Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"You should never have just one."

"They really enjoy each other's company", mom said, as I admired their beauty while they basked in the sun-shine on the table." You should never have just one."  :)
 "I love to watch them blossom from being nurtured and loved",  she said. 
And let me tell you, they blossomed. I don't remember ever seeing them without large purple, mauve or white blossoms.
These perky little plants brought such joy to my mother as they lined her window-sills with colour and cuteness. 

For years I have had three of mom's African Violets and I wait anxiously to see them bloom again this year to brighten up the mouse-house window-sill. Their presence brings back many sweet memories of time spent at mom's. I'll pamper them and hopefully keep them clear of  curious cats. So far they show no interest in them and as long as they stay on the left side of the sill they will be ignored by all three felines.

Won't be long.

I love to watch these four scalliwags blossom from being nurtured and loved.
We all have our preferences, don't we? 

Annie always close by the oldest most fragile one.
Kane is 15 now and aging quickly.
What's most important to us is to keep him comfortable in his old age.
Although he has many aging issues, he still enjoys his home, his meals and his daily ride in his van. :)



If you are in the mood to bake and have 10 - 12 small apples lying around here is my easy, go-to recipe when I crave an apple treat.

                                 Apple Upside-down cake

Slice up 12 small apples ( I use Macs) and mix with 1/4 cup of sugar mixed with 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon.  Place in bottom of baking dish.

Mix together 2 eggs, 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 tsp. of vanilla
Add 1/2 cup of oil, (I use olive oil) and 6 tablespoons of orange juice.
Mix together 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, pinch of salt
Add this to the wet mixture
Beat until smooth and pour over the apples.
Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

This is one of my favorite apple desserts. I hope you try it.

hugs, Deb


  1. I love African violets and am always amazed when one of mine bloom (I have two)! Thanks for the apple cake .. I do love quick and easy!
    Purrs and hugs.....

  2. Ooh, the cake sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

    Cheers - Joolz xx

  3. awww sweet Annie, looking after Kane & keeping him company (it's probably the warmest spot)
    your african violets are cute, i don't grow them, could never keep them alive so i leave them to those that can, can't wait to see them in bloom!
    just just your apple upside down cake with my sister, she loves to bake & lives in Tasmania & has a few apple trees in her back yard too!
    thanx for sharing

  4. Hi Deb....
    We share the love of African Violets♥️
    I have my Moms peony plants...3 of them...and vigorous bloomers...
    That recipe sounds like another that Miss V and I could do together....tee hee hee!
    Linda :o)

  5. African sweet! I haven't had one in a long time!

    Sweet photo of Kane under that blanket...with a kitty to keep his tail warm. ha. :)

  6. Oh that Annie is so caring and Kane looks comfy under his rug. Your African Violets look very healthy. Hope they reward you with many flowers. The Apple Cake looks yummy! Have a great day. Jo

  7. Years ago I grew African violets under lights--they were ridiculously easy to propagate and soon I had a 'collection.' I lost them to a freezing night when we moved to a half-built house.
    My cats don't seem to respect any plants on a window sill--begonia leaf 'salad' is a favorite.

  8. Yup I have 5 African violet plants some in bloom and some just done , my mum had them as well . Dear old Kane . It is very windy here this morning . Oh that cake looks YUMMY ! thanks for sharing , have a good day !

  9. My dad used to always buy me African violets, I think because he bought them for my mom. I'm not very good with plants but whenever I see them at the store I pick one up and nurture it as long as I can before it bids farewell. How lucky you are to have these for such a long while.

  10. Loved the mention of your African Violets . . . your mother's . . .
    So sweet, and it looks like the blossoms are happening again soon . . .

  11. Very good of Annie.

    Upside down apple cake is very good. I've not had it in a long while though.

  12. A lovely post! Violets and furry friends...and cake! The wind here is terrific, blowing all the leaves into big piles.

  13. I thought you were talking about cats at first! I wasn't able to grow African violets when I had a previous cat; she just wouldn't leave them alone, and I was always finding chewed up leaves all over the house. My current kitty shows no interest in them, so I can enjoy them now. so special that you can nurture those plants and be reminded of your mom. Apple cake sounds perfect on a cold, blustery fall day, which is what we have here.

  14. I like reading about Kane. He is so lucky to have you to care for him, and you are lucky to have him. What a dog.

  15. That recipe looks delicious. It also looks easy and that's what I am all about. Guess I need to give it a try!

    Glenda from Kansas

  16. I can't seem to get African violets to grow in my house but I can pin that apple dessert to give it a try. Yummm!

  17. Isn't nurse Annie a sweetie looking after Kane, keeping him warm.

  18. My Mother had African Violets too and reading about yours took me right back. Kane is such a lovely dog, our companions grow even more precious as they age. Needless to say the cats are wonderful .....

  19. Your apple dessert looks yummy! And your cats are such darlings! My Tinker loves your blog!