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Up To My Elbows in Apples…

It seems that I’m up to my elbows in apples.  This is apple time of the year and with the weather getting cooler, it’s a perfect combination to bake me some apples desserts! 

I’ve been trying all different recipes, here was one of our favorite – German Apple Cake – Yum!  I may bake this delight for Thanksgiving….

 Recipe from allrecipes.com ~~ CLICK ~~

This cake didn’t last very long.  Although, with 5 kids, no morsel of food lasts very long around here!

November 2, 2010 Posted by | Apples, Autumn, Baking, Fall | , , , , | Leave a comment

Baking Pies

Baking Pies in the Fall warms the kitchen and my belly!  Apple and Pumpkin are my favorite…

                                                          thebittenword.com – Flickr.com

                                                                  cardamom – Flickr.com

October 16, 2010 Posted by | Apples, Autumn, Baking, Fall, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bake a Cake

I’m in the mood to Bake a Cake!  Joy the Baker has some great choices…

                                ~~~~~~~~~~~~CLICK Here to View Recipes  ~~~~~~~~~~~~

                                                                 joyosity – Flickr.com

October 10, 2010 Posted by | Apples, Baking, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples Drizzeled with Chocolate and Coconut – recipe from KraftFoods.com

                                                                 joyosity – Flickr.com

                             ~~~~~~~~~~~~  CLICK Here to View Recipe  ~~~~~~~~~~~~

                                                                 joyosity – Flickr.com

October 8, 2010 Posted by | Apples, Autumn, Fall, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Apple Season is Here!

Apple Season is Here!

Here are some great apple recipes from FoodNetwork.com

                                                                      digicla – Flickr.com

                               ~~~~~~~~~~~~  CLICK Here to View Recipes  ~~~~~~~~~~~~

                                                             terren in Virginia – Flickr.com

September 25, 2010 Posted by | Apples, Autumn, Baking, Fall, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Raining Apples!

We’re expecting lot’s of rain. For now it’s raw and cold – perfect for
baking apple pasteries…. Mmmm! 


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March 12, 2010 Posted by | My Photo Blog, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Moist Caramel Apple Cake

Mmmm! From Kraft Foods – Moist Caramel Apple Cake

                                                              joyosity – Flickr.com

My sister has made this a few times and e-mailed me the recipe directly from www.KraftFoods.com – Thanks Lisa!


November 21, 2009 Posted by | Apples, Baking, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday – Fall!

Here are some great fotos from friends on Flickr of Fall!  Hey, say that a few times!

Leaves & bike - basykes                                                                     basykes – Flickr.com

Apples - Pink Sherbet Photography                                                   Pink Sherbert Photography – Flickr.com

Pumpkins - shelley_ginger                                                                shelley_ginger – Flickr.com

Fall - peasap                                                                       peasap – Flickr.com

Carmel Apple - joyosity                                                                      joyosity – Flickr.com

Leaves - Jan Tik                                                                       Jan Tik – Flickr.com

                                                         www.Flickr.comIt’s awesome!

November 13, 2009 Posted by | Autumn, Fall, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 110

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 110:

Not a very busy day today – mostly catching up with e-mails and paper work since I was out all day yesterday.  Still working on trying to get my clients closing to happen for this week – and getting all ready for an inspection tomorrow.

The weather is quickly changing – it’s cooler and windy – Fall is in the air with Winter on its heels – Oh, how I hate the cold.  Although, it is nice living in the Northeast and being able to go through all 4 seasons.  My least favorite being winter!  Once the holidays are over – and the crisp, clean snow is just dirt and sand mush – and… we’ve hit over $2,000 in oil expense to heat our home – I’m DONE with Winter and long for Spring!  Sorry – I’m just venting.

Well, again – Fall is here and Thanksgiving Day will be arriving soon.  I’ve started planning my menu and I’d like to bake an Apple Cake.  I think I may experiment with a few apples I have here…


November 13, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 97

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 97:

Monday – looks like rain – Ugh!

Home today – working, cleaning, cooking, …  I feel as though that is all I do – and you know what?  I Love it!

Joe stopped at his mom and dads in Mt. Vernon, NY.  His mom has a brick oven that she bakes bread in – Yumo!  Too bad I have developed food allergies to wheat and corn – so no more homemade bread for me  😦 

Joe’s dad had gone apple picking and sent us a bunch of delicious apples – I plan on making caramel apples for our Halloween Party at my brother’s house on Saturday.


And that brings up the problem of Halloween.  It is in just a few days and I don’t have a costume!  I am trying to do this on a budget – so I will probably just use something we have at home – I could be a Witch, Cat, Tiger – hey, we have a Batman and Pirate costume!   Oh, and… we have a Jason mask from the movie “Friday the 13th”.   Man, I still get creeped out when I watch that movie – and Michael Meyers in the movie “Halloween” .   No other movies scare me more than these two.  It may be because when I first watched them, I was young and they scared the heck out of me.  Even as a mother of 5 and being 44 years old – watching these horror flicks brings those frightful memories, which come rushing back and make me feel like a scared child again.  Maybe I need therapy?  😉

Watch below… if you dare!

Oh my!

Really, the sounds and music in both of these movies send chills up my spine!

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Halloween, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Halloween Treats

From www.FoodNetwork.com – Here are some scary treats for a ghoulish Halloween

Candied Apple - Sevenmarie                                                                 Sevenmarie – Flickr.com 

Oreo Monster Cookies - tomeppy                                                                       tomeppy – Flickr.com

October 6, 2009 Posted by | Halloween, Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pillsbury’s Topsy-Turvy Apple Pie

Pillsbury’s Topsy-Turvy Apple Pie– Mmm – Mmm Good! 

Apples - Pink Sherbet Photography                                                       Pink Sherbet Photography – Flickr.com

With Fall upon us, that means apple picking!   Fall also means cooler weather – perfect for baking.  So try this recipe from Pillsbury Brown Sugar, Pecans and Apples – a match made in Heaven!

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Pillsbury, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Haunted House

   Halloween will soon be here and people are beginning to decorate their homes, buy costumes, candy, visit scary mazes and Haunted Houses.

Here’s some helpful sites to help “Spook up” your home:

HGTV’s “Creepy Garden”


                                         Halloween by: Jack Prelutsky

There’s a house upon the hilltop

We will not go inside

For that is where the witches live,

Where ghosts and goblins hide.

 From Holidays.Kaboose.com – here are some Halloween crafts, riddles and fun games!


Make some Candy Apples with the help of Maholo.com or try some Carmel Apples – Yummy!


Have fun and be safe!

 Thanks again to GOOGLE IMAGERY and ClipArt.com

October 13, 2008 Posted by | Fun Post, Halloween, Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Apples and Home


There is no concrete proof that “An apple a day will keep the doctor away”– although, apples do provide respectable amounts of fiber, some vitamin C, potassium and quercetin – a flavonoid that may help protect against heart disease.


Did you know?  There are over 7,000 varieties of apples available worldwide.  Some are better for baking while others are better for eating.  Try sliced apples with peanut butter – Yummy!

When buying – avoid wrinkled, bruised or soft apples.

Storing apples in the refrigerator will keep them fresh for up to 3 months. But, before eating – always wash skin thoroughly!

This is the time for apples – so much can be done with them – CARMEL APPLE CAKE CARMEL APPLES – A DOUBLE APPLE MOJITO – APPLE PANCAKES – and we can’t forget the All American APPLE PIE. Thanks to THE FOODNETWORK.COM


Now is the perfect time to go apple picking – have fun on the farm and …

enjoy apples and use them to decorate around your home – or – during a get together, try apple dunking – maybe after a double apple mojito!


And don’t forget, if your selling your home, have a pot of apple cider cooking on the stove for a wonderful fragrance or bake some apple muffins– Mmmm!


October 4, 2008 Posted by | Apples, Autumn, Fall, NY, Putnam County, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 3 Comments