you know i’ve been waiting to say that all day.
oh and hey september – i’m sure we had a really good time but apparently i blacked out because i don’t know where the heck you went. you’re like a fling i met on spring break that just feels like a giant blur but was fun while it lasted. now i want a second date that lasts a month long.
yes anne of green gables, i saw your “i’m so glad i live in a world where there are octobers” instagrams but i want my september back. i didnt want you to wake me up when september ended, i wanted to enjoy it.
instead, i was a mad lunatic. i don’t even know what i did. you know how beyonce has sasha fierce as her alter ego? apparently, i have one too. insane esther. she is stressed and frazzled and irritable. she doesn’t work out much. she eats mass amounts of cheese. she can’t seem to figure out how the entire bottle of wine is already gone. she thinks skittles are suitable for breakfast and lunch. they have “natural” flavors which almost makes them organic.
it wasn’t all bad. i went to the amazing food network in concert and got to hang out with incredible chefs and eat food. i played it totally cool and didn’t slobber and forget my name when i met jeff mauro. that definitely didn’t happen.
plus – trips and the holidays are coming. OH MY GOSH SANTA CLAUS IS COMING.
which makes me realize, this is our first christmas together. ho ho ho, you just wait. i am obsessed with thanksgiving and christmas. like sometimes in the middle of july i click on my spotify christmas playlist. it’s my own little rebellion. sometimes you just need some barry and kenny g to get you through the day.
but first, let us make baked apples.
these little gems are for my dad. i was home for a wedding last weekend and wanted to make him something i knew he’d love. his grandmother made these for him when he was little when he would go stay with him for the weekend (which was cool when you’re one of five kids and you get to be an only child for a bit).
i have tried making them before but wanted to do them a little different. we had oatmeal in the pantry and my dad usually loves oatmeal cookies so these were born. it tastes like apple crisp but better…because they’re in the apple duh. i do think next time i would butterfly the apples for smaller portions. i mean don’t get me wrong, i would swan dive into these with a spoon but moderation is sometimes a thing i try to practice once a year.
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3 tablespoons butter, cold and diced (MUST be cold – trust me)
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup oats, uncooked
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- preheat oven to 350
- cut apples in half, take out core. (you can butterfly too)
- place in baking dish with enough water to just cover bottom.
- mix oats, flour, sugar and cinnamon together. add to apples.
- top with butter cubes.
- bake until apple is soft, about 40 minutes.