January 9, 2014


Sister: "Hey! What are you doing?"

Me: "Pouring over a few new cookbooks. What are you making for dinner?"

Sister: "Me? Probably some soup from Publix. I love their tomato bisque soup. That sounds perfect for a Sunday night doesn't it? Do you happen to have Garey and Nancy's address? I had it in noted in my address book, but I can't seem to find it!"

Me: "Why does this not surprise me...I think that should be your New Year's "Do Better"....clearing away clutter and organizing your buffet."

Sister: "OK sure.....I'll be sure to put this on my resolution list....now....do you have their address?"

Me: "No, but I'll look it up for you. Why do you need it?"

Sister: "Because I am sending out my Christmas cards."

Me: "What? Do you realize that this is January 5th, 2014?  A little past due, don't you think? Why don't you just send them a message on Facebook?"

Sister: "Because, I love Christmas cards and I do not like facebook! You know that! I always send my Christmas cards after Christmas because I never seem to get around to it during the holidays. I have always been that way. But the way I look at it, I made the effort to send out my beautiful and carefully chosen cards, and I enjoy sending them! You'll be getting yours in a few days. I figure it's ok to be a little late to the party!"

Me: "Well, that makes perfect sense to me....you are so good at that! That's what I refer to as Big Sister wisdom."

 I adore the Christmas card...you were right...
it was delightful to receive this beautiful card on January 7th!
Did you manage to get everything done that you had planned for the Christmas holidays? Did you try all the recipes you had intended to serve to family and friends? I had a few extra bags of fresh cranberries that I had frozen and wanted to try this recipe for Christmas...alas, it went by the wayside and I never got around to baking this. I thought I would go ahead and try it last week so that I could make good use of those delicious fresh berries. OH MY GOODNESS! We ate this for breakfast, lunch and dinner....even for a late night snack! It is such a tender, moist cake and the vanilla sauce......well....let's just say he "kissed the cook!"  

Cranberry Sour Cream Upside Down Cake with Vanilla Sauce

 The Vanilla Sauce
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 t. fresh grated orange zest
1/2 cup evaporated milk

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the sugar and continue to simmer, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved and blended with the melted butter. Add the evaporated milk and orange zest. Continue to stir and heat on low. Add vanilla and pour into a small pitcher. Serve warm over the warm cranberry cake!



1/2 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (12 ounce) bag fresh or frozen
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 9 inch springform pan. Wrap aluminum foil around the outside of the bottom to prevent leaking. Do not omit this step. The sauce will leak through the pan and the foil will prevent the leakage. I placed mine on a jellyroll pan when baking.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of white sugar, water and cinnamon until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and then add the cranberries. Stir to coat with the sauce, then pour into the prepared pan.
Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, beat the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter with 1/2 cup white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla and sour cream. Mix in the dry ingredients. Pour the batter over the cranberries in the pan.
Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15-20 minutes, then run a knife around the outer edge. Invert onto a serving plate and remove the springform pan.



  1. This sounds really delicious and makes a lovely presentation!

    1. Thank you Beth! It is a very good recipe! Hope you give it a try, So very appreciative of your kind comments as always!

  2. Your sister sounds like my good friend, Mary. One year she sent me a Christmas card late and in with it was my belated birthday card. My birthday is in June. hahaha! Gotta love her. Did Mae get a taste of that delicious looking cake? That would go so well with tea. mmmmmmm!

    1. As a matter of fact, my daughter just asked me the same thing....Mae was rather close to the cake....too close for her....my reply? "What do you mean kitties don't belong on the table?" Audrey would understand, I know!

  3. This sounds and looks delicious!

    1. Hi Lindsey! This IS delicious! If you decide to try it, just make sure you wrap the bottom of the springform pan in foil....hope you are enjoying your brand new year! Thank you for visiting Estelle's!


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