A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • An Apple (Crisp) A Day Keeps The Blues Away

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Maybe it's because Kyle and I have restarted doing Weight Watchers, but I've had a bit of a sweet tooth lately. And it seems only fitting to share one of our favorite family desserts.

I'll be honest, it's probably a family favorite because it's so easy, but it's something we've made and loved in my family for as long as I can remember, apple crisp.

In fact, my mom just made one for us this week and brought it over to the house, which is probably what made me think to share this particular recipe.

As I started to think about it, the very first memory I could remember of apple crisp is making some for my very first demonstration with my 4-H Club, the Hillsboro Clovers. Each month, different members were tasked to share a talk or demonstration with fellow club members. Our meetings were held in the library at Hillsboro Junior High School, and what I remember most after my demonstration is eating the crumbly mixture on top before my mom had a chance to bake it! 

And while that crumbly mixture is good, it's much better when you bake it on top of apples. We really like it served warm with Cool Whip or vanilla ice cream. But that does add a few Weight Watcher points.

I can't really remember where this recipe came from or why it's been a favorite in our family for so long, but we still love it. When I first started making it on my own, it used to take me forever to cut up the apples. Like seriously an hour.

But over the years, I've gotten quicker, and so far I haven't cut off any fingers. And that's really the most labor-intensive part. Once the apples are cut, the topping mixture is really easy to make. I use a pastry blender to mix the butter in, which allows for that crumbly feel.

We usually make it in a square casserole dish, but sometimes my mom does them up in individual servings, which works very well too.  And last summer, we had someone bring us a bunch of peaches, and used this very same recipe to make a peach cobbler. Also just as good.

It seems like apple desserts are more of a fall thing than a summer one, but this recipe makes for a great dessert all year round. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!

Apple Crisp

Ingredients

3 medium sliced apples

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup butter or oleo

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup quick oats

Cut apples in quarters. Peel apples, remove cores. Slice apples in thin slices and put in lightly greased casserole.

Mix oats, sugar and flour. Add butter or margarine and stir until you have a crumbly mixture. Put mixture on apples. Bake for about 35 minutes in a 350-degree oven.

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