Apple Cake :: A Fall Tradition You Must Try

by Tina on October 23, 2014

in family, Food

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It was almost exactly two years ago that I ate an apple cake with a friend and went on a unstoppable hunt for a similar recipe in the middle of the night.  This Swedish Apple Cake recipe is, by American comparison, a cross between a coffee cake and a pineapple upside down cake.  Every time I make it I inevitably end up eating it for breakfast, lunch, and, if I’m being perfectly honest, dinner, too.  I just love it!  (But now I am hoping that my gym instructor is not too big a fan of my blog otherwise she will kick my booty tomorrow for sure!)

Seriously, though, this cake is such a nice treat and when it is baking the whole house smells like heaven!  My son told me that it felt like Denmark, which really made me smile.  I think, in his six year old mind, he was trying to find a way to describe the feeling of home.  Isn’t it funny how a Swedish cake can make Atlanta, Georgia feel like home?  I’m convinced it will do the same for you no matter where home is for you at the moment.  So, grab a cup of coffee, and have a slice of apple cake this fall.  I’m certain it is a tradition you will want to repeat every year!

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Recipe via Epicurious

Photography: Tina Fussell


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The are so many things to love about about Fall, and one of our personal favorites is visiting the pumpkin patch.  This one, Burts Pumpkin Farm, in particular is one that we have visited many, many times… though I think the last time we were there I may have had my own little pumpkin in my belly (my, how quickly ten years goes by!).  The entire experience is meant to be fun and light hearted, where the kids can run around, get a little muddy, and ride a John Deer tractor.  Burts also happens to sell every variety of pumpkin, squash and gourds plus every kind of pumpkin treat one can dream of.  (I suggest trying the pumpkin bread.  It’s delish!)

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Fall is pretty much my favorite time of year and after getting a taste of cooler weather in New York, we are SO ready for more fall weather!  Don’t you just love the scarves, the cider, the leaves, the pumpkins, the crisp air…?

I am totally Falling for Fall, ya’ll!

What about you?  Do you have any favorite traditions that you do every fall or something you love to wear, like a favorite cozy scarf  or a knee high pair of boots?  Here are a few things that are totally inspiring me to put the summer clothes away for good and bring out the jeans and the boots, and make a pumpkin pie!

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May your weekend be full of crunching leaves and loads of fall coziness! xx


Images: Pale Pumpkins: Tina Fussell, Paris in the Fall: Sarah Mander,  Fall Quote: Paper Blog, Perfect Fall Scarf: Mango, Fall in Charlottenlund: Tina Fussell, Hot Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream: The Happy Foodie, Pumpkin spice Kitchen: Romain Ricard via My Scandinavian Home, Paper, Coffee, and a Cookie: Rodrigo Ramirez, The Beginning of Fall: Tina Fussell, Perfect Fall in Copenhagen: Tina Fussell, Cozy Sweater: Isabel Marant, Similar: Here, Here, and Here, Pumpkin Cake: Cooking ClassyFall Leaves in Copenhagen: Tina Fussell


A Bouquet of Eucalyptus

by Tina on October 16, 2014

in Flowers

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This week is the first time we have been still in quite some time and oddly enough, the stillness feels more unsettling than the going.  On Monday I woke up feeling nearly depressed!  Being in one place for more than a few days suddenly felt awkward.  So weird!  But we are getting into a groove again and I am remembering all of the things I love about being still… like having all of my things (sort of) in one place, going to the gym, not having to wash all of our clothes every three days (I try to pack light!), and best of all, being able to grab some flowers and greenery for a place that we plan to be in long enough to enjoy them before they wilt!

In the last two weeks we have been through eight States, stayed in five different places, and walked about 10.9 billion miles (only a slight exaggeration!) so this eucalyptus is just what I needed…  Calming, soothing, fragrant, and pretty!

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Fall is usually a busy time for most of us.  Perhaps it is time for you to grab a bouquet of eucalyptus, too?


Geek Chic

by Tina on October 15, 2014

in Fashion

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I was never the coolest kid in my class growing up, which is probably not much of a surprise to any of you.  My parents will try to convince you that I was some sort of Greek Goddess in Training, but actually, I was just a normal, slightly geeky kid.  I loved fashion and makeup as I got older and dreamed of running away to New York to be a buyer for some fancy shancy boutique, but I was equally shy and painfully aware of my need to get straight A’s and be on every honor roll possible.

I’ve noticed lately that Geek Chic seems to be pretty in.  Have you seen glasses and buns floating around fashion magazines and pinterest, too?  Hopefully it is not just me!  Either way, it seems like this whole Geek Chic thing is all I’m into lately.  I have always believed that intelligence is a drop dead sexy trait in men, so why can’t it be for us girls, too, right?

My husband caught me trying to take a selfie to see if my outfit met my approval (Please tell me that I am not the only one who does this!) Apparently my guy thinks Geek is sexy because pretty soon he was snapping a few photos, too.  He almost died on the spot when he realized that the back of my shirt was sheer.  (naughty me!)   While women wear sheer tops with nothing more than a bra underneath all the time in Copenhagen, I’m not so sure the Southern USA is ready for that much of Tina, so I threw a blazer on before I went out the door.

I guess old habits die hide… Still playing it safe!

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My current favorite Geek Chic Essentials:

Blazer: J Crew, Similar, Blouse: Gift, Similar Here, Jeans: Gap, Belt & Heels: J Crew Outlet, Bag: Borrowed from my sister, Similar Here, Glasses: Marc Jacobs