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Monday, September 28, 2009


MARY at WORKS OF THE POET is hosting this very RED day...
Thanks so much!!

Remember the bright red, perfect little PINK LADY apples we picked at the orchard this week ?
So perfect that everyone just KNOWS they are fake...until they take a bite, that is...
I wanted to make a cake for my friend that is having a few health problems right now...
Thought an apple cake would just make her feel better !

Sooo, I got out SOME of my cookbooks that I thought might have a good recipe for an
apple cake..
....and, I DID find a good sounding one in my ISN'T LIFE DELICIOUS cookbook...
I love this old gym locker basket with the number 65 on's perfect to hold some of my
favorite cookbooks...and looks good sitting on the bakers rack.
I bought two of these little wire baskets at a garage sale about 10 years ago for 50 cents a piece.
These were the only two she had....I would have bought 50 if I could!! :O)

OF COURSE, I had to put my beautiful black and white apron on before I started cooking !!
Sweet PENNY had KATHY make this for me and I have never been so surprised in my entire
loooong life....and so delighted !!

I gathered all the ingredients together ....
I have tried, all my life, to peel an apple without the skin breaking...just one long apple skin !
I never have been able to do it...
O, and the grating of the apples....I didn't like that one bit. Afraid I was going to skin my fingers and nearly did !
I am pretty sure they make better graters than I have !! ??
AND...if this apple cake is really good....I'll post the recipe a little later...
AFTER MARTHA and I give it the TASTE TEST !!
There's an apple cake recipe, made in a cast iron skillet, over at THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS..
I am going to try it next....


I hope you are having a wonderful day...
I love all of you and I thank you so much for coming by to see me.


Traci said...

I can smell the apple cake from here! Wish I could taste it. have a super day! Traci

Terry said...

Howdy BJ
Oh my how sweet your blog smells :)
I love the scents of Autumn !
Blessings to you sweetie.
I was finally able to borrow a little computer time and so thought I would try to get caught up on my blogging visits.
We are still without a computer at home but it is on the to budget for list.
In the mean time I have been rather hit or miss.
I am still here in spirit and looking forward to a time I can get all caught up with everyone.
I love your basket !!!!
Like you I would have bought all she had :)
Have a week filled with many happy moments.
Big Hugs
Happy Trails

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl its a good thing I can't gain weigth coming by here...I swear I could gain 10 lbs a week...but wait I think my eyes are getting fat ha ha!! Oh girl you do like to bake and it shows you must spend your day in the kitchen...I use to do that with my Late DH...but Len a diabetic so I can't bake anymore...The only thing I made him is sugar free chocolate pies...He terrible at Christmas time when I made candy he sneaks it...Bad boy...Let me know how this taste bet it will be those gyn baskets and I would have bought them too...May you have a great day tomorrow my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

arkie said...

I love apple cakes! I know your friend will love it. Thanks for stopping by for a blog visit!

Bearly Sane said...

Now you've done it! You've made me hungry...will have to go feed my tummy!
Have a great week BJ!

love lives in the kitchen said...

oh may a have a pice of that?
hugs, justyna

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh boy!! Glad you invited us for some of that apple cake!!! I call 'dibs' on a center cut. Yum!!!

MY R. T. is now posted...scroll down from my Tuesday's Heads or Tails post....

Fantasy Whispers - Vania Cruz-Perez said...

My goodness your Apple Cake looks delicious!!! Wish I was there to taste it...LOL

Thank you for sharing such a delight with us even if it's through a monitor :)


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Ok BJ... you've done it now... I'm drooling for some apple cake, apple pie, apple dumplings, apple cobbler, apple coffeecake, apple butter, apple everything! It's apple time here in Ohio & I can see I'm gonna have to go pickin'! MMMMMmmmmmm

Fabulous basket!! Can't find those babies anymore, not for a song anyway. Your cookbooks look so adorable in them, great storage with nostalgic style even though I want to forget those ugly gym suits we wore and stored in them!! LOL

Big hugs, Sherry

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Basket of apples,
I’ll remember you when pies
pop from the oven!

My Ruby Tuesday

Joycee said...

Oh, it looks good alright! Loved the post and all the red...

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Now you have me wanting to make another apple cake today ! It was cool here this morning,had to turn the heat on for a minute, in the
40's !

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Hello BJ! I haven't stopped by in awhile...but I have lurked! As always I enjoy your blog. You make me want to bake with that cake idea of yours. Here in Michigan we are having very cold windy weather, the perfect kind to bake in and make the our homes smell wonderful. Hope you enjoy your time with your friend and I hope she is on the mend soon!

Stacey said...

Yummy! I bet your friend was a happy camper! You are so sweet.

Rona Michelson said...

How luscious! I'll be right over! There's something that says home and warm and safe about all of this. Beautiful!

squawmama said...

Hey BJ, Well it took a while for me to get here but I am glad I did... Apple Cake YUMMO!!!! We were so deep in the woods I barely had internet... Just enough juice to read emails and that was about it... BUT now we are near a city again and I can read all your get posts... Have fun and enjoy those beautiful Ruby Red Apples...


Nancy said...

OOH I can smell it all the way to TN!! The Blessings Of Fall! Nancy

storyteller said...

Everything looks DELICIOUSLY delightful ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Anita said...

Ohh I love apple cake!
Red is my mother's favorite color and always reminds me of her :)
Love your fall heading photo!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

BJ, every time I go to Home Goods or Marshall's, I think of you! Every time I see black and white or red, I do, too! And speaking of seeing, I miss seeing you... my computer is still away from me, and I'm on Adelaide's right now trying to visit some of my blogging buddies.

That last photograph looks like it came straight from the pages of a magazine. Girl, that one is a definite keeper. Love all of your cute things in this post... that apron is the bee's knees.

Sending you much love...


Sheila :-)

jeanne said...

Hi BJ, love those Pink Lady apples. I brought apples home from MI. My favorites are Macintosh. I didn't have the fun of picking them though. On our farm in MI many years ago my dad planted an apple orchard. Did I tell you this? The orchard is still there but there are homes built in between the apple trees. I guess the property was sold off but many of the trees survived. I wanted to walk through the orchard but it is all private property now. Sigh. Our farm house is still there and in great shape for being over one hundred years old. Someone loves the old homestead as much as we did.

I know your apple cake was delicious. I have never grated apples. I did have an awesome apple peeler but my daughter begged it away from me. Darn, I could use it right now. LOL. I think our children rule more all the time. That's ok I know when to put my foot down. Laughing here!!!

Have a wonderful day BJ. I love your header. Darn, mine will never change. It is way too much trouble.

Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

~Just me again~ said...

Very nice shots! Looks so tasty! I love the baskets, I'd have bought a few myself too ;)

Marcela said...

Hello dear BJ
Happy autumn to you!!!

Have a wonderful and blessed day :)


niartist said...

Mmmm, you can send one of those to me anytime you'd like! :) LOL! Thanks for stopping by the blog yesterday bj! I can't wait to see what you do with those little birds! :) Oh - and the door, (leaning against the wall in the living room) that's from a Victorian garage door. I found it at an antique store in Ellicotville, NY and paid about $10 for it I think. I thought it was painted brown, but when I started to clean it up preparing to sand it down, I noticed that it was just a thick layer of dirt over the natural wood. So I kept cleaning and then propped it against the wall to balance out the cabinet on the otherside of the doors. It's been there ever since. Definitely one of my favorite pieces of the whole house! I'm glad you liked it too!

Sandy "From the Heart of Texas" said...

Oh yum, what a wonderful series of Ruby Tuesday photos. That cake looks delicious and the apples so red! :)

Ruthie said...

What a beautiful post. So good to be back from our travels and able to read my favorite blogs again. Yours always make me smile. :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Whoa that looks and sounds wonderful! I am so happy you are happy with your apron!! You are such a sweety.

Kathleen said...

That looks delicious! I have to go back and look to see if you put some PEA CANS on top..:)
You don't need any apple recipes from me..look at those neat bins filled with cookbooks!

Carletta said...

I love your entire post ending with that cake that I just know would be good with a cup of coffee. AND, it was that terrific photo of the red apples with that black and white tile that pulled me in and made me go AH!
Lovely post!

Anonymous said...

Well, I just now at almost 3:00 AM and a day late got to look at your blog. Just wanted everybody to know that your apple cake was soooo good and made me feel a lot better. Of course, the visit helped considerably as well. I tell you those apples are just beautiful; so perfect. Everybody should have a precious friend like you. Beautiful blog!

Kathleen Grace said...

MMmmmmm, applecake made from scratch is one of my favorites! I love the spicey sweet smell as it bakes:>) I have a bunch of apples, time to make a cake! Thnaks for the inspiration:>)