Apple Skillet Cake Recipe

I've been making this apple skillet cake recipe for quite a few 
years now, because it's so fast and easy to make.

Apple Skillet Cake

1 1/2 c. self rising flour
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 apples chopped
1 c. nuts - chopped
1/2 c. oil (vegetable or canola)

Mix flour and sugar in a cast iron skillet. Add remaining ingredients.
Mix well and spread flat into the pan.
Bake 350* for 40 minutes.

This recipe also tastes really good with blackberries in place of the apples :)


a new furniture addition to my sun porch

I've been hunting around for a not-too-small, but not-too-big chest of drawers to go out on my sun porch between my couch and rocking chair. I was very excited last weekend when my dad found an amazing deal on this old chest at a flea market in Greensboro. It's already a beautiful shade of pale blue and has beautiful antique brass pulls on it. The paint finish is really old paint and is perfectly antiqued from age.

I stuck that lamp on there for now, but I don't like that particular 
lamp on it; I'll have to keep hunting for one I like out there. 

Julia Child

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This week I was at my parents house and I noticed my mom had a copy of Julia Child's book My Life In France. I snatched it up to read and I'm so glad I did! I'm already about half way through and I'm loving it.
It is especially fun to read it since this past summer I got to tour the Smithsonian museum that has her kitchen in it.

Caleb has been wanting to see the Julie & Julia movie. I've only seen it once and I really enjoyed it.
I also enjoyed watching all her old tv show episodes from the 1960's a few years ago with my mom and sister. She is such a riot!

How cute would this be hanging on a kitchen wall:
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Tonight for dinner I'm cooking Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon.
It has been a long time since I've made this recipe, but I remember it tasting really yummy and I know Caleb will love it! Meals like this are so perfect on chilly wintry days like today.


a magazine rack makeover

I've been keeping a lookout for a vintage magazine rack to use in our green & gray guest room. I have tons and tons of magazine that I like to leave out for guests to flip through, but I hate just having them piled around. You know: a place for everything and everything in its' place :)

So yesterday at Goodwill I was very excited to find a 1960's era brass bamboo magazine holder.
The brass plate was really worn and icky. The Lord gave us GORGEOUS warm and sunny weather today (can you believe it's December?!) and so I grabbed a can of leftover gloss white spray paint and got to work . I paid $4.50 for the magazine rack and I'm so please with how it came out!

As soon as the paint hardens a bit more I'll fill it with all kinds of good reads.
A few months ago, my sister's in-laws (from Ireland) stayed with Caleb and me and were kind enough to bring me a few magazines from the UK that were all about the royal wedding and things that are popular over there. It was fun to look through them.

I hope yall are having a happy Friday.
Caleb took me to Waffle House for a sausage biscuit & gravy, so yall know I've had a good Friday :)


are you tired?

My friend Jenny has some really good things to say on the topic of "being tired", which can be found on her blog A Mother's Heritage.
Yall be sure and check it out.


love this sofa

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                                                             Caleb would die, but I love it!


leftover cranberry sauce

I made up a big batch of cranberry sauce this year for Thanksgiving.
I have lots of it and I've been looking up creative ways to repurpose the leftover sauce.

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Ploughcroft Tea Room

My sister in law Stefanie and I enjoyed a yummy lunch last week at the Ploughcroft Tea Room 
in downtown Lynchburg last week (thanks Mrs. B!).
The food was amazing and the atmosphere was so cozy and inviting.
I'd never been to a tea room before so it was a new experience for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Stefanie posted more pictures on her blog.

the cost of lamps

Am I the only person who is amazed at the high price of lamps and lamp shades?
I've been looking for the perfect (read: inexpensive!) pair of lamps for one of our guest rooms.

Last week at Goodwill I found this matching pair of brass lamps for only $4 each. 
They worked perfectly and only needed a coat of high gloss white paint (Valspar from Lowe's).

I bought a matching pair of gray square shades from Goodwill earlier this year and I was waiting for the perfect pair of lamps to pair with them. I paid $1.50 each for the shades.

So for only about $8.50 each I have brand new bedside table lamps to go on the side tables Caleb built me!

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giving thanks

Around here we fry our turkeys for Thanskgiving
Thanksgiving Day essentials

me with my parents

cooking up a storm

with my sweet Caleb and Caleb's sister Stefanie

Dad, Mom, & Bubby :)

the feast!

I have so very much to be thankful for this year.
My Savior.
My husband.
My family.
My friends.
My church.
My health.
My freedom.
My home.
Everyday mercies from the Lord.
And too many good memories to remember.

I am even grateful for the many trials that Caleb and I faced this past year.
Out of those trials comes greater faith and much spiritual growth.  Caleb and I have
grown closer than ever to one another.  It seems like some of our greatest trials have such eternal benefits, and I try and remind myself of that often since this earth is not my forever home.  The Lord truly brings so much good out of hardships, and for that I am so very grateful!

I hope yall had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of leftovers to munch on all weekend!
This is what I'm planning to serve up for lunch today with a
 side salad (because I've at least got to pretend to be healthy this weekend):

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"Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies." - John Q. Tullius

This was the quote the Chocovine Facebook page put up earlier. Too true!

Have yall tried Chocovine

It's chocolate wine and I will refrain from saying it 
tastes divine; even though it does!


coffee jello

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                                                      Yes, yall must try these!

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake

I made this dark chocolate cheesecake last week for my sister in law's birthday.
It was one of the best cheesecakes I've ever had. Yall should give it a try.


now & then

My grandma is the little girl holding the Boston Terrier in the picture to the left.
The picture was taken in 1934 when she was 6 years old. She loved her pet Boston named Mickey Mouse.

The picture on the right is Grandma with Betty last week.
I thought the pictures made for a fun comparison! 


My sweet dad bought me this fantastic vintage hollywood regency 
chair at an estate auction last weekend.
He got it for only $12!

It needs to be reupholstered and I think I'm going to recover it with more velvet fabric.


Vintage Bar Carts

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Recently I've had my eyes peeled for a vintage bar cart to go in an a corner of our dining room where I'm not really sure what else to put there. And a Hollywood Regency style one, if you please.
Here are some really great vintage and reproduction bar carts I found on Pinterest.

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