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.