Thursday, November 3, 2011

FABBY: Walnut Coffee Cake

I have a full house for four days for local holliday. So our two daughters, sil and  my two grandgirls are here, and mother of course... forgot, and our grandpuppy Chloe too!  I baked this delish Walnut Coffee Cake from a Good Housekeeping Book, recipe they all love... and I fixed a small table, so my daughter Alexandra who's a professional photographer can shoot some pics for her digital magazine. Alexandra gave me some pictures for me to share with you, and she kept others for her digital magazine.  I'm also sharing a photograph my husband took of our daughter Alexandra.
 Here is the cake with walnut filling.  The silver spoons were my mother's and were used in her First Communion when she was 7 years old back in 1937.
 With a red candle it would look great Christmas time, as this fall candle is orange. Alexandra loves my reticulated china set, so she used the teacups for the photo shoot.
 Don't you just love that sky in the background?

 The tablecloth  I had made from my living room moire yellow draperies and they came out great for the round table and, I had enough material for the large rectangular one too.

 Than later Alexandra thought it would look great putting the walnuts inside the cavety below. If anyone likes to enter Alexandra's web page and see her work, she'd love to have you, as she's our No.1 fan of us ladies and gentlemen from blog land. 
   Here is our daughter Alexandra in a photo hubby took of her for a magazine.  She lives in the capital, Quito.
I am also sharing the recipe as I've made it a few times and everyne loves it, I remember my dear MIL loved it so much she had me make it for her "Saints day". 


1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 Cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flouer
3/4 Cups chopped pecans or walnuts (I use walnuts)
1/3 Cup brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 Cups granulated sugar
3/4 Cup butter or margarine, softened
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 container sour cream (16 ounces)
1 Cup confectioner's sugar
4 to 6 spoons milk.....(I prefer to use lemon juice instead of milk)

1)  Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease 12 cup fluted baking pan; dust with flouer...(my mil taught me to use fine bread crumbs instead of flouer to gurantee non sticking and it's totally true!)
 2)  On waxed paper, combine b. powder, b. soda, salt and 3 Cups of flouer.  In small bowl, combine pecans, brown sugar,cinnamon and remaining flouer.
3)  In large bowl of mixer at medium speed , beat granulated sugar, butter and 2 teaspoons of vanilla until creamy.  Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.  Alternatelly beat in flouer mixture and sour-cream
beginning and ending with flouer mixture.  Beat just until blended, occasionally scraping bowl.
4)  Evenly spread 2 cups of batter in prepared pan; sprinfle with half of nut mixture.   Top with 2 cups batter.  Sprinkle with remaining nut mixture, then spread with remaining batter.
5)  Bake cake 55 to 60 minutes on until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 10 min.  With small metal spatula, loosen cake from pan; invert onto rack to cool completely.
6)  Prepare glaze:   In small bowl, stir confectioner's sugar, milk or lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until smooth.  Drizzle glaze over cake  using a tablespoon.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

FABBY: Cloche Party

 I was inspired by my vintage Italian table in the foyer to make a fall tea with a cloche with gourds.
 I love the candle holder made in Poland because  it has many uses, as a flower vase is great too and filled with candy, cookies, etc. 
 I took advantage that the gorgeous roses were still fresh, they are from my bil's Rose Farm he sent them to me for my birthday a week ago.....he's roses are exported for the royals's weddings.

 One of the four cute cloches I received from dear Chie's Chubby and Chieque. Here I have it with blueberry home made marmolade.
 A close up of the  gorgeous roses, natures best!
A fall vignette with cake stand with gourds and crystal lid... in my kitchen with one of the sets of china we made at our former Ceramic Co.
 My favorite dog race are pugs and here is one under a cloch with the black face....we  lost our 12 yr. old Ben last year in 2010, we still miss him.
 A buffet fool of little friends.
My darling collection of dogs, here they are under some cloches,  crystal lids and even apothecary jars!
Look at this tiny ones inside a couple of the small cloches that were a  giveaway from Chie.
Are these so cute?!
Some cuties!
 This was another giveaway I was so lucky to win from dear Melissa at:   If you haven't visit Melissa she has a beautiful blog, don't miss it!
 Aren't these hand towels so pretty and they go so well with the gray in my visit bathroom. She also included a beautiful shabby chick door-knob I will be using on my bedroom  door when we remodel our bedroom- which is in our next year's agenda.
A cloche with a couple of puppies got to the bathroom somehow too!
       Hi everyone!  I bet we are going to have a fun time at Marty's Fall Cloche Party, I can't wait to visit all of you and see all the beautiful posts  you've done.  I was inspired on a few things...first of all my Italian mable table in the foyer,  some fall gourds and my dog collection, which I love to put them under cloches, all together they look like they're making  lots of noise barking to get them out of the cloches, lol!   Also a very generous giveaway I won from Melissa at:  Anyway, let's party and hope you enjoy my cloche post.
   I'm so happy to join Marty at a new Cloche Party she's hosting again.  Thank you lovely lady for making Tabletop Tuesday more special today and for having me.
   I will also be joining  other great and fun parties as well and  thank you in advance to all the lovely hostesses for having me.
   Last but not least, thank you so much to all my dear friends from blog land for your wonderful and lovely visits that always make me so happy and  your comments are all so very appreciated.
  Lots of hugs,                                   FABBY

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