Pipe Dreams {recipe: strawberry crumb bars}

14 Jan


From Strawberry Crumb Bars

Last night we had a group meeting with an asundry smattering of couples. We ate cookies like these and drank coffee and talked about things that we want to have an affect on in this city. We talked about hanging out with pregnant teens.  We talked about meeting our neighbors and bringing meals to the elderly around us. We talked about  selling everything and traveling the world for 11 months, or helping people sharpen their skills to find jobs in our current economic climate, or having a block party. Working with AIDS victims. Writing to death row inmates.  Playing with kids who need a break.

Sometimes it’s all a pipe dream, right?

Sometimes it’s not. 

I was humbled to find that all of those things are happening already. Erin and Chris are literally selling all of their stuff to see what’s going on in the world for a year. Carrie and Matt will open their home up to neighbors they don’t even know yet. Katy’s off to Haiti on Sunday to learn about experience healthcare needs that come with poverty and starvation. And then she’ll be in Seattle, to learn more. Laney hangs out with special needs kids and jumps at the opportunity to help out teen moms. Laney is pregnant herself  (just gave a whole new meaning to ‘jumping’ to help, huh?).  Kara and Wes work with women who just need to talk after they’ve had an abortion. Erika has  a pen pal who will never again see the free world.

Oh, and no one thinks they’re special. They all just wish they could be doing more. These are genuine people that aren’t high-and-mighty enough to think that they’re out there single-handedly changing the world. They’re just trying to have an impact on people. To teach someone else from what they’ve been taught or the experiences that they have had. And, in turn, learning from whatever people they’re with. It’s all two-way. It’s all relational.

We ate these bars last night as we talked. They’re very similar to this recipe, but better, I think. Frutier. Anyhow, fruit bars seemed flippant in light of our conversation.  Go. Do something.This world needs you. You need it. That’s what I walked away with, along with a strawberry stain on my yellow shirt, but that is neither here nor there.

From Strawberry Crumb Bars

As I write, these leftover strawberry crumb bars are bring eaten as breakfast and one of Jon’s meetings this morning. I love things that double for dessert and breakfast.


Strawberry Bars

1 c. white sugar
1 t. baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 T. lemon juice
5 cups frozen strawberries
1/2 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch

Preheat oven to 375. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and butter the foil. 

Mix together 1 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Use two knives or a pastry cutter to blend in the butter. Stir in the egg. Dough will be crumbly and seem like it won’t stiick together. If will. Push two-thirds of the dough into the prepared pan.

In another bowl, place the strawberries. Add 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently mix. Sprinkle the strawberry mixture evenly over crust and sprinkle remaining dough over the berry layer.

Bake one hour, or until the top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

From Strawberry Crumb Bars

Original post: https://saltimbocca.wordpress.com/2009/01/14/strawberry-crumb-bars


2 Responses to “Pipe Dreams {recipe: strawberry crumb bars}”

  1. Katie January 14, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    Morgan! Oh my goodness, this post blessed my spirit. I have been considering some of the same topics you mentioned… How to truly serve? How to *be* a servant in my community — not JUST through my physical church — and make real and lasting connections? I want to be radical, not for the sake of standing out or being different, but because I think that kind of service, sadly is just unconventional today.

    Whew! Okay, rant over. I’m glad I found your blog and your twitter feed! Good chance to reconnect on everything that’s happened since J-315. 🙂

    Also, those strawberry bars look delish!


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