Sunday, October 16, 2011

FALL: baking, bittersweet & a lil transformation...

Happy Sunday friends,

This afternoon we are headed to see our oldest daughter row crew for her University excited...I thought I'd bake a little something to bring for the girls so I tried an apple cake from scratch...hope it tastes as good as it looks...Also, I LOVE bittersweet and have had some branches out on the porch waiting for them to pop!!!...and....I had this cute pedestal that I picked up at a tag sale this summer...I painted it and gave it a bit of antiquing last's what I did with it today....

so, here is the after of the pedestal...
here is the before...I paid 75 cents for it at a tag sale at the shore...

I added some of these little pumpkin pods and something you will see tons of from me in the upcoming pinecones....LOVE them!!

I painted the pedestal and added some antiquing glaze...

Another fav of mine is bittersweet...I cut the branches and stuffed them into the ball jar, put a little burlap on top and VOILA!!

bittersweet love....

I tried this recipe for apple cake from my good old Betty Crocker cookbook...hubby and 2 of the girls taste tested it and gave it 2 thumbs up!!

I hope you all enjoy your Sunday and your families...
xo, Mariaelena

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  1. That apple cake sure looks good!! Great job on the pedestal too Mariaelena, love the way you have it displayed! Martina

  2. The apple cake looks delicious! I love anything made with apples! Your pedestal came out wonderful and I love your little collection of pine cones! Very sweet and perfect for fall/winter decor.

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend!!


  3. Hi Mariaelena, your little fall display looks beautiful! Your pedestal looks great. I love bittersweet too and your apple cake looks YUMMY!

    Enjoy your evening,

  4. Beautiful Fall vignette! Love the acorns and pumpkins popping against the pretty cream pedestal and candle. And, great idea putting the branches in the jar (the burlap is a great touch, too).

  5. Oh, YUM, the cake looks delish! Love what you did with the pedestal. I love the baby pinecones & the medium-size, too. I've been collecting some on our morning walks. I want to have enough to do some craft project with my "Grands," just haven't decided what that project will be.....LOL!
    :) CAS

  6. Wow, the cake and the candle look amazing. You did a fabulous job with the pedestal and it is so pretty with the candle. Great idea. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  7. Hi, Mariaelena. Thanks for visiting my hanging votives tutorial and following me; I'm following you now too! Love what you did with the; what a difference between the dark stain and white--whole new piece! We'll stay in touch!

  8. The pedestal looks fabulous now! And that apple cake looks delicious too!

  9. I love those little pumpkin pods. I was going to try Fresh Market to find some and forgot all about it. Thanks for the reminder!
    Your apple cake looks delicious. Now I'm hungry!

  10. Your candle pedestal turned out very nicely, much
    better than the wood look. Love those tiny pinecones as well, and have a few still we collected up in North Carolina years and years ago. Also love those lil pumpkin pods, where on earth did you find those???
    That apple cake looks mighty fine to me, wish you could just email a piece over to me!! lol
    Like the bittersweet as well, don't you just love being able to go out and collect things like that in nature. Makes me happy!! lol

    Blessings for a wonderful Fall,

  11. Oh goodness, I'd love to have a piece of that delicious looking cake right now! YUM! You did a super job of transforming your pedestal candle holder. I LOVE it! I'm so glad you found me, cause I love your blog and am following you too! ;0)

  12. Very cute! Love it!


  13. Oh it's all so festive and lovely! I can practically smell that apple cake! Love the pedestal. I've seen the pumpkin pods around but never the tiny pine cones...where did you find them?

  14. i love getting a peek at your cottage, and i can smell these apple lovelies! totally drooling. so great to hear from you!