Monday, October 3, 2022

~Already..October~

 















Fall is so much in the air..Probably because it IS fall now..
The weather has been cooler than expected so now the leaves are starting to turn..
That apple cake above is so good..
I like a loaf cake  it's not too big..
And you know what? This is a sweet I enjoy.A sliver;)
I found the recipe on TIKTOK..Delish by Elmi.
In French..I have translated below..

The only things in bloom..Sedum..lots..Hydrangeas..zinnias..cosmos and marigolds..pots of annuals i.e. geraniums,lantanas..
Herbs still lovely..new crop of dill happening..
A rose here and there..

I wanted to start fall clean up and I DID ..:)
 To everyone who thinks gardening is a watering can and snippers..LOL

I am still shovel pruning Annabelles..  I cut back the front of our home including it's surrounding gardens..I have the back and planters left but it still looks ok..this tooks 3 days..not full days..
Hard gardening 2-3 hrs max now..

I have spent some time painting during the previous  wet chilly days..all the ones shown here are from Chris Petri tutorials on YouTube.
I love them.
Relaxing..zen..no obligations..
I don't mind my Amish woman..my man..needs work..

The tutorials are free  ..he does this out of love of watercolor and teaching.
Amazing.

If anyone out there wants to try:) This is a great way to learn.

So La Recette for this delicious cake..


3 eggs
150 grams of sugar
1 envelope of vanilla sugar
175 grams melted butter
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
200 grams flour
1/2 packet baking powder (ap 1 1/2 tsps)
2 apples peeled and cored then sliced
turbinado sugar on top before baking.
I added a touch of cardamom because we love it.
His instructions say bake 180C for 30-35 mins
So mine took ap 1 hr.I kid you not.
And it didn't get as dark as his and I was happier.
Well worth it..

To see the way he made it..
you can see here..I think it's important to see how he makes it..you will then know how to add the ingredients
It's just so perfect.

Through the yrs..apart from bookmarked cooking and baking books I have a file folder of tried and true desserts with many apple desserts clipped together with an Advil paper clip lol..
Anyone who inherits my recipes will have a headache:)

32 comments:

  1. Seeing this pop up on my feed just now is just the tonic I need. It's bad when you aren't happy in your happy place! But this helps me feel -- well, more peaceful and at rest. The images, as always, are beautiful. Your garden -- wow. Such fabulous bits and I know hard work. I've been unable to do anything and things at home need it so. Of course, I'm not there and even if I was, I couldn't do anything but still... it weighs heavy. The apple cake looks good. Rick has been cooking since I've been ill -- no one wants someone with pneumonia doing the cooking. But I'm itchy to bake something. Or to paint. I love the Petri tutorials you introduced me to and need to take a look at these. I love your free, lovely style here. And every image is taking me to a place where I long to be now, so thank you for this one -- even more than usual!

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    1. I feel for you.A client of mine once had a bad pneumonia and it was actual hell for him.We have our ups and owns with health and it's no fun at all..Some bigger than others.You will feel like yourself again..It's treatable and you have all the hobbies to keep you quiet and rested,avid reader..painter..needlefelter..etc..Take care Jeanie:)

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  2. Beautiful images and writing, Monique. I love this time of year, and yes, gardening is hard work, not trailing around in a lacy dress with a pretty watering can. Apple cake is a staple around here, too, and there will likely be an apple pie or two for next weekend when we celebrate Thanksgiving. Our weather continues extraordinarily dry and warm, and we would love a good day or two of rain.

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    1. Lacy dress and watering can lol! So true.. overalls and dirty face.Hoping for rain for you..You had a great fun summer:)

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  3. Beautiful photos and paintings! Thank you for translating the apple cake recipe. I will have to try it. Happy October!

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  4. Your gardens keep on going. They are thAnking you for all your love you showed them during the heat of summer. I love the glass measuring cup filled with those sunny Nasturtium. Even the little birdie is singing it’s approval. I am going to try tha cake. Maybe tom

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    1. Its so good..out of the oven..cooled a bit and a cup of what you love!That glass cup is a beaker:) My husband was a chemical engineer and we saved a few things from his lab:)

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  5. I've cleaned up the smaller pots and my landscaper has planted all my bulbs, mums and cabbages. I still have hibiscus and mandevilla blooming their heads off. Large planters - I'll leave them alone until frost kills them off in a few weeks.

    Your man looks fine to me.

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    1. Thanks A.. I want my pots emptied before frost I better hurry .I find it harder after frost...

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  6. Your paintings are marvelous, Monique! I especially like the women "shopping" the pumpkin pile. And how perfectly placed is the little lady bug--right in the middle of the zinnia. That is a great shot.

    Maybe you've told us before, but what is the red brick building with white trim? It looks older. Historical? It's charming and all decked out for fall.

    I well remember spending days and days outside, cleaning up the garden and flowerbeds. This year was different. We didn't plant much, so cleanup was lots easier. I hate to admit it, but I think this might be our new normal where gardening is concerned. We had tons of tomatoes and shared them, and friends and family had lots of green beans, cucumbers and corn that they shared with us. It really did work out well.

    Glad you're pacing yourself with your outdoor work, Monique. It will all get done in its time. Enjoy the fall!

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    1. It will!!The red brick building must be historic..it's our town hall,,lots of old around here including me;)I cleared a round cutting garden last yr and I am looking at it thinking it will be so much easier to cut down..I leave the too many or so hostas die off and freeze..much easier than
      cutting..I somehow feel the before last biggest jobs are done:)A good feeling.My neighbour says so early? But she now has a team to open and close her gardens..I don't know how to answer that without saying I don't have a team:)She deserves a team.I have J to haul the filled tarps away in a secret place..she lost her dear husband lone yr ago:(..so I say I don't like looking at dried out things and have kept the annuals..How nice of you to share your produce! Treasures..Have a great week.

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  7. I love loaf cakes too, no frills - just goodness! I assume I can just add a teaspoon of vanilla or vanilla paste instead of vanilla sugar, since I usually don't see if offered here in stores where I shop? I just found an apple cake I'd like to try from an old cookbook I was browsing through also. :) I also found the most glorious zinnia gardens in our village recently where I've been taking walks. I've been dead-heading them to save seeds. I will be working in the garden today too. We may have frost Friday night and I need to get my tuberous begonias stored and also need to take New Guinea impatiens cuttings before they wither! LOVE your paintings. You are always challenging yourself to new techniques which is wonderful!! I would like to live in that white house with the red door. ♥♥♥

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    1. I bet you can..but add enough..:)Oh. fun..I have been. saving the marigold seeds and zinnias but I read an article recently that said they have to be bone dry..I may have harvested too early and will wait ..as they are still strong..I also read you can save yellow seeds and they will be pink..egads.I had put yellow aside for you..so you may get surprises:)I like the style of that white house too.I hope to put more gardens to bed tomorrow..as today we roast our 40 plus lbs of red peppers:)I love your paintings and they are still on display here:):)

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    2. I keep hoping to make the time to paint again. Fingers crossed once we can't get outdoors to golf any longer and the garden work is all done. It seems our Mah Jongg group has dissapated too so I'll be looking for projects :) I didn't realize that zinnias came with surprises - LOL. I should read up on them too. I harvested a few dead flower heads from our golf course nearby yesterday - where they have some of the pretty 'lime' series zinnnias planted. Kind of antique-looking colors but so pretty. Surprises will be fun!!

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    3. Oh good I thought you only needed yellow;)

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  8. Look at those lovely photos. Gardening can be hard work. I used to be able to work all day outside. Your paintings are so cute and fun. The woman with the pumpkins and the Amish. The apple cake looks wonderful. Thanks for translating the recipe. I have some apples. Maybe I will give it a try.

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    1. Me too..now I limit my time..I have to;)My pleasure Linda!

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  9. That cake mmmmmm…..I love backing but I never do it …because when you live alone you must eat alone 🙈…hahaha…..happy weekend love from me and Leaf 🍀🐾💗🍀

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    1. Perhaps one day:)?You will bake again for 2 or more..There are many Prince Charmings waiting for you I bet..:)

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    2. Hahaha….I no….I do not think about that…no man for me… 🙈🙈🙈 I need time to recover this part of my life 🍀🍀🍀

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  10. Finally, I have some time to comment! Sorry it has taken me so long. That cake looks amazing. I love that you are always so generous in sharing your sources. I may make that next time the family comes. (Now that's a delightful thought!) Beautifully presented as always. Also your gardens. You take such beautiful pictures of them. It is clear that you work very hard on the gardens. It shows! Stunning to say the least. I am so not a gardener. Lazy. That is me. Your town is adorable. Your paintings. Beautifully done. I would so LOVE LOVE to live in that house! Thank you so much for all that you share with us. I love visiting your page always, my Susan Branch of the Great White North. I hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving! xoxo

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    1. Awww,,thank you Marie..Yes the gardens are work but when we moved here I was 21 yrs younger lol and made too many gardens..I still have loads of fails..:(But as I say Hope never dies in the heart of a gardener:)We had a great TG.. went to bed way past midnight..laughed so hard.My family..comedians:) But I love that:)

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  11. I can't say it enough---- your photography is tres inspiring. Reading your blog updates have persuaded me to get back on the blog wagon :-)

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    1. Yay Susan..it does us good..its a long winter in our neck of the woods;)

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  12. What a lovely post and your paintings are just amazing!! Wow!
    Titti

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