I made this recipe a couple of times last week. I took one to Church and I kept one at home and ate nearly the whole thing myself, I guess! ha. It works for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and I think you'll like it, too. :-)
I made one last night for the freezer, and tonight I've just made two recipes, divided into three pans (one 8 x 11 1/2" and two 9x9").
Here's the recipe: (My alterations are in parentheses and cooking hints will be within the instructions.)
German Apple Cake
2 eggs 1 cup oil (1/2 cup oil plus 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt) 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cups flour 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. baking soda 2 cups sugar (1 1/3 cup sugar) 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 4 cups sliced apples
In a 4-cup glass measuring cup, measure the oil, yogurt, eggs, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. In a large bowl, measure the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and sugar; mix. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ones. The batter will be rather thick. Peel, core and slice your apples about 1/4" thick. (I have a little "peeler, slicer, corer" machine that leaves you with your apple shape that is sliced. I cut the sliced apple into thirds.)
The recipe calls for a well-greased, 9x13" pan. I use a well-greased, 8x11 1/2" pan, as it makes it "cakier." Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes (50 does it for me).
It is so moist! You may sprinkle the top of the cake with cinnamon/sugar mixture (as though you were making cinnamon toast) very lightly. This is certainly not necessary.
For really colorful Fall posts, check out Dave at Home Garden who's encouraging people to participate in posting their Fall Colors and leaving a note at his site. :-)
These first couple of bright red bushes are the Euonymus alata "Compactus" Burning Bushes. You can see a PMJ Rhododendron squished between them. The BB on the right is exceptionally beautiful.
(Planting Circle #1)
Can you even see the bright red berries?
As we back away from the garage, this is "Planting circle #2." Here you see another BB and leaves of a redbud tree. (looking carefully to the right, you can still glimpse "planting circle #1)
Again, backing away a bit further, now you can see the redbud tree with its golden fall foliage (and zillions of seeds... do you want some?).
There was no ID on this bush, which I've always assumed was also a Burning Bush until Fall. Do YOU know what it is? A little closer view of the leaves. I really like the color, as its an interesting contrast to the other bushes along the driveway.
This may be my last "colorful" Fall post.
*PostScript: I'm feeling embarrassed, as I'm remembering this is a forsythia! I've looked online and have found three forsythia with purplish foliage. I hope someone can help me provide a Real ID! I'm sorry if I've thrown people off-base!
Thank you, Patsi. I'm not sure I can take much credit for the Fall Decor we're enjoying, but I'm sure we all like to think we contribute just a little to the overall scene. :-) You'll find Patsi at Garden Endeavors. Her garden site is very much worth your visit!
Now I must follow the rules and pick six people I've noticed sharing beautiful Fall arrangement and/or scenery posts. I know everyone, especially in the northern regions, are preparing to say goodbye to their garden blossoms, so we really are enjoying a lot of Fall posts. But I must limit myself to six people. You might visit them to let them know about this award!
The rules are simple...you pick up this award photo and post it on your blog. Nominate six people/blogs of your choice for this same award. Then finally, you need to let the winners know that they have been chosen!
Nothing "Shady" here! Enjoy visiting these blogs. :-) SG
The maples flare among the spruces, The bursting foxgrape spills its juices, The gentians lift their sapphire fringes On roadways rich with golden tinges, The waddling woodchucks fill their hampers, The deer mouse runs, the chipmunk scampers, The squirrels scurry, never stopping, For all they hear is apples dropping And walnuts plumping fast and faster; The bee weighs down the purple aster--- Yes, hive your honey, little hummer, The woods are waving, "Farewell, Summer."
Every day brings just a little more change in the Fall colors. This is what we've been seeing this past week or so. :-)
Slight changes happening downtown...
(Oct. 9) You know, I always obey this sign... but do you think it could use an exclamation point about this time of year? ;-) (Oct. 9)
You will see these burning bushes from the front of the house (with a couple of rhododendrons sandwiched in between).
The back side of the bush was pretty, too especially contrasted with the green hostas that seem to be hugging the ground. (Oct. 14)
(Oct. 15) A cloudy day. We are now looking up at our Shagbark Hickory on the south (woodsy) side of the house. (Oct. 14)
I'm enjoying this Fall weather. I've planted a few bulbs and will be happy to see the flowers next Spring! I have a few tulips to plant... just couldn't resist trying a few. I'll probably lay hardware cloth over the ground until Spring!! Perhaps that'll keep the rodents from digging down to them.
I traipsed downstairs to the basement storage room on September 19th. I was headed for the plant workbench to see about some pots, when "what to my wondering eye should appear?"
No... no tiny reindeer... but something nearly as amazing! It was a pot I'd purchased last Winter and completely forgotten about. There it sat, in the dark (until I turned on the light, of course). Upon closer inspection, there were Green Shoots coming out of the dry ground!
"What's this?" I said to myself. So, I took it outdoors and watered it.
I had a sneaking suspicion, but I really had forgotten all about the purchase!
Would this be a better clue??
Here we are, on October 1st. Tah-dah!
This was taken Wednesday, October 15.
Yep! A Calla Lily. Now what? I guess I'll be taking it indoors again.
I also have a couple that I planted in front of the house that I'll need to dig. But, this little fellow should be fun - don't you think? ;-)
P.S. Don't you think that someone would pick up that fallen basket?? hmmmm?
It's raining outside (not a downpour), and I decided to head outdoors to take a couple more photos!
I can take little credit for the success of the gardens this year. We have enjoyed a wonderful growing season. Everything was provided as needed... (it was critical to water only a couple of times). For that I am both grateful and humbled, as that's not the case everywhere.
This is what is blooming right now, as we speak! :-)
Japanese Anemone, Anemone japonica 'September Charms'?
Tricyrtis hirta, variety unknown (discount purchase) The flower pot on the right is supposed to be a toad house. ;-)
A last look at the front beds - photo 1
"Stella Supreme" is such a great re-bloomer! Notice there still buds forthcoming!
And I know this fellow is trying to tell me something. Let's lean in... oh, yeah... I hear it! "Come on, already. I want to go in. It's getting chilly out here!"
I understand completely.
I'll see if I can help him out later. For the moment... I'm headed indoors! (brrr!) Shady G.
I returned home tonight after visiting my daughter, son-in-law and their family in Omaha over the weekend. I went alone, as my husband had work commitments today. Anyway, these photos (except for the last one) were taken last week. It's just fun to see what's blooming these days. Especially now that we're deep in the midst of October.
I assume I'll begin raking in earnest tomorrow. It's the 'season,' and I don't want to get behind before I've begun!
Tricyrtis hirta 'Variegata' This is as tall as this plant has ever gotten. It's 4 - 5 years old, started from bare-root... and as far as I can remember, the first time it's bloomed! :-) close-up!
This next photo was also taken in the backyard. You can see 'Praying Hands' hosta behind 'Heronswood Mist' tiarella which is one of my favorite plants, due to its delicately colored foliage! Of course, there's an impatien blooming here.
This is right in front of the garage, looking past my miniature water feature towards the front of the house. I over-wintered the palm last year. Perhaps I can divide it, as it's grown quite large this summer.
And (Surprise!) my non-Christmas cactus, ready to bloom!!! (kitchen window)
Th next photo was taken tonight. The cactus is beginning to bloom! I am amazed! :-) (I moved it into the living room while I was gone.)
I've now begun to think about my November 2008 Inspiration post... hope you'll join me! ;-) (See my upper right side bar.) SG
To participate in Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Create your post on the 15th of any month and leave a note at her site. :-)
How many of you enjoy visiting with and receiving a visit from IVG? :-)
This is one lively, conversational garden-fellow, who, with with his cohort and photographer "Ferny Moss," have created an enjoyable spot to visit at their Urban Oasis.
And yes, I was able to make a stop in nearby Des Moines August 28! IVG greeted me at the door, and we spent the next several minutes poking around in their surrounding gardens.
Can you imagine the effort spent in creating this fantastic rock wall??
Taking photographs of their garden was a little intimidating, as Fernymoss' photos are wonderful!
I did feel this photo might give an idea of the great combinations of color, texture, and depth of the gardens of Urban Oasis.
I was on my way home from visiting my parents and aunt in north central Iowa, and I was on my way to my mother-in-law's home to spend the night. All that is to say, I didn't have as much time as I'd have certainly Liked to spend with IVG.
This is a little rue that he shared. It's growing in a sunny corner bed with some creeping sedum and columbine. (Yes, I see there are a couple of clover leaves that won't last long!) ha.
He also sent me home with some Monarda plants! This little plant, "Jacob Cline," in the center is one I purchased this summer. IVG's plants flank this little fellow. :-)
Look! New growth! Next summer this part of the bed will be full of Monarda. I'll keep you "posted!" ;-)
My past experience with Monarda tells me that it often is subject to mildew. But, IVG's hint about planting chives, onion, and/or allium nearby will help alleviate this problem. I plan to plant a few allium bulbs in this bed next week. :-)
Thanks, IVG, for your hospitality and generosity. I hope I can do you credit by your plant-gifts!