It’s the research!!!

While it is still in the nineties here in South Carolina, I ignored the temperature and convinced my hubby to drive to North Carolina over the weekend. I had great expectations that it might be cooler since we were going north. We didn’t get so lucky…it was still summer hot!

However, I didn’t let that spoil our wonderful time touring an Apple Orchard and Cider Mill.

We sipped on cider slushies, ate apple cider donuts, and I took lots of notes for my upcoming book. I even came home with a bag of apples, cider, and apple butter. Yum!!!

In Allie’s Amish Family Miracle, the Raber family owns an apple and produce farm in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Even though young Reuben Raber has no aspirations to work the farm, Allie finds herself intrigued by the grandeur of it all. But…and that’s a BIG BUT! Reuben’s mother, Saloma, doesn’t care for Allie and does everything she can to sabotage their relationship.

I’m unsure how or if I can change Saloma’s mind about the young Mennonite girl who’s fallen in love with her youngest son, but I will give it a good try. Besides, everyone deserves to marry the love of their life….right?

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Below is one of my favorite recipes for Amish Apple Butter Cake


Amish Apple Butter Cake

½ cup softened butter

1 cup sugar

2 beaten eggs

¾ apple butter (can substitute fig butter or pumpkin butter)

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt 


1 cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, apple butter, and vanilla until mixed thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Stir into creamed mixture, alternating with sour cream.

In a separate bowl, mix together the topping ingredients.

Grease and flour 9 x 13 cake pan. Pour half cake batter into the pan and sprinkle with half the topping mixture. Add the remaining cake batter and then sprinkle the remaining topping over the batter.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.