Archive | August, 2010

Apple Cake Recipe from The Stationery Studio Staff Kitchen

30 Aug

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Apple Cake Recipe on Black Paisley Recipe Card  (See full recipe below.)

There are many ways to celebrate the festive Fall season – with long-standing family traditions, festivities and foods.   As the Jewish New Year approaches on the evening of September 8, 2010, many Jewish families are symbolically getting ready to add  “sweetness” to their tables in hopes for a fruitful New Year.

TheStationeryStudio.com is starting its own tradition, by posting and sharing some of our favorite recipes from our Staff Kitchen.  From our kitchen to yours, we hope you all enjoy a fruitful season.

Here is a tasty Apple Cake that is sure to make any holiday dessert table a hit.    Thanksgiving is also a wonderful time to bake and start a new family tradition of recipe swapping.  TheStationeryStudio.com has a large selection of recipe cards that make great host/hostess gifts.

Apple Cake from The Stationery Studio Staff Kitchen


This delicious apple cake will add spice to any fall holiday table!

This delicious apple cake will sweeten any festive fall holiday table!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 peeled and diced medium to large green apples
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • powdered sugar

Beat eggs and vanilla in a large bowl with fork.  Stir in sugar and oil.  Sift flour, cinnamon and baking soda into the eggs and sugar and mix well.  Add apples and continue stirring with fork until well mixed.

Spray bundt pan with oil or non-stick cooking spray and pour in batter.

Bake for approximately 50 minutes at 350 degrees in a pan.

Let stand for approximately an hour to cool before releasing cake from pan.

Sprinkle the top of cake with powdered sugar and serve.

Bon Appetit!

The Stationery Studio Staff

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End-of-Summer Party with Style: Part Two

13 Aug

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Part Two of our “Farewell to Summer” party-planning series is a tip sheet with a few more ideas and can serve as a check-list to make sure that no detail is left out.

  • Don’t forget to make sure you have enough propane in your grill. Use a great barbecue sauce/marinade on chicken, fish or steak a few hours ahead of time for extra flavor.  Keep barbecue-ready food (in the sauce of choice) refrigerated in zippered bags until guests arrive and the grill is fired up and ready to go.  Do all the prep work before your guests arrive.  The host/hostess should be able to enjoy the party too!
  • Be prepared for the buzzing summer mosquitoes by lighting citronella candles and torches just before the sun goes down.   Kids should wear deet-free spray or mosquito-repellent bands, which can be bought at local convenient, drug or hardware stores.
  • Plan a summer-friendly menu with seasonal fruits and veggies.  Watermelon and feta cheese make a great combo.  For dessert, try some graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows and head to a fire pit for  s’mores to remind everyone that it’s good to be a kid- at any age.
  • Beach-inspired music is a must! Ask your kids for a modernized play list. Have them go through their music libraries and pick out some summer favorites to add to the mix. This will help kids feel involved (and keep them busy while you prepare appetizers!)
  • Add personal touches in unexpected places (like our Personalized Stir Sticks that were featured in this month’s REAL SIMPLE magazine).
  • Act like a kid. You are never too old to  have a water balloon fight, tell scary stories around a campfire, play flashlight tag or hide-and-seek, blow bubbles or pitch a tent for a sleepover in the yard!  Summer is the best time to kick off your shoes and act like a silly 12-year-old.

The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the fun stops here.   Patriotic red, white and blue-themed parties are a great way to celebrate Labor Day.  The party doesn’t have to stop!  Check back here soon for some more great inspiring party-planning ideas and join our conversation on Facebook and let us know if you have any other great end-of-summer theme ideas.  We love to hear from our customers about celebrating such milestones.

Happy End-of-Summer!!!

End-of-Summer Party with Style: Part One

11 Aug

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Summer is quickly slipping away and it’s the perfect time to plan an End-of-Summer Soiree.  Labor Day is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean we have to put away our flip-flops and white sandals just yet – Thank goodness! Why not host a theme party that brings out the kid in everyone?

The party should reflect the carefree attitude that summer reinforces.  A Camp-Themed  Barbecue or Hawaiian Luau will be sure to remind guests that you are never too old to enjoy the lazy days at the end of summer before back-to-school schedules and activities begin.

Here are some Tips for an End-of-Summer Party you and your family and friends will never forget:

  • Choose colors for this party that are bright and bold.  Pool water colors like turquoise and green with pops of orange and red bring in the feeling of a tropical island.
  • Invitations should reflect the summer theme and mention a casual dress code. Choose invites that set the tone for the party.  Don’t forget to remind guests to bring suits/towels if there is a pool/swimming or have a few of these bright-colored cabana towels on-hand.  Guests can even pull out some vintage classics – Hawaiian shirts that have been hiding in the back of the closet.
  • Be creative with centerpieces. Try filling tall clear-glass bowls with lemons and limes – an inexpensive way to add some color and seasonal scents and sights to the tables.  Float them in water and add a candle.  Here is a link with some how-to advice for a lemon/lime centerpiece.
  • Placecards should be personalized to match the décor and add some interest to the table.  Matching personalized napkins are also a great way to add some pizazz to the party.

Come back in a few days for some more ways to make your Farewell to Summer Party more memorable.

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