Autumn in Michigan 2014

Autumn in Michigan 2014

Today seems like an appropriate day to introduce this year’s Autumn in Michigan sign!  We are having another polar vortex here in west Michigan.  It’s July 15th, and it’s cold and rainy.  I really don’t mind this weather, though, because Fall is my favorite season. This sign will be available in two sizes: 8×10″ and 4×5.”  In an effort to get myself a little more than caught up for Fall (since I always make everything to order and go a little bit crazy trying to keep up), I am going to take pre-orders for these at an earlybird sale price, and they will begin shipping at the end of August!  They can be customized to any state or town. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the Christmas in Michigan sign, which will also begin shipping at the end of...

Happy First Day of Fall!

Fall is by far my favorite season.   First of all, I am not a very good photographer.  Either that, or I just don’t know how to use the settings on my camera to their full potential.   I spent my Sunday evening getting out the Fall decorations: I just love our house in the fall.  It seems like it glows once I get out all the leaves and pumpkins and gourds and berries.  I have a lot of hickory wood, blues, grays, greens and reds in my house – and the orange and yellow in fall decorations just makes it all look so warm & cozy! This new print was inspired by Fall:   {it’s available here} and will be coming to the fall wholesale catalog that I’m currently working on updating.  The quote in the tree trunk says: “fall in love with every season of your life.”  Here’s another Fall tag that has been quite popular at It Is What It Is:   Happy Fall!...
Apple Cake and Boiled Apple Peels

Apple Cake and Boiled Apple Peels

Apple cake is one of the first things I learned to bake.  It was also one of the first things my mom learned to bake.  Her neighbor, Mrs. Troutman, gave her the recipe when she was little.  And my mom taught me how to make it when I was little.  I remember making it for my neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Nieusma, when I was probably about 8 years old. You will need: 4 apples, 1 3/4 cup sugar, 1 cup oil, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. cinnamon and 2 cups flour.  Here’s what you do: First, preheat your oven to 350.  Grease and flour a bundt pan.  I usually use a bundt pan, but sometimes I use a cake pan.  Either one works. Peel and slice the apples.  (My mom gave me her apple/peeler/corer/slicer from Pampered Chef that she’s had since I was in elementary school.  It works like a charm and saves a lot of time.) Don’t throw the cores or peels away!  Put them in a big pot and cover with water.  Sprinkle in some cinnamon, bring to a boil, and let it simmer on your stove!  Makes your house smell AMAZING.  This has nothing to do with the recipe, it’s just what I always do when I make apple cake.  And I do it even when I’m not making apple cake. (another trick from my mom) Beat the eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla until combined.  Add the apples and stir.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, soda and salt.  Then add that to the apples mixture...
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