Apple-Pecan Spice Cake


Here's a delicious fall recipe to try when the apples are ripe on the tree. Enjoy! 

2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup applesauce
1 cup finely chopped and peeled apple
1 cup pecans, chopped

Glaze:
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons half and half
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add vanilla and butter flavor. In small bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce. With wooden spoon, fold in apples and pecans. 

Pour into a greased and floured 10" Bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before turning out of pan. Allow to cool completely on wire rack. 

For glaze, in a small saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar over low heat. Stir in half and half. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour over cake. Serves 12. 
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Rhonda Gibson's Green Chili Beef Stew

Rhonda Gibson lives in New Mexico with her husband and pets. She loves to write for the Lord and feels blessed that He allows her to tell her stories so that others can read them. Learn more about Rhonda and her books on her Website HERE.

Rhonda's New Book Release: Taming the Texas Rancher



Though he'd never planned to wed, Daniel Westland must marry and produce a grandchild before his brother does in order to inherit the family ranch. Leave it to him to pick a mail-order bride who insists on being courted! Yet every time Daniel wonders if Hannah Young is even suited to rugged living, the petite schoolteacher shows her gumption. Pre-order Rhonda's book HERE.


Rhonda's Recipe for Green Chile Beef Stew

1 pound hamburger
3 baking potatoes, peeled and diced to desired size
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 tablespoon garlic, minced
4 cups roasted green chilies peeled and chopped
10 cups water
1 ½ tablespoon salt

Thickener:
2 cups flour
½ cup water

Brown hamburger in pot. Drain fat, add potatoes, onion, and garlic to the meat mixture and cook for 10 minutes. Add the green chilies, water and salt. Boil for 15 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the flour and water and whisk well to make the thickener. Add the thickener to the other ingredients; mix well and let simmer until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.

I love this recipe on cold winter days. I hope you will too.

Deborah Raney's Best Ever Granola

DEBORAH RANEY dreamed of writing a book since the summer she read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books and discovered that a Kansas farm girl could, indeed, grow up to be a writer. After a happy twenty-year detour as a stay-at-home mom, Deb penned her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, which won a Silver Angel Award and inspired the acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Since then, her books have won the RITA Award, HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, National Readers' Choice Award, as well as twice being finalists for the Christy Award. Deb teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband, Ken Raney, recently traded small-town life in Kansas ––the setting of many of Deb's novels––for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita. They have four children and four precious grandchildren (plus one on the way!) who all live much too far away. Visit Deb on the Web at www.deborahraney.com.

Deborah's newest book release: Silver Bells

As Elvis croons from the radio and Christmas descends upon a small Kansas town, two people find the miracle of love.

Michelle Penn has dropped out of college to work as a reporter for a tiny weekly newspaper. The boss's son, Robert Merrick III, is quickly making her forget all about her former sweetheart, Kevin, who has shipped out to Vietnam. Rob loves the newspaper business but feels trapped working for his father. He dreams of having his own newspaper, but now that he's met Michelle, she is what he wants most of all. Rob is forbidden by office policy to date Michelle, but if he were to quit his job, he'd have nothing to offer her.
As snow blankets the town, it seems that the gifts Rob and Michelle most desire––each other––are out of reach. But then, they didn't count on a small Christmas miracle.

DEB'S BEST EVER GRANOLA
4 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
1 Cup Flaked Coconut
½ Cup Chopped Pecans or Walnuts
¼ Cup Sunflower Nuts
½ Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup Olive Oil
½ Cup Honey
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

In a large cookie sheet with sides (jelly roll pan), bake dry oats at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix nuts, coconut, sunflower seeds and brown sugar in large mixing bowl; stir well.

In a small bowl, mix oil, honey, and vanilla. Remove oats from oven and add to nut mixture. Pour oil and honey mixture over all, stirring well. Return to cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes till dark golden brown, stirring every 5-8 minutes. Cool. (Stir again several times while cooling as it tends to clump.) Store in zip-lock bag or other air-tight container. (We use a gallon-size ice cream tub.)