We’ve had a little bit of snow around these parts this week.
Contrary to what some have implied we southerners do know how to drive in 2-1/2″ of snow. But when that dusting of snow becomes a sheet of ice while you’re driving on it, there’s not much you can do. Tuesday I grew more and more frustrated watching network news commentators mock the south and their “lack of preparedness” and “poor driving skills”.
At the same time I felt sick with worry for those who were stranded on the highways. One of those was my daddy returning home from a doctor’s appointment in Birmingham. Thankfully, my brother-in-law was able to get to him in his four-wheel drive truck and bring him safely home. Many others were not so fortunate.
So I decided to do what I often do when I’m mad or worried.
Were you expecting me to say pray? Sorry.
In order to eat I had to cook and to cook I had to get creative considering there wasn’t much to eat in the house (and no milk or bread because it wasn’t supposed to snow) Here’s how I found the recipe I’m about to share. I had 4 Gala apples that were past their “crunchy prime” (but still good for baking) so I looked in the index of my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook under “apples”. Several of the recipes called for items I didn’t have (like milk). But this one seemed perfect.
Apple Oatmeal Bars
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted
Combine first four ingredients in bowl and add butter. Stir until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve a handful of the mixture for sprinkling on top of the fruit filling. Press mixture into an ungreased 9x9x2 (or similar size) pan.
The recipe also called for a fruit filling but I didn’t have the ingredients so I made my own. You could use any kind of fruit you choose in place of apples.
4 apples, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup of water
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons of cornstarch
Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
Pour over oatmeal mixture and spread. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into bars.
*I doubled the dry ingredients and it fit perfectly in a 10 x 15 cookie sheet pan.
Scramble some eggs in a bowl. Melt some butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Pour in the eggs. Don’t stir. Just let them cook until they “set” a bit. Throw in some fresh spinach leaves (even if they’re a little brown and wilty) or some frozen spinach (thawed with water squeezed out) and then sprinkle some shredded cheddar on top. Put the skillet under the oven broiler until cheese melts and eggs are done. If your skillet has a rubber handle just wrap with foil before placing under the broiler. Slide it out onto a cutting board and slice it up. Delicious. It’s great with toast….if you have bread.
How did you spend your snow days?