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Saturday, February 25, 2012

NOW in 3D!!!!

(or something like that)
Thanks to Applique Momma for giving this free design to her fans to try out 3D applique. Yep, those floppy ears aren't totally stitched down. They're, well, a little floppy.
Turned out so cute, or should I say SEW SWEET? 


There are times when I have to scrap all obligations and clear my head. Between being a wife, mom (to 2 adorable kids ;), school volunteer, laundress, professional shopper, master calendar keeper, "sewing machine" & part-time insomniac, I find there's one thing that refocuses me when my brain gets overloaded...baking. Actually it's baking something new, something different & something loaded with chocolate. The problem is I've given up chocolate until August...WHAT???...ummmm, yes...WHY???...ummmm, I like a challenge.?.

So, my brain was in the frying pan this week. That whole "Just Say "No!"" campaign should be remarketed to moms. Too many commitments, errands, jobs & insomnia plagued my cranial gears from firing off in the right sequence, and I knew baking would reset the mechanisms. My daughter has been on an apple kick, so I had plenty in the fridge & decided to work my baking project around this fruity staple. You know "an apple a day" & all that business. I scoured Pinterest for a recipe, but didn't find what I liked, so I went old-school & hit up my shelves of cookbooks. I found exactly what I wanted in Texas Ties...Recipes and Rememberances from the Junior League of North Harris and South Montgomery Counties, Inc. The homeland was calling me & there was no turning back.

Here's the recipe with my modifications:
2 cups flour (I used 1 cup all-purpose & 1 cup white wheat flour)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream (I used light sour cream)
2 cups finely chopped Granny Smith apples

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbls melted butter
1 tsp cinnamon
OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup chopped pecans (I didn't add nuts, because daughter no likey :)

  • Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt intoa bowl & mix well.
  • Beat sugar & butter in a separate bowl until light & fluffy. Beat in eggs & vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with the sourcream, mixing well after each addition. Fold in apples.
  • Prepare Brown Sugar Topping by combining brown sugar, butter and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well. Stir in pecans if wanted.
  • Spread into a buttered 9x13 baking pan. Sprinkle Brown Sugar Topping all over the top of the batter. Baked in a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 35-40 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.
I wasn't expecting to blog this recipe, so I didn't take a good picture. But after this FB post: "It's hard to tell from the picture, but this might be the best non-chocolate dessert I've ever made! Fresh apple sour cream coffee cake...holymoly!", I had requests to share.

Let me know if you try it too. It's perfect for brunch, dessert, midnight snack, midmorning sugar-booster, midafternoon sugar-crave and anytime you're in the kitchen.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


I just pinned my first item to Pinterest...exciting, huh? I'm working on a super-cute outfit for my daughter, plus a couple of NEW birthday designs...can't wait to see how they all stitch out. Now, off to the movies w/ the kiddos!