I was helping a friend of mine put flowers together for a wedding with a bunch of other ladies who I had just met. One of them she referred to blogging, Pinterest, stumble upon etc. as Winter Sports. I laughed because it is sooooo true. During the Summer we are at the pool all day, then come August sports start...so Winter is the time to blog.
I have soooo many thoughts, ideas, projects in this brain of mine, that I need to put them somewhere. And to be honest I have been on fb wayyyy too much. I don't know why, but for some reason I feel lame when I start posting too much on fb? (The irony is, I love it when my friends post a lot because it's fun to see what they and their families are up to.)
I am going to once again put all the projects I want to do here in this blog, which will save us (Steve) time, energy and money. Below are projects I want to do, but have determined with busy kids and all the extra projects I've volunteered for, now is not the time or season...but a girl can still create and daydream (even if it is just in her head) right?
We had Sunday dinner at my parent's house tonight and my mom made this divinely delicious dessert. It is perfect for the Fall and the apple harvesting season.
The pictures below are of the cake my mom made before we devoured it!
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
3 cupspeeled and sliced Granny Smith apples (about 3 large)
1/2 cupbutter, softened
2 large eggs
2 cupsall-purpose flour
2 teaspoonsbaking powder
2 teaspoonsvanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add apples; sauté 5 minutes or until softened. Remove from heat; cool completely (about 30 minutes)
2. Meanwhile, prepare Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce. Reserve 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce for another use.
3. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
4. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into a greased and floured shiny 9-inch springform pan; top with apples. Drizzle with 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce; sprinkle with Streusel Topping.
5. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning; bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. (A wooden pick will not come out clean.) Cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes; remove sides of pan. Cool completely on wire rack (about 1 1/2 hours). Drizzle with 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce.
I went to visit my sis and brother-in-law 2 months ago at their new home in a suburb of Birmingham, AL.
It was so fun, beautiful and relaxing. A true vacation. Thank you for being such great hosts!
As we drove to her home I couldn't believe the beauty in just the drive! On either side of the road were beautiful green trees lining the road.
We passed the community club equipped with a pool, basketball courts, tennis courts, exersize facility and club house. We also passed a beautiful lake with walking trails and water front homes.
Their new home is so charming, clean and decorated in the "Nelson girl way". I don't know how else to describe our (Nelson-girl) style.
It is Country French mixed with Shabby Chic mixed with a modern/minimalist twist...very confusing for people to categorize (even ourselves).
I love her wreath, so classy & simple. So Rozlynn. ;) hee-hee
The guest room (soon to be nursery, yay!) below was so lovely with the cool hues on the wall and bed and the family picture of us in front of the Eiffel Tower. ;)
The side table is a thrift store find, she bought an old side table painted it white and bought that darling decorative knob. Love it!
The guest bathroom (below) was just as pretty I especially loved the gold picture frames and the french bee shower curtain.
Her main level was soooooo comfy with the Family Room off the kitchen and E! Entertainment on the television....hee-hee...seriously, it was soooo nice for this SAHM (stay at home mom) to sit and watch whatever the crap she wanted, at anytime of the day! GLORIOUS freedom!
Lastly, her gorgeous Dining/Living Room with it's large bay window and dark cherry wood table, chairs and buffet.
One day, I want a room (a large beautiful room) that is rarely if ever used. It's only purpose for existing is to look pretty. ....I'm sure those rooms are over-rated I just want to know that for myself. ;)
Thank you Rozzie for a wonderful vacation. Maybe one of these days the universe will listen to my plea and have us live MUCH closer together! Love you!
This is a longgg time coming, but last Fall I took some pics of my brother & sister-in-law and their darling family. I think they turned out pretty cute, but if you're working with cute kids, cute couple and a stunning background (my mother-in-law's yard) you can't really go wrong, right? ;)
I am not a professional, and I even left my good camera at home and used my father-in-law's camera. But I have taught myself a thing or two on Photoshop and think they turned out pretty well considering. ;)
Thanks Gerstners for letting me take pics of your cute family!