Thursday, December 31, 2015


I have a lot of apples hanging out in my garage and I need to use them. So... one more treat before the new year!
My mother won the blue ribbon at the church bazaar for her "Fresh Apple Cake" on Scotts Run Road in McLean, Virginia when I was in elementary school. 

My mother found this recipe in the newspaper in 1959!     
I have a few favorite things...  We had these knives at our family farm in Lebanon Church Virginia!!  I am guessing there was a traveling salesman that came around and sold them. 
(BTW I did not grow up on our family farm (where my family settled over 200 years ago) it is where my mother grew up!! I grew up in McLean Virginia - a hop - skip - and a jump - from Washington DC!)   
First saw the knives to buy in Amish Country (Lancaster Co. Penn.) years ago and now on Amazon! USA made!
They are worth it!  DON'T PUT IN DISHWASHER!!!!

Fresh Apple Cake

Mix 4 cups chopped apples and
2 tbl. lemon juice together

Dry ingredients:                      Wet ingredients:  
                            3 cups flour                             2 eggs
                            2 cups sugar                           1 cup oil
                            2 tsp. cinnamon
                            2 tsp. soda
                            1 tsp. salt
                            1/2 cup nuts
                            1/2 cup raisins (optional)     

Mix the wet ingredients together - then mix the dry ingredients - then mix both together. 

Add the apples!
It will not look like cake batter -
just some yummy coated apples. 
Put in well greased bundt pan. I grease and flour the pan.
BAKE 50-60 minutes at 350* use the toothpick test!!Remember to grease and flour your pan really well!!

Topping Recipe
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar

When melting butter and mixing with brown sugar, be sure to mix the butter with the brown sugar so there is no separation. Keep stirring - it only takes a minute!

Also makes great cupcakes or muffins
So moist and yummy!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Julie's Frosting Recipe

My sister Julie made the most beautiful wedding cakes!!  They were not only beautiful they were Divine!!!  Everyone raved about them. I will share some of her recipes later!
 Her amazing frosting recipe is below!!

My Mom and Dad and my siblings have been my greatest inspiration!  My mom was a short order cook for all of us, she would make anything we wanted in the morning for breakfast  (I know spoiled) we had dinner every night at 6 PM - food is her passion!   My Dad could build anything from his first car he put together from a junk yard - to building a beautiful home by himself with my mothers help!!  He was a Mechanical Engineer  and when he died everything started to break down and my mom had to call a repair man for the first time in her life!!  He was a mechanical genius!! One day my sister took her Mercedes ( one my dad rebuilt for her)  into the shop - when she picked it up the mechanic asked her "who put together this engine"- my sister said "my dad"! The mechanic said "I have never seen anything like it!!"  He was so Cool!!  My siblings are so talented in and out of the kitchen!   They will be mentioned here in this blog.  Below is a picture of my family and then below that is my dad with his first car he put together before he was 20!!

My Siblings and Mother

The Master with his hands!!  ❤️
My dad with his first car Model T Ford
- all the parts came from the junk yard!!

Julie's  Divine White Frosting Recipe!

1lb. Powdered sugar
1/2 cup Shortening
1 teaspoon Clear vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Butter  flavoring
 1/4 teaspoon Almond flavoring
1/4 cup cold water
Whip all together!!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Famous Needs Sugar Cookies

One lone Christmas cookie left!

Enjoy! This is one of our favorite recipes. Recipe below. Frosting to come tomorrow!

Famous Sugar Cookies

4 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix eggs, shortening, and sugar together. In separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together with a fork.  Add flour mixture to shortening mixture alternating with buttermilk, and vanilla.
Mix well - it will be sticky.
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in fridge overnight.
Roll out and cut cookies. Thickness: a tad more than a 1/4 inch
Bake at 350* for 10 minutes.
The dough will stay in fridge for several days until ready to  roll out and bake!!  I have frozen these cookies with or without frosting. They thaw beautifully!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Clabbered Milk

I have a problem!! I LOVE doing this crazy kind of stuff!!! Clabbered milk turning into cream cheese!!!! So exciting every time!!! CRAZY!!!!

Famous Sugar Cookies

Famous Sugar Cookies. Yum! Christmas Trees on the way :)

Baby Blessing Dress

I made this dress out of pillow cases from the farm. Original lace and tatting. A priceless gem.