Sunday, October 19, 2014

National Bundt Day Celebration is Coming!

Hope you had a relaxing Sunday!  I have been browsing around the web and thought this might give you some ideas for the Nov. Challenge .

 Nov. 12th post your Bundt ilicious cakes and show us your pans.  To link up, create a dessert setting featuring your Bundt.

You can go here for some great recipes!

I’ll be showing my collection of Bundt type pans, way too many, but I can’t resist!

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The Heritage is one of my favorites!  It’s like a little black dress, always looks wonderful!

Although this isn’t a Bundt, it is a Nordic Pan, and a Seasonal Favorite.

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These little acorn cakelets are good for this time of year, too!

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I gave one of these to Alma and Yvonne several years ago, but I never saw anything they made.  Tapping my foot, waiting! ;}

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Although I got them several years ago in the WSonoma Outlet for a good price, I was surprised to see they are still available on Amazon.

Hope you are digging out you Bundt Pans and recipes!  A package arrived yesterday with something new to add to my collection, but I am saving it for the party!

Today I made Apple Sour Cream Streusel Pie, I have made it a few times now.  Perfect for a family dinner!




Happy Bundting!  Put it on your calendar!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

When the Deep Purple Falls~Oct. Challenge and Apple Cake

Hello, Ladies!  We have been having wonderful weather, still warm enough to use the outdoor shower and spend time at the beach.

Tonight the challenge is Purple, and shades thereof.  NO Orange, and please no reposts of something you have shown already. 

On with the show…


I started with a lavender coverlet, by Ralph Lauren.  Next a rattan charger, followed by a deep purple plate, by Oneida.


A little squirrel holding an acorn is the napkin holder.  It could also hold nuts, candy or some flowers. They are from Factory Direct Crafts, less than a dollar.


Two shades of purple napkins.  The lighter ones are a new purchase from Christmas Tree Shop, a nice cotton for .69.

The purple flatware is by Cambridge and a gift from Alma. 


Purple stemware from HG.


Water glasses were my mom’s, very thin, very old. I am one of those, lol!  White butter domes are from CTS, as are the white lacey salad plates.  Purple handled bowls are from HG.


Centerpiece is a metal pumpkin from Michaels, stuffed with whatever I had in the garden.  Hydrangea tinged with purple, asters, Montauk Daisies and Dusty Miller.


I wanted to do purple kale for the centerpiece, but I forgot I wouldn’t be home Wed. and I had to photograph this early, in not the best light  either!

Here are a few Fall Purple tables from the past for the purple lovers out there!

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There was a great sale on NY apples, so I stocked up.

I used Ina’s recipe for pound cake, but subbed apple juice for the liquid and decreased the sugar to compensate.


Use a spring form pan and bake your cake till it is firm enough to support the sliced and sugared and cinnamon apples.  (Microwave the apples a few mins. as they won’t bake that long on top of the cake). 

Place the apples on top of the cake and return to oven till cake is baked.

Let cool, and slather some fresh whipped cream on top.



Not a piece went uneaten!

Can’t wait to see what you have purpled up!  Remember, no orange, Fall themed, and hot off the printing press!  Please don’t link if you don’t have time to visit at least 5, I know many of you visit all.  We are a small party! 

Joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday

Gollum for Foodie Friday

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Getting Apple y ~ Quick Recipe


I posted these on FB and promised the recipe.

Here’s the original, from a popular series of cookbooks .  But do read my notes before you make them.



Cake mixes are no longer 18 .5 oz.  So check the box and add some flour .

I added cinnamon and vanilla.

I found them very sweet, so you might want to cut back on the caramel. Dh and my friend didn’t think they were overly sweet, but I did.

I added 2 chopped apples.  I did add the walnuts.

I think I might try it again with butter instead of the oil, or at least half butter.

Definitely a snap to make, I know a lot of you ladies don’t like long complicated recipes.  This is for you!


I came down with a douzy of a case of Bronchitis Labor Day weekend, so I haven’t been around much.

I have the next few months TABLE challenges planned out, so I will post them tomorrow.

I am trying a new apple recipe tomorrow, and if it doesn’t flop, I’ll post it.  Something a little different, so I am anxious to try it.  So is dh, as I told him not to buy buns in Costco as I was going to make something!

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Enjoy these last days of summer!  The weather here has been perfect for the beach.  I have to tuck these memories away for a few months from now when the dreaded W  word returns! :0

I am joining Gollum for Foodie Friday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering…13 years later

Hello, dear ladies, hope you are well!  I have been very quiet, but I did want to post today.   I hope you are all flying your flag in honor of those murdered of this day in 2001.

May God rest their souls and comfort their loved ones.  It is heartbreaking to listen to the names called every year here in NYC.  Some of the children remarking on the mothers and fathers they didn’t get to know. 

This was sent to me today from Ireland.

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May God bless America and keep her safe from those who wish to harm us.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sailing into Labor Day~Tablescape Challenge

Hello Ladies!  Hard to believe, but it is almost Labor Day!  Here in Southampton, that marks the end of the “season” for Summer people.  For those of us who live here year round, it marks the beginning of one of the most beautiful months of summer, September!  Blue skies, warm water, and the tourists have gone home.  Back to normal for us!  Peaceful and beautiful!


I decided to go Nautical and Patriotic for the challenge.  I will still be celebrating summer, till at least the 21st, when the season changes. I almost did this bright colored scape…



That will be for another post.


The cloth is old and big enough for 2 tables, so I tied off the ends.

A white table cover from Linens N hides the folding table legs.


Cute little flip fop nautical salt and pepper shakers.


Red placemats serve as a charger.  White dinner plate via Horchow, red salad from CTS and blue speckled bowls , a gift from Alma.  The great thing about the bowls is you can put them in the oven and get them good and hot , then pour in your soup.  Hot to the very last drop!


The blue flatware is by Cambridge, from CTS.  Rounded soup spoon for our chowder from the Restaurant Supply store.  Navy cotton napkins, 20x20 were .50 from the fabric outlet.


Two small centerpieces, filled with roses, red geraniums and diamond frost from the garden with a flag tucked in.

They are flag patterned toothbrush holders I got a few years ago from CTS for .19 each.  I got them for Alma too, and she mentioned they leaked when you fill them with water.  I poured some polyurethane in and swirled it around, and let it dry.  Problem solved!



The blue stems are from Dansk.



Nautical bowls from Christmas Tree Shop. (CTS)




See our 2 little refrigerators? Very convenient to keep the summer drinks cold, and ingredients for the cook outs.  Saves trips to the kitchen!


Some patriotic beer to match the table!  This Bud is for you!IMG_9868

I know I am a little late getting this posted, but I had to tear myself away from this!



It’s Summer, ok.  No thoughts of leaves or pumpkins or any of that F_ _ L stuff here!

Please link only a NEW table that meets the challenge, Farewell to Summer.  NO FALL!  Please only link if you promise to visit at least 5 other entrants and leave a comment.  No word verification blogs permitted.  Blog name first.  THANKS! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

What’s in Costco and Christmas Tree Shop?

A new Costco opened 40 min from me.  While we have always made monthly visits to Costco, this one is closer and more convenient.  How you ask?  Well, within 5 minutes of it is WSonoma and PBarn Outlets, and directly across the street is Christmas Tree Shop. 

This one also has a gas station, which is nice!  Locally, unleaded gas is about 4.00 and .10 more a gallon if you use a credit card, which I always do.  Costco it was $3.57 using a credit card, big difference on a fill up.

So while I was going to get gas and a few groceries, I snapped a few pics in case you haven’t been there lately!


The ribbon is out, 6.99 for a 50 yard roll.  Great deal. 


Moving on…


Does that scare you?  Make no bones about it, I won’t be buying one!



Hopping across the street to Christmas Tree Shop!


Blingy pears for 1.99


Red flatware, $1.00


Fabric like chargers, 2.99




Hello Kitty, my TX friend!


Nice, and made in USA!



So cute for a little boy’s room!



Don’t forget the Farewell to Summer Table Challenge next Wed. on Let’s Dish!


Yes, I must!  Hope all of you are well, and thanks for stopping by!


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