Apple Cake

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On Friday j’s class went on a field trip to Apple Hill Orchard in Morganton, NC. It is a great place and the kids love it! Part of the fun is that you get to bring home a bag of apples. I adapted a recipe that I found in Pull Up a Chair  from the Lenoir Service League. You can make this cake in a Bundt pan (my fav way) or in a muffin tin. You also can frost these or not. They are wonderful both ways. Obviously more like a cupcake if they have frosting and a muffin without.

Apple Hill Orchard Country Store

How cute is the General Store? They have TO DIE FOR Apple Muffins that remind me a lot of this recipe. They sprinkle the top with brown sugar!! YUM and they also make Fantab Apple Cider Delish!

Fresh Apple Cake

1c vegetable oil

2 c sugar

2 t vanilla

juice from 1 lemon

3 c flour

11/2 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

3 c chopped apples

cream oil, sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice with mixer. Add eggs, combine well after each egg.  Mix dry ingredients and slowly add to egg mixture. Stir in apples and pour into a greased bundt pan or into cupcake liners. Bake at 325 for 1 1/2 hours.

Carmel Frosting

1/2 stick butter

1/2 c brown sugar

1/8 c evaporated milk

1 c powdered sugar

Melt butter, add sugarand bring to a slow boil over low heat for 2 mins, stir constantly. Add milk, stir, bring back to boil. Remove from heat. Cool. Stir in powdered sugar. Drizzle over cake. ENJOY!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Mama’s Travels

It was that time again, Mama needed a vaca, a night away from the Nest. My dear friend from college lives in Asheville, NC which also happens to be one of my favorite places to go! It isn’t a long car ride~ it’s just far enough to feel like I am away! I try to always get to Asheville in the fall as it is the most amazing sight. The leaves changing in the mountains of North Carolina is like no other.
We have a sort of ritual on these GIRLS ONLY trips, we shop, gossip, eat & drink. I love checking out downtown and this year we made a special visit to the needlepoint store as Ses and I have decided we needed a hobby and after our MB trip Al inspired us to take up needlepoint. We are driving into our new hobby full force and I have already started on mine~ what should someday become a Christmas pillow for j’s room. Hopefully, I will finish this before he gets into double digit yrs and thinks it is bo-bo to have a Christmas pillow with little animals in his room!
We had lunch at Carmel’s located at the Grove Arcade I had a Fried Green Tomato Sammie that was ok, nothing special. We then went for pre-dinner cocktails at the Grove Park Inn, boy I love the massive fire place and the view is again wonderful. Then after primping we hit the Bohemian Hotel Love, love, love!!! We ate dinner at the Red Stag Grill. Good gravy the Calamari app was some of the best I have ever had and the Wedge Salad, who doesn’t love a good wedge topped with caramelized bacon? yummy! Kiki had the fillet topped with blue cheese~ wonderful. The whole place was just great. I highly recommend any young, hip, modern girl or any girl wanting to feel young, hip & modern this is the place to stay. LOVE!!!