What is your favorite time of year? Do you even have one?
In Upstate NY most people are begging for spring after a cold winter. But oftentimes we don’t get a spring and it jumps right into summer. That is how it seemed to happen this year.
There was a record number of days over 90 and we even hit 100 a few times. We had 4 days over 90 just last week and frankly, I’m sick of it.
But now it’s September and I’m looking forward to my favorite time of year. Fall!!
Nice days and cool nights. Sleeping with the windows opened. Football Sundays and best of all apple picking!
It’s a tradition I’ve had with my son since he was a toddler. We’d go once in September, pick a big bag of apples and I’d come home and make apple sauce and his favorite apple cake. I only make it once a year since it’s such a rich decadent dessert.
I love Fall so much, I just released a new book this week, Autumn Love. It’s based around a beloved community’s apple orchard. When the orchard got to be too much for Ali Rogers’ mom to handle she decided to sell it. Liam Sullivan is a contractor that wanted to bring the orchard back to life and found that it’s more than a business venture when he falls for Ali. Add in Ali’s meddling grandfather’s ghost and it’s a great book to curl up with!
This story has so many things in it that I love personally and I hope that you will too. It’s just 99 cents, or FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited.
And if you want to try out my famous Apple Cake, here is the recipe for you!
3 cups of flour
4 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of baking powder
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla
4 cups of diced apples (no skin)
- Mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside
- Beat eggs, then add sugar and oil
- Add vanilla and then the dry ingredients
- Once all is mixed well, add the apples. Mix until blended, but not until the apples are broken up. Using the mixer will bring some of the juices of the apples out and make the cake extremely moist, but you still want to leaves some small chunks in it.
- Pour into a greased 13 x 9 cake pan
- Bake at 350 for an hour (test by sticking a toothpick in the center. If batter comes away, continue to cook until the toothpick is clean)
- Frost with vanilla or cream cheese frosting
- Cover and keep at room temperature for about a week
Natalie Ann lives in Upstate NY with her husband, son, and French Bulldog. She has always had a love for books, especially happily ever after. She writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor focusing on real life (but fictional) situations and storylines. She’s inspired by the crazy, ridiculous, touching, and emotional family dynamics that most people go through. Her series are based right in her home state or cities she has visited.