Okay, I'm not saying you should never throw things away. I mean, you don't need to keep every piece of garbage. You've probably got no use for those meat scraps. Veggie scraps and paper can be composted. Plastic can be recycled. Glass jars can be reused as containers. There's not a lot that just HAS to be thrown away. So what I don't understand is why people throw things away that are just the tiniest bit damaged.
As we were coming home today, I noticed that my neighbors had a whiteboard leaned up next to their recycling bin. I walked over to inspect it and realized that the only thing wrong with it is that the frame is a little broken. Seriously? With a little glue and some WD40, it'll be good as new. I'm okay with them throwing it out only because it means almost new whiteboard for me. Now, onto what you really came here for.
This apple cake is traditionally made for Mabon (a Pagan sabbat). However, I make it year around. Part of me regrets the first time I made it because now just about EVERYONE wants one for EVERY family function. Argh. But it is delicious. I found this on this website, but made a couple tiny changes.
Every time I make this recipe now, it makes me think of one of the sweetest women that I've ever met. When I started the Psychology program at the University of Phoenix, the very first person I met was a woman named Ms. Betty. I was worried at first that we wouldn't get along, but she quickly became one of my favorite people in the world. However, just before we started our 400 level classes, she moved to Arizona to be with her kids. I miss her dearly and class just isn't the same without her. But, man, did she love this cake. So, this tutorial is for you, Mama Betty!
The best time to make this for me is when I can get the apples from our local orchard. Mmm... Come on Fall.