Saturday, October 12, 2019

Don't You Love Cool, Crisp Mornings?

by Jackie Fonesca, of Apples and Alibis, by Gayle Leeson

I do love the cool, crisp mornings of early fall. Of course, it still gets as hot as the dickens during the day here in Southwest Virginia, but those mornings remind me that fall weather is on the way.

My cousin Amy Flowers, who owns the Down South Cafe, is trying to talk me into going with her to a corn maze. Now, I'm as adventurous as the next person, but getting lost in rows upon rows of corn doesn't appeal to me. Being in a cornfield doesn't say fun or excitement to me; it says allergies and itchy nose. I told her I'd tag along but that I'd spend my time at the bonfire toasting marshmallows and eating s'mores.

We've both been a little rattled lately. This woman called into the cafe and asked Amy to make a delivery. The Down South Cafe does not make deliveries, and I'd have told the woman that in no uncertain terms, but Amy made an exception. Wouldn't you know it? When we got there, the poor old lady was dying! And, get this--the corn maze Amy wants to go to is located on the deceased customer's property. Amy swears she's not going into Nancy Drew mode again, but I can see that she is. It's eating her up that we didn't get to the woman's house in time to save her. But that woman was murdered--and her killer made sure we weren't going to be able to prevent her death. Amy thinks visiting the corn maze will help us find out more about Ms. Pridemore's death. I don't know about that, but I do want to know why the killer involved Amy and me by setting us up to find Ms. Pridemore.

Sorry, but I'd better get back into the kitchen. I'm helping Amy make apple crisp.

Apple Crisp


10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place the sliced apples in a 9x13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes.


Please visit Gayle Leeson online to find out more about the Down South Cafe series and to enter her current giveaway to win a $10 Amazon gift card.  

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