Apple Cinnamon Graham Crackers ~ and our Adoption Story

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Graham Crackers made with Apples and Cinnamon

our go-to after school snack


I was 28 when I first learned that I could not have a baby.

Married for less than a year.

At the time, I thought it was the worst possible thing that could happen to me.

I could not look at  my husbands gorgeous blue eyes without bursting into tears; I knew our baby would have those same eyes.

I’m not sure  how I finished that school year, but I spent the better part of my summer curled in a ball, crying.

September rolled around, keeping busy at school helped,and just as I was feeling a bit better, my sister -in-law is pregnant. Again. Unexpectedly. That news just about killed me, but then something changed. Almost immediately.  I stopped feeling hopeless and headed to the book store to research adoption books.

Ian and I were searching through stacks,when a woman pointed  out a book …Adopting in California by Randall Hicks. She also mentioned that if we use this book to be ready. She had a baby in less than 8 weeks.

Impossible I thought,but I picked up the book anyways.

The steps listed in the book sounded overwhelming, to say the least. But what did we have to lose. I followed each and every bit of the advice in the book.

I found an attorney first. She was lovely, and started us on the path to writing a dear birth mother letter.

That was in October.

We had a sign the dear birth mother letters party the first week of November.

500 letters were mailed that same week.

Our Charlie was born January 8.

I got the call in my classroom. We had been chosen by a birth mother, and that birth mother was in labor. If we wanted a baby, we best get to the hospital.

I left school at lunch.

That first week was a blur. I was on cloud nine, but I felt terrible about up and leaving my students, so I took my brand new baby for a visit. That afternoon my  teaching assistant gave me a book.  A very sweet, but very outdated book. Feed Me I’m Yours.


apple cinnamon graham crackers


That book changed so many things for me.  I read it cover to cover, and even though Charlie was only days old, I had a laundry list of what I would be making for him to eat. Graham crackers was the first recipe I used from the book.

I have no idea how many times I have made graham crackers. Dozens and dozens of crackers.  I have certainly tweaked the recipe over the years, but every time I make them I think about that afternoon.


apple-cinnamon graham crackers


Apple Cinnamon Graham Crackers ~ and our Adoption Story


  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat or Graham flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick of butter {cut into tablespoon size pieces}
  • 1/3 cup of honey {I used raw honey}
  • 3/4 cup of applesauce
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • cinnamon/sugar for topping


  • combine 2 cups of the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon
  • cut in the cold butter
  • add the honey, applesauce,and vanilla and mix well
  • if the dough is too sticky, add in the extra flour
  • roll in a ball and chill for at least 30 minutes
  • once the dough has chilled, pre-heat the oven to 350
  • roll the dough {14 - 1/2 inch}
  • cut
  • prick holes in the tops
  • top with cinnamon sugar {I use the sugar/spice grinder from Trader Joes}
  • bake 18 - 20 minutes
  • cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes
  • transfer to a rack to complete cooling


I know my story really has nothing to do with apple cinnamon grahams, but they are good I promise.


Apple Cinnamon Graham Crackers



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