Monday, October 09, 2006

Lighthouse, knitting, & apple bread...

The weather has been so beautiful here for this time of year that I have been trying to enjoy it as much as possible, hence my real lack of posts lately. Today I've been hanging out laundry for probably one of the last times, picking pears, painting window boxes & our sign post as well as priming a door, and cleaning out some more flower beds.
Yesterday after church, Mike & I headed to 'Christmas at the Lighthouse'. The view from the top was beautiful! The lighthouse was somewhat decorated for Christmas, and after seeing that we took a walk around the surrounding park...

Another project finished...finally....

I used this Christmas pin to close it at the neck. I think it may have belonged to my grandmother, isn't it cute?

And, I did get my apple bread made on Friday. Two loaves were given away and the third didn't last long enough for pictures, but here is the recipe in case you're interested ~ I use my Kitchen Aid mixer, so if you're making it by hand you will have to modify the kneading instructions somewhat...

Apple Bread

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 pkg. active dry yeast
  • 1/2 c. warm water (105 - 115 degrees F)
  • 7 - 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 medium apples, cored, peeled & chopped
  • Cinnamon SugarFilling

Combine milk, butter, & sugar in small saucepan. Heat over low heat until butter melts & sugar dissolves. Cool to lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in warm water in mixer bowl; add lukewarm milk mixture, 5 cups flour, eggs, & apple. Using dough hook, mix 1 minute; continue adding remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough clings to hook and cleans sides of the bowl. Knead about 2 minutes longer, until dough is smooth & elastic. Place in a greased bowl, cover, & let rise in warm place until doubled ~ about 1 hour.

Cinnamon Sugar Filling

  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tblsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix all ingredients with fork until crumbly.

After dough has doubled, punch down and divide in two. Roll each amount to a 9 x 14 inch rectangle. Sprinkle with Cinnamon Sugar Filling and roll dough tightly and shape into a loaf. Place in [2] 9x5x3 inch loaf pans. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled ~ about 1 hour. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Yield: 2 loaves [You can also make this in 3 ~ 4x8 inch pans, which is what I did.]

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend!


  1. Love your sweater and pin, tooo cute. Yumm on the apple bread, we will try it. Thank you Clarice

  2. I think that is the most divine name for a post... 3 things I simply ADORE!

  3. Anonymous8:00 AM

    The Apple Bread sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

  4. Anonymous12:41 PM

    Oh, this post feels very much like Autumn! I love that feeling :-)
    I have to save this recipe & try it sometime!

  5. Sounds like a really nice time. Love the sweater and the Christmas pin. It looks like something my Grandmother would have loved also.

    I need to paint, too, before it gets too cold out. We had a lot of rain last week but it's drying out now. Maybe I'll get it done this weekend. I needed that reminder, thanks. :)

  6. I just discovered your blog from a comment someone else left on mine (I went to their blog and found new links!).

    I've printed off your apple bread recipe and hope to try it today. I wanted to "do something with apples" today!

    I've bookmarked your blog and plan to return when I have more time later. I like it already.


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