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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

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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