The days are getting shorter and wetter, and I’m noticing that the bird songs of summer are quieting down. The Pacific Northwest is a birdwatcher’s paradise all year long, but it’s especially impressive during the fall migration seasons, which can last a couple of months. Swirls of starlings and the honking vee-shaped flights of Canadian Geese overhead, compete with Trumpeter Swans and Snow Geese for attention. As my husband and I drive up to our house on the island, we often stop in Mount Vernon to watch the tens of thousands of Snow Geese that visit the Skagit Valley between November and early spring.
6 cups tart apples, cored and chopped (about 6 apples)
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, diced into small cubes
pinch of kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease an 8×8 baking dish
- Mix together chopped apples, granulated sugar, 3/4 tsp of the cinnamon and lemon juice. Pour into prepared baking dish
- Combine brown sugar, oats, flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, salt, and diced cold butter, until the mixture resembles pea-sized crumbs.
- Spread topping over apples in baking dish, and gently pat to even it out. Bake 40-50 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.
- Serve warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, or for a totally decadent treat, drizzle with caramel sauce.
Micah Weaver thought he was over Trudy’s older sister. A year and a half ago, Shelley had broken his heart when she ran away from Stoney Ridge to pursue a singing career in Nashville. Then, out of the blue, she’s started to leave distressing phone messages for him.
When the bishop asks for volunteers to scout out a possible church relocation in Tennessee, Micah is the first to raise his hand. Despite scant details, he’s confident he can find Shelley. After all, his reputation as a field guide is based on finding birds that don’t want to be found.
What Micah doesn’t know is that what you’re looking for isn’t always what you find.
Suzanne has generously agreed to send a copy of Lost and Found to my giveaway winner. And I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of one of my books. U.S. only. Winner will be announced Tuesday, September 19, and has three days to respond to my email.