All-Time Favorites : Recipe Edition

This week has been sunny, cool, and full of those mid-60s, sweatshirt and jeans kind of days. Call it wishful thinking, but I half expect to turn on the TV to a college football game. Fall is hands down, my favorite season of the year. And this week, quite frankly, has made me nostalgic for the leaves, the pumpkins, the apple cider, and the tailgating it brings. So, I decided to do something about it. I chose to act as though it was fall. I put on my favorite Iowa Hawkeyes sweatshirt, rolled up my sleeves, and made two of my all-time favorite Autumn recipes, homemade macaroni and cheese and apple crisp.

Macaroni and Cheese
2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
1 lb Velveeta
½ cup milk
Pepper to taste (optional)

Cook macaroni as directed; drain. Return to large pan.
Stir in Velveeta and milk. Sprinkle with pepper, if desired.


Apple Crisp
Recipe modified from
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup butter, melted
4 honeycrisp apples – peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8-inch round pan.
In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour and butter. Place half of crumb mixture in pan. Spread the apples evenly over crumb mixture. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and top with remaining crumb mixture.
Bake in the preheated for 35 – 40 minutes, or until golden brown.

Reader Questions: Does anyone else love fall as much as I do? What are your favorite fall foods?

When Dark Chocolate Won’t Do

Alright, so I know we’re all still kicking butt and taking names on our New Year’s resolutions, and I almost feel guilty doing this, but I have to share my all time favorite dessert with you! Ever since I answered yesterday’s question, If you could eat only one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be? I have been craving CRAVING scotcheroos.

My grandma used to make this delactable dessert for me when I was little, and I literally looked forward to it for days. Needless to say, my love for the chocolatey concoction hasn’t waned.


  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup-so maybe 1.5 cups– semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips


1. Place corn syrup and sugar into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter. Mix well. Add Rice Krispies. Stir until well coated. Press mixture into a pan coated with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips together in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread evenly over the cereal mixture. Let sit until set.


“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” -Julia Child

Reader Question: What is your all time favorite dessert? And, what is your favorite way to work that dessert off at the gym?