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So these are my memories of the last days of school from a Mom perspective.

You pick them up at the park across the street from school and they are eating ice cream and their report card is sticky and wrinkled (if not ripped), and they want to know what's for lunch.

And then, years later, you get a call and the oldest kid says, "I'll graduate if I can get a check here by 3:30 for $85 in library fees." And I speed to the school and plunk down the check that I was the happiest to write in my life. The fact that he could have lost $85 in library stuff boggles the mind still. I did not know he ever was in the school library.

So summer means more tummies to feed more often. Realizing that many little ones are in summer programs while parents work, let's not forget those who relied on school food who now do not have that resource.

Is there someone in your neighborhood or at church who could use a hand with summer groceries? Better to ask and be refused than to have hungry kids.

As long as there was macaroni and cheese in a box and styrofoam cups of noodles in the pantry, my kids were mostly happy. Add in watermelon and fresh strawberries for the daughter, and the menu was complete.

This sounds crazy, but it's fun. And I fondly recall my Nana serving hot apple pie with a wedge of cheddar cheese beside it on the plate.

If you don't need six servings at your house, you might want to share with the neighbors.

Mac & Cheese Apple Crisp

  • 1 box macaroni and cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 3 green apples
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/8 cup flour
  • 1/2 stick butter, cut into bits
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare macaroni and cheese with milk and margarine according to directions on the box, or use your favorite variation.

Peel and core apples, cut into 1/4-inch slices, and chop into pieces.

Sprinkle lemon juice over apples, and toss thoroughly to keep from turning brown.

Mix apples with macaroni and cheese. Place mixture in a shallow 2-quart baking pan.

Mix sugars, spices, salt and flour in a bowl.

Add butter to sugar mixture, and work it in with a pastry cutter or your fingers, until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.

Stir walnuts into sugar mixture.

Spread sugar mixture over the top of the apples and macaroni, patting it down evenly.

Cover baking pan with foil, and bake 30 minutes.

Remove foil, and bake 30 minutes more, until topping is light brown.

Serve warm. Serves 6.

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