• 7 tart apples
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Topping:
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar

In September I was asked to teach 4 cooking classes at my local neighborhood community night (put on by a non profit and hosted at a church). I agreed, after considering the time it might take and whether or not I could fit it into my schedule. I began to brainstorm recipes that might be new and exciting to people who showed up to the class. I had no idea who would come and if they would already know how to cook or what?! We started with canning lessons; salsa, pickles, chutney, & pears. Then we moved on to candied pecans, granola, and other things that could be done in an hour or less.

The class has grown and many faces have come through. Most are coming not to really learn how to cook, but to be in community with one another; hang out, learn a new recipe, and eat some yummy food by night’s end.

It has blossomed and 4 classes has become 6 months so far, with plans to continue through May. It’s very life giving for me. I enjoy it and look forward to each Wednesday night. I have found my volunteer niche.

Do you volunteer? I am a professional volunteer coordinator. I spend my paid working hours helping people find the right volunteer role for themselves, to help the non profit I believe in. It’s a fulfilling job. I’ve done small volunteer gigs myself, but this one is currently fitting into my life in such a marvelous way. I am loving it. I hope you all find enjoyable volunteers roles for yourselves throughout your life.

So all that to say that tonight’s recipe was great, but it’s not yet on my blog. So I wanted to get it written up and posted. Many students make my recipes again and having them all online for them, has been very helpful.

Tonight we made a variation of apple crisp.

Start by peeling and thinly chopping your apples. We used Granny Smith and Fuji apples, some of both. (We tripled this recipe to feed everyone). Add 1/3 cup sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon and toss to coat.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a separate bowl make the oat crunch topping by mixing the butter, peanut butter, salt, br. sugar, flour, oats, and additional cinnamon. Stir with a wooden spoon (my preference) or fork or pastry cutter until it resembles small crumbs.

Spread the apples out in a 9″x 13″ glass baking dish. Add the topping evenly. Place into the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until apples are bubbly and topping is browned.

Serve warm!


Today’s after school snack for my son. Who doesn’t love apples with peanut butter?!


Cooking class getting started. We have children and adults join us each week.


We made the topping in three bowls/batches, so everyone could help.


Our bowl of apple slices was enormous. We later added sugar and cinnamon to this and tossed it. We saved the peels and cores for my neighbor’s chickens in the ziploc bag you see on the right.


Things got a little messy, but it all tastes the same in the end. Here everyone is starting to mix their bowl of toppings.


We made 3 pans full!


When it came out of the oven hot, everybody dug in and loved it.


This is good with vanilla ice cream too. Yum!