Mom’s Fresh Apple Cake

Monday, September 20, 2021

Friends fall is here! Literally days away!

I’m so excited to be in the kitchen baking my Mom’s Fresh Apple Cake.


This cake recipe came from my mom’s kitchen – so this is a special and unique cake!

I hope you enjoy and give this recipe a try.

I will be sure to share all my tips here for your baking success.

Here is the Recipe:

Written by Mom –

Tip 1:

Use Granny Smith green apples


  • 3 -4 large Granny Smith Apples (4 cups diced apples – peeled, not chopped too fine)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves


  • -Cream oil and sugars, add beaten eggs and vanilla.
  • -Sift together dry ingredients, add to sugar mixture and stir/mix well until well blended. (This batter is very sticky)
  • -Fold in apples (I added my chopped apples to the cake batter while using my mixer)
  • -Bake in 9×13 pan @ 350 degrees until tested done
  • -When cool, frost with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

-1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 

-1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened 

-1 tsp. vanilla 

-1 pkg. (16 oz.) powdered sugar (about 4 cups)

Let’s Make It!

-Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended.

-Add powdered sugar gradually, beating after each addition until blended and creamy.

Serve Your Dessert:

Serve your dessert to guests with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

I hope you enjoy my apple recipes coming at you for fall.

Rustic Jute Twine Pumpkins

September 15, 2021

A rustic fall DIY done on dime and in less that 30 minutes.

You know me, I’m all about rustic!

These little jute twine pumpkins fit that bill!

Are you ready for autumn?

Ready for some quick autumn decor done with twine string?

These jute twine pumpkins were created from supplies that I already had on hand.

Here Is What You Need:

-Jute twine

-cinnamon sticks

-hot glue gun


-foliage, leaves to decorate

That’s It!

Most of us DIYers already have these items stashed in our pantry or craft supplies.

Here’s How to Make The Rustic Jute Pumpkin:

Step 1:

Wrap the twine around 4 of your fingers 20 times.

Wrap the jute around your 4 fingers 20x like this.

Step 2:

Using a small cut section of jute twine, wrap the piece of twine through the middle of the coil of twine and tie it off.

Tied off section –

Make 5 to 6 of these sections. Depending on how full you want your twine pumpkin.

Step 3:

Glue the section to a cinnamon stick, twig, or a pumpkin stem.

One roll attached to the cinnamon stick

Step 4:

Glue the 5 sections to the cinnamon stick – stem.

The final product – Embellish as you wish.

How cute is that!

Oh, I love this time of year!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY and it inspires you to create your own.

A little wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin’

An Apple A Day – A Baked Apple Oatmeal Treat

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.

Labor Day seems to mark the end of summer.

With that being said, fall is just around the corner.

And you know what that means???

Apples, pumpkins, early morning frost, and falling leaves, and maybe some baked apple treats coming your way.

Even though the temperatures are in the high 90’s … Yes, and it’s still HOT, I’m thinking cooler weather and autumn desserts.

Today, I wanted to share a dessert or a breakfast – depending on how and when you serve it.

This is an oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts stuffed into a delicious apple (I used a Honey Crisp) and baked (or any big delicious apple of your choosing) . This is a simple recipe that is so easy to make. I found the recipe here while browsing Courtney Allison’s beautiful blog at French Country Cottage.

While I love to try fresh new recipes and my husband loves apple pie,

I had to try it- and we thought it was good enough to share.

So you are aware, I adapted the recipe to our liking.

Here Is What You Need – Ingredients

2 – 4 apples 

1 cup rolled oats 

1/4 cup brown sugar 

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1/4 cup butter

Fresh Bluberries

chopped walnuts or pecans

caramel topping for drizzle (optional)

vanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions –

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Core each apple making a large well in the center and arrange apples on a baking dish/pie plate

(Save some of the apple meat to add to you oat mixture)

Mix oats, the1/4 c brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

Cut in the butter until evenly combined. (I softened the butter a bit before adding it to the oat mixture.)

This is the apple crumble with oats, cinnamon, apple chunks, and butter combined.

Spoon the oat mixture into each apple.

Sprinkle with brown sugar and walnuts.

Bake @350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Bake the apples until they are tender for approximately 30 minutes,

or until the filling is lightly brown and bubbling.

Piping hot. Fresh out of the oven.

Here Is What We Did: As a Dessert –

We drizzled warm caramel over the top and served the warm apple with vanilla ice cream.

My husband contributed his ideas and likings to this recipe.

So delicious and good!

For Breakfast –

 Top with fresh blueberries, serve and enjoy!

A blueberry topped breakfast treat.

Maybe a little on the healthier side;)

This is a delicious apple crumble recipe with oats, cinnamon, and a buttery crisp stuffed in an apple.

A perfect fall comfort food.

Seriously a delicious and fun treat.

I hope you get a chance to make this delicious dessert/breakfast treat.

Weekend Roundup – Home on the Range

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Welcome to the weekend roundup.

When I was growing up in Northern Nevada it was quite common to see the Basque herders moving their sheep from grazing range to grazing range.

So on our mountain travels to the high country, in the Jarbidge Mountains, I had to stop and take some photos of this nostalgic sight.

 Sheepherding in Northern Nevada arrived around 1841 when it was said that the first domestic sheep had traveled with wagon trains on their way to California.

During the gold rush, thousands of sheep were driven to California, across Nevada, to feed the miners. So this is a pretty old tradition and profession.

Herding Into The Sunset

On our way home around Charleston, Nevada this caught my eye.

Trailing the sheep home towards the winter range.

Just riding drag.

In summer the herders keep the sheep moving to fresher grazing and water everyday.

A herder and his dogs

Not only are sheep dogs great companions, sheep dogs are essential to the herder by protecting the sheep from predators and are great herders themselves.

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This dog got a little excited when we slowed down for me to take photos. Needless to say, I didn’t get out of the vehicle while he was around.

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Even though I wanted to make friends with this pretty guy, I thought best not to since his job is protecting the sheep and they take their jobs seriously.

Beautiful dog!

Part of the Job

This herder (on horseback) is packing a lamb.

Maybe the lamb just got tired and laid down, so it’s given a ride.

Packing a lamb horseback might be a preferred qualification and responsibility.

Sheep graze in the Nevada mountains in the summer and Nevada deserts in the winter.

Keeping the flock together

The Flock

Sheep have always played an important role in the economic history of Nevada.

Family-run sheep ranches, large and small, have been and continue to be valued businesses in rural areas of the state.

I can even say that sheep have been a part of my rural heritage.

Range Grazing

Whether its sheep or cows, range land grazing is essential to the environment.

Sheep and cows clean up the grasses – grasses make great fuel for range land fires. Range land grazing helps reduce/eliminate the risk of fires.

We spent the day in Jarbidge visiting friends, eating, yard sailing, and taking in the sights of this small town. I think my favorite part of my trip is taking in this view of the sheep traveling to their new grazing area.

I hope these traditions never get lost!

Traditions have a very special way of keeping favorite memories forever in our hearts.”

I hope you enjoyed my weekend sights!

DIY Sweater Pumpkins – Cozy Up With Fall

Monday, August 30, 2021

Summer is slowly fading, even though it is still HOT, and Autumn is just around the corner. I’m thinking and feeling that the mornings are a bit cooler and the evening light is fading faster. I’m definitely getting that fall feeling…even with the decor.

I’ve been lighting a few candles in the evening and thinking a bit on the cozy side.

I even started adding touches of fall, but in the most subtle way possible.

So, I wanted to share a DIY. A pumpkin crafted from a sweater and twig stems.

Heirloom style pumpkins crafted from an old sweater.

You won’t need a sewing machine for this project. However you will need a needle, thread, or yarn.

 These sweater pumpkins are filled with polyfill and the stems are made from twigs I gathered from around the yard. Other ideas for the stems, you could also use cinnamon sticks.

Yes, there was a sweater harmed in this project. I felt that it needed to be retired.

My sweater pumpkins are so easy to make and are a bit on the cute side. So they fit two requirements.

I was able to make two pumpkins from the one sweater.

How To Make A Sweater Pumpkin

What you will need:

1 clean sweater (color of your choosing)



Thread or yarn

Circle pattern

Twig, or cinnamon stick for stem

Felt for leaf


Twine for accent

Hot glue gun

Step 1:

Circle pattern

Don’t mind the wrinkled paper. This came from a Marshalls purchase.

Step 2:

Place pattern on sweater.

For easy cutting, pin the paper pattern to the sweater.

Step 3:

Cut along the paper pattern.

Cut out your sweater circle.

Step 4:

 With a needle and double thread or yarn, sew a running stitch along the outside perimeter so you can gather the knit fabric and fill it as you go.

I used yarn for my thread with a large yarn needle.
Lightly gather the fabric/knit and stuff a little at a time. Careful not to pull too hard as you may break the thread/yarn.

Step 5:

 Carefully tighten the thread and place your stem inside. At this point, secure the bottom of the stem in the fabric by placing a generous amount of hot glue at the bottom and along the outside of the stem. Pull the thread tight. Since the knit fabric is bulky you may have to stitch the top of the pumpkin closed around the stem.

I added the button to tie-off my thread and to add character.

Step 6:

Once the stem is glued in place, you’ve stitched around it – this is what it will look like.

Step 7:

I hot glued jute twine around the bottom of the stem to disguise the bunching of the fabric, and as additional dressing.

Step 8:

Using felt, I cut out a leaf and hot glued it at the base of the stem. (On one pumpkin leaf I added stitching for additional detail.)

How is that?

Start your fall off right with a new cozy knit pumpkin for early autumn decor.

And… I didn’t break the bank!

It’s pretty much white pumpkins and dried florals around here at the moment.

Kind of loving this neutral Autumn look at the moment.

I hope you like my DIY cozy knit pumpkins, and this inspires you in some way to get your Autumn decor on.

This is how I home – A little wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’



A Rustic and Refound Christmas Holiday Table Setting Idea

Monday, August 16, 2021

Christmas in August???

Am I crazy? Maybe…;)

However, this might be the first time I’ve ever been early for a party.

I maybe living in a mixed-up seasonal world.

You might have noticed that I am somewhat obsessed with setting tables for all occasions and maybe all year long.

So when a Jeanne d’ Arc Living (see it here) photo shows up that you just love, maybe you want to duplicate it and put your own spin on it and that is all you can think about!

Yes, I included my cowhide chairs, a drop cloth tablecloth, black mis-happen plates, candles, twinkle lights, glass(crystal candle holders & found bottles), olive branches, and golden pinecones & pears all in keeping with my style and rustic luxe.

For a simple centerpiece idea-

Starting with… candles. Because, I am obsessed with those too.

Using white candles I placed them into crystal candlesticks.

I mixed in large green pillars on mercury glass candle holders (for an additional punch of green) & gold mercury glass votives. With an added extra sprinkle of magic- a string of battery operated twinkle lights were strung down the center mixed with the pinecones foraged from a friend/neighbor’s yard.

It’s All In The Details-

Faux fruit was purchased at the Dollar Store and spray painted gold

I think the golden pears just add that additional touch of pretty.

Down the center of the table, I scattered gold pinecones along with a coupe of sprigs of olive branches.

Added Greenery-

Found bottles are filled with additional sprigs of foraged olive branches from trees on my property.

Olive branches with green berries. Even better.

Did you know that an olive branch is a symbol of peace and friendship?

A little fitting for a Christmas inspired tablescape.

Wrapped presents in white butcher paper were added & we already talked about those twinkle lights…

things that add a little more cheer.

On The Table-

This tablescape is all about that rustic luxe & vintage.

The Rustic –

Painters drop cloth & shop rag napkins – purchased from Home Depot.

The mix of dinnerware – Black stoneware bowls & melamine salad plates from Marshalls.

Large black melamine plates – purchased from Joann’s.

Vintage dishes

vintage cream teacups with a gold rimmed edge & gold rimmed stemware-mingling with vintage flatware.

All gathered from thrifting and yard sales.

This is a table setting that is not too fancy or unattainable.

I love it to be pretty, but I also want it to be practical – and easy!

Without a lot of fuss, I tried to pay attention to detail.

It’s pulled together and very festive, but with a casual side.

I hope that I have inspired you to think outside of the box with my country decorating style.

-Maybe bring out all of your beautiful vintage dinnerware.

-Use your creative DIY ideas.

-Add some simple recipes

-Maybe start some new Christmas traditions.

Cheers my friends!

A Rustic Wine Barrel Band Wreath

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Hi friends! Hello August!

Yes, I’m always late for a party. Hot August days party that is.

Summer is moving right along at a break-neck speed, with some pretty hot days.

You know what happens after summer… autumn. Autumn brings some cooler temperatures, and I must say that I might be looking forward to some cooler days.

Along with the thoughts of cooler days, I have been thinking ahead seasonally just a bit to maybe some autumn decor.

 When a friend texts you and asks if you are interested in some rusty metal rings from a rotted wine barrel, you say “Yes.” Her great inspiration and gift provided me with this opportunity to create!

A Rusty Metal Wreath

A rustic wine barrel band. There will be rust residue and other imperfections.  The rust residue was sanded, wiped clean, and sealed, trying not to lose some of the unique imperfections and character.

Go Fabulous Faux

Choosing some autumn inspired flowers along with a rusty metal band I crafted a simple wreath in design. I wanted something that had clean lines but created a little drama. I incorporated the chocolate, burgundy, gold, and dainty white faux florals bringing contrast, texture, height along with pops of blue from the globe-shaped (Echinops) thistle-like foliage.

Adding a pop of blue with the faux globe thistle.

Using zip-ties I fastened the faux florals right to the metal band. To disguise the zip ties, I wrapped copper wire around the zip tie and stems. A now constantly blooming bounty that is mindfully made and ethically sourced all the while sustainable.

A little trash to treasure.

Maybe a little on the autumn side of florals with a little harvest-y vibe;).

Pretty faux florals with a usual rusty treasure.

My favorite mix of pretty & rustic.

The Look on a Door

A great pop of color in any space.

An Inside Statement

Brightens a corner.

Any where you place it… this faux floral wreath is pretty…

Even hung on the back of a chocolate cowhide chair.

This wreath is a natural accent in any room, and makes a great welcome statement to guests & a gift.

 I love the charm this rustic wreath adds to the space.

I hope this wine barrel band DIY inspires you to create your own wine barrel band wreath. If you do, let me know! xx 

I always enjoy sharing my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin’.


A Forgotten Beauty

Friday, July 16, 2021

Have you ever come across something that just grabbed at you, and you know you had to have it?

Like maybe an old forgotten rocking chair quietly sitting, waiting for someone to see it’s potential… and appreciate it’s simple beauty?

It was partially hidden among some other old chairs. A press back rocker.

With the back top detailed in open carvings of floral scrolls.

It was dirty and grungy with a very worn and tattered seat.

The finish had been stripped off here and there from being weathered, sitting on a front porch…partially protected from the elements.

Even though it was just a forgotten frame there was something about it that I just fell in love with. So when this shabby beauty of a rocker was offered as a freebie, I said “Yes,” and it came home with me.


I began the process of restoration by removing the tacks just to remove the tattered, torn, worn-out seat.

I sanded the rocker down with 60 grit sandpaper and my orbital sander in places that I could get the sander to. In places that the sander did not fit…I used good old fashioned elbow grease with sandpaper to remove dirt, grime and the remaining stain. I sanded it down to bare wood, to my liking.

Some spots may still seem darker, but I like that it gives the chair age and depth…

keeping the natural warmth of the wood.

How Did I Treat the Carved Back?

Using the corner of my orbital sander and a point on a piece of folded sandpaper I gently sanded the carvings to clean out the stain, arriving at the patina I have achieved.

Originally, I thought I would reupholster it and repair it to bring it back to what it once may have looked like. But the more that naked chair frame has sat…  the more I appreciated it’s rustic elegance and decided to leave it to maybe simply wearing it’s elegant carvings and nothing else.

Simple and beautiful!

I love this chair with all it’s rustic goodness and beautiful imperfections.

It evokes beauty and curiosity.

It has inspired me to play…

Adding folded burlap & dried florals to the seat, I snapped some photos of it’s reclaimed raw and natural beauty.

As my friend from Burlapluxe would say…

“Decayed raw beauty, not for sitting & rocking, but just for looking at.”

~ Dore Callaway

A non-practical piece.

They say that if you love it, you will find a place for it.

For now, it is front & center sitting in the foyer of my house.

Maybe tucked a little out-of-the way…;)

I would like to think that as it holds that sprinkle of dried floral beauty it creates a little romance.

Beautiful imperfections…

Tack holes & all!

The burlap looks quite good…I may have just found the covering for a new cushion. But, rest assured, it won’t be covering the tack holes or marks of love & use.

It’s not complete…still missing a cushion for it’s seat and a back support…

If not for rocking…

then just for looking soft-n-pretty.

I hope you enjoyed my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’

If you stopped by the blog, thanks for stopping! I would love to hear from you, so please drop me a little note.

Simple Summer Pear Island Vignette

Friday, July 9, 2021

Well summer has been a whirl-wind affair!

With several quick trips – family graduation/vacation to the California Redwoods and a camping trip in the mountains. All so very nice, but has not spurred my writing and creative bug as much as I would like.

Well, I’m back.

I hope that I have been missed… even just a little;)

June was a busy month with me not having notched off too many big projects.

However, I’m hoping to get back on track!

Starting with just a little summer island vignette…

Pears, vintage platters, plants, and a wooden trough for candles.

Would you believe that these vintage (ironstone looking) platters were picked up from a yard sale while I was camping in the mountains? Yep! That is where I scored my new vintage treasures, and I have more to share.

A Simple Fresh Summer Look

To create this super simple fresh summer look, I added everyday useful items from the white platters, tea towel, wooden trough, candles, of course greenery, and seasonal fruit that I had on hand. The pears were one of the fresh fruits we have in the house at the moment. I love displaying the fruits and veggies we have in a pretty way, & this is a great & easy way to grab one & go. Pears have been a favorite snack as of late. We often cut up fresh pears, apples and have them with vanilla yogurt for breakfast.

Pears add that fresh, homey look to the space or an instant summer feeling. Think fresh fruit for easy summer stylin’.

Sometimes, less is more. Keeping my island vignette low profile for gatherings and conversations.

 I hope this post & this island vignette inspire you in some way.

I guess I needed a creative kick today & it sure helped me.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today to see what is happening here at Rustic and Refound...

where I love sharing my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.


Weekend Roundup -Bringing the Outside In

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Welcome to my weekend roundup!

This week went by so very fast! And…It was a bit busy.

I finished my week babysitting one of my favorite “Littles.” I haven’t played that much soccer, basketball, and volleyball since junior high and my high school days. We spent a great deal of time outside. I had a blast with him!

Today, I want to talk about bringing some touches of greenery to our indoor spaces.

First, I must clarify again, that I’m not a certified decorator. Maybe you won’t even like my images or what I do, and that is certainly okay. (Whoa, that was long winded!)


Sometimes just a little touch of the seasons inside is exactly what we need.

I have been embracing the natural touches in my rooms for awhile now.

Sometimes it’s just bare branches and twigs, or just some old vines twisted around for a foraged wreath.

There is something about wandering around outside to see what inspires you to bring it indoors.

Bringing the outdoors in is so simple – especially in Spring.

This week is all about some pretty blooming shrubs and how simple buckets can be a perfect way to enjoy them in your home.

Sometimes a pretty bucket of blooms is all that you need to spruce up the space.

Two Things I’m Obsessed With

Old Buckets and Flowering Bushes/Shrubs

  1. Old Buckets – New Buckets Old Buckets and maybe new buckets are always a go-to favorite for me. This is one of my favorite buckets and some of my favorite blooming shrubs.

This bucket is so pretty with it’s turquoise and copper feel.

Not an old bucket, but more on the new side. It has an Old World feel, and it kind of gives you a rustic European vibe.

2. Flowering Bushes/Shrubs – I love the delicate pretty pink blooms from this Honeysuckle bush.

This Honeysuckle bush is growing in the front of our house. It blooms the smallest and most delicate pink blossoms in the spring and has a very delicate sweet scent. It’s one of my favorites. So, I snipped some bottom branches, bringing a little of the outside in.

This charming bush is easy to grow. It’s planted in a sunny spot, with plenty of room to sprawl.

 This Honeysuckle bush requires nothing more than water and maybe a trim to keep it looking quaint instead of crazy.

Buckets of blooming shrubbery add charm and are so simple and easy to add anywhere.

They make a gorgeous centerpiece for a rustic table.

 It kind of makes my heart do a little pitter patter.

Even on the kitchen island a bucket of flowering greenery add some pretty and some charm.

A simple island vignette.

Happy Saturday everyone.

Thanks for stopping by Rustic and Refound… where I’m sharing my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’