Fall Recipe: Apple Chip Cake

Recently, I was craving a piece of apple chip cake so I decided to use up some over their prime apples and make it.  I loved when my mom would make this as a fall dessert.

My mom always made this cake in a 13 x 9 pan and generously added in the chopped pecans. However, this time I cut the recipe in half, used a 9 inch round cake pan, and omitted the pecans (didn’t have any…).

The most important part of this cake is of course, the apples. 

I’m sure although she never told me, my mom most likely used Missouri Jonathon apples in her cake. As an adult, I’m not a fan of those so seldom buy them. The apples getting a bit mushy in our bowl were golden delicious so that’s what I used. I do think the cake would work with any type of apple you prefer.

The recipe is pretty straight forward, cream the butter and sugar, add the dry ingredients. Then, fold in the chopped apples and nuts. Note: the cake batter is thick, not runny.   

I went old school and followed the recipe directions exactly, buttering my pan. It gave the cake a nice crunchy edge. 

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Know your oven and adjust the time accordingly. I checked mine after 30 minutes and found it done.

Recipe: Apple Chip Cake

2 Cups sugar

1/4 lb oleo

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

4 cups diced raw apples

1 cup chopped pecans  (or 1/2 cup black walnuts) (optional)

Cream together butter and sugar. Add in eggs and the rest of the dry ingredients. Stir in chopped apples and nuts, if desired. Spread mixture in buttered 13 x 9 pan.

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Serve warm with topping.

Can also make 3 layers, frost with powdered sugar glaze or dust with powdered sugar.

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My notes: I used butter instead of oleo and 1/2 the amount of apples. My mom never frosted this cake or dusted it with powdered sugar.  I remember her serving it plain with Cool Whip as a topping.

We ate ours warm with whipped topping. J gave my favorite fall cake a favorable review. Said it reminded him a bit of banana bread except with apples. And yes, I should make it again. 

Do you have a favorite fall dessert?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Where Did Last Week Go?

Didn’t mean to miss a week of posting. However, I was sick and busy last week. Not a great combination. I can vaguely recall my mom used to say something like “no rest for the wicked.”

Between having some sort of cold/sinus thing going on, working, and running my high school freshman to activities, something (blogging) had to go. However, I’m back to about 94% today so let’s plan hopefully, a less busy week ahead.

Linking up as always with Sandra, our host of Happy Homemaker Monday, over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

The Weather 

Proper fall, chilly nights and mornings but a bit warmer in the afternoons. It’s 45 degrees this morning and supposed to be 72 this afternoon. Lots of sun during the week with chances of rain over the weekend (of course).

On My Reading Pile

I’m between books but did manage to read two books during the last 2 weeks, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and What You Did by Claire McGowan. My reviews of both books are on Goodreads if you’re interested.

On My TV

Finished watching Mr. Robot and discovered Mindhunter on Netflix (might need to read the book on that one). Also, watching my usual series, The Flash, Seal Team, and God Friended Me.

On My Menu

The freezer saved us last week! Still need to clean out the basement one a bit and organize the upstairs one.

MONDAY:  BLT’s (using last red tomato from garden), french fries *I work 1:30-3:45* *J has a baritone lesson at 630*

TUESDAY: Chicken taco salad/maybe enchiladas (using cooked chicken in freezer) *I work 1:00-3:45* *J has early morning band* *Parent/Teacher conferences & Bunco night*

WEDNESDAY:  Chicken apple sausages & cabbage *J has early morning band*

THURSDAY:  Fish/shrimp/baked potatoes *J has evening band*

FRIDAY: OUT *Football game* *No school for J*

On My To Do List

  1. Argue with library (I KNOW I returned a book they say I lost; second time this has happened to me, getting a bit old)
  2. Pay bills
  3. Catch up on last week’s to do list
  4. Put away most of my summer clothes
  5. Practice more with new camera

Looking Around The House

Looks like we were gone all day Saturday (band competition) and too tired to take care of anything on Sunday. Needs lots of attention.

From The Camera

I’m struggling with this interim camera and very much missing my Nikon. Especially the zoom function. Hoping to have time to watch a tutorial on it this week. 

Quote For The Week

and all at once, summer collapsed into fall. (Oscar Wilde)

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What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?

 

First Impressions of My New Small Camera

I broke my good bridge camera. SIGH. Just as I was getting the hang of it and taking an e-mail course trying to learn the DSLR stuff. Telling myself I’d get the full on DSLR camera maybe at Christmas or after finishing the e-mail course.

There’s no coming back from a bent lens on a bridge camera. Especially when the lens must extend for the camera to turn on and the bent lens prevents that tiny detail.  

My husband told me to just go ahead and order the camera I wanted (using “my” work money…it’s all the same though isn’t it?). However, his annoying ways through the years influenced me enough that I did some research first. The one I want goes on sale significantly on Black Friday. Less than 2 months (!!) away. SIGH. Sometimes it’s no fun being a responsible adult.

My phone is outdated and I still like it but not so much the phone camera. I wanted a small camera to get me through the next couple of months. I decided on a Sony W-800 made reasonably priced by a small stash of those $5 Target gift cards I hoarded.  

The small size is nice and it fits in my purse (I already had a camera bag suited to a small camera from my first Nikon Cool Pix camera).  I’m finding macro/close-up photos a bit of a challenge. 

Though the camera did a nice job capturing my live model’s expression. 

I’m still playing with the settings and see lots more photo editing in my future while learning to use this interim camera.

“The best camera is the one you have with you”

Still I’m happy I was able to get any sort of new camera as I was quite lost not being able to grab a camera throughout the week. 

I still need to watch some sort of tutorial, learn more about my new camera but so far I’m happy enough with it. Seems as if it will function as a great backup and portable camera even after I get the “real” camera I’m waiting ever so impatiently to order (thinking birthday/Christmas gift on that one).

How many cameras do you own? And since I’m still researching things just a bit, what brand do you favor? I lean toward Nikon mainly because that’s what I’ve been using while learning.

My Fall Bushel List

Why settle for just a fall bucket list? I’ve decided to make a fall bushel list instead! Might as well dream big and see how many of these things I can really manage before winter arrives on December 21st. Note my list is in a very random order. Bold items added to make post easier to read.

  1. Enjoy a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

  2. Go on a hike to see the fall colors on the trees
  3. Attend all the high school marching band competitions (2 down)
  4. Make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and share recipe on the blog
  5. Visit Louisburg Cider Mill and get some apple cider
  6. Make my mom’s apple cake and share recipe on the blog
  7. Enjoy my fall scented candles on a dark, rainy day
  8. Plant tulip bulbs
  9. Watch for migrating birds
  10. Make apple cinnamon leaf ornaments for a fall tree

  11. Go see the Zombieland sequel
  12. Get some pumpkins to decorate house
  13. Make a few Halloween goody bags to pass out on Halloween
  14. Have a Harry Potter movie marathon
  15. Have a fire in our homemade fire pit/roast marshmallows/make s’mores
  16. Celebrate fall birthdays (just realized my birthday is “technically” a fall birthday even though it’s in December)
  17. Try to talk family into attending Christmas In The Sky before Thanksgiving
  18. Organize and sort through fall decor, get proper storage bin for it.
  19. Replace bench cushion on the front porch
  20. Stain/weatherproof backyard deck
  21. Make cinnamon sugar pecans

  22. Get house ready for winter (fall cleaning)
  23. Make and enjoy vegetarian chili
  24. Walk on crunchy leaves
  25. Visit a corn maze/pumpkin patch
  26. Make a pumpkin pie
  27. Bring some outdoor plants inside (need to get pots)
  28. Collect some pine cones
  29. Eat some candy corn (but not so much it makes me sick! Goal)
  30. Learn a craft

  31. Buy a cinnamon broom for the front door
  32. Have a lazy Netflix day
  33. Finish my reading goal for the year (11 books to go as of today)
  34. Drink a hot tea in the afternoon
  35. Go to the Farmer’s Market before they close for the year
  36. Visit the KC Zoo
  37. Attend a fall festival
  38. Make Taco soup
  39. Go to Trader Joe’s for some fall inspired treats
  40. Try the Halloween Ice Cream at Cold Stone Creamery (J and I already agreed we need to get the smallest size and maybe split it even)

  41. Clean out car, make sure there are blankets in trunk for cold evening football games
  42. Try out the new coffee shop near my work (I received a gift card for it last Christmas and still haven’t made it in there!)
  43. Host a get together in our home
  44. Make fried green tomatoes
  45. Watch Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special (it’s my favorite one)

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How do you plan to enjoy the fall season?

 

 

What’s Going On Wednesday

Well, I planned to try a Write 31 Days month. However, I missed the first day and don’t want to start out behind on it. It’s not really even a thing anymore. So I’ve decided to just focus on blogging more this month.

I started a  post yesterday before my scheduled changed (yes, again). Unfortunately, I was so wiped out by the end of the day yesterday that I missed out on my Mom’s Night Out plans. Fell asleep around 9 PM!

In more positive news, the pork chop recipes I combined in the crock pot turned out pretty well. Layered browned pork chops between apples and onions, threw a couple teaspoons of maple syrup over each pork chop, and then added about 1/4 cup of apple cider to it all. Good fall flavor despite another 93 degree day.

My 31 Days plan was to get back to the heart of my blog. Bring back some old categories. Focus a bit more on organizing again. Share some recipes and fun things. I can still do all those things even if I don’t do them for 31 days in a row. 

When the ants invaded, I did end up reorganizing both sides of the pantry. The above photo shows the finished left side.  There wasn’t really too much to do there. Threw away some very expired tea and disposed of some expired medicines.  Found my missing snowman mugs, hopefully we won’t be using them too soon.

Since an old blog category used to be “Wonder If It Works Wednesday”, seems an ideal time and place to share my medicine cabinet make-over has functioned well for us since 2012!

Just a short post today as I wait on laundry to finish. What’s going on in your world on this first Wednesday in October?

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