This weekend my brother and sister-in-law are having a garage sale to try to rid their lives of excess junk treasures. Of course, I will contribute to the cause and get rid of things from my house, and therefore, make some room for other, newer things. It’s a vicious, vicious cycle, isn’t it?
So, for the past few nights we’ve been hauling boxes out of the basement, cleaning and pricing said treasures, and setting up the garage to get ready for the big sale.
Garage sales can be the ideal place to find that one of a kind item that you’ve always wanted to have, or it can be a place where you have to dig through twenty layers of grime to find the diamond in the rough. Some people love them, some people hate them. This week, I hate them. However, on Sunday, when I’m counting my cash, I’ll love them. See? Vicious cycle.
Needless to say, I’ve been a little bit busy. So this morning when the kids got up for school, I was informed that there’s no clean pants to wear. (I ran out of laundry soap 4 days ago.) There’s no bread for toast or sandwiches for school. (I ran out of bread 2 days ago.) There’s no milk for cereal. (I ran out of milk yesterday.) And there’s no shampoo. (I ran out of shampoo 2 days ago.)
Here’s my solution. Wear your pants twice, use hot dog buns instead of bread because it’s basically the same thing, have an Eggo, and use the body wash for shampoo. I’ve got a garage sale to get to.
I used small apples from a friend's trees that were ready for picking, but feel free to use small baking apples from the store if that's what is available.
9 small cooking apples, like MacIntosh
1/3 cup, plus 2 tablespoons butter - room temperature (divided)
1/3 cup, plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar (divided)
1 cup quick oats
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Wash and core the apples all the way through to the opposite side. Generously coat the bottom of an oven safe baking dish with 2 tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of brown sugar over the base of the dish. Arrange the apples in the baking dish to fit.
In a separate bowl,crumble together the 1/3 cup butter, 1/3 cup brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon. Fill each cored apple with a generous amount of the oat mixture.
Bake the apples for 30 to 40 minutes until soft. Remove from the oven and place 1 - 2 apples on each serving plate. Use a spoon to scoop some of the hot caramel from the bottom of the dish, and spoon it over each apple. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
**Update - if you want more sauce on the bottom of your pan to spoon over the apples, make sure you core your apples all the way through to the other side (so you can see through them) so that some of the apple juices have a chance to run into the pan and mix with the butter and brown sugar to create a lovely sauce.