recipe: apple pear cake

Just in time for the fall months and Halloween, this cake is the perfect dessert for such an occasion. It’s not overly sweet, and is just warm, filling, and spicy. Try it for yourself!

Apple Pear Cake

Ingredients:

(For the cake)
1 cup apples, peeled and sliced
1 cup pears, peeled and sliced
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup butter, plus more to grease
4 large eggs
3 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp cinnamon

(For the topping)
1 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp milk (or until desired consistency)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp walnuts, chopped

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two round cake pans. Peel, cork, and slice the apples and pears. Set aside. 

2. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, butter eggs, vanilla, and lemon over medium speed for 3 minutes. Add the dry ingredients next- the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add the milk and oil. Continue to mix until well-combined.

3. Pour batter into cake pans. Top one of the cakes with the apples and pears. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Bake in oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove, let cool completely.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the icing. Once cool, remove the cakes from their pans. Stack the cake with the layer of fruit on the bottom, and the non-fruit cake on top. Ice the top layer of the cake and sprinkle with nuts. Finally, enjoy this sweet, moist, and comforting fall cake.

Emory

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acreage renovation: a real clothesline

We have lived in this current house in the country for nearly 3 years. In that time, I have been using everything imaginable as a clothesline- dog leads, fences, and decks. 

Because we are constantly rearranging things around our property, we weren’t sure as to where we should build a proper clothesline. However, my pregnant state sort of decided things for us this summer. I needed somewhere that was close to the door and where it still caught all of the daylight. We settled on putting one up directly behind our house.

We had always planned on building it properly. That entailed some sort of deck and many large treated posts. That said, after Geoffrey was done with the dog run, he had a couple of smaller posts left over. Not being someone who likes to waste things, I asked him if he could build me a makeshift clothesline using only two of them. He protested (mostly because he knew the construction would be subpar), but in the end, I won. I didn’t care what it looked like, only that we had one.

So, here is our zero waste clothesline. She’s not going to win any beauty contests, but she certainly is useful.

Emory

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30 weeks pregnant

I know that I published an update only 2 weeks ago, but I feel as if I have to celebrate this newest milestone in my pregnancy. Our weekly countdown has entered SINGLE DIGITS!!! Woooooooo!!!

Since my last post, baby has started to put on more white fat. She has gone up 1 inch and has gained 1 lb! All in 2 weeks! Her brain is also changing, her lanugo is disappearing, and her bone marrow is now making red blood cells. My darling.

Finally, I had a peek back at my 30 week post the last time that I was pregnant. In it, I compared my first pregnancy with my third (given that my second ended in a miscarriage). I love how I said that at first I only wanted one child, but upon giving birth that number changed to three. That still rings true today, and Geoffrey and I are pretty sure that this third child will be our last natural one- although, we are open to one day fostering children. Anyway, you can have a look back as well.

My due date is officially in 9 weeks and 6 days. Here we go!

Emory

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6 super ways to upgrade your kitchen

Being a homeowner, you’re going to spot the best trends and want to upgrade your home bit by bit over time. Whether you have a view to selling up or you choose to upgrade for yourself, you’re going to do much better in your home if you make sure that you give it a makeover from time to time. 

The kitchen is one of the most renovated rooms for most homeowners. It’s the social hub of the home and it’s where you cook your meals. It’s definitely a room that requires kitchen floor maintenance, upgraded cabinetry and better fixtures every now and then. Below, we’ve got six super ways to upgrade your kitchen and make the space work for you. 

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1. Start with your cupboards. Whether you have both standard kitchen cupboards or a walk-in pantry, you know that these are one of the essential elements of your kitchen to make it look as good as it does. They are there to store everything from food to plates and pots. Reinventing your cabinets will immediately alter the look of your kitchen, as will upgrading from wood to other materials. Of course, a huge renovation can cost a lot but renovating just the cabinets? This will help you to take down the price.

2. Give it some style. The kitchen should be reflective of the rest of your home and your personality. It’s for this reason that you should consider upgrading it to be more stylish and modern. With good kitchen floor maintenance, you can ensure that your kitchen maintains a modern look, and you should consider showing off some of the most precious glassware and kitchen items. Open shelves, for example, add instant style.

3. Change up the lighting. Kitchens should be packed with light so that you can see what you’re doing while you cook/eat/work – whatever you choose to do! You could consider adding more lighting, or expanding the size of the kitchen windows to let in more natural light.

4. A lick of paint. Some kitchen walls are wallpapered and others are painted. If you don’t want to paint the walls or change the color from a plain one, think about painting your cabinets or door/window frames. Opt for brighter colors if you want to continue a theme, but gentle pastels also work really well for your kitchen.

5. Go with wood. Kitchens with scrubbed wooden tables and wooden cabinets are kitchens that are reflective of natural elements. Wood can, of course, scratch and dent. So, opt for porcelain for the floor to avoid dents and scratches popping up all over the kitchen floor.

6. Clean it up. The kitchen is going to look ten times better when it’s been professionally cleaned. You can call in the experts to come in and do it for you before staying on top of it all yourself. Kitchen hygiene is so important and you know how to keep on top of your kitchen so that it looks beautiful no matter what.

** This was a contributed post.

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managing those pregnancy cravings

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It’s one of the most common things that people talk about when they are pregnant, or even just when they are asking you about your pregnancy. But pregnancy cravings are commonly misunderstood, and it is actually not often the case that they are all that strange or out there. That being said, this does happen, and if you are keen to try and eat as healthily as possible, you might want to learn how best to manage those pregnancy cravings from the start, as they start to come. Let’s take a look into this in some detail right now.

Understanding Cravings

First of all, it can be helpful to try and learn a little about cravings to help to understand what they are about, why they happen and so on. That in itself is often an important aspect to gaining more control and improving how you approach your own pregnancy cravings, so it is certainly something that you are going to want to think about. Cravings occur most likely because your body is simply desperately trying to nourish the baby, and it probably also has something to do with the fast-changing hormones in your body at the moment. These hormones can make your sense of smell stronger, meaning that food tastes all the more delicious!

Eating A Good Breakfast

One of the simplest ways to help with cravings is to ensure you are eating a good breakfast every day. Eating a hearty, healthy breakfast makes it much less likely that you will have the desire to snack throughout the day, whereas if you skip breakfast you are opening yourself up to more and more cravings as you progress through your day. So it really is important that you are eating a healthy breakfast every morning to try and keep some control over this as best as you can.

Allowing Snacks

Even if you are trying to be the best possible pregnant mother you can be, there is nothing wrong with a very occasional snack and once or twice giving into your cravings. That doesn’t mean that you are a terrible mother, unlike some might have you believe, and it doesn’t mean that you are going to fall down into uncontrollable territory either. If you like, you can cook some home-made snacks to help make them healthier – check out this donut recipe for instance if you are after something sweet.

Gently Exercising

There is a lot to be said for having some gentle exercise when you are pregnant. They say you should get about 30 minutes of exercise a day, so if you can manage that you are doing well. You will find that exercising helps to reduce your need for eating so much, and your cravings are likely to go down because you’ll be regulating your hormones a bit better too. Get some gentle exercise, and you can see how much easier it makes it to keep your cravings at bay every day. This is a simple and effective approach you can take.

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to four (two on earth, one in heaven, and growing another). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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