Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Southern Living Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Okay so have you seen the cover of Southern Living this month? (August)
Well, if you haven't its a Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake, we made it
and it was a HUGE success at bunco last night :)

yum? right?

Cream Cheese Filling
8oz package softened cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract

Apple Cake Batter
1 cup finely chopped pecans
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups peeled & finely chopped gala apples (1 1/2 lbs)

Praline frosing
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
3 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar

1. prepare filling: beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed- add egg, flour, & vanilla
beat until just blended
2.  prepare batter: oven 350 degrees. bake pecans in shallow pan 8-10min
Stir together 3 cups flour and next 7 ingredients in large bowl, stir in eggs and next 3 ingredients.
stir just until dry ingredients are moisened, then add apples and pecans.
3.  spoon 2/3 of apple mixture into greased and floured (14 cup) bundt pan. Spoon
cream cheese filling over apple mixture. leave 1in boarder around edges of pan. swirl filling
through apple mixture using a paring nife. Spoon remaining apple mixture
over cream cheese filling.
4.  bake 350 for 1hr- 1hr 15min. cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15min, remobe from pan and cool
completely (2hrs).
5.  prepare frosting- bring 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2c butter, 3 Tbsp milk to a boil 1 min. wisking constantly!! remove from heat and stir in vanilla. gradually wisk in powdered sugar until smoth, stir gently 3-5 min or until mixture begins to coll and thickens slightly.
pour immediately over cooled cake (add extra pecans if you like to top).
recipee by Country Livin from:
Robert Kindred

Thanks y'all

Monday, August 22, 2011

re-did the redo of mom's powder bathroom

So the morning after I posted mom's powder bathroom redecoration she was in the bathroom scraping the
wallpaper off.  She thought she could just take off the boarder BUT that didnt work.  It took off too much
of the paint and texture to just repaint it so she decided she wanted venetian plaster BEFORE bunco
(girls night out) that was tonight...

So here's the pic's

the original redo pics are from this post
(here's 2)

then it went BROWN!!
(and yes the sink is still tacky, they are ordering a new vanity, but they are getting all
new appliances on Wednesday and granite counter tops)

p.s. here's my house :) -- I close in 2 weeks from tomorrow.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Home Tour 8-14-11

An update on my home build progress is in order :)

Okay so my closing date got pushed from August 31 to September 6th due to "Texas Heat"
.... needless to say I'm not too happy with the set back because I was counting on the long weekend to get
settled in AND had things set up for delivery already AND
had friends set up to help me move... so back to the drawing boards on all that!

So I added in the date the picture was taken to show you how fast this house is going up!


So this last picture... I walked in my house Friday night and when I started
down the hallway I smelled this awful stink, I smelled it in 2 of the bedrooms as well.
I kept thinking gross it smells like URINE?!?!
Then I walked into the bathroom and started to Gag, I figured out quickly that someone had
pee'd in my bathtub. It was 110 outside so no telling how hot it is inside the house and it was just sitting in their baking in the heat.  GROSS GROSS GROSS. There is a porta potty right outside in the front
yard but some jerk did this!!  I sent this picture to the home builder and if something isn't done
quickly it will be sent to corporate. UCK!

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Powder Bathroom Makeover

The only wallpaper left in my parents house is one small boarder in the powder bathroom.
Its Thomas Kinkade designs and not too drastic but I'm sure that room will eventually get
the texture/mudding as well.

Here's the before with a coordinating Thomas Kinkade picture

We added the cross on the wall from this post.

 And assembled some wall decor

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Reusable Shopping Bags & Box

 So I decided to join the reusable shopping bag efforts but I was tired of none of mine matching.
So I went to Target and got 6 that all matched from the dollar section. (total $6)

I also picked up this really cool box that the bottom unzips and it folds flat for $18 at Market Street
grocery store (original sticker price was $80, CRAZY)
 before shopping...

 after shopping!!...
 So excited!! and with the box nothing rolled around in my back seat or trunk, how wonderful!
AND I must say my house is coming along... :)

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