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Apple Cake

All the Stellos converged on Ellicott City to celebrate Nanny’s 80th birthday this weekend! Our family have a lot of things in common but our strongest (and biggest) genetic features are big voices, noses, butts and appetites. In short – our Italian heritage is quite prominent. We feasted on crabs, shrimp, chicken fajitas and beer. A great end of summer party!

Crab Feast

As the night went on three generations of Stellos performed high school dance routines. Then we had a massive dance party to the Cupid Shuffle. Yes, I know my family is awesome.

Gabrielle modeling Nanny's high school baton twirling costume

Gabrielle modeling Nanny’s high school baton twirling costume

80 ear pulls and a pinch to grow an inch! Happy Birthday Nanny!

80 ear pulls and a pinch to grow an inch! Happy Birthday Nanny!

My mom wasn’t sure she had enough dessert options with 3 cakes from Wegmans and 2 homemade pies so I made an apple cake. Turns out that 5 large desserts is more than enough for the 20 or so of us. Apple cake was saved for breakfast (it had to be healthier than the cinnamon rolls sitting next to it). I brought home an empty plate – so everyone loved it!

Yield: 12 servings


1 stick butter (8 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons of cream cheese
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons of 1% milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2  1/2 cups peeled and diced apples (I used 4 medium apples)
1 2/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2  1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9 inch cake pan (butter and flour)
  2. In an electric mixer beat butter and cream cheese until creamy (approximately 3 minutes)
  3. Add sugar to butter mixture and beat until light and fluffy (approximately 3 minutes)
  4. Add in eggs and egg yolk beating in between each addition
  5. Add in milk and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated
  6. Add dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
  7. Add apples and mix on low until incorporated
  8. Bake for 40 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool 20 minutes before removing from pan and serving. I added a dusting of cinnamon on top but powdered sugar would work too!

Apple Cake


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It’s been a long vacation since my last post! This summer has been full of fun and travel! Just to name a few of the highlights:

  • Quick weekend getaways to Bethany Beach, Tampa, Syracuse, and Charleston
  • Three weddings – a bridesmaid in two and bestman
  • One bridal shower
  • Surprise Birthday BBQ Party for my Dad
  • Roadtrip from Seattle to Mount Rushmore (longggg days in the car but a great experience)
  • Conference in Chicago

Whenever I was home this summer I made a giant pitcher of Beeritas to enjoy either by the pool or catching up with my DVR. This recipe is very simple and delicious! Even my friends that are not tequila fans love them and I hope you will to!


12oz frozen limeade mix
12oz tequila
12oz Corona beer (1 bottle)
20oz Sprite
1 shot Grand Marnier

Stir and serve over ice!


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