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Let’s Get Domestic

September 26, 2011

It doesn’t get much more domestic than baking and sewing, does it?  Actually, I guess cleaning should be in there too, but there isn’t much of that going on at our house right now.  The dog hair is blowing through the house in massive tumbleweeds…but at least the house smells good! Because I spent the morning making this:

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Apple crumb cake.

I know it looks a little dark—I probably should have taken it out of the oven at 25 minutes rather than 30.  But that’s okay, because A), It actually looks darker than it is because I used dark brown sugar on top and B), Everyone knows that in a dish like this, the best parts are the crisp, burnt, caramel-y corners. 


The cake part is actually quite moist,due to the two ripe (very ripe) apples it has in it:

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I went a little apple crazy over the weekend.  I finally found honeycrisps in the stores, so even though we already had a (rather large) stash of fuji apples, I had to splurge and buy some honeycrisps as well. 

Look at how big they are, compared to the fuji’s:

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Crazy! They’re bigger than Baxter’s head!

I used the older apples for the cake, and saved the honeycrisps to snack on throughout the week.  I think those two apples could actually feed us for the week—they are seriously enormous.  Then again, I have very little self-control when it comes to honeycrisps.

Anyway, this cake was great.  Sweet enough to enjoy for dessert, but perfect for a second breakfast as well (don’t ask me how I know that).

Easy Apple Crumb Cake


4 tbsp. butter, melted

1 egg

1/2 cup whole milk

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup white sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

2 medium size apples, chopped into small cubes.

Crumb Topping Ingredients:

4 tbsp. cold butter, cut into cubes

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tsp. cinnamon


Preheat oven to 375.

Combine melted butter, egg, and milk in a bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine remaining cake ingredients (not the crumb topping ingredients).  Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients, stirring to incorporate the apples.  Pour batter into a buttered 8×8 inch baking pan.

Combine crumb topping ingredients, mixing with your fingers until combined (should look a bit pebbly).  Sprinkle evenly on top of the cake batter.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. 

Again, the topping was pretty dark and I’d definitely recommend checking the cake at 25 minutes just to be sure, but this was delicious all in all:

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And speaking of other domestic matters…I got a sewing machine.  It’s just an inexpensive one from Target, but I’m very excited! I used to sew a little bit—when I was in high school, my mom and I took a sewing class together and made pillows and some pretty awesome vests (“Do you have some sort of a vest that I could wear?”). 

But, I got rid of my old machine in grad school, and hadn’t sewed anything for about five years.  So I was pretty excited when I was able to whip this cute little bib up last night:

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…with a terry-cloth back:

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Cute, right?  I’m going to go back to the fabric store today so that I can make some more varieties!  The book that I’m sewing from, Lotta Jansdotter’s Easy Sewing for Baby, has tons of cute patterns for swaddlers, toys, dresses, and more.  I’m excited to give some of them a go!

Hope your Monday is off to a good start.  Catch ya later!

OH! I almost forgot—I joined Twitter!!! (I know, I know…late to the party, much?).  I’m still figuring out the ropes, but you can click on the new link in my sidebar if you want to follow me!

21 Comments leave one →
  1. krista permalink
    September 26, 2011 4:32 pm

    I’m totally going to try that cake today.
    And second breakfast is totally understandable. Pregnant and breastfeeding women eat on hobbit schedules, not human schedules.

    • September 26, 2011 4:34 pm

      Haha…I feel like it’s just giving me an excuse to do everything I always wanted to do (like eat cake for a second breakfast) 🙂

  2. September 26, 2011 4:37 pm

    “whip this cute little bib up last night” <–that probably would've taken me a month! It's adorable though, love the design.

  3. September 26, 2011 4:42 pm

    mmm- a crunchy top totally is the BEST part! I think 30 minutes is perfect 😉 And the bib is adorable! SO exciting!! Not that I’m a pro by any means- but if you have any pregnancy/birthing questions- let me know!

    • September 26, 2011 4:51 pm

      Thanks Erica– I’m sure I’ll be thinking of a TON as we move along in the process!! 🙂

  4. September 26, 2011 5:11 pm

    I just picked up my first honey crisps of the season yesterday! I have one in my lunch today and I’m trying to hold of eating it until mid-afternoon.

    Cutest bib ever! I have a sewing machine, but barely know how to use it!

    • September 26, 2011 5:34 pm

      I was a little bit embarrassed by HOW excited I got when I saw that the g-store had the honeycrisps 🙂 They’re just so good!!

  5. September 26, 2011 5:30 pm

    Wow! That cake looks delish and pretty easy to make! Might need to give it a go! Aloha 🙂

  6. September 26, 2011 6:29 pm

    Love that bib! Trust me, we know all about doggy tumbleweeds in our house too. Love my swiffer vac.

    • September 26, 2011 6:33 pm

      We need to get one of those. Every time I vacuum, I have to pull out our giant, regular vacuum cleaner…and this deters me very much from doing it 🙂

  7. September 26, 2011 7:19 pm

    You have been so domestic! That definitely kicks in with those hormones!

    Let me know if you get the hang of twitter…I feel so lost all the time with it!

  8. Emily permalink
    September 26, 2011 8:01 pm

    You are not the only one to geek out over honeycrisps! I, too, loaded up the cart with them today. That cake looks delish!

  9. September 26, 2011 8:14 pm

    your bars look great! Ive been on an apple + bars kick myself.

    Bibs. The #1 and #2 items that people will give you for your baby are bibs and blankets so trust me, you will get sooo many. No shortage on those but the DIY ones are adorable!

  10. September 26, 2011 11:13 pm

    I love the bid! You did a great job 🙂

    Dont worry…I just signed up for twitter 2 weeks ago!

  11. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog permalink
    September 27, 2011 1:58 am

    I must try this recipe! It looks great! 🙂

  12. September 27, 2011 4:40 am

    The recipe sounds wonderful and adorable bib! Love the pattern!

  13. September 27, 2011 5:31 am

    mmmm crumb cake!! that sounds divine!!!!

    and the bib is too cute!! I love that print!!

    happy Tuesday!! 😀

  14. September 29, 2011 1:08 am

    I am so so so jealous of your sewing skillz. When I took home ec I struggled so much with the tote bag you were required to make — even sewing it shut at one point — that eventually the teacher just did it for me and gave me a C. I can’t even crochet.

    • September 29, 2011 1:15 am

      Haha…thanks…this bib was super easy, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make anything else! Our child might end up wearing a lot of bibs, commando-style 🙂

  15. September 29, 2011 9:45 pm

    What a cute bib!!! You’re so talented! I need to get out my duck needlepoint and get started – 9 months go by so fast, and the needlepoint MUST be ready!!

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