Don't tell hubby though.
I went to the Wild Bird Feed center across the river to get my dad a birthday gift. Oh
They have the cutest birdhouses. I know birds don't really care what their houses look like. A hole in a tree is fine with them, but the houses are sooo cute. I'll have to get busy planting more trees in the yard. Anyway- I loaded up my dad with gifts. We took them to him tonight and he actually thought we mistakenly brought his Christmas gifts, too.
I did pick up a mix of "gourmet" shelled seeds for my little birdies. My new years resolution is to work on making my backyard more inviting to the little darlings.
Well - here is what I made my dad for his birthday cake.
Southern Apple cake...Okay - so Southern Apple Cake doesn't exactly sound like Christmas, huh? Well, wait until you taste it.
Apples, Pecans and Caramel. Yum.
I made this today. I'll have to share pics tomorrow. Thought I'd share the recipe.
Southern Apple Cake (from Taste of the South magazine)
2 cups suger
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teasp. salt
1 teasp. baking soda
3 cups thinly sliced apples
1 cup chopped pecans
1 recipe Caramel Topping (see below)
Pecan Halves (for top)
Grease a 13x9x2 baking pan. (hint - do NOT preheat the oven - I don't know why either)
Mix suger, eggs, and oil with electric mixer. Set aside
In a separate bowl sift flour, salt and soda. Add apples and nuts. Stir tently until distrubuted throughout batter. Spread batter in prepared pan.
Place in COLD oven. Bake at 325 F for 50-55 minutes. Let cool in pan.
Pour caramel toppin over cake in pan. Garnish with pecan halves
1/2 cup suger
1/2 cup firmly packed brown suger
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 teasp vanilla extract
in small pan over medium high heat, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in vanilla. (pour over cake).