I was going to start this blog post saying that I am back from a little break, but really that isn’t the case.
Writing this blog is my break. The only bad thing about that is that I sit at home on my computer ALL day for my work and in June I decided that I was just on the computer waaaayyyyy too much. My work got a little (no a lot) extra busy over the summer and so did the kids. Don’t get me wrong, there was a gym break, cleaning, taking care of kids and a bit fun in there, but I was on the computer A LOT. I think you get the picture and I am very sure I am not alone here. I just needed a break and some time to figure out how to fit this little blog into my life without becoming too attached to this laptop. Yes, I stopped a bit cold turkey, but this is a food blog, after all:-).
I still don’t know if I have the answers, but I decided I missed writing, taking pictures and talking about food and family on this blog. So I am going to start back up and post as often as I can without feeling like I can’t get away from my computer. I also determined that its ok to take a break every once in a while. Just like kids take a break from school, I can take a break from things, too. I really don’t want to get too dramatic about this so I will just say – I’MMMM BACKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!
Lots of stuff happened over the summer, too. Jim and I built a fence in our backyard (I will do a post on that, later.) My brother Tim (famous for his French Martini which is one of my most viewed posts), left for Afghanistan. Please keep him and his wife and daughters in your prayers. We visited New York for two weeks with a little stop in MD and PA. I got a little promotion at work (which is part of why I got a bit busier.) The girls started playing tennis (which I am thrilled about since I love tennis.) We went to the pool 6,876 times, Jim started a great new job which keeps him really busy and some days makes me feel like a single mom (god bless you single moms an dads, by the way.) I made these apple squares and I really think you should try them, too.
This is what these squares remind me of. Apple Snickerdoodle Blondies. If that doesn’t convince you to try them I’ve got nothing. I have made them twice and they disappear quick, but they are also super simple to make. The second time I doubled the recipe and I still don’t think they lasted any longer than when I made them in the smaller square pan?? I also used half white whole wheat flour the second time and I think that made them even better.
BTW – thank you to those of you who encouraged me to come back and blog a little. I didn’t necessarily expect or want anyone to think too much about my break from this little hobby, but thank you nonetheless.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup chopped apple
- ½ cup finely chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9 inch pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon; set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and ½ cup of white sugar until smooth. Stir in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Finally, fold in the apples and walnuts. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. In a cup or small bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over the top of the bars (I went light on this topping because I think these bars are plenty sweet already.)
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven (If you are doubling this recipe you may need 30-35 minutes, just keep an eye on it.) Top of the bars should be lightly browned. Cool and cut into squares.