Keith is home! He arrived yesterday by private jet. A wealthy friend of theirs in town
heard about the potential hardship for him to fly on Alaska Airlines without being
able to lower his legs. They offered to have a jet stop by in Seattle and pick him up
on the way from California. Another answered prayer!
The Care-A-Van in town picked him up right on the tarmac and carefully
lowered him right onto his driveway. The tricky part was how to get him up
all the stairs into the 2 story house though. My sister is on the Mt. Search
and Rescue team here and they came over with the stretcher they use to carry
injured people down off the mountains. They put Keith in it and 6 guys carried
him right over the top of the railing up into the house. It was perfect!
We have wild blueberries growing all over this island that are ripening this month.
This is one of my favorite recipes that I wait to make until I have fresh blueberries.
This is so good though, that sometimes I will even pay the $$$$ to buy them from
the store so I can make a batch!
Lots of good stuff in here--apples, blueberries, oatmeal--they almost qualify as a
breakfast bar. They are pretty easy to make and other than the blueberries I usually
have everything I need already in the cupboard (a big bonus in my book!)
Give yourself some time before serving these after they are made if you want them
to be cookie bars, as they do need a few hours to set up and let the flavors blend. If
you want to serve them more like a cobbler, they are delicious warm from the oven
with a scoop of vanilla ice cream--yum!
APPLE BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE BARS
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar-packed
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat oven to 425 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. In a large bowl
combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in the
melted butter and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Press this mixture
into the bottom of the pan making sure it is flat and even.
2 cups blueberries
3 generous cups chopped apples (approx 5 small)
3/4 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Place blueberries and apples in bowl. Add sugar, flour and spices--
mixing gently until well combined. Pour evenly over the first layer.
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar-packed
1/2 cup (one stick) softened butter
Place all ingredients in a bowl and combine thoroughly with a pastry
blender, fork or your fingers until the mixture resembles large crumbs.
Sprinkle evenly over the middle layer.
Bake on middle rack of the oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then
lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 25-35
minutes until the top is golden and looks kind of "dry" You don't want
the edges to get too dark. Cool in pan on a wire rack. You can serve warm
by scooping into bowls or let it cool completely and serve cut into bars.
Store remaining bars in a cool place or refrigerate. Bars may be individually
wrapped and frozen.