Apple Crisp and in defence of blogging

I have to admit that it never occurred to me that I would be ridiculed for blogging.

I have done a number of things in my life that  have, absolutely, made me a target – but blogging??

My conversation went something like this…

Me: Have you seen my blog yet?

Not Me: I haven’t got time to read blogs – I can’t believe that you have time to write a blog!

Me: Well, it’s not that I have the time – I make the time.

Not Me: Why – who cares what you have to say? You would have to be an egomaniac to think that someone is actually reading what you write – not you particularly but anyone.

Me: You are brutal.

Not Me: No, just honest.

Me: How do you explain the thousands of bloggers out there writing everyday for a thousand times that many readers?

Not Me: There are?

Me: Tell me you are kidding…

The conversation became a lot more playful once I realized that I was talking to a Neanderthal. Not really – just someone who is not comfortable with social media. However, our conversation did cause me to pause and consider why I am so passionate about blogging. I do spend a good deal of my day, while I am doing other things, thinking about my next post.

The truth is –  everything that I have ever been interested in has consumed me until I get it figured out. Not an easy part of my personality for those closest to me! So as I muddle my way through the world of blogging, in true form, I will be at it ‘full throttle’ until I feel confident.

Until then…

One of my favorite desserts is apple crisp. The best time to make an apple crisp is now! The apples are perfect.

This recipe produces an apple crisp with mouth puckering fruit on the bottom and a buttery, sweet crunch on the top. Served with a dollop of whipped cream and your guests will be purring.

Apple Crisp

serves 6

preheat oven 375*F

6 tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

freshly grated nutmeg, to taste – I use 1/8 teaspoon

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

2/3 cup oatmeal

Grease a 9″ pie plate.

Add sliced apples – loosely evening them out.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, spices and salt.

Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture.

Stir in oatmeal  – gently.

Sprinkle on top of apples.

Place in oven for 35 – 40 minutes or until top is golden and fruit is bubbly.

There is still one day left to vote…

Thanks so much for reading!

  • Kaitie

    oooh dear. People are craaazy

    • It was a fun conversation not hurtful at all!

  • Jody

    Well I work on average 10 to 14 hours a day but I honestly have to say that I enjoy reading your blog….all 10 minutes at the most that it takes to do so….sometimes people just don’t understand and sometimes people just don’t like others succeeding due to the fact that they are too scared to try something new themselves….
    Keep up the good work…the results are proving themselves with a first place standing, best of luck!

    • I think that it is important to listen to critics. They give you a different perspective.

  • You tell a good story Michelle. Social media is like another world to many…

  • Meaghan

    Well I love your blog and I am going to make this crisp this weekend! Do you think I’ll like the bread mom xo

  • Interesting Michelle. I started blogging in 2003 and for many years, I blogged regularly (5 days a week). I started slacking off with the advent of Facebook, and with all of the upheavals of that site today, I was reminded that I should be putting my content in my own space and just linking to it.

    There were a number of reasons why I started blogging. First of all, I have a pretty terrible memory. It was a good way to keep track of things that were going on in my life. Secondly, I have a lot of extended family that live far away. It’s a great way of showing them some of the things that I’ve been working on, especially since a lot of my work is visual (design, paintings, costume-making) and besides I love sharing photos of my cats.

    I enjoy reading your blog. I may not get a chance to read it every time you post but I do visit occasionally. It’s inspiring and you should be proud of it.

    • Thank you for your insight and kind words.

  • Joe Chase

    Michelle I look forward to your blog each and every day your a wonderful story teller. People with low self esteem usually don’t have much of an ego and think of people with a liking of themselves are egomaniacs, the world is a better place with people like you in it

  • Nathalie Godbout

    I don’t stop in my workday for much, but when the link to your blog shows up, I stop – EVERY TIME. Can’t help it! It has also helped me feel connected to you even though you were not physically here in the City. 🙂

  • Kendra

    Your blog is lovely, and it’s great that you take time out of your busy schedule to share your recipes and introspective thoughts. Keep up the great work : )

    • So delighted that you are enjoying it!
      Thank you

  • And why on earth wouldn’t people want you to blog awesome things like Apple Crisp recipes!!!!! Looks yummy.

    Should have said to the cave creature that you couldn’t believe they had the ego to bother speaking and that if they believed anyone wanted to hear their opinions then they had something seriously wrong with them 😉

  • Joan Altenbernd

    I just signed on and am looking forward to trying some new crisp recipe looks spectacular can almost smell it baking looking at the recipe..fresh nutmeg? Will give that a go….need to find it and that may be a challenge.

    • Thanks for reading and good luck nutmeg hunting!

  • Barb

    I really enjoy your blog and your beautiful food photography! Made this crisp for dinner guests tonight and it was a big hit. Thank you!

    • I am so glad that you and your guests enjoyed it! Thanks for reading.

  • JaLea Corte

    i am looking forward to trying this crisp. Apples are my absolute favorite fruit to bake with. quick question, on the oatmeal – quick or the slow cooking old timey kind?

    • I use the 5 minute variety. Thanks for reading.

      • JaLea

        Excellent. Thank you so much for the quick response. I am an apple freak, so when I saw yours on Pinterest, it was screaming for me to try it!!

        You are the very first blog I have ever sent a question to, so I am now eager to start reading your comments.

        Have a great weekend and thank you again for your quick response!


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  • Beth

    Just made your apple crisp this past week-end and sad to say it is all gone. A friend had given me apples from her tree, not the pretty ones you find in the store but I still couldn’t waste them. So I found your recipe on Pinterest and gave it a try. The hardest part was peeling and cutting up the apples. This recipe is a keeper and I plan on making it again soon. P.S. I used the old fashion oats and it came out fine. Thanks for posting!

    • Hi Beth,

      So glad you liked the recipe. I’ve been using it for 30 years!

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  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to try it!!

  • Sheila H.

    I’m new to blogging as well I’m still trying to figure out how to add links, etc. Your friend sounds a bit anti-social lol, I spend a great deal of my time online looking for resources for my crafts, and a great deal of the instructions that I’m looking for are on other designers blogs. So you know now that people do look at and read your blog so keep on going on with it.

    • Hi Sheila, I wrote that post quite a while ago. Since then my skin has grown as tough as an alligator! I hope you enjoy blogging as much as I do. Good luck!