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Apple Coffee Cake


Guy drives up in his sleek blue Mercedes and flashes me his best smug, high fructose corn syrup smile.  Sorry dude, unless you’re peddling Girl Scout Cookies, I’m not amazed by that kind of indulgence.  His impudence hung so thickly in the air that I could smell him before he even got close.  Some guys just don’t get it.  Not one bit.  Here’s a golden rule to never forget: ask and listen.  Don’t dominate the conversation and most definitely don’t ramble on..and on…and on… about yourself.  Random guy, I don’t know what the brand of your shoes mean or care that you own half of the town (or so you say).  My reaction was petulant, at best.

Where has all the romance gone?  I’m perpetually starved for it.  I had a high school boyfriend who shyly gave me a bouquet of my favorite flowers on my front door step and then treated me to a romantic dinner.  In the middle of that story, doors were opened, earnest ears were lent, and eye contact and honesty flowed as freely as the cranberry cocktail I sipped on all night.

For the interim, I live vicariously through the (though fictional) stimulating and complicated relationships of the characters in my books.  Currently, I’m reading

Lee does an amazing job of presenting the intricate blend that is the Korean-American culture and the difficulties of being a part of both worlds but somehow feeling like you don’t belong to either.

…and I find sustenance in

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Apple Coffee Cake
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Cuisine: Dessert

  • 1½ c unbleached flour
  • 2 ts baking powder
  • 1 ts pumpkin spice (diy)
  • ½ ts fine salt
  • ⅔ c brown sugar
  • 1 room temperature egg
  • ¼ c melted butter
  • ¾ c whole yogurt or sour cream
  • 2-3 apples (cut into thin slices)
  • Cinnamon sugar (for sprinkling)

  1. In your first bowl, sift together your flour, powder, spice and salt.
  2. In your second bowl, cream together your sugar and egg.
  3. Tip in your butter and yogurt/sour cream.
  4. Fuse the two bowls together–add your first bowl into your second bowl in 3 separate additions. Don’t worry too much about lumps, mix until just combined.
  5. Pour into a greased tin and layer your apple slices on top. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar and bake at 375 for about 17-19 minutes. Broil on high for a couple minutes just to begin caramelizing the sugar on top.

I gobbled up 2-3-4 slices with some yummy coffee…

Salted Caramel, ftw!  (Make your own)

Ah food–never asks questions, spins out an ego trip, argues or demands.

For the love of inanimate objects LOL,

Your Squishy Monster

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