I abandoned apple week. Completely by accident, but I abandoned it nonetheless. This past week was extremely busy for me- I was out of town for 2 days at a conference, picked up some relief shifts in another pharmacy and spent my weekend dog-sitting for my parents. I simply could not find the time to cook or bake among all the other things on my to-do list-let alone blog about them! I don’t think I have ever been so happy to just get back to my normal, everyday life. And to my normal, everyday cooking. I ate a lot of my meals in the car this past week and the food just does not taste as good or make me feel as good as when I prepare it myself ( so I know for sure it is gluten free). And there really just isn’t anything else that can compare to sitting down next to your loved ones for supper to hear about each others day.
Now that all the business over with and I am getting back to my usual schedule I have decided to make a few other new beginnings starting this week too. I am going to make time every day to exercise again- I was doing this on a regular basis but somehow life got in the way. I simply feel better and can manage my stress level better when I make time to exercise- both running and yoga, although completely different exercised, calm me down in their own ways. Running helps me to let go of any angst I have built up and when I am doing yoga my mind is so focused on the poses that I am able to let all my worries go. I am actually going to look into taking a class- as all the yoga I have done so far has been on my own in my living room- and honestly, I have been too afraid to “do it wrong” to take a class all by myself. But there is a small studio just up the street from where I live and I am going to honestly look into taking their beginner class. It will give me something else to think about other than being infertile.
Before I left for my conference I knew I had to use up more of the apple JD had brought home and I knew just how to use them. Nothing screams fall dessert like warm apple crisp. Except for warm apple crisp covered in vanilla ice cream. Which is precisely what JD & I shared the night before my little trip. I have been making the same apple crisp ever since I was a teenager. I used to work in the front store of Lawton’s drugstore during high school and one year we sold a cookbook as a fundraiser. I think apple crisp is the only thing I have ever made from that cookbook- as I was not really into baking at that point in my life, but this recipe makes one great apple crisp. I have made this recipe for pretty much all my family members at some point over the years and everyone loves it. And by simply substituting gluten free oats and all purpose flour it is easily made Celiac-friendly.
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1&1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup all purpose gluten free flour
- 2/3 cup gluten free oats
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 6 apples, peeled and sliced
Grease your baking dish and preheat the oven to 375. Cream together the butter and brown sugar then stir in the flour, oats and cinnamon. Arrange the apples in the bottom of the greased pan and sprinkle with the topping.Bake for 40 minutes ( top should be golden brown.) Tastes best served fresh from the oven with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.