Friday, April 4, 2008

Friday Night and it's SNOWING again!

The Family portrait, I'm the one holding the cat.

Yes, it's snowing. Again. It started out as rain mid day but by 5 o'clock had changed over to snow, the kind with the big fluffy flakes that you caught in your mouth when you were a kid. I still see the children doing that guess it's just a kid thing.

We lost our power about 2:15 this afternoon. I was 'resting my eyes' as my mother says, before T got off the bus here and all of a sudden the alarm system started buzzing so I was out of my chair in a flash to reset that. The generator kicked on within two minutes, it's loud but it sure beats not having any power.

I had a recipe I got from my SIL while in Boston last weekend so after a few games of Sorry with T I put it all together. It's very easy and sooooooooo yummy especially still warm from the oven. I'll put it in here in case anyone wants to gain a few pounds this weekend.

Apple Cake

Mix the following together in large bowl

3 cups unsifted flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4 eggs unbeaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla

Blend with mixer on low for 1 minute. Blend on medium for 4 minutes.

In separate bowl mix:
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Peel and slice 5 Macintosh apples. Add to sugar and cinnamon mixture and mix.

Grease two 10 " loaf pans. Layer batter, apples, batter, apples, batter. (don't use too much batter in the first and second layer or you won't have any left for the top)

Bake at 350* for 55 minutes. Depending on your oven it may need a few more minutes.

This is sooooooooo moist! Warm right from the oven with a nice ice cold glass of milk and you'll be in seventh heaven! Trust me.

Speaking of Boston, I am still thinking about all of the shopping that is right nearby where SIL lives. Now they are outside of the city in a more rural setting but there is an abundance of good shopping within a few miles of their home.

Now I am a speed shopper. I can get more done in a small amount of time in a store then most people. (I wonder if this is a good trait or maybe not) They dropped me off at Chico's one of my favorite stores as they had an errand to do so I figured I had a good 20 minutes, plenty of time. I knew what I was looking for, knew what size, and jumped in with both feet. Twenty minutes later I had two outfits, jewelry to match, a blouse and tank top to go under it PLUS something new on the market.

Now I follow my nieces blog, Musings Of A Housewife and she does a lot of great fashion posts. Now I know I am old enough to be her mother and the mother of all her thirtysomething readers but I try to stay hip to a point. Or is it my hips are getting pointed, well no matter, you get my drift. I read about this item on one of her posts.

Anywho, there is this new product out called 'Sp*anx, The High Powered Pan*ty.' The Perfect Foundation For Every Wardrobe. (Foundation, now doesn't that make you think of cement?) It goes on to say, Comfortably Smooths Waistline, Slims Tummy, Thighs and Rear. (this is sounding better all of the time.) No Binding. (yeah, I bet that's a joke) You wear these things under anything that you don't want pan*ty lines to show and you want to smooth out bulges, rolls or anything else that tends to appear after a certain age. These things are supposed to be tight. TIGHT. Now I haven't tried them on yet but I am expecting it to be a real experience so stayed tuned for a future update. :o) I bet you can hardly wait.......

D is growing up. He went for his orientation for Kindergarten this week! I don't want him to grow up so fast, it seems like he should still be creeping around on his hands and knees not getting on a bus and going to school in the fall! He was disappointed that they didn't go on the bus this time but they will do that near the end of this school year. He is a smart little cookie if I do say so myself, it's a grandmother's right you know to brag, he can do his numbers, letters, read some, and add and subtract. Things I didn't know till half way through my first year of school. Are kids smarter these days or what?!


Well T is still in bed so thought I would jot off a few more lines before she gets up and we head to the barn. She came after school and decided she wanted to spend the night. She and Grampie played Le*gos last night and built a house. These are the Le*gos that Son had when he was her age. Those things are indestructible except for the occasional one that meets up with the vacuum.

Our snow didn't amount to much last night. (doing the happy dance!)

No, this isn't at my house but it could be as I have cats and deer and snow and a deck that exact color and sliding glass doors. Hummmm maybe it is my house......


Alice Grace said...

Yum! Apple cake! Amazing, since I was considering making an Apple Cake for a dinner tonight that I am doing! I will print this off! The deer are so beautiful! I can't imagine having one come so close! As usual, I enjoyed my visit to your blog!

Kris said...

The cake sounds delicous!
That contrapction looks painful! Of course the model is alreay skinny! Isn't that always the way it is!?!?!
I know Savannah will be in 1st grade next year! UGH! Where is the time going? I will have a 1st grader! Oh my!
That is the cutest picture of the deer and cat. The deer seems to be saying Hi what is your name?!

Needled Mom said...

I thought for sure that the deer picture was from your yard. :( Cute picture though.

Snow? Mom and Dad will not be happy campers when they come home this week. They are going to be wanting that Florida heat.

I can't believe that D is old enough for school already. It does not seem possible as it seems we just started talking about him as a baby. They grow up much too fast.

The apple cake sounds delicious! I'll have to give it a try.

Good luck with the Sp*anx. I tried one and it kept bunching up at the waist. Perhaps it is my body. I hear that it is Op*rah's favorite dress item.

We have J&L's family over tonight for a BBQ. The kids need to get out and pick some of the abundant oranges, lemons and grapefruit from the orchard.

Have a great weekend.

I'm Mikey said...

I'm quite curious about those Spanx too... let us know... and SNOW? Geez! Enough already!

BG said...

that deer photo is awesome!!!!!!!!

omg, spanx??? let me know how it feels....Im not so sure about the 'tightness' part. I love these certain medium control panties that come in wonderful satin colors from Dillards....not ready to give those up yet.

the apple cake recipe sounds great...all that work at the gym this week, I had better not.

Dawn said...

Ymmmm!!! But I can't afford any new pounds this week!

Okay - so isn't that what we used to call a girdle - and were liberated from???

Care Bear is in kindergarten and told us the other day that she was ready for first grade, but several boys in her class weren't going to get to go. She's really something - what a mind she has. So fun.

Yes, Kristen is horrendously busy and tired. But she did a great job on my new look. I keep one of the girls 3 or 4 nights a week to help her get a bit of sleep.

Mary said...

Grandma used to make the most delicious apple cake, apple dumplings, apple pie, apple lots of things. LOL Appreciate you posting the recipe.

Kids grow up REALLY fast. I can't believe Brandon will be 13 at the end of May. Seems I was just walking the floor with him when he was first born.

Enjoyed visiting with you and loved the photo of the deer looking in the window. That is awesome!

Take care and have a great weekend. Thanks for commenting on my autism post.


palmtreefanatic said...

wow! PLEASE Do NOT send the snow here! I so do not want to go backwards,UGH! It is 60's here and feeling better out!

Thanks for the recipe, sounds DELICIOUS!!!

You need to send me your address in my mail...

Rising Rainbow said...

The apple cake sounds simply scrumptious but I'm supposed to be dieting. I saw a tv show with the woman who created spanx, she is now a millionaire plus I think so the things must work or her business wouldn't be flourishing.
They're supposed to be comfortable as well as flattering, that is hard for me to buy! lol Seems like they would have to be torture to really work.

I've seen this photo of the deer and cat before. Actually I entered a caption contest that used this pic. So it really makes me chuckle to see it again. There were some interesint captions. lol

dcrmom said...

SNOW? Oh my lord, kill me dead. I should live in Georgia, I really should.

Let me know how you like your new foundation garments! ;-) I don't care for them, myself. They give me a fat roll between my bra strap and the top of the spanx. It's supposed to go up over or under your bra, but it doesn't do that on me.

Nap Warden said...

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Susie said...

Is it just a coincidence that you post a yummy recipe and a super spandex undergarment in the same post??
Maybe that is the answer for blogging. Cook and spandex it in!
Too too funny!
Your almost kindergartner sounds very bright. He'll do very well in school, I'm sure. They are teaching them more and more at earlier ages (this from my teacher daughter!)

Stacey said...

What a great picture that last one is (and the first, hee hee). Wow that cat is quite brave.

So are you for withstanding snow this late in the season. I sure hope the weather warms up for you soon.

Linds said...

It is snowing here too. And more on the way.
I am definitely going to make that cake! It sounds delicious. Oh the hips. Sigh.

PEA said...

Good morning dearest friend:-)

I'm giggling like crazy here, picturing you still trying to get that Spanx on! hehe Actually I have read about it and apparently lots of Hollywood celebrities wear they need it, they're usually so thin! Anyway, let me know how it works...I need to hide a few bulges myself! lol

Yummmm, that apple cake sounds so anything like that. Have copied the recipe down and will give it a try soon.

Wow, you certainly are a speed shopper to have bought all that in 20 minutes! I always take forever to make up my mind if I want to buy something or not! lol

Glad to hear your snow didn't amount to much...we still have lots of snow but it IS starting to melt. If we keep having this sunshine and temps up in the 40's, it will soon be all gone:-) Yesterday I was able to sit out on my deck for the first time, just enjoying the fresh air!!

I can imagine how excited D is that he'll be starting kindergarten...they do grow up much too fast don't they! They learn things much earlier than we ever did, that's for sure! I hope I have as much fun with my grandchildren as you do:-)

Love that deer and cat you say, it certainly could have been taken at your place:-) Take care my friend!! Love you! xoxox

Sarah said...

SNOW!! My kids would love to be at your house! We got maybe two snowfalls this whole winter. They are dying for snow. It is cold here though. Time to make that yummy sounding warm apple cake you are posting about - except that I promised your niece I'd go to the movies. Better go get something on the table.

Thanks for sharing!

Suzy said...

Your apple cake sounds great!
Please try the link for the photo site again in my post...and let me know if it works.

Marcy said...

I love the deer picture. I am glad that your snow did not amount to much. I have a friend who has a pair of those Spa*nx and she loves them, but she is pretty skinny anyway (I don't know why she has them). I am going to be in a wedding this summer and I am already planning to get some for my dress, so let me know what you think!

KC said...

I always thought I should get me one of those foundation garments but figured the fat roll would just move up and meet between it and my bra.. NOW my grandmother told me the fix to that would be to buy a long lined bra to hold that fat roll in also.. LOL.. she wasn't kidding btw :) Maybe one day, but not now.. though i could really use it now
WOW D is ready for kindergarden.. sniff sniff..
SNOW!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhh the month of april we too often get snow in the spring time.

Love the dear and cat picture..

Have a super week.