
The people who tried to help and lost their lives in the process.
The fire fighters and police officers.
The people who didn't show up to work that day.
To those on the plane to The Pentagon
And those on the plane in PA that crashed...
The people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
And to everyone who is forever affected....
I pray for you...

God Bless America


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