Category Archives: Thanksgiving

Apple Cake

Photo Nov 29, 10 32 57 PM (1) APPLE CAKE

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Hi Everyone,

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.

I posted a picture of my apple cake to Facebook and I have been receiving so many requests to post the recipe.
 I just had to share it with all of my members.
It has to be the easiest cake recipe I ever made.
This was my go-to cake for every bake sale when my son was in school back in the day (he is 29 years old now. I won’t do the math, the number of years fly by too quickly).
Anyway, simple ingredients and tastes great every time. I made it as part of my Thanksgiving desserts and Bob was beyond happy. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.



  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup OJ
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. Baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. Salt


  • 3 medium-size Macintosh apples (peeled and sliced)


  • ¼ cup sugar & 1 tsp. Cinnamon – blended


  1. Beat the first 8 ingredients until smooth
  2. Pour ½ the batter into a greased and floured tube pan
  3. Layer with half of the apples
  4. Sprinkle with the sugar/cinnamon mixture
  5. Add remaining batter
  6. Add remaining apples
  7. Add remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour
  9. Cool on a rack and serve with a coating of powdered sugar


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Photo Nov 29, 10 38 53 PM (1) DESSERT

Since I am sharing, I wanted to share this slideshow of my

Thanksgiving meal for 2019.

If there is a recipe that interests you, please let me know….

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Thanksgiving Holiday

2015-11-29 01.24.57 - INTRO

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Hi everyone,

I was so busy shopping & cooking for the holiday that I didn’t have time to post my Thanksgiving tablescape, so here it is. I thought it was so sweet that so many of you sent me emails to see if I was okay because the post wasn’t up on Thanksgiving. I am fine, thank you.

I hope you all had a very lovely Thanksgiving with your family and friends. This year for us it was only dinner for two; our son could not be with us this year.

Although, if you saw what I cooked, it looked like dinner for 20. I love, love, love Thanksgiving. It has been my favorite holiday since I was a child. Even though we were only two, I prepared all the traditional foods for this holiday. I just couldn’t eliminate anything.

(I’ll post some food pictures at the end of the post).

Every year after cooking for two days, I say that I am going to cut down on what I prepare for the next year and then while food shopping, my Italian gene kicks in and I go overboard.

Every dish I prepare is a memory and a link to when my family was still here with me. How I wish those days could come back.

The only thing I did change this year was the size of the turkey because it was only Bob and I.

2015-11-29 01.28.58 - INTRO II - CLOSE UP

This year my Thanksgiving tablescape was completely different from years past.

I usually have solid dinnerware in fall colors with matching chargers along with turkey accent plates and platters. Some autumn colored votive candles and autumn leaves scattered around the table on a leaf design tablecloth. Not this year….

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This year something new caught my eye.

Pumpkin designed dinnerware.

Every Fall catalog that I received from either Pier 1, William Sonoma, Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn had pumpkin designed dinnerware; but one pattern really caught my eye and that was from Pier 1 (Pier 1 has become my 2nd home these days).

What attracted me the most to the dishes was the glazed crackled finish giving it some Old World charm. The dish is an off white crackled background with pumpkins and vines in soft colors of orange, beige and olive green.

2015-11-29 00.57.51 DISHES

Now a photo of the complete set…

2015-11-29 00.58.58 COMPLETE DISHES

 I bought a pumpkin tablecloth last year that I never used that I thought would look great with these dishes since it had a similar pumpkin and vine design.

2015-11-28 09.06.23 - THANKSGIVING TABLECLOTH

I am using my annual Thanksgiving napkins in assorted autumn colors and a bronze pumpkin napkin ring.

2015-11-29 00.42.54 NAPKINS

Since you all know by now that that primo course of our Thanksgiving menu is “Uncle Vinny soup”; I am keeping with the pumpkin theme and using a glazed ceramic pumpkin soup tureen with matching pumpkin soup bowls. The soup tureen and bowls are sage green in a glazed finish.  

(I didn’t display the soup bowls in my pictures so you could get a good look at the pumpkin dishes; but we used them during dinner).

This is my go to soup tureen for this holiday. I should just rename this the “Uncle Vinny soup tureen & bowl set”, since I only use it once a year for this soup.

2015-11-29 01.02.32 - SOUP TUREEN

The chargers I chose are the same ceramic chargers in solid autumn colors that I use every year. They are just perfect for the holiday. I have had these chargers for many years and they are in assorted colors of olive green, gold and bronze.

2015-11-29 00.45.22 CHARGERS

At first I was undecided if I wanted to use a placemat and then after going through my collection, I decided to use a woven placemat with autumn colors of gold, bronze, rust and brown .

2015-11-29 00.48.42 - PLACEMAT

I am using my everyday flatware in a gold and silver. 

2015-11-29 00.54.11 -FLATWARE

The glassware I selected were gold goblets; another Thanksgiving favorite. Unfortunately, while taking them out of the box, we discovered that two were broken. Since I didn’t have enough remaining to set the table, I quickly switched to a plain clear goblet.

2015-11-29 01.49.24 CLEAR GOBLET

Just to show you the gold goblet, I took a picture and Bob and I used them for a cocktail. (About that later).

2015-11-29 01.50.19 AMBER GOBLET

Now for the centerpiece. Every year I use my ceramic cornucopia as part of my centerpiece. This year I decided to put the cornucopia in a natural basket along with pumpkins, chestnuts and the most beautiful candles.

I had to buy these candles as soon as I saw them because the colors match the colors in the dish perfectly.

2015-11-29 01.22.56 CENTERPIECE

I placed pumpkin votive candle holders on each side of the centerpiece with a pumpkin spice scented candle. The house smells wonderful.

You know I love candles.

2015-11-29 00.36.41 PUMPKIN VOTIVE

I am using pumpkin salt & pepper shakers,

2015-11-29 00.36.12- PUMPKIN SALT AND PEPPER

and a ceramic pumpkin napkin holder.

2015-11-29 00.37.49 PUMPKIN NAPKIN HOLDER

I am finishing the table with autumn table scatter, 2015-11-29 00.53.29 TABLE SCATTER

and mini ceramic turkey salt & pepper shakers.

 Many times I use salt and pepper shakers for accent pieces on the table to carry the theme and not for salt and pepper.

2015-11-29 00.39.49- TURKEY SALT AND PEPPER

2015-11-29 01.28.16 - BUFFET

Place Setting

2015-11-29 00.41.07- PLACE SETTING

Bob and I toasted the holiday with an Apple Cider Bellini– just delicious!

The recipe is very simple. Rim your glass with cinnamon sugar, fill the glass half way with apple cider & top it off with Prosecco. Garnish with a thin slice of apple.

2015-11-29 01.14.41 -APPLE BELLINI

Here are pictures of my Thanksgiving 2015 turkey, dinner plate & dessert plate.

2015-11-26 19.40.06- Turkey 2015

Of course we started off with Uncle Vinny soup.

2015-11-29 01.59.01 UV SOUP

Along with the turkey, we had sage stuffing, sweet potato casserole, stuffed mushrooms, mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, green beans with almonds, cranberries and toasted breadcrumbs and homemade gravy. 

2015-11-29 02.32.22 - DINNER PLATE

And lets not forget dessert…..

Sweet potato pie infused with rum topped with whipped cream.

This was my first attempt at this pie and Bob loved it. 

2015-11-29 01.17.43- PIE

with an ice cream cannoli on the side.

2015-11-29 01.21.22 DESSERT

My annual “guest” to the table is a stuffed animal my Dad gave me and I display it every year. It’s a turkey holding an “Eat Ham” sign.

Shopping in Hallmark with my Dad one day, I thought it was so cute. Next thing I knew, Dad bought it for me and brought it as his guest for Thanksgiving.

2015-11-29 01.51.58 EAT HAM

It was a great meal and now I look forward to making turkey soup and turkey pot pie.

My wish for you are many blessings and I hope your blessings last a lifetime!

Be grateful for the precious gift of family, good friends, good food, a home and good health.

My sincere best wishes always.

2015-11-29 01.26.13- BUFFET I

Table Details

Pumpkin tablecloth from Kohl’s

Autumn napkins from Bed, Bath and Beyond

Chargers from Bloomingdales

Basket from Michael’s Arts and Crafts

Placemats from Homegoods

Pumpkin napkin rings from Amazon

Pumpkin napkin holder and salt and pepper shaker- had them too many years to remember

Mini turkey salt and pepper shakers from Crate and Barrel

Pumpkin dinnerware from Pier 1

Pumpkin votive holders from Pier 1

Glazed pumpkin soup tureen and soup bowls from Crate and Barrel

Flatware –  my every day silver and gold set

Table scatter from Pier 1

Gold goblets from Sur La Table

Plain goblets from Marshalls

“Eat Ham” turkey plush from my Dad

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!


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