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!