foodie friday: apple cake


In honor of Rosh Hashanah this week, I decided to pull out the baking skills and whip up something with apples and honey to represent the sweet new year. And then I got a bit busy, so it became apples and brown sugar…cause that is close to honey, right? So the Pioneer Woman’s website came to the rescue with Apple Cake.




It was delightful and amazing. And pretty much the best kinda quick, easy cake recipe ever. It was light with a touch of cinnamon, not overly buttery (despite what the recipe tells you, and came out of the pan like a dream. It’s a great use of your fall apples for the CSA, apple picking or even just the grocery store (or in my care, your former roomie’s CSA).


Apple Cake
5 to 6 Whole Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, and cut into equal pieces
1 3/4 stick Butter
1 cups Sugar (or 2/3 brown sugar & 1/3 sugar)

For the cake:
1 1/2 stick Butter
1 cups Sugar
2 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
3 whole Large Eggs
3/4 cups Sour Cream
2 1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
2 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoons Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a 12-inch skillet, melt 1 3/4 sticks butter over low heat.
Add 1cup sugar to the pan and stir around, then place apple slices, wedge side down, in the pan.
Don’t pack them too tightly, but try not to leave overly large gaps.
Allow this to cook over low heat while you make the cake batter.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Mix in vanilla and eggs.
Add sour cream and mix well.
Add flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon until just combined.

Remove skillet from heat.
Spoon batter over the top, then spread gently so batter is evenly distributed.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cake is golden brown and bubbly.
Allow cake to sit in skillet for five minutes, then invert onto a serving plate.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

wednesday want: scarf shop

I know that Mondays are supposed to be the day for me to post about my most recent “i must have this” moment.

But it’s SCARVES!!

And for two reasons I couldn’t wait.

One. I am completely obsessed with Scarf Shop. I came across it this morning and I have been filling (and emptying) my shopping cart ever since. In case you weren’t aware, scarves on on my list of favorite things.

Two. Next Monday will be a special blogging day. But more on that later.

So, if you love scarves as much as I do, visit: scarf shop (you won’t be disappointed, though your bank account may not feel the same way)

Photos care of the scarfshop website

(and to my mom: i have a birthday coming up…hint,hint, nudge, nudge)

must have monday: keys

I am not quite sure why, but I have loved skeleton keys for a long while. I have wanted one in some form of jewelry for just as long. So imagine my delight when I stumbled across an etsy vendor who sells not only a hodge podge of vintage items, but also….

…old keys!

A happier discovery I could not have made. So if you are looking for something fun (and vintage), pop on over to Found Vintage Style on Etsy, just don’t buy all the keys before I can get to them.

week in review: photos and links


It’s been a crazy week +1 day (last friday till yesterday). The only one of these photos that needs to be explained is the bottom right one. Marie decided to teach us the technique behind wrapping a turban. A skill she picked up as a small child in the Middle …. of Birmingham, Alabama. Clearly there isn’t actually a real or logical explanation for any of this.

Oh and the top two. If you don’t know Ten Out of Tenn, get to know them.

Other things that caught my eye this week:
1. the NYT: Modern Love: Sometimes it’s Not You
2. a fantastic procrastination tool: Draw a Stickman
3. South facing room? Grow dwarf citrus in DC: Four Winds Growers
4. Need great new music: Noise Trade
5. Musical Stylings of: Peter Bradley Cooper and Amy Stroup