Here we go,
Our 16th straight year ~ and our final year
at the special little catholic school that my girls have attended since preschool ~ 8th grade.
I say OUR because not only have our girls grown up at that school
but I have spent almost half of my life there as well.
( I was just 24 when my oldest started school there.. and now I am hitting 40)
It is only the first day of the 8th grade for my youngest
and I am already feeling nostalgic.
I can only imagine what it will be like at the end of the school year.
I don't even want to think about it.
Since it was her first day of school
I wanted to make a little treat to go with her choice of dinner.
I found this recipe in the Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Fall magazine.
Mom's Apple Squares
3 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 3/4 cups of sugar
1 cup of vegetable oil
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
3 cups of unpeeled Braeburn or Gala apples
1/2 cup of walnuts
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 to 3 tablespoons of whole milk
Preheat oven to 350'. Coat a 15x10 jelly-roll pan with nonstick baking spray and flour ; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine eggs and salt. Beat on medium speed until frothy, about a minute.
Add sugar and oil, beat until blended.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to egg mixture, beat until blended.
Fold in apples, nuts and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan, spread evenly.
Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a while rack.
In a medium bowl, combine confectioners sugar, butter and enough milk to achieve a spreadable consistency. Spread over cake. When frosting has set, cut into bars.
(about 25 servings)