Quick Apple Crisp


I don’t usually post recipes but this one has been asked for a few times so I thought I would share. This is not a recipe site though, so I don’t have an easy print button for you. Luckily, this recipe is easy to remember.

This recipe has become my go-to dessert when I need something quick. It might be because I’ve been invited somewhere at the last minute or just found out company is on the way. The recipe can be easily doubled.

If you object to anything made in a microwave, stop reading now. This is pretty much the only thing I “cook” in a microwave.

Serves 4-6


  • 4 medium tart apples – I use Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored, and thinly sliced.
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbs of maple syrup (optional and to taste)
  • 2/3 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbs cold butter.


  1. Toss the apples with the flour, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon and put in a greased 9″ pie plate or baking pan. Drizzle with the maple syrup.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the oats, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture is crumbly.
  3. Sprinkle the topping over the apples evenly and cover with wax paper.
  4. Microwave on high for 6 or 7 minutes, until the apples are soft. Each microwave is different so find what works for yours.

That’s all there is to it. Serve with whatever you want. Enjoy.



Pet Peeve #2


Every now and then, I find myself needing to vent about a recent event that has irritated me. It doesn’t matter if you care or not but you’re more then welcome to add your comments or even share any recent pet peeves of yours in the Comments.

Purolator is a courier service owned by Canada Post. I’d love to complain to them directly but after being on hold for an hour on the phone, together with my inability to find an email address for them, and having received no response from @PurolatorHelp on Twitter, I have decided to turn to you, dear readers, for sympathy.

I ordered a desk online and it had been shipped via Purolator. I won’t even go into how Purolator takes 3 times as long to deliver things compared to other courier companies; I’m just going to vent about the delivery experience itself.

The day it was delivered a Penske truck pulled up and a very healthy-looking young man rang my doorbell and explained he had a delivery for me but it was too heavy for him to lift off his truck and he wanted me to do it. I’m NOT young (and I’m not saying how old I am – suffice to say MUCH older than him) and I have a bad back, so I explained that I was unable to assist and offered him the use of my dolly. He said he already had a dolly but it was too heavy to lift from the truck to the dolly.

I told him I thought it was being delivered by Purolator and he explained he was with Purolator (I think maybe they’re contracting out jobs, who knows). I finally said if it’s too heavy for you to lift, and since I’m unable to lift for you, I guess you’ll have to take it back and explain you’re unable to deliver due to the weight.

I think that confused him, but I wasn’t about to have a staring contest with him at my door, so I reiterated that he only had two choices – lift it off the truck himself or return it saying he was unable to deliver it, then I closed the door.

Five minutes later I heard noises outside my door and he had just finished putting the large box on my porch. The young, healthy man who had said the package was too heavy to lift off the truck to his dolly, had managed to bring it to my front porch, sans dolly.

So what was the problem? Was he really unable to deliver it? Is Canada Post outsourcing to incompetent individuals, or was this one individual so lazy that he tried to get an older, injured lady to do his job. What would happen if he was delivering to somebody in a wheelchair or walker?

Companies that take orders online for delivery take note – FedEx and UPS are willing to work harder for your business than a company like Purolator.

Are you listening @PurolatorHelp?

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