My heart is getting deep into holiday mode here, so I am really trying to eke out some Autumn while I can. I made this Apple Cake a couple of weeks ago and what with all the sewing and giveaway winning, I haven't had a chance to give this cake her due.
I actually froze half and then thawed it (sooner than I expected I would ... and not just for myself.) It was still delicious.
3 C flour 1 C chopped pecans
2 C sugar 1 T vanilla extract
1 t salt 3/4 C oil
2 T cinnamon 3 eggs, beaten
1 T baking soda Garnish: powdered sugar
3 apples, peeled, cored and diced
Mix flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking soda in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix apples with pecans and combine with four mixture. In a small bowl, mix vanilla, oil and eggs together; add to flour mixture. Place in a lightly greased and floured Bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until tested done. Let cool for 10 minutes and invert onto a serving plate. After it's cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
If you must know ... in another blog-life, I had amazing luck winning GiveAways. Amazing. But I can't tell a lie ... I had hit a dry spell for awhile. Mostly due to the fact that I wasn't entering as many, I suppose.
It doesn't matter because I won the above pictured, luciously cozy throw from none other than ~
Whew. I finished it. I sewed down most of the binding last night ...
... while handing out candy to my four (count 'em 4!) groups of trick-or-treaters. I was actually pretty excited since that was four (count 'em 4!) times the number of groups I had last year. My house is not really easy to get to.
It took me some time because I fused and then quilted 55 scallop shells onto my topiary.
It was a wonderful exercise in machine quilting. That is not usually my favorite part of the process but in this case it was just one of my favorite parts.
Actually, I have to say that I enjoyed every part of making this one.
In fact, the back brings me a lot of JOY also.
So ... what do you think? Did I do my original inspiration justice?
Thank you again to Romantic Homes ... November 2011.
Please stop by my Etsy Shop and pick up a pattern.
Now that Halloween is over you can officially jump feet first into the Holidays.