I think an oak or sugar maple tree would add some color here too.
Yesterday we had dreary skies. It was cold, damp and drizzly out. Today we are having the same weather. I woke up to get all the kids up, only to find out that the school has a scheduled 2 hour delay today.
Today, my next oldest turns 18. The big 18. Sigh. She doesn't want a birthday cake nor ice cream. Nor streamers decorating the house in our normal tradition. I told her she is too young to feel her birthday is not special. Maybe I can convince her to request a special dinner this week, or something special. I guess we'll see. Sleeping in on her birthday has to be a treat in itself too.
A while back, Mom gifted us some cranberries, so I decided to make some fruit bars.
Cranberry Apple Squares
(adapted using organic ingredients, homemade applesauce, and homemade vanilla extract)
1 1/2 all purpose flour, divided
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1/3 cup plus 3 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce, divided
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. butter
1 small apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup chopped cranberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
Note: The crumb mixture is sticky, so I sometimes spread it out with my small rolling pin, and a piece of waxed paper in between. This is a chewy, fruity bar.
After the fruit bars are cut and stored in a container, they become soft. Almost like a cake.