Well, I did it again...suggested a move back to Ohio...and here we are. [A little back story here - DH is in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease and I thought it would
be good to be back with family, especially so the grandkids will remember him while he's still pretty much with it, able to help make decisions and get adjusted to a new location and home. Also, he doesn't drive anymore and it's good to be close to places
where he can ride his new three-wheeler bike to get his hair cut, go to Home Depot, Walgreen's, etc. Makes him feel more independent and gives me a break from running all the errands. I guess the first time he forgets where he lives will be his last trip
So, if you haven't moved for 10 or more years, I would suggest a major house cleaning and huge garage sale! We moved to New Mexico almost exactly ten years to the day that we
left to move back to Ohio. I thought we'd done a pretty good job of keeping closets and cupboards cleaned out. NOT! We had a huge garage sale and still ended up giving items to church, Good Will, friends and neighbors. Even put stuff out the night before
trash day for the usual weekly scavengers. Finally we pared it done enough to hit the road. Or so we thought. Even after we got here, we had too much stuff and had to pawn it off on friends and relatives. And again, Volunteers of America and Good Will
came up the winners.
We've had lots of "fun" picking out slipcovers, paint colors, area rugs, window treatments and all the usual stuff that one needs in a new place. [I should say "I've had fun"
- DH just does the usual guy thing: "Whatever."] We also got a generator installed after our 5-day power outage following the storm that occurred the same month we moved back. We've insulated the garage ceiling and stored the Christmas decorations in the
attic (didn't have an attic in NM).
Some 25 family members and friends have come to visit in the two months we've been back, and I've worked up some new desserts to serve them. Here's the latest, a knock-off from
a apple upside down muffin recipe:
UPSIDE DOWN APPLE-PECAN CAKE
4 cooking apples, sliced thin
(I did not peel the apples; I think I should have, but DH thinks not)
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
8 T. (one stick) butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 yellow cake mix (or your favorite recipe), prepared according to package directions
(I used a Duncan Hines Yellow Butter cake mix)
For the topping:
Melt butter in large skillet. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add apple slices and cook 15 minutes or until the apples are soft, stirring often. You can add the pecans anytime to the apple mixture. Or you can toast them
ahead of time for more flavor.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350, spray a 10" cake pan w/ cooking spray. Mix up the cake batter. Spread the apple/pecan mixture in the bottom of the pan. Pour batter evenly over the topping (which is now the bottom). Bake
on middle rack of oven for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool for about 10 minutes, run a knife around the edge and turn out on a large platter.
Serve with carmel ice cream or flavor of your choosing. Yummy!!
If you want the original apple muffin recipe, which I think would be scrumptious, go to: