When Life Gives You Lemons

If you think it sounds lovely to take your two boys and one of their friends to the local orchard on a day off from school, you're right. It does sound lovely. When you arrive to find that every other person within forty miles of said orchard also thought the same thing you might start rethinking your decision. No problem. We're flexible. Let's grab our apples for the afternoon's pie-baking bonanza and scram. (For these boys the fun is in the kitchen anyway.) Car. Won't. Start. %&*@. Breathe. Still flexible. How does one remain calm and cheerful in the face of such adversity? Two words: cider donuts.

I guess there are worse places to be stranded.

Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats


Beat butter and brown sugar until combined. Add cinnamon, cloves and soda and mix. Add egg and applesauce and beat until smooth. Gently beat in flour and mix. Add oats and mix. Drop by rounded teaspoons on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake in a 375-degree oven until lightly browned.