With the easy availability and low price of apples this time of year, this is a great recipe to have. It is a beautiful and delicious addition to a family get together or office party. Everybody has heard of pineapple upside down cake, but not many have ever heard of apple upside down cake, let alone eaten one!
The Ultimate Autumn Cake
Autumn is in full swing! Colorful leaves, crisp air and best of all the holidays are coming! This pumpkin cake has always been a family favorite for autumn. It is a delicious cake to bring to a family dinner, or a Halloween party. I love to make it just for me to have as an afternoon snack on the deck with a big mug of coffee made with gingerbread flavored cream. For the coffee cream recipe see my post: Gingerbread Flavored Coffee Cream
Let's start with the cake recipe:
Autumn has delicious flavors.....nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves. Cooking with these make the whole house smell deliciously fall-like. One of my favorite flavors this time of year is pumpkin spice. It incorporates all my favorite flavors in one delicious taste. You can do so much with it! Many people think that it is strictly for pumpkin pie, or pumpkin cheesecake, but I am here to tell you there is so much more!
First let's make the pumpkin spice from scratch, because it tastes so much better when made with fresh, organic ingredients.
I ran across such a cute idea a few days ago. I saw it on You Tube, when I was looking for another sewing video. It is such an easy and cute idea, it is just perfect for so many Halloweeny functions where you want to be a bit in the spirit of the season without showing up in a full costume.
After doing a bit more digging, I found a couple other projects that are also easy and fun, so I decided to include them.
Tomorrow is the first day of fall and I am so excited. I love fall! The beautiful leaves, the crisp air, the upcoming holidays. It is a time full of change and the promise of fun times to come! One of my favorite things about autumn is the flavors. Out comes the pumpkin pie spice, the nutmeg and cinnamon, orange and clove and crisp, juicy apple.
The one thing that embodies all the flavors of fall is spicy, mulled cider. It is one of my favorite drinks of the fall season, so I wanted to share my recipe with you.
Friday is St. Patrick's Day! Time to break out a new recipe to celebrate this fun holiday. I really love trifles, but since they are usually a summer dessert, this time of year you rarely see them. I decided to make something a bit different: A St. Patrick's Day Winter Trifle! It has no fresh fruits, but it has all kinds of other yummy goodness that trifles are famous for. It's also GREEN! Perfect for the holiday!
Are you looking for a lovely cookie to make for your Valentine this year? If you are sick of the pink icing, sprinkles and sugar crystals and are looking for something a bit more grown up and beautiful, this is the cookie for you. This jam filled beauty never fails to impress but are actually very easy to make. I prefer mine plain, but you can also dust them with powdered sugar for a more delicate look.
In winter, when all your windows are shut tight, your house can take on a stale smell. Odors from your furnace, from cooking, even laundry, can make the air in your house not very pleasant to smell. But there is an easy fix for this! Simmering Potpourri is easy to make and gives your house a most delicious fragrance.
If you are looking to start a new tradition for Thanksgiving, why not make it story telling? Gather the family around the couch, give pillows to the kids to sit on the floor. Make some spiced cider and read the story of the first Thanksgiving. If you want a story with more excitement, how about The Pumpkin Pirates? If whimsy is more to your taste, your choice could be The Thanksgiving Dinner that Flew Away!
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