We need to meet our best friend at a coffee shop for a Raspberry Cream Cheese muffin, and then spend the rest of our day in our pajamas, watching reruns of Saved by the Bell.
We need a smile in a grocery aisle. We need to find a dollar bill sitting in our front yard. We all need a little love.
Postal Workers, especially.
Lately, when I visit the Post Office, I'm greeted by some very grumpy individuals. Maybe they don't like me, or maybe I just catch them on a bad day, but time after time, the displeasure is glaring.
I can't help but think that I should bring in a plate of cookies. Or maybe a cake with a big, lopsided smile. I want to send these postal workers home with a good novel, a box of tea and a warm, fuzzy blanket. Take care of yourself, I want to say, because I know they deserve it...especially after people like me ask questions and forget pens and hold up what is always a very long line.
So to all the postal workers I've annoyed, I'm sorry. I know your job is tough, and I hope you, like the rest of us, can give yourself a little love today.
She is quite brilliant, exceptionally beautiful and one of the sweetest people I know. I love her. We grew up together. She is and always will be my best friend.
She's also taken to baking. She bakes loaves of strawberry bread, which are purported to be unmistakably good. Next weekend, she's coming to Austin and we're going to work on some new yeast bread recipes together. I'm thrilled.
But in my meager care package, I wanted to include something that reminded us of our childhoods. And whenever I think of growing up...I think of apples.
This bread is so easy to throw together and is the perfect treat for a cool Fall afternoon. The apple pieces are soft and sweet and the crunch of the nuts compliments the moist and spicy bread.
Perhaps this is one way to show yourself a little bit of love today. Bring out your measuring cups, your loaf pans, and some crisp fall apples...and then savor every bite.
Apple Crunch Bread
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup milk
2 small apples, chopped
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, cashews or almonds
1. In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. Set aside. Using a glass measuring cup, measure 1/3 cup oil, crack egg into cup, and then fill with milk until the 1 cup mark is reached.
2. Form a well in the middle of your dry ingredients and slowly pour your wet ingredients in. Gently stir until just combined. Fold in your diced apples with a spatula.
3. Divide batter into muffin tins or mini loaf tins. (I made 3 mini loaves). Top muffins or loaves with chopped nuts and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes (loaves) or 15-20 minutes (muffins).
4. Allow to cool slightly before removing to rack. Enjoy!
Anecdotes and Apple Cores