Did you guys know that external hard drives don’t actually last forever?

Because I thought I was doing the most adult thing ever in my life by putting all my computer stuff (like my whole life) on an external drive instead of on my computer.  I imagined myself in 50 years, shuffling through hard drives, trying to find that video from when I saw Garth Brooks in Denver last year or finding photos of my first home in Casper to show my grandkids or pulling up my 2015 finances for kicks and giggles.

This weekend I learned that external drives fail.  My drive is failing.  My drive, that is so new it’s still under warranty, is no longer the rock solid investment I thought it was.  It’s been an eye opening (tear jerking) experience and in “approximately” 40 hours Geek Squad will let me know if they successfully transferred all my everything to a new drive before it’s too late.  But in the mean time, I want to share the best cherry crisp I’ve ever had.  Simple, versatile, not too sweet. Perfect for taking my mind off the impending failure of my external drive.

patty's simply delicious cherry crisp || DayDreamin'Engineer

Patty is my best friend’s soon-to-be mother-in-law and she makes amazingly delicious healthy food.  Patty made this cherry crisp for Easter and for Candice’s Bridal Shower a few weekends ago and she was kind enough to share her recipe with me (and you!).

patty's simply delicious cherry crisp || DayDreamin'Engineer

It’s so simple and you could probably make it with ingredients you have on hand.  Patty uses cherries that she froze from last years farmers market.  They are perfectly ripe and sweet and don’t need anything extra.  I love that about this dessert, the sweetness is subtle.

patty's simply delicious cherry crisp || DayDreamin'Engineer

I don’t have perfectly sweet, farmer’s market, Montana cherries sitting in my freezer.  Instead, I used frozen cherries and sprinkled a 1/4 cup of sugar on top.  You can use whatever fruit you have on hand – frozen blueberries, raspberries, peaches, maybe fresh apples.

patty's simply delicious cherry crisp || DayDreamin'Engineer

You can also use whatever flour you have in your pantry.  Quinoa flour, whole wheat flour, white flour – I had some spelt flour leftover from a recipe that I decided to use.  Almond meal might not be sitting around but I ground up some raw almonds I had and mixed in a little flaxseed meal.  You can really make this recipe yours.

It really is perfect. Even in a completely imperfect world with failing hard drives.

patty's simply delicious cherry crisp || DayDreamin'Engineer

Served best right out of the oven with a dollop of ice cream.

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patty's simply delicious cherry crisp || DayDreamin'Engineer

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