A Gown Day

Rockport HarborBlustery winds, rain, boats rocking in the harbor made it a perfect day to stay inside and have what a friend calls a gown day.  That means you don’t have to get out of pajamas if you don’t want to.

applesDays like this make me want to be in the kitchen and fill the house with sweet smelling aroma.  There are lots of freshly picked apples waiting to be used, so it was to work chopping them for an Apple Dapple Cake.   (Recipe here.)

apple dapple cakeHot out of the oven, a brown sugar/butter topping is poured all over, and the cake is left to cool.

apple dapple cakeTurned out of the pan, my mouth begins to water, but I’ll resist the temptation to have a bite since this will be perfect for the dessert I’m to take to a friend’s house later.

biscoff toffee cookiesNext up are some Biscoff Toffee Cookies, a recipe found here.  In addition to the toffee bits, I added a partially used bag of Ghiardelli semisweet chocolate chips.  Might as well double the pleasure, don’t you think?  As soon as they were out of the oven, I treated myself to a glass of milk and  a few cookies.  I’m home alone this week, so I can indulge some favorite things.

biscoff toffee cookiesBy the way, if you don’t have a Silpat, get one.  They are wonderful for so many baked things, they clean up easy and can be used over and over again.

centerpieceWell, time in the kitchen took up most of the morning, so it’s time to sit by the fire and read.  On the way to the living room, however, the dining room table looked like it could use a little sprucing up.  Some pumpkins and gourds, a few fallen leaves from the porch and a new tablecloth took care of that in an instant.

Though I wouldn’t want too many days in a row like this one, every now and then it’s great to have a gown day.

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42 thoughts on “A Gown Day

  1. gotta try the cookies..especially with both toffee bits and chocolate chips too

  2. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and your weekend!
    Miz Helen

  3. Don’t you love those pajama days? I can taste those toffee cookies, Linda. Must get Leon a Silpat deal. He’d love it!

  4. The perfect way to spend an icky weather day! I will admit to this being more routine for me than I should publicly announce, but hey…I’m retired! I don’t think twice about it anymore! And I can only imagine how incredible your house smelled with the aroma of apples and toffee. Delicious! A glass of milk, a roaring fire, a good book, and unbeatable solitude. Love it!

  5. Gown days are the best! Your cake and cookies look divine! Hard to imagine sitting by the fire, it was 90 today in Orange Beach and we were swimming!

  6. What a peaceful photo of your Harbor and I love the gown or PJ day, we all need one of those from time to time. Your Cake looks amazing and would be a perfect indoor project that is so delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Hope to see you again real soon,
    Miz Helen

  7. A windy rainy day is perfect for hanging inside and baking. Despite being in your pjs your day sounds very productive and cozy by that fireplace. What a lucky friend – your cake looks absolutely delicious and thanks for the tip on the Silpat.. I dont know what it is, but I’ll check it out.

    1. Sadly, the cake is not gluten free, but that doesn’t keep gluten free members of my family from having a bit. Silpats are easy to find, and there are a baker’s friend.

  8. Love that term gown day Lulu! I’ve never heard that before. I will be using it from now on. lol! It’s been nice and warm here, but I too baked a batch of cookies yesterday. Your apple dapple cake sounds so delicious! Perfect for Fall. I bet your house smelled heavenly with it and the other yummies that you made.

  9. I love a gown day too!!! Especially when I have ingredients on hand to bake without rushing out to the store. Love your cake and cookies.

    Thanks for your visit. Appreciate your comment. I am slowly getting back to normal.

    1. If I hadn’t eaten so many of the cookies I would’ve felt much better last night.

  10. Linda, that apple dapple cake looks delicious and a good way to use up apples.
    Are you now living in Maine year ’round? I sure do miss New England…
    Have a wonderful week.

    1. No, we will be returning to Houston in about three weeks. I always leave here with some regret because life is so different in the two places where I live

  11. That apple dapple cake looks especially wonderful and made my mouth water as well! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  12. Oh my goodness, Lulu just fantastic!! I felt the coldness and then warmth with these great foods and warm atmosphere.

  13. Beautiful presentation! Love the last photo 🙂

  14. I love those kind of days! You were actually very productive on your day at home. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipes. Your baked goodies look divine!

    1. I just wish I had not eaten so many cookies.

  15. Anything with apples I love… Very appetizing…

    1. Then you need to make this cake my dear.

  16. Gown days are the best!!!! The goodies look great also!!

  17. The cake sounds SO good!! Where did yiu get your Silpat??

    1. You can find a SIL pat in any good kitchen store like Williams-Sonoma or Sur le Table.

  18. It all sounds so wonderful..
    Warm cake on a cold day..
    Just perfect…and the table looks perfect too!❤️❤️❤️

    1. It was a very good day, but I ate too many cookies!

  19. A day with time to bake is my kind of day. I have a similar apple cake recipe, but I’ll have to try yours — it looks wonderful.

    1. Yes, this was a perfect day to spend in the kitchen. The cake is well worth a try.

  20. I love PJ days. I’ve had a few lately as I have been trying to clean out and re-organize everything. My “Spring Cleaning” days came late this year.

    1. Yes, once you get started on something it’s hard to take a break to get dressed.

  21. The apple dapple cake sounds so yummy!

  22. It was a gorgeous warm day here today! Hope we don’t get your Maine rain!
    Cake looks delicious! I am appled up too! I have a recipe to try, need time!

  23. Oh the Apple Dapple cake sounds wonderful…and it is so funny when I saw your title “Gown Day”…when I was working full time…we ladies from time to time would put in for a day off…we called it needing a “gown day”….to nest in the house and come back to work refreshed….hope you had a great “gown day”

    1. No matter how they come, gown days are good….so is the cake.

  24. Well, I had a half of a gown day! Your apple desserts look wonderful!

    Jane xx

    1. Half is better than none. I may try gown days more often.

  25. Sounds like a great day to me. Those goodies are making my mouth water!

  26. Gown days are good!! Although I don’t wear a gown. A chance to chill and enjoy. The desserts look and sound great. 😀

    1. These days are good for the soul.

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