You're invited to join Mrs. Compson and Sarah McClure at Elm Creek Manor for a glass of iced tea or lemonade. Sarah will be finishing her Lemoyne Star block for her sampler quilt. The pattern can be found here. She'll be starting on her Posies Round the Square block found here. Member Mama T is coming with her hexie quilt project and a plate of her delicious Oatmeal Fruit Bars.
Mama T's Oatmeal Fruit Bars
2 cups oats, quick or old fashioned (I use quick)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans and walnuts predominantly)
3/4 cup butter, melted (do NOT substitute margarine)
1 (10-12 ounce) jar of favorite fruit preserves
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Butter an 11" x 7" baking dish.
3. Combine dry ingredients with nuts and mix. Add melted butter and mix thoroughly with a fork. Mixture will be crumbly in consistency.
4. Reserve 1 cup of oats mixture. Press remaining mixture firmly into bottom of baking dish.
5. Bake for 10 minutes.
6. Spread preserves evenly over partially baked base to within 1/2" of edge of pan. Sprinkle with reserved oats mixture; press softly.
7. Bake 20-22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool; cut into bars and store in tightly covered tin at room temperature with wax paper between the layers of bars.
Mama T got this recipe from the back of a Quaker Oatmeal canister in March of 1986, and it has become her old standby. She recommends that you make a batch or two when you have a bit of time and freeze them. Then if you have someone drop by for an impromptu coffee or tea, voila, just get a few from the freezer and set them out to thaw while the coffee or tea is being made.
While we visit and enjoy our refreshments, what do you think Mrs. Compson and Sarah will tell us about their relationship? How has it changed over the course of the book? What have they each received from their friendship? Have you ever experienced an intergenerational friendship like they have? What did you give and receive in that relationship? Inquiring minds what to know. Please answer in the comments section below.
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