In a Vase on Monday – Rustic Endeavors

I have been baking a lot lately and getting in touch with my rustic side. My husband had to cut down on dietary fat dramatically and is a dessert lover, so lower fat cupcakes have been an ongoing project. The latest, Gala Apple Pecan with Light Caramel Frosting. I am not a neat baker nor a cake decorator. The cupcakes never turn out quite the same size and the frosting is always a bit globby, so the house joke is that we have rustic desserts.

The apple cupcake. Moist, delicious and downright rustic. I find vegan butter makes a good caramel frosting.

The vase is rustic in the selection of the mason jar with a raffia bow and the old fashioned contents.

A closer view:

The flowers, in yellow, Brown Eyed Girl Sunflowers; shades of pink, Giant Dianthus; blue spikes, a few Black and Bloom Salvia on the left side and Mystic Blue Salvia on the right; white spikes, White Flame Salvia; yellow balls, Golf Beauty Craspedia; a few sprigs of Asian Sword Fern complete the vase.

I’ll be in the garden endeavoring to enjoy a cupcake.

Thank you to Cathy at for hosting this weekly garden meme. To see more vases , follow the link.

Happy Gardening!!


22 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Rustic Endeavors

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely arrangement and the cupcake certainly looks delicious, even if ‘rustic!’ Maybe you could post the recipe?

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  2. Timelesslady says:

    Oh, that cupcake makes me want a mid-morning snack. It looks yummy. I also love the rustic look of your vase. What a lovely selection and variety of flowers.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Your vase looks great and you certainly have a nice selection of flowers. I am still waiting for mine to bloom.

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  4. Donna Donabella says:

    Love that rustic vase…all the flowers I miss. And even if the cupcakes don’t turn out looking too good, they look yummy!

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  5. Cathy says:

    Oh she’s there again – how many blooms have you picked now?!! šŸ˜€ And your giant dianthus too – did you have a variety name for that? I am interested to see the craspedia – I did sow some one year but germination was poor, and I really ought to try again because they make a real feature in a vase. Enjoy your baking!

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    • More than fifty, I would guess. There have been a couple of rose bowls filled with sunflowers last week. The Dianthus must be a variety of dianthus-giganteus, it is called Giant at the nursery. There is a picture of the Craspedia in my SOS post, I have a plant and did not grow it from seed. Chocolate is my next baking venture.

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  6. Kris P says:

    Once again, you’ve grabbed my attention before lunch and made me hungry! Taste is much more important than presentation (at least according to my stomach). Your sunflower must indeed be a great performer – I’ll be picking up the first pot I see šŸ˜‰

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  7. Cathy says:

    I couldn’t say which I like the look of best; your cupcake or your lovely vase! šŸ˜‰ The Craspedia immediately caught my eye. Don’t they look good in an arrangement! Such pretty Dianthus. And the jar and the ribbon add to the rustic feel. šŸ‘

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  8. Annette says:

    This looks absolutely delicious, I wouldn’t mind coming over and have tea with you next to that lovely bouquet šŸ˜€

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  9. Anna says:

    Oh that apple cupcake looks decidedly yummy Amelia šŸ˜‹ An interesting tip about the vegan butter. Your vase makes for a lovely display of colour. I like those feathered dianthus.

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