|clock made of old lamp parts and silver pieces by California artist|
Friday, September 28, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
|Narva Lee's Apple Nut Cake|
|Bakes in to a crusty outside layer - almost crispy! Dark caramelized apples peek through.|
|chunks of apples and nuts visible on the ends.|
When fall arrived, my momma always made this simple apple cake with Granny Smith apples. It is such a simple recipe - using ingredients that are common in most pantries. You can use any type of apple or nut that you prefer. I happen to love the exotic taste of black walnuts, but they are either a "love or hate" taste for most people. My momma always put a sugar glaze on the cake, but this time I tried to eliminate a few calories and left it off. My husband and I love this with our coffee in the morning, but the original recipe was intended for dessert. Try it and see what you think. The recipe is in our cookbook "Romancing the Home Entertains". It is moist and perfect for fall days. I was lucky enough to still have part of the cake left to photograph - Mr. RTH and my son devoured half of it once it was out of the oven!
Narva Lee's Apple Nut Cake
1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 c. sugar
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
2 t. vanilla extract
3 c. flour
3 c. Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
1 c. walnuts, chopped
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream vegetable oil, sugar and eggs together.
Sift flour, salt and baking soda together.
Mix flour mixture with the oil and sugar mixture.
Stir in vanilla, apples and nuts and combine well.
Bake in a greased and floured bundt pan for 1 hour 30 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. ( Watch closely the last 15 minutes as ovens cook differently)
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes , then invert on cooling rack and cool completely.
1 stick butter
1 c. dark brown sugar
1/4 c. evaporated milk
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan, stir and bring to a boil. Boil over medium high heat for 2 1/2 minutes. Cool slightly and pour over the cake.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
|selection of old lace bedspreads from the 1930's|
|Love the silver metallic one on the top|
|intricate hand stitched linen bed coverlet|
|vintage pillow cases made by my husband's mother|
I have been a collector of old linens for over 40 years. In the 1980's, I used these old linens lavishly on the beds in our home as coverlets and canopies, but by the 1990's they went out of style and were too grandma looking. So I put them away, not bearing to get rid of them. Being extremely collectible and popular, I remember paying top dollar for the lace spreads in the late 80's and early 90's- up to $400 for some of them. But just a few weeks ago, I saw several mint condition lace spreads for $75.00 at a local flea market. Times do change, but there is something about the detail in the lace and fabrics that I still cherish. Periodically I get them out , launder and refold and put them back in the armoir. I have recently found this wonderful laundry detergent and dryer sachets that make bed linens smell divine from Tyler Candle Company (www.tylercandlestore.com). You can order it online and it's worth every cent! My freshly laundered linens will go back in the armoir waiting for their popularity to return- I still can't bear to part with them!
Friday, September 21, 2012
|flowers of dahlias and apples from my neighbors yard still looking good in the kitchen- |
just add hydrogen peroxide to the water if you don't have flower food.
|almost one week later and the flowers from Twigs are still magnificent- Jeannie you are a true find!|
|loving this old urn once painted black, that Laurell made|
look like old aged gold patina- she's my girl and so talented!
|enjoying the flowers from Home Depot off my back service door! Never looked that good before!|
|Dahlias floating in hydrogen peroxide solution on my coffee table|
|mums still looking good!|
Monday, September 17, 2012
|food finally on the table!|
|Grilled lamb chops and scallions with cream cheese and salami|
|Penny's olive dip|
|tomato and mozarella basil boats|
|roasted corn salad in peppers|
|roasted asparagus in prociutto|
|roasted red pepper cheesecake|
|mini beet napoleons|
|top of cake for amy and john to take home|
|macaroons on the sweets table|
|frozen floral ice bucket made of peonies, roses and herbs|
|"let them eat cake" dessert martinis complete with angel food cake stirrers|
|such a pretty drink!|
|close up of the frozen ice bucket - love to make these as they are such a surprise when unveiled!|
|now full of wine and champagne!|
|angel in the center of driveway holding flowers in basket|
|Lloyd pouring champagne from rhinestone embellished bottle|
|floral bouquets throughout the house|
|statue holding bouquet on buffet in dining room|
|the amazing cooks, decorators , bottle washers and just all around great team|
|time to clean up|
|jobs complete and we are still smiling and good friends!|
|After all, isn't this what its really all about??? Fairy tales do come true!|
A true team- the Romancing the Home girls do it again! What can I say- when this group of women put their minds to it- magic just happens! Laurell, Candy, Penny, Katha, Julie, Linda, and Christy all made Amy and John"s day happen. It was a gorgeous 75 degree day - the sun was shining and people were happy! It was so much fun meeting John and Amy's delightful family and really fun friends, just a great mix of people. Each of the RTH girls helped prepare the food and decor. When we toured Amy through the special touches that we had made for her, tears flowed- both from her eyes and ours. Lloyd kept all the glasses full and replenished. Jesse, Laurell's daughter in law, did an amazing job taking great pictures of the event. I love a the intimate gathering of friends and family in one's home- it gives a home its soul. The girls really did an amazing job - so professional yet so personal for our Amy. We love you Amy! We will be joining www.betweennapsontheporch.net for Tablescape Thursday.