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Oh, the Joy of Moving...or Whose Idea was this Anyway? 
Aug. 14, 2012 8:42 am 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2012 4:46 am
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 out alone!]

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:


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:


Aug. 14, 2012 8:47 am
Glad you are back up and running. Good to see you back! Not too sure if I can handle your new name.... I liked the old one!
Aug. 14, 2012 8:51 am
Hey,we all adjusted to YOUR name change!!! ROFL
Aug. 14, 2012 10:10 am
We are so happy to have you back in the area!! I'm glad your hubs is in a good place to maintain some independence and have family around! Your cake sounds perfect for an autumn treat! Thank you for sharing!!
Aug. 14, 2012 10:50 am
Thanks, mickdee. Looking forward to mini-mi get-together.
Aug. 14, 2012 10:52 am
Look forward to seeing you!! :D
Aug. 14, 2012 11:03 am
Funny thing I was just looking at a recipe of yours this morning that I had written down in 09. It was a hit. Your dessert today looks like a keeper too. Glad you got safely moved.
Aug. 14, 2012 11:05 am
We moved two years ago from a house we lived in for 19 years. I understand. I got rid of a lot of accumulation in the year before we moved. It really feels good. I have much more I'd like to free myself of, but DH isn't ready yet. NM to OH is a big change. We love visiting the southwest, but I do love living in the Midwest. Love it more without the current drought. Looking forward to more blogs from you. I know you and your husband will have challenges ahead, but being closer to family sounds like the wisest move.
Aug. 14, 2012 11:08 am
I'm glad you are back in an area with a support system for you both. It sounds like you have gotten organized fairly quickly. You are so right about what we accumulate without noticing.
Aug. 14, 2012 12:58 pm
Thanks, everyone. It's good to be back in the Buckeye state. We had some good advice from Paulette about getting our legal stuff in order while we are all in our "right mind" (we are both left-handed-LOL).
Aug. 14, 2012 12:58 pm
Aug. 14, 2012 2:29 pm
Glad you're getting all squared away. I went back to work the end middle of July and finally starting to get my schedule down. We'll see you in October up north!
Aug. 14, 2012 3:08 pm
Hey there! So good to see you back. I have been in the purge thing here as well and find some days it's easier to let go than others. I keep trying! Enjoy your new home and keep on blogging!
Aug. 14, 2012 3:20 pm
I would hate to move. We have way too much stuff. So glad you have love and support from family. My grandma had alzheimers and it is not easy to be the caretaker. Your recipe sounds divine! Once it cools off enough to use the oven, I am going to give it a try.
Aug. 14, 2012 4:09 pm
The scariest thing about moving back is having to take the Ohio written drivers test to get a new driver's license...
Aug. 14, 2012 6:39 pm
ok i'm probably gonna always call you swchef...but i'll get used that yankee thing. so glad that you moved closer to home for your husband's and your benefit. i know this sounds crazy, but try and make some time for yourself. god bless!
Aug. 14, 2012 7:31 pm
I am never moving again, last time was 1995 when I came back to NC to retire. My next nap will be to the Old folks home forced by wife or son or the cemetery.
Aug. 15, 2012 2:00 am
Hang in there Chef, I think it is great that you are providing your grand kids a chance to spend time with their grandfather while they can all enjoy it. Make the most of the love and support of your family while you can, and keep sharing the yummies that everyone here is so fond of!
Aug. 15, 2012 4:36 am
Believe me, I am taking time for myself! Got me a NOOK and a quiet corner to curl up in! And I am so glad to be here/ family; altho' we sure miss our NM friends. Glad I can take all my AR buddies anywhere I go.
Aug. 15, 2012 4:39 am
KingSparta: Our next move will be the "home" too! In fact, there's one right across the street - who knows which one of us will need it first!
Aug. 15, 2012 5:01 am
I have moved 3 times in my whole life but not out of state! lol, you thought I moved out of state, didn't you? No more than the next city! My aunt has alzheimer's and I know what you are going through. It upsets me at times 'cuz I do not know what to do. She's at the last stage of it. It's hard on everyone. Your cake sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing.
Aug. 15, 2012 5:14 am
We went through this with DH's mom and to some extent w/ my mom, so we know what to expect - although all cases vary. We caught his pretty early, as we were expecting it might be a concern. He's been on Aricept since March, I think, and that slows down the process.
Aug. 15, 2012 5:35 am
MWChef, my mother had Alzheimers, and its rough on everyone. I am so glad that you made the move to be closer to your family, for the support & the Grand Kids. If your DH can record stories or experiences on a tape recorder, its a wonderful legacy to pass on the GrKids. Good Luck on your move and I will keep you & your hubby in my prayers. Thanks for the recipe, it looks great, can't wait to try it, with Duncan Heinz Gluten Free cake mix.
Aug. 15, 2012 6:13 am
swchef....mwahaha, you know it will be easier to move than to get me to call you by the proper name.....it is SOOOO good to see your mug again. Glad the move was a success, I was thinking of you the other day. Hubs' getting lost is a scary thought, my FIL got lost last summer while working with hubs in another province. The job was only 3 blocks from the house we rented for all the workers, poor guy was driving around for 2 hours but too stubborn to give up his driving rights-no privileges. I agree, apples should have their skins, naked apples have less flavour. Sounds like a great recipe to try when the apples finally ripen for us. A few more weeks and I will be waist deep in apples, sauce and juice. So glad you are settling and come visit more, or quit lurking and let us know you are at least around:D
Aug. 15, 2012 9:38 am
Hey, rng, good to chat again. We are in a good place right now. I'm so glad DH didn't fight the driving issue. Both our doctor and lawyer said he should NOT drive anymore for liability reasons. But, I must say, he's a horrible backseat driver. He says he's getting back at me for the last 30 years of MY nagging about his driving.
Aug. 17, 2012 7:06 am
Did you post those Fair winning cakes from your childhood? If so where would I find them.
Aug. 17, 2012 6:27 pm
WOW what a huge bunch of changes!!! sounds like you are positive and ready... as you can be?! Thanks for sharing and updating us on your life. and I would love to have a slice of your dessert! It took me two hours to peel/cut and cook potatoes and carrots today!! I'm done for awhile. The kids haven't been feeling well. TEETH and tummy aches. soooo no more cooking here for a bit.. though your cake looks simple and deserving :) Glad you are close to family and tell that hubby of yours Tim and I said Hi.. and Bella and Calli too ;) God Bless. Keep us posted xo
Aug. 18, 2012 7:57 am
Hi, Ilnana - did not post fair recipes; have no idea if I could even find them.
Aug. 18, 2012 8:00 am
Morgan - we went through Portales on the way "home" but didn't have time to stop. Felt really guilty!! Will try to do better about keeping in touch!
Aug. 18, 2012 1:35 pm
Just a question swchef, I mean midwestchef ;) Has the doctor tested your husband for a Vitamin B12 Deficiency? If not ask him/her to do so: http://www.naturalnews.com/027456_vitamin_B12_disease_dementia.html
Aug. 18, 2012 1:36 pm
PS I'm glad you are "home" :)
Aug. 19, 2012 2:16 pm
Thanks, Celeste - I'm not sure, but will inquire about getting the test!
Aug. 28, 2012 5:32 am
Isn't it amazing how much 'stuff' we manage to collect? We moved here not quite a year ago, I can't believe how much we got rid of prior to the move and like you had to get rid of more once we got here. All to best to you and your hubby as you settle into your new home and routine. I am glad you have family around - it helps.
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