Wednesday, April 29, 2009
We had some apples that are past their prime, so I decided to make some apple crisp. It turned out wonderful. I used the Betty Crocker cookbook, with only a few changes. Here is the recipe with my adaptations:
5 apples, cored, peeled and sliced
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
Place the apples in an 8 x8 x 2 glass cooking pan. Squeeze juice of one lemon over apples. Zest the lemon and add to apples; toss to coat. Mix all other ingredients in a bowl until crumbly; spread over top of apples. Bake in 350 degree oven.
That’s it–super simple and the thing that I really liked about this crisp is that the topping stayed nice and crisp. I stopped at the store to pick up some ice cream to go with it and got a new flavor that I never tried from Ben and Jerry’s–Cinnamon Buns (caramel ice cream with cinnamon bun dough pieces and a cinnamon struesal ribbon). All together it was DELISH!
Right out of the oven! The whole house smelled so good while this was baking…
Doesn’t that look GOOD!
Today was a productive day. Even though I got up much later than I wanted to. I usually get up with Kimm and we have breakfast together while we read our email/blogs. She usually takes her shower and I’ll get up when she comes back into the bedroom. Well, not today! When I finally rolled out of bed, it was 9:30! I never even heard her come back in the bedroom!
So I did a few loads of laundry and my biggest task of all–rearranged the living room! I just wanted it to look a little bit nicer. We were kind of holding off on decorating at all until we got the room painted and the new furniture, but then I thought, “well, that’s silly…we should enjoy the room even now, because WHO KNOWS how long it will be until we acutally get the room done!” So after Kimm left for work after lunch, I got to it. And it looks a lot better. I took pictures, but they really don’t do it justice. It looks much more homey than it did before. I was a little bit nervous about what Kimm would think since I did this all on my own, but when she saw it, she really liked it!
Before, there was nothing where the DVDs are, the DVDs were in the corner where the lamp is, the desk was across the room, and a small table was under the window.
The TV and DVD player and stereo–that didn’t move…basically I put the vase with the orchids on top of the TV…we STILL miss our red vase that Madeline broke!
Side table with cool little Asian-like bowls, next to the chair that you can’t really see 🙂
Here you can see the chair better, and the hockey stick coat holder too!
Still the old couch (boy that was SO worth $25!)–in back of the couch is the screened in porch
The monkey finds a home on our coffee table–it’s growing on me
The cats love when things are rearranged–they are checking everything out!
Before dinner, we went outside and did some yard work. We got two major things accomplished–I raked up all the the fallen magnolia flower petals and Kimm applied Ortho Weed B Gone to the lawn for all the weeds (especially the clover and dandelions). Supposedly the Weed B Gone will kill the weeds in 24 hours, without harming the lawn. We shall see. All I have to say is that raking and picking up the flower petals was HARD work. My legs and back are killing me. Who needs the gym with this kind of workout? 🙂
The weather was beautiful. Much cooler than yesterday–in the 60s. And fewer bees as well. Although there was one that was stalking Kimm while she was spraying the yard. I read online that bees don’t like mothballs so I may buy some to hang in nylon stockings on each of the four corners of the fence. There also was the cutest bunny in the yard watching us do yard work. I will definitely be doing my gardening early in the evening. Much better than slaving away in the hot sun.
Right now we are relaxing in our living room while watching HGTV. One of our goals this week, probably tomorrow, will be to purchase a lawn mover and weed wacker. Exciting, huh?