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Crack Cake

The proper name is Fresh Apple Cake, but we don’t call it that anymore. One might think the name comes from last Thanksgiving, when I traded Kerri a cake for a batch of her insanely delicious homemade rolls. We met in a deserted parking lot early on Thanksgiving morning to make a trunk-to-trunk transfer, giggling all the while about how sketchy it looked.

But that’s not where the name came from. That came from Kerri, who texted me later saying “Is there crack in this cake? I can’t stop eating it.” So crack cake it is. But only to us and the people at our office. Which, since I work at a Christian company, is mildly hilarious, especially when people wander by asking plaintively, “Is any of that crack cake left?”

So crack . . . er, Fresh Apple Cake . . . is a mixture of fruit and nuts with just enough flavorful cake to hold it all together. It was my father’s favorite cake but I never really appreciated how delicious it is until recently.

You can serve it with cream cheese frosting—mostly because you can pretty much serve anything with cream cheese frosting—but I generally eat it straight. It’s not really a ‘frost and decorate’ kind of cake . . . more of a ‘rip into it with your bare hands’ kind of thing. To me, it always tastes like fall. Recipe follows – but beware: it is addictive.

Fresh Apple Cake

1 cup Sugar

¼ cup Shortening

1 Egg

1 cup Flour

1 tsp Soda

1 cup Nuts, chopped (I generally use pecans, but walnuts also work well)

1 tsp Cinnamon

¼ tsp Nutmeg

¼ tsp Salt

2 cups chopped raw Apples

½ cup Raisins or chopped Dates

Cream shortening and sugar together. Add beaten egg. Sift dry ingredients together and mix with shortening/sugar/egg mixture. Add fruit and nuts, stir well to combine. Pour in 9×9 pan and bake in 350-degree oven for 45 minutes.

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Give Thanks

My mantle

I receive a rather fab magazine every month just for being a resident of McKinney. The most recent issue sported an ad for a cute little garland-esque sign to hang on one’s mantel.

(That’s “garland” as in draped Christmas decor, not “Garland” as in the Dallas-area city where much of my family and several friends live. Also known as “Land of Gar” but only in select circles.)

Sorry, where was I? Oh yes, this sign. It said “Joy to the World” and was $20+. I took one look at that picture and thought, “I can make that.”

So I did.

As you’ll see from the image above, mine has a Thanksgiving rather than a Christmas message. My place is Thanksgiving Central this year and I thought it would add a nice touch. I crafted it during my monthly scrapbook session and then had to immediately make another one for Michelle, who hosts our little events.
Michelle's mantle

There’s nothing to it–you can absolutely do this. The squares are 5 inches wide by either 6 inches long (mine) or 5 inches long (Michelle’s–her paper was smaller but I think that turned out to be a good thing). The letters were cut using our new-to-us Cricut machine, but you could use stickers, stencils, or freehand if you’re brave. Add a little flair with stickers, punch holes on either side of each card, thread ribbon through the holes, and hang. Boom. Done! I used a little dark chalk to shadow the edges of each card, but that’s optional.

We thought about making more, but decided to flop on the sofa, eat brownies, and admire our handiwork instead. However, next time we meet these will definitely be on the agenda. We’re thinking of brightly-colored “Happy Birthday” banners. A Christmas banner (of course). “Welcome Spring” “He is Risen” “Happy 4th of July” . . . the possibilities are endless.

You know, you could whip up a few of these for Christmas gifts for very little money. They’re lightweight, store flat, and would fit in an envelope for mailing. Just a thought!

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