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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Wednesday 2 October 2013


"The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there." ~ Ellie Rodriguez

Welcome to my HOME friends! Here we are into the month of October and I think most of us may be spending more time in the kitchen these days. I know I am.

As I shared at my tea party this week, I had made an Apple Upside Down Cake with Vanilla Sauce.
It was my mother's recipe and I presume, her mother's recipe. Hope you enjoy it!

It starts with a Cottage Pudding batter then it is poured over an apple base.

Apple Base

Begin by melting 3 TBSP butter in bottom of 8" pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup brown sugar. Slice 3 apples {I used 2 Cortlands and 1 Granny Smith} over the sugar mixture.

Cottage Pudding

Cream: 1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
Add: 1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
Beat until light and fluffy.

Sift together:
1-3/4 cup flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Add to creamed mixture alternately with 3/4 cup milk. Beat well after each addition. Pour the  batter over the prepared apples and smooth to the edges of the pan.
Bake @ 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.
Serve warm with vanilla sauce or whipped cream.

Apple base

Cottage pudding

Vanilla Sauce/Brown Sugar Sauce
1 cup brown sugar
3 TBSP flour
1/2 tsp salt

Gradually stir in 2 cups of boiling water.
Bring to a boil and cook until smoothly thickened, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in 2 TBSP butter
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
Yield- 2 cups

This is a lovely dessert for family or company.

Here are my features from last week's party.......

Congratulations! to Gina @ Victorian Wanna Be who received the most views on her darling miniature bedroom post.

Diane @ An Extraordinary Day shared her recipe for this yummy looking salad.

Crunchy Grape Salad Recipe  ::

Pamela @ playingwithmycamera shared some lovely autumnal touches around her home.

Linda @ More Fun Less Laundry shared a wonderful apple themed table in celebration of a family member's birthday.

Dawn @ We Call It Junkin took us on a tour of the fabulous Lace House in South Carolina.

lace house south carolina governors mansion

Bernideen @ Bernideen's Tea Time Blog gets another feature this week because I love her shabby chic pumpkins she made out of vintage laces.

And Dawna @ That Country Place shared her tutorial on creating this cute Fall sign made from a cupboard door.

A big Thank you to all of you who welcome us into your homes every week. You're the ones who make this party so special.

Do you have something HOME related you would like to share with us? Then please create a post around it and link up with me. I would love to have you.

"Lord, this humble house we'd keep
Sweet with play and calm with sleep.
Help us so that we may give
Beauty to the lives we live.
Let Thy bounty and Thy grace
Shine upon our dwelling place. " ~ Edgar A. Guest

As a courtesy, please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~

What's It Wednesday ~
Home and Garden Thursday ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits ~
Home Sweet Home~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. What a delicious post here with this Apple Cake. It is definitely the time of the year for this lovely dessert. Can you believe we may get some snowflakes later this week? Oh my! I am so pleased you featured my pumpkins too! Thank you!

  2. That apple cake looks delish! Great features this week but Bernideen's pumpkins really caught my eye...beautiful! Hugs, Penny

  3. This apple cake and the sauce sound so good and easy, Sandi. Thank you for sharing the recipe! Thank you also for featuring my post from last week. I appreciate it. Have a wonderful day. Pamela

  4. That apple cake looks fabulous! So glad I stopped by!

  5. Beautiful styling and photos of a scrumptious looking treat! Love apples in the fall; thanks for sharing and as always, for hosting!


  6. What a surprise to come in from playing with grapevines and over to your party to see my Crunchy Fall Salad featured! Thank you sooooo much for this lovely blessing, Sandi! [hugs]

  7. mmmm that looks absolutely yummy! What a perfect autumn dessert:) Love how your served it in the pretty transfer ware serving pieces....looks divine! Thanks for the recipe and for having us over each week:) Happy Week! Hugs, Poppy

  8. Wow, the pudding looks amazing, Sandi! Thanks for sharing the recipe :) Thanks for having us over to party with you too! Hugs and Spring greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  9. So beautiful and this Autumn dessert looks like such a lovely treat. I can just imagine the aroma as it bakes. Bernideen's pumpkins are precious!
    Warm Autumn Hugs,

  10. Thank you Sandi for hosting again today! I can't wait to try your recipe! Take care..


  11. Yummy! Your apple cake looks delicious. Bernideen' s pumpkins are gorgeous.Thans for your lovely comment.

  12. OH I have not had my dinner yet and am now craving your dessert :) Thank you for hosting ! :)

  13. Thank you for sharing the apple cake recipe. this looks so delicious! And thank you for hosting!

  14. Thank you, Sandi, for hosting and that cake looks amazing..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  15. Thank you, Sandi, for hosting and that cake looks amazing..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  16. Hi Sandi :) I came back for the recipe...mmm...can't wait to make it. Thanks so much for sharing. Now I found your lovely link-up for today. So nice for me. Now I get to go visit everyone else.

  17. Oh, I love the name of this "Cottage Pudding." That is so charming and it looks great! Thanks for hosting!

  18. Hello I am new to the party and your latest follower. Thanks for hosting!
    Amber @junkaholicsunanimous

  19. Sandi,
    That cake looks wonderful!! Thanks so much for hosting and for always stopping by!!


  20. Sandi, Thank you so much for featuring my Lace House article! What a lovely surprise! I'm back with a post about antiques spotting at the movies, something I do about once a month. I started my own link party this week, it's for anything antique or vintage or history-related, and I invite you to join. Thanks again - Dawn @ We Call It

  21. Hi Sandi! What an honor to be the most viewed post of your party. Thanks so much and have a great weekend!

  22. Hello Sandi,
    Your cake looks delicious! Perfect for autumn. Lovely features - always a delight to join your party, I appreciate you hosting,

  23. OMG!..that pudding looks yummy and I'm craving it! The features are lovely too. Thank you for hosting this great party, sweet lady.
    Big hugs,

  24. Good Morning Sandi....want to wish you a beautiful Friday. I hope it's pain free and full of full of awesome God things. Hugs to you special PEI friend.

  25. Hello Sandi, I have been gone for awhile and it's a JOY to pop back onto your beautiful Blog. Having a dear little grandbaby in our lives now has changed things and we are loving it. I hope you are feeling better by now.
    Happy Fall.

  26. Your cottage cake looks so yummy, I've copied out the recipe and I'll share it with my family this week, if there is baking time. Thanks for sharing

  27. I absolutely love love coming to visit your blog! The delicious recipes and lovely pictures of home are so peaceful and inspiring that motivate me to care more for the place the Lord has given me to build! As a result, I've nominated you for a blog award! Congrats! If you wish to receive it, please visit me at Have a great week!

  28. Sandi,
    Just stopping by to thank you for your visit and kind words about my remodel. I am so glad that it is behind us....


  29. Sandi, this apple cake looks so delicious! My sis gave me some apples from her tree. I made apple crisp on Sunday. Now I will make this. Pinned. Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.


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