I’m allergic to the month of May.  It’s not a “breaking out into hives” sort of reaction, more “I just can’t catch my breath” response. It’s undoubtedly brought on by the confluence of too many end-of-school year calendar items bumping up against the transition into summer. I’ve written about this before. 

Being unglued doesn’t mean I get to shirk my duties. There are people to be cared for. To be ferried. And always, always, always, to be fed.

Do you think they’d miss just one little meal? I find myself wondering.

But then a small burst comes. Energy. An awareness that May doesn’t last forever.

I get a bit of my groove back. Enough to make the next meal. To fill out that camp form. To drive someone somewhere. To mother.

And to make a snack.

How are you holding up?

For the record, I made, photographed, and wrote about this snack when I was supposed to be

1. making doctor’s appointments

2. planning our summer trip

3. going to the post office

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how to core an apple

Sliced Apples

Fixings for Apple Snack

Trail Mix Peanut Butter Apple Stacks

Ingredients

  • Apple
  • Peanut butter (or any nut, seed, or soy butter)
  • Granola or salted peanuts (or other favorite nuts, coconut, or seeds)
  • Dried cranberries (or raisins or dried cherries)

Instructions

  1. Core the apple with an apple corer or melon baller. Lay the apple on its side and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter over the slices. Top with a few chocolate chips, a few peanuts, and a few dried cranberries. Eat.

If this is up your alley, you might also like my Crispy Applewiches, which make a great breakfast or lunch.