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Aprons at Etsy!

I told you I would have them up by October 1st.  Well what up peeps!?  I am early!  Don’t expect it to happen often or ever again even.  But, this time – YAY!  I have three very cute aprons up.  And will be adding more by the weekend. If the ones I have up don’t strike your fancy,  I have swatches (just email me)  if you would like to custom order one.

I will also be adding more vintage/retro cookbooklets, sewing books and even some fabric bundles for those who do quilts or small sewing projects.

Thanks for your time!  Now get over there and take a gander!  Click here.


Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver Recipes for August 28-September 4

As many of you might already know, September is National Apple Month, as well as National Potato Month, National Rice Month, National Chicken and National Biscuit Month and to be celebrated to it’s fullest: National Sewing Month! More on that later.  Back to the apples. According to, in 1996,  the months of September, October and November were proclaimed a three-month promotional window to enhance consumer awareness and usage of apples and apple products.  Personally I don’t need prompting!  I am so happy when there are more apple varieties to choose from and even my little grocery store gets nice baking apples.

For your first recipe, in honor of the apple, I want to give you my Mama’s Fresh Apple Cake.  I have posted this recipe before – but it was over two years ago so maybe some missed it.  It is one of my very favorite cakes of all time.  And so easy.  My mom always used Red Delicious Apples and while, they are not listed as the best cooking apples, I never heard a soul complain about them in this cake!

Mama’s Fresh Apple Cake

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour a tube pan.  I use one like this:


  • 4 cups apples chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 3/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Pour sugar over apples and let stand.  Beat 2 egg whites until stiff.  Add egg yolks and stir.  Add cooking oil to egg mixture.  Beat well and let stand.  Mix together pecans, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Pour egg mixture over apples.  Add dry ingredients.  Stir with wooden spoon.  Bake at 350 in greased and floured tube pan for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake tests done.

This cake is better the second or third day after baking! I guess it is.  By the third day it is usual long gone!

Your second recipe for this week will continue to celebrate the apple!  Other challenges this month will feature rice, potatoes, biscuits and chicken.

Pot Roast with Apples

1 beef pot roast, about 3 to 4 pounds
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
3 whole cloves
4 med. apples, cored and quartered (leave skin on)
1 sm. onion, sliced
1/2 c. apple juice or cider
3 tbsp. flour
3 tbsp. water
Trim all excess fat from roast. Lightly rub top of meat with vegetable oil. Sprinkle meat with the salt, pepper and ginger. Insert the whole cloves in meat. Place apples and onions in the bottom of the Crock Pot and put the roast on top of the apples and onions. Pour in the apple juice. Cover and cook on a LOW for 9 to 12 hours, until tender. Remove the roast and apples to a warm platter when fully cooked. Turn the slow cooker to HIGH. Make a smooth paste with the flour and water and stir the paste into the liquid. Cover and cook until thickened. Pour gravy over roast when serving. Makes about 6 to 8 good sized servings.
1 beef pot roast, about 3 to 4 pounds
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
3 whole cloves
4 med. apples, cored and quartered (leave skin on) – I am going to use Fuji
1 sm. onion, sliced
1/2 c. apple juice or cider
3 tbsp. flour
3 tbsp. water

Preheat oven to 350. Trim all excess fat from roast. Lightly rub top of meat with vegetable oil. Brown on all sides in a skillet with just enough oil to keep it from sticking.  Remove from skillet and sprinkle meat with the salt, pepper and ginger. Insert the whole cloves in meat. Place roast in a roasting pan that you have sprayed with Pam.  Place apples and onions around the roast.  Make a paste with the flour and water and mix with apple juice or cider. Pour this over the meat.  Cover and bake 2 – 2 1/2 hours,  or until tender. Check a couple of times through out the baking to be sure it isn’t getting dry.  You may need to add a bit more cider or water.
Remove the roast and apples to a warm platter when fully cooked, slice and pour the gravy over the slices. Makes about 6 to 8 good sized servings.
I am going to serve this with mashed potatoes and salad.

There you go!  Hopefully where some of you live it is cooling off a bit.  The first part of September is sometimes the
hottest time of our year.

Watch for a post this weekend about National Sewing Month.  This years theme is “2009 – Reuse, Remake, Restyle”!  I am working on some fun things and some giveaways to go along!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.  I hear thunder in the distance so mine seems to be starting off with a bang!

Monday will be the drawing for August’s Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver winner.  So remember if you make either of these recipes over the weekend, let me know so I can add your name to the jar.

Jam Packed Post ~ Please Read!

I am going to cover a lot of subjects this morning so hang on to your hats! I have a lot of irons in the fire at the moment and I would like to drag you all down with me!!

Shout Out #1: Rachel over at Neat Things.  You have to take a look at the cake she made for a going away party.  WOWZERS! That’s my girl! Her paternal grandmother (the best cake decorator in the world) would be so proud of her.  I have often wished she could have lived to see how her granddaughters followed in her footsteps. Hint:


International Overall Day: is coming together.  I doubt very seriously (VERY seriously) if we can get any sort of proclamation but who cares?  I am however working on contacting companies that sell overalls to donate gift certificates so that we might have a GRAND giveaway sometime in the future.  In the meantime if you wear overalls, love overalls, love someone who wears overalls, join the fun. Leave a comment or email me and we will start a flickr group soon.  Sound like fun? And here is your picture of the day:

onthephoneThis is Rachel on the phone with my mom about a month before Ben was born.  She had been folding baby clothes and getting things ready for Ben’s birth.  I wish you could see the stacks of baby shirts and diapers on the bed with her.  She has always been quite the little organizer.

Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver: Will begin again this coming Friday June 5th.  I told you it wouldn’t be long!  If you plan on participating please let me know.  I will make a post specifically pertaining to this event tomorrow (Thursday) with all the new and improved rules and regulations and then on Friday you will find the recipe for the week’s challenge.  Hint: if you don’t have berries of some sort, plan on getting some :) And YES, there will be prizes involved!


Next Holiday: Fourth of July and all the great food that brings!  The last week of this month (June) I will devote to recipes, menus and decorating ideas for the 4th.  For all my friends who live outside the US, bear with us…this is a big deal around these parts!


Cookbook Update: Well, the first agent I approached with my idea(s) passed so that’s not great news.  However, I believe all things in their own time.  In the meantime while I am waiting on a real deal, I am going forward with self publishing my little series of cookbooklets.  Pies will be first and hopefully within 6-8 weeks I will have them in my etsy shop for sale. But don’t hold me to that date  ’cause I tend to over estimate what can be done in a 24 hour period.  But I am finishing it.  It is to the proofing stage…so that is progress.


Crafty: One of our all time favorite librarians is leaving our local library for bigger and better things.  We will miss her.  Today is her going away party (the cake Rachel made is for that party).  I made her a Housewarming Basket for her new home.


(Isn’t that the cutest broom handle you ever saw???)

This is a little part of the note (the pink paper tied with rickrack) I wrote her explaining the components of the basket…thought you might like the info in case you ever had occasion for such a gift.

First of all the broom.  And what a pretty broom it is!  My granny taught me that you NEVER take an old broom in to a new home.  You are supposed to start your new life with a clean sweep!  So now you can!  In  the basket you will find two cloth bags that will do just fine to take to the grocery when you need just a couple of things or to keep your potatoes and onions fresh.  They are sturdy and should last a long time.  Inside those bags are flour, hoping you will always have food and friends to share it with.  Salt so you will always have spice in your life!  Honey to remind you of the sweetness of life and friends, both new and old.  Olive oil for good health all the days of your life.  A wooden cutting board representing stability, peace and harmony in your new home and candles so you will always have light.  The apron is just because.  Just because I wasn’t sure you had one, and if you do…well now you have two! The lavender plant is on of my favorite plants.  I thought you might like it too.  She will need lots of sunshine so you will want to put her outdoors at your new home.  The soap and rag are for your new kitchen sink.  Enjoy the gifts.  You will be missed!

What could I have possibly left out of this post?  If you have gotten this far…THANK YOU!  Oh I suppose I could give you a recipe, that should be about enough.  This is from the Pie booklet…

Yogurt Pie with Granola Crust

1 1/2 c. granola (reserve 1/4 c.)
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. margarine
1/4 c. honey
8 oz. cream cheese
1 c. lo-fat yogurt
2 tsp. vanilla
fresh fruit (optional)

If granola is very coarse, grind to medium-fine in blender, doing 1/2 cup at a time. Blend granola, brown sugar and margarine. Press onto sides and bottom of 9-inch pie plates. Chill well before using. Soften cream cheese to room
temperature. Beat until fluffy with electric mixer or wooden spoon. Blend in yogurt. Beat in honey and vanilla. Turn into pie shell, spreading evenly. Chill overnight. Before serving, top with fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas or your favorite). Sprinkle reserved granola crumbs on top. Cut and serve.



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