This Spiced Apple Cranberry Crisp is warm and cozy. A comforting dessert for a cold winter night.
Well, y’all, the new year is almost upon us. It’s a time of year reserved for reflecting, taking stock of our lives, and looking forward to the future, which is exactly what we’re doing this week for #SundaySupper.
I’ve never been very good at resolutions. Well actually, I take that back. I’m pretty great at making resolutions, I’m just terrible at keeping them.
Like most people I’ve often made lists of things I want to do better in the new year. Mine were always pretty standard–Eat healthy! Exercise more! Keep the house clean! Volunteer more!
I had great intentions, but they usually only lasted about 2 weeks before slipping from my conscious.
Over the years, I’ve found my resolutions only made me feel guilty when I discovered them sometime mid-February crumpled up in the back of the still-unorganized junk drawer.
So this year, I’ve decided not to challenge myself to do more or be better. For me, these self-imposed commands just aren’t motivating. Instead, I’m challenging myself to embrace the imperfect. I’m challenging myself to be gracious–with myself and with others. I’m challenging myself to live in the moment and love it for what it is, not what I think it should be. And that applies to so many areas of my life–from loving my body even if it has more soft spots than I’d like to loving my blog even when the stats say it’s not doing as well as I think it should be.
If the past few months of craziness have taught me anything, it’s that grace and beauty and laughter can still be found in the midst of life’s hardest and messiest moments. And instead of wishing away those moments, I want to choose to accept them and learn from them. I suppose you could say I’m challenging myself to be content, in whatever stage I find myself. It’s perhaps the hardest “resolution” I’ve ever made, but I like to think of it more as a work in progress. The dawning of a new year is just a dot on the journey.
Weeeeell, enough of this shmaltzy schmaltz, let’s talk about the recipe! After all the extravagant food, gift exchanges, and parties are past, I find myself longing for the classics. This Spiced Cranberry Apple Crisp is comforting and familiar, like settling in for coffee with an old friend. In fact, the recipe for the crisp comes from an old college friend of mine, the lovely Melanie of Adorkable Recipes.
This apple crisp is indeed a classic. The spices are warm and comforting, and it has just the right amount of buttery oatmeal crumb topping. I added the cranberries to give it some festive color and that pop of tang. This is a dish best served warm with a scoop of ice cream, shared with the ones you love most in the world.
Friends, I couldn’t let this year slip away without thanking all of you for making 2013 the most exciting one yet for Neighborfood. I’ve been so excited to see this little space grow. Thank you for reading and cooking and baking right along with me. It’s been so fun to get to know some of you better this year, and I look forward to sharing so much more in 2014! Wishing you and yours a joyful New Year!
For the apples:
- 8 apples--I used a hodge podge of apples that were hanging out in my fridge
- 7 ounces fresh cranberries
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- Zest of 1 orange
- 2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the topping:
- 1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, cold
- 1-1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
Recipe adapted from Adorkable Recipes