Apple Upside Down Cake: All-American Classic

Farmers markets and grocery stores are starting to display a wider variety of apples for sale. Apples are so versatile and easy to cook with - they're truly a fruit staple for any kitchen. To celebrate this all-American fruit, I'm sharing a recipe for Apple Upside Down Cake. I used Jazzy apples for this recipe, but you can use any apple that's good for baking - such as Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Braeburn, Gala, Granny Smith, … [Read more...]

Apple Picking in Illinois

A slight chill in the air and the turning of leaves into riotous colors means it's time to take the family out for some apple picking in Illinois! Several farms in the area are dotted with red and golden apples weighing heavily on trees lined in neat little orchard rows. One such orchard is just 5 miles from my house and a recent family gathering ended in a trip to Kuiper's Family Farm. You can see by all the cars that this place is hopping! … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour Week via All Things Home

Are you as excited as me about this week's Fall Home Tour? In case you didn't know, a group of us bloggers have formed an interest group called "All Things Home." From time to time we'll provide posts specific to a topic that's near and dear to your home and heart. Not only that, but we also have lots of giveaways to share with you ... like this week's hand-painted $1500 Sarasota Chest from Somerset Bay. Scroll to the very end of this post for … [Read more...]

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