Monday, January 16, 2012

Fresh Apple Cake

Germany, 1993, what a long time ago.
Wonderful, lifelong friends were made in that quaint village of Sippersfeld.
Many meals were shared in each others homes and
Many unforgettable memories were made.

One of my favorite memories was going across the street to the man who sold apples, I bought a huge basket (purchased at the basket factory - yet another great memory) full of tasty apples.

I brought them home and promptly make Fresh Apple Cake.

Kym Thurman came over and we ate most of  the still warm dessert.

Kris, Allison and Baylee played together, and Kym and I visited for hours.

What a sweet memory!

Fresh Apple Cake



4 C diced, peeled raw apples


2 C sugar


½ C oil


2 eggs well beaten


2 t vanilla


2 cups flour


2 t baking soda


2 t cinnamon


1 t salt


1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)






combine apples and sugar. Let stand 10 min. stirring occasionally.


Add oil, eggs, vanilla and nuts.


Mix well. Stir in flour, soda, cinnamon and salt.


Mix well.


Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes in a 9x13 pan greased and floured. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar while still warm.

Frank the Small Brown Puppy

I need a better title name for this cyclone of a brown puppy.
Frank the Small Brown Puppy
Frank the Growing Machine
Frank the Monster Puppy
Frank the Cuddly Pup

I don't know, any suggestions?

The small brown puppy name won't last long because he is already 20.4 pounds.
He is doing so well, he will sit, lay down, and we are working on retrieving. Sure he goes and gets his toy, but doesn't always bring it back. I would love to have him stay as well, but he needs a lot more work with that one. How can a 10 week old puppy stay? Let me tell you, not very well!

Brindle is still doing really well with Frank, Puddy on the other hand hates him. He is too hyper for him. They can be in the same room, but if Frank gets near the kitty, off Puddy runs. I can't blame him, I would love to do that at times too. Did I already say Frank is a whirlwind of energy?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Busy Time

It's been a busy end of the year!


Kris and Melinda moved out of state.

New Years Eve at the Van Rheenens. Making doughnuts.

Cousinly love, and Puppy Time!

Franks first trip.

Puppy Time with Logan.


Have Puppy will travel. What a good traveler!

Before. Remodeling our downstairs tiny bathroom.

Kevin has lots of Puppy help.
Gutted bathroom. It looks so much bigger with nothing in there. 
I haven't had much time to blog, or even get on the computer with all we have been doing. I hope to get back into the swing of things soon.

The puppy is growing every time I look at him. He already weighs 18 pounds. He was 8 1/2 when we got him. He must have some serious growing pains!