Day 2: Temptation comes knocking (and Stephanie’s Apple Crisp recipe)

Things I resisted:
–this hard water dishwasher aid touted by Pioneer Woman. (Instead I emailed the company and asked if I could review it on my blog.)

–this flatiron– Walmart emailed to tell me was back in stock. Darn. I guess I’ll pass on that one for now.

Am also bummed to think that John and I will be skipping eating out for our date nights this month…maybe we’ll have to do a picnic in the park or something.

The dishwasher repair man says that the part we need won’t be available for two weeks, which means that apparently our 30 days of nothing also includes a lot of dishwashing – by hand. The kids are thrilled.

On the bright side, the van’s squeaking brakes turned out to be due to an installer’s error, which means they fixed it for free.

Today’s meals
Breakfast: oatmeal, toast and apples
Lunch: tomato melts (olive oil, tomato and cheese melted on rolls) grapes, cucumbers, and cookies
Dinner: Sesame chicken with sweet peppers and onions over noodles.

Our apples are ripe. We picked a couple bushels this evening, and need to start making applesauce tomorrow. This evening we made two apple crisps, one for the freezer and one for tomorrow’s breakfast. What, you didn’t know apple crisp is breakfast food? 🙂

The recipe is simple. This one is big enough to make two 9×12 crisps, one for the freezer and one to eat right away.

Easy Apple Crisp

Slice enough apples to fill two rectangular casserole dishes about half way. (My boys did the slicing for me, and they’re guessing it took about 16 apples for both crisps.) Into each casserole dish sprinkle 1/2 cup of sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Toss apples with cinnamon and sugar.

In a medium sized bowl, mix:
1 cup flour
2 cups quick oats
2 cups brown or white sugar
1 T. cinnamon
1 t. cloves, optional
1 t. salt

Soften 2 sticks of butter in a small bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds or so. For easy stirring, butter should be half melted but not totally liquid. Pour soft butter over the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon or your hands until dry ingredients are starting to clump together and butter is dispersed. Divide the crumb topping between the two casserole dishes, sprinkling it evenly over all the apples.

Cover one dish tightly and freeze until you want to use it. Bake other crisp for 35-40 minutes at 375 degrees, until topping is light to medium brown. Cool, and serve with cool whip or ice cream if you like.


  1. The recipe sounds great. I think I may have to try it. Thanks! I hope you update on the 30 days every day. I am finding it harder than I thought and I need the inspiration.:)

  2. A neighbor and dear friend just gifted me with a big bag of apples. You can bet that some of them are going to be made into an apple crisp with this recipe. Thanks for sharing it, Mary!

    Love and hugs,


  3. I’m sorry about the dishwasher, but HOORAY for the free brake repair!

    We do apple crisp for breakfast, too (and sometimes with fresh whipped cream).

  4. oh, so that is what apple crisp is! In Australia we call it Apple Crumble, and if we are feeling particularly decadent we put stewed rhubarb in as well.

    mmmm yummy for breakfast! And I though I was the only one who did that!

  5. Mary,
    Have you ever made Apple Pie in a Jar? It’s a home canned apple recipe for making pies and desserts. We’re hoping to do that soon. It’s YUM and makes great Christmas gift, as well. I’d love to share the recipe, if you don’t have it.
    Thanks for sharing the challenge. We’re working on it. I’m doing an almost-daily update, as well.
    Many Blessings,

  6. The bright side of your dishwasher not getting fixed is that you may save some on your electric bill.

    That’s wonderful that you don’t have to cover the cost of the brake repair!

    Of course apple crisp is for breakfast! Just wait, in a few more years I’ll have my husband convinced as well. The poor man grew up in the city and didn’t get things like that for breakfast. He is coming around. Now, if I could only convince him that tomatoes should be eaten like apples, sliced at every summer meal, snacked on during the day…

  7. my parents had a small orchard when i was growing up — and we ate a lot of apples. we’ve probably had every kind of fruit crisp imaginable for breakfast. yum!

  8. I just bought that same flatiron a couple of weeks ago. I’m not very coordinated with it yet, but it works really well, and is a GREAT price. I hope that they get more in stock whenever it’s in your budget! 🙂

  9. Apple crisp for breakfast? You betcha. When served for breakfast, it is considered a breakfast pastry. Right?

    Glad the brakes (repair) were a freebie!

    I’ll have to look for that flatiron; I’m in the market for a new one.

    I hope you post daily on your 30 days of nothing.

  10. Oh the apple crisp sounds lovely. I’ve never considered it as a breakfast before, but now that you mention it, there’s no reason I shouldn’t.

    I like doing dishes by hand. Of course I don’t have as many to do at each meal so I can see how you’re bummed about it.

  11. Hey. I have been writing about our Austerity Program this year and am pleased to stumble upon this via a friend on HSB! (4sweetums) Thanks for sharing this info and I know you can do it!

  12. The months I am faithful about not opening emails from retail stores are the months I save the most money. There are MANY things I could really use but nothing I really need. I admit I am so tempted when I see those three little words…SAVE BIG MONEY

  13. Alecia Chaffee says:

    I would love to have your sesame chicken recipe. Do you have a quick and easy recipe for it? Let me know. Also wanted to let you know I so enjoy reading your everyday life happenings. Your blog has been a blessing to me. Have a great day.

  14. Thanks for posting the apple crisp recipe! My mouth was watering just reading it. We will be apple picking soon and I’m trying to get some good apple recipes together.

  15. I just wanted to tell you I am enjoying this challenge-while I am not “officially” doing it b/c I have SERIOUS guilt issues that I need to try to have some victory in (it gets debillitating, I know that sound stupid, but it really is a big problem), I am kind of unofficially participating b/c I catch myself thinking about many things I’d like to do/have/buy lately and thinking, “nah, I can live w/o it” and lo and behold, I CAN actually live w/o Coke Zero! Who knew?! 🙂 (of course I could have also lived w/o paying the bill for the “diagnostic evaluation” for our HVAC system which resulted in the man telling me I need a dehumidifier in the short term and a new heat pump in the long run, but I digress….) So thanks for puttingt his challeneg out there and sharing how it is going for you and making me think about many of our “necessities” that are really just “niceties”

  16. The apple crisp sounds good. Our apples aren’t in yet, but soon. I make a lot of applesauce, and think I’ll make a couple of those apple crisps too. Thanks.

    So sorry about the dishwasher

  17. Yummy, I’m going to have to make an apple crisp soon. My mouth is watering!


  18. I love reading your blog every day! I will really enjoy it this month. I need to watch our spending for awhile too. The LemiShine is great stuff! It really helps with the hard water. I use it all the time! ~~Pam

  19. I think we are leading parallel lives…our van brakes also just got fixed for free…recalled part. Yay! The dishwasher is also out…our kids are thrilled too. We also picked apples yesterday! I made applesauce today and my youngest had a huge bowl, still warm. We have 4 apple trees and a crabapple across the street that makes the most wonderful applesauce.

    Thanks so much for your crisp recipe…I am going to make that tomorrow for dessert!

  20. Sorry about the dishwasher. That really is a bummer!

    Saw This Delicious-Looking Apple Recipe today and thought of you. Maybe you could modify it to use up some of your apples.

  21. Have really enjoyed reading your blog Mary! Love it 🙂
    Thanks for the Apple Crisp recipe. It’s a real iconic “Kiwi” dish too! I was brought up on the stuff! 😉
    Feel like making some tonight now! Must try the oats as I haven’t done that before! A nice touch!:)

  22. Hi again, Mary. Just wanted you to know that I’m going to link to this post for the apple crisp recipe, and post the recipe on my recipe blog.

    Thanks again for sharing the recipe. I’m making it tonight to serve for my Sunday Dinner!

    Love and hugs,


  23. KIMBERY LAHAIE says:

    I made an apple crisp similar to yours but when I baked it, the topping is VERY DRY!!(too dry to eat) The apple part is done perfectly, but the topping is like eating it straight from the bowl…not too tasty. Is there a way to save this? I thought maybe drizzling some melted butter over the top and putting it under the broiler for a bit???? ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated. (asap, as I nedd to serve this tomorrow for a get- together. Thanks a million!!!

    • I am thinking you could drizzle butter over and heat it again.

      But it might be even better to make a very wet mix of melted butter, flour, and brown sugar– like maybe a stick of melted butter mixed with 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 cup flour– add a bit more butter if that mix looks dry. Sprinkle/spoon it over the whole top of the crisp and bake at 350 or so for another 15-20 min. I am thinking if you put it under the broiler, you might just make it too dry, so that’s why I am suggesting a lower temp.

      No guarantees, but that’s what I’d try.

      OR– drizzle caramel sauce from a jar over the top of it all– that’d be good too, I bet.
      Good luck!