Nov 24, 2015

Thankfulness Update and a Recipe

Today starts the Thanksgiving dinner prepping. And as I was looking at my menu I decided that next year I have got to par down a bit. This is entirely too much food to have at one meal. So notes are being made to downsize and have more time with loved ones and not be a gluten next year.

But even though the menu for this year is planned out I am still working on my head to make sure I have a decent mindset toward warding of the gluten in me this year. I am trying to remember that feeling after eating too much. I don't like it and want to avoid it. Also will make sure to get some exercise after the meal. Even just a brief walk will be better than nothing.


One thing my dad loves with thanksgiving dinner is a Chopped Apple Cake and I am so lucky to get to make it for him. This cake gets better after it sits a day or two so I am making it this afternoon. I thought I would share the recipe with you.

Chopped Apple Cake

3 cups chopped apples (winesaps)
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3 cups flour (all-purpose)
2 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix apples and sugar, let stand one hour until sugar dissolves. Beat together oil, vanilla and eggs. Sift together flour, soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix by hand. Mix oil - egg mixture with apples and sugar, add nuts -then flour- incorporate well. Put into greased and floured pan. You can use 13x9, or a tube pan. Bake at 350* for 45-60 minutes. About 15 minutes before cake is done I melt 12 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter till sugar is dissolved. Stir constantly. Pour over cake and sprinkle with additional chopped walnuts. Put under broiler for a couple minutes till bubbly.

***** I check cake for doneness with a bamboo skewer*****

So whats that one dish you have to fix for the holiday? Share with us.



I been working this month on being thankful and not just saying it but trying to show it. Now since it is just my hubs and I here at home I have tried to concentrate on letting him see how thankful I am for him and that I do not take him or the things he does for granted. 

One way I have went about this was by making notice of the things he does instead of pointing out all the things that are not completed. 

I have really tried to be aware of my tone of voice when saying something or responding to a question.

And I have talked with him throughout the month about any special needs he might have for prayer, so instead of just praying daily for his health and safety, I could be more specific to what he felt he needed.

I feel this has been a good month so far and I have learned a lot about me and my relationship both with my husband and my heavenly father.


  1. The cake sounds delicious. I used to bake and cook a lot but I don't do much of either any more. I can be hard to cook for one.

  2. Thanks for the recipe. Yes, the tone of my voice when talking to the kids is touch to monitor some times, ha ha! I need to do better at that.

  3. Tired teacher....if you lived near by we would be glad to have you share with us. Have a happy holiday.

    Kristina......this month has been a curve for me. But seeing results and knowing it makes him feel better is worth it. And it makes me feel better too.


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