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We were up and out relatively early this morning to gather the boys from their retreat. Then it was a family affair of chores and more chores. We cleaned the front of the house, putting the grill back and straightening up what was left of the stuff from our porch renovation that needed to be put back. Simultaneously, wood was being stacked, grass was being cut and weedwacking was being done (Good thing we have those kids, don’t you think?) I pulled all of my onions, which are now all laid out in trays in the potting shed to dry. I dug potatoes from the garden for dinner, along with more tomatoes.


I also picked the first of the apples and put together a skillet apple cake from the recipe I found at Baker’s Banter at King Arthur Flour. This was a super simple recipe and got The T’s approval. Served with some vanilla ice cream it was a good dessert.


Recipe – Apple Skillet Cake (adapted from Baker’s Banter)


  • 8 small-medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt and 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 1/3 c. all purpose flour
  • 3 T. apple cider
  • 2 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2/3 cup warm milk
  • 6 T. melted butter

The Process:

  1. Mix brown sugar, 1/4 t. salt, pumpkin pie spice (KAF used apple pie spice which they sell), cider. Add apples and mix.
  2. In separate bowl combine milk, butter, vanilla and whisk in one egg. To this mixture add the flour, baking powder and remaining salt.
  3. Mix well, pour into greased cast iron skillet.
  4. Add apple slices.
  5. Top with crystallized sugar.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.
  7. Enjoy!

This evening, we had an early dinner, the boys had CCD classes starting tonight and then we were home to finally relax. Now, I am sitting here, relaxing, enjoying the exhaustion that comes with a busy, but productive day.


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