Friday, October 29, 2010

Tink, Tink ~

 Our perfect package of tricks and treats!

~ Happy Halloween

[DIY Tinker Bell costume + images by Reverie-Daydream]

Monday, October 25, 2010

An Apple A Day ~

There is something really special about apple season and all the delicious local varietals offered for the picking!  During this time of year, my baskets are always filled with this adored fruit, and baking seems to outweigh all other forms of culinary experiences.  There are favorites such as the Apple Jack Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Icing, Apple Streusel Bread, and Raw Apple Cake, yet I always like to indulge in something new and this year's recipe proudly joins the must-bake annually ranks. 

Mom's Apple Cake
[adapted from Smitten Kitchen]
7 Small Apples (peeled, cored, and chopped)
1 1/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
6 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup olive oil
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter/Grease a tube pan.  
Toss apples with cinnamon and sugar, set aside.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients (slowly) into the dry ingredients, mix well.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Pour half of batter into prepared pan followed by half of apple mixture over it.
Pour remaining batter over the apples and place the other half of apples on top.  
Bake for approx. 1 1/2 hours, or until toothpick comes out clean.

[Reverie-Daydream Images]

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

The French Laundry {Garden}

There are not many things in life that I covet ~ but this garden brings out every shade of green with envy emotion imaginable!   Of course, I'm not surprised The French Laundry is the mastermind behind this incredible seven acres of organic goodness. 

For the record, we have yet to dine in this holy temple of gastronomy, but one day, I will mark this culinary experience off my bucket list.  Until then, I'll continue to visit  this garden wonderland in hopes of keeping  the green eyed monster satisfied!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Wishing Tree

This past weekend, I was honored to be asked by one of my dearest friends to create a Wishing Tree for a baby shower.  I'm not really the 'crafty' type, for normally, I have really large ideas, but they never can flow smoothly from the blueprint in my brain to reality.  Luckily, the blogging world is filled with inspiration, and these two fabulously creative ladies {here and here}started the ball rolling on what ultimately turned out to be a very successful DIY project!   

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Weekend Reverie

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves 
 that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

[Laguna Beach Image by Reverie-Daydream]


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