A few weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. Williams, our down-the-street neighbors, had us to dinner. Some of their family members and other friends were there, as well. Everyone brought a dish, and the food was lined up on the iron buffet which Mr. Williams crafted. The food was delicious and the conversation, rich.
I’m so thankful they took the time to host that dinner. Taking the time to get to know one another. To stop and share a meal. To ask how things are going. To see where we each have been. Where we would like to go.
After a walk to their pond when we finished dinner, Mr. Williams said, “Isn’t it good to have good neighbors?”
Indeed it is.
We’ve had good neighbors everywhere we’ve ever lived. They are blessings for sure.
The other day our across-the-street neighbor, Mrs. Carol, delivered a bag of apples from their tree. She’s always doing something kind like that for us or one of the other neighbors. She understands people, and she cares about them.
That’s the key to being a good neighbor.
I knew right away those apples would make a delicious apple crisp.
Sure, they have a few spots and blemishes that the ones in the store don’t have, and they haven’t been sorted into bags of equal size.
I love that about them, though. A blend of big and little. Green and red. I even think it’s great that they’re not all perfect.
Aren’t we like that, after all?
Different sizes. Different races. Different beginnings. Different outcomes. Different problems.
We’re all walking through one issue or another, I think, and it’s so much better to do that together.
You’ll have neighbors who live across the street or field, and you’ll have ones that live miles or states – maybe even continents – away.
Always be willing to care and to work together.
Look what happened when a bunch of these apples came together with a few other ingredients!
To make an apple crisp, you’ll need 5 cups of sliced apples. I peeled these, but if the peels don’t have bad spots, you can leave those on if you want.
Grease a baking dish with butter.
Spread the apples into the dish.
Mix 1/2 cup sugar,
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg,
and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
You can mix this in the same dish that held the apples for less clean-up.
After mixing well, spread the spiced sugar over the apples.
Melt 1 stick butter in the microwave. (You can use the same dish again.)
Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and
1/3 cup flour to the butter.
Measure 2 cups oats
and stir into the butter mixture until well blended.
Spoon onto apples
until the entire dish is covered.
Bake at 375 degrees, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until oats are golden.
You could also use peaches or pears. Or berries. Lots of possibilities.
We think the apples taste best with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
This is a good dish to have in hand when you go check on your neighbor.
I love you,