Last night was different... although Michael was late getting in because he had to stop by the funeral home on his way home from work, all of our children were home. It was a quiet evening. One child worked on a writing assignment, another child curled up on the couch reading a good novel. Two children were downstairs and the girl child was in her bedroom enjoying her own quiet time. I started cooking the supper meal and I had that same old feeling of "I would rather be doing anything than this" rise up inside of me. I kept going and praying. Trying to get my mind thinking upon something else. After a short time, I realized that I was enjoying the whole process once again. It was such a good moment for me. We ended up with a wonderful meal and I even threw together an Apple Crisp for dessert! When the kids all came to the table, they were all thrilled to see one of their favorite meals waiting for them. Michael came home just in time to say the blessing. Our dinner conversation was so lively last night. It started with thoughts of the election and went to thoughts on the Constitution. Our oldest son started talking about making the farm more self sustainable. This is a miracle in itself because every since he was 10 years old and grew his first garden he decided that farm life WASN'T for him!
I came to realize last night that I LOVE the cooking when I can also have the fellowship of family and friends around the meal. It isn't any fun to cook and have people grab and scatter. Many families miss the family meal time together. We have experienced this for a short season and I have realized that a family dinner is much more than good food...it is a time for the family to come and share their thoughts, laughter, and days with one another.
Preheat oven to 350. In a 8x8 baking pan, pour 1 quart and 1 pint apple pie filling. For the topping, combine 2 cups all purpose flour, 2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups rolled oats, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, 2 sticks melted butter. Mix to make a crumbly mixture. Spread the mixture on top of the apple pie filling. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes until the topping is crisp and browned. Serve warm with ice cream!grace and peace,