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February 19, 2011
Bernice Volkens

Have you heard the weather report lately? It sounds as if we'll be feeling above freezing temperatures; something we haven't had for awhile. We've had some bad weather just about everywhere, but the sun is so bright and warm this morning that there is real promise of a good week. The sun seems to be warm and full of power that we soon will be looking toward spring.

This spring-like weather made me dig out the spring seed and nursery catalogs the postman delivered soon after the first of the year. When I received my first catalogs the last of December and early January the garden season seemed far away. When you first get those catalogs it's fun to fantasize about all those luscious and beautiful things you'll plant and then I store them away in the magazine rack until now. Now I really get serious about really sending in a order.

Or should I say it's the time of the year I make suggestions to our son. Most of my flowers are gone and I haven't really raised a garden for a number of years. I once had a decent flower garden after I gave up on vegetables, but now I only have a lone rose bush and a butterfly bush and plenty of hostas. I decided it was time to give up when the weeds were always ahead of me and when I got down to dig in the dirt there was a problem getting in a upright position again.

Before Kristin left for college this fall she and her dad laid the groundwork for a new flower garden at their place. They put in a rock wall and some trellises so they would be ready to plant this spring. I'm hoping they'll take some of my suggestions on what to plant. It is always fun to grow something different. Though I do have to admit that many of the things that do sound so erotic will never grow in Iowa. As I found out by "A Bird of Paradise" plant a few years ago. And who really wants to grow "odorless" onions, "blue" potatoes or a radish that weighs 20 lbs., though they are in the catalog. For me, most of the fun is looking at the catalogs and dreaming.

I was telling some friends about this recipe; in fact, we like this dessert to traditional apple pie.


Slice cooking apples to fill 9 or 10 inch pie plate. Sprinkle apples with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

Rub together with fingers 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup butter,1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamonuntil crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over top of apples and pat down.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bake 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking until crumbs are browned and apples are soft.

We like this dessert with a scoop of ice cream.



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