Cool, crisp air, swirling leaves of reds and golds, and warm, fuzzy sweaters all remind me of Fall. Fall reminds me of Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving reminds me of family. The house bursting with warmth and love, the holidays are what I love the most. I know some people stress out about hosting Thanksgiving dinner, but I actually love it. It makes me happy to cook a turkey with all the trimmings and whip up some creamy mashed potatoes and homemade gravy. It pleases me to bake a few desserts and just enjoy a meal with those who mean the most to me. This year, I’ve got the help of my brand new baby to make all the scrumptious dishes for Thanksgiving dinner. I got this stunning KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus Stand Mixer on sale at Target and am I ever in love! Yes, I’m in love with my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer! This KitchenAid Stand Mixer was on sale at Target, so I picked one up! I have to say that the Target in Sudbury really impressed me! The staff were so friendly and helpful, and the store was laid out well. The variety and availability of products also impressed me. I’m thankful for great shopping experiences! Now, back to my KitchenAid Stand Mixer! There will be turkey and stuffing, and cranberry sauce; Biscuits and gravy, and candied yam casserole too. Pies of all kinds will be served as well. Most of all, there will be lots of stories and jokes for everyone to tell. One of the things I will be whipping up is this Apple Cake made with apples picked from our farm. It’s been a great year for apples, so I will also be making more applesauce, apple pie and apple cake!
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup Gay Lea butter
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla (I use my homemade vanilla, but vanilla extract will do)
- 2 eggs
- 4 medium sized apples, peeled and sliced ⅜" thickness
- 3 tbsp cinnamon
- ⅓ cup sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 inch round baking pan.
- Combine all dry ingredients in Kitchen Aid mixer bowl.
- Add butter, milk and vanilla. Using flat beater attachment on Kitchen Aid mixer, mix on speed 2.
- Add eggs and continue to mix on speed 2. Increase speed to 6 for about a minute or two.
- Wash, peel and slice apples (3/8" in thickness). In a bowl, add cinnamon and sugar, toss apple slices in the cinnamon/sugar mixture so that apple slices are lightly coated.
- Pour half the batter into pan and arrange apple slices in a circular pattern.
- Repeat layer of batter and arrangement of apple slices.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes. Cool 10 min and remove from pans. Let cool completely on wire rack. Enjoy!
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I can’t help but think of all the things I am thankful for this year. I’m thankful for:
- Being able to spend time with loved ones
- A bountiful harvest
- My first baby (canine baby!), Chance turning 12 years old on Thanksgiving
- Being able to feed my family with fruit, vegetables, beef and eggs from our farm
- Being able to provide a meal for my loved ones to enjoy this Thanksgiving.
People tend to focus on the things that don’t go right or the things they do not have. I’m guilty of not always stopping to smell the roses. I know I sometimes take this amazing life on the farm for granted. This year, I want to focus on the things that matter most. Family.
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