When Life Gives You… Apples?

AppleCrispLook, sometimes lemons just don’t work. Ok? Sheesh.

This little when life gives you quote popped into my head this week while renewing my driver’s license. I found myself laughing at the people that would walk into the DMV and get all crazy over the fact that there was a line. Like they fully expected to zip in and out of the DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES during their lunch hour. Hello? There are jokes written about how slow the DMV is, people, wake up!

Anyway, it got me thinking about perspective and how life, and whether you’re miserable in it or not, is really all about your own perspective. Do you make lemonade or do you bitch about the sour lemon after biting into it fully aware that it is sour? For my DMV trip, I read very thoroughly through the paperwork about what to bring. I asked friends for suggestions. And then I read through the information again. New Jersey’s requirements are RIDICULOUS (I say that with love Jersey Civil Servants) so I wanted to make sure I had every last paper of my six-points so I didn’t have to get turned away and repeat my trip to motor vehicle hell. So I prepared and then I packed a book and cleared at least 90 minutes of my day.

Does it suck to stand in line for 90 minutes? Absolutely. Did it suck less because I was prepared to wait and thus not crazy impatient? Yes. In fact, I was able to focus on all that was right with the trip like the overly friendly (and if prodded-snarky) greeter at the dest, or the amazingly well-behaved little boy sitting with his mom while dad stood in line. Best of all, I bounced out of that place with great relief when it only took an hour. Instead of being all pissed that it took and hour, I was thrilled!

That my friends is making some damn, lemonade. Try it, sometime.

So why is my title about apples? Because I can’t let a week go by without some good eats for you, right? Well, last week we were inundated with apples and pears. I bought some. The veggie order came in with more and then The Husband got a gift box at the new job full of more. For a brief moment, I did this:

” Oh man it’s all going to go bad and what a waste and why was I so stupid to buy it knowing the veggie shares were coming and why suddenly do 2 of the 3 kids not like apples anymore?  And waaah.”

Then I stopped that nonsense and thought, “well, how can I use it quick.”

I remembered a pretty good fall fruit crumble thingy I concocted after being inspired by a recipe in Terry Walters’ Clean Food, Revised Edition: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source this fall when we were once again bombarded with pears and apples. I had a girls’ weekend trip the next day and figured they’d help me eat my fruit.

Did I have time to make a Fruit Crisp? No, I did not. No one has time to make a Fruit Crisp, but you make time just like you make lemonade. So I made it. They loved it and our fruit abundance did not go to waste.

So, when life gives you too many apples make some time for Apple Crumble

When Life Gives You Apples Fall Fruit Crumble


  • 5-6 apples (peeled, cored, large dice)
  • 5-6 pears (peeled, cored, large dice)
  • 1/4 cup maple/agave syrup blend (can use all maple-NOT all agave)
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup pomegranite seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup maple/agave blend
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil


1. Combine fruit, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and pomegranate. Stir together
2. Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon flour on fruit mix and fold in.
3. Spread filling into 9x12 baking pan
4. Using same mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, nuts and remaining cinnamon.
5. Melt/Soften coconut oil
6. In separate bowl whisk together syrup, agave and melted coconut oil
7. Add wet to dry ingredients and stir until all are covered.
8. Spread topping evenly over filling in pan.
9. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes at 375.
10. Remove foil and bake another15-20 minutes until apples are cooked though.
11. Serve warm with vanilla ice-cream or rich vanilla yogurt for the best experience.



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