cozy, crispy, easy fall treat!

I’ll be honest. I am not the biggest “fall” fan. I hate Halloween, I hate being cold, I hate losing my tan, and I don’t care who you are, wool sweaters are not “cozy.” They are itchy.

However, there are two redeeming things about fall. 1. the food. 2. Even I was getting sick of the 1,284-degree weather.

So back to the food. Today was rainy, cold, dark…don’t days like that just make you want to make Picnic Roast and Apple Crisp? What’s that?? You don’t know what Picnic Roast is?!? Do you not have a Polish uncle who made you picnic roast? Poor you. It’s the epitome of polish yumminess: hot dogs, bacon, cabbage, potatoes. Dollap some ketchup on the top and…yum!

I know my inbox will be flooded tomorrow with requests for that recipe.

In the meantime, here’s my dessert one. I wanted a pie, but didn’t feel like making a crust. So apple crisp seemed perfect. I based my recipe on this one; I thought the baking soda/powder was weird, and, wow , 1+ cups of sugar seemed a little much. I’d make it again my way.


  • 6 granny smith apples (if your apples are not tart to taste, be sure to add tsp. of lemon juice)
  • tsp. cinnamin
  • T white sugar
  • T flour
  • dash nutmeg
  • handful of dried cranberries
  • cup of quick oats
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 butter, melted (I used dairy free) or coconut oil


Peel and slice apples. The thinner the better. Add to sliced apples the next 5 ingredients (don’t do the oats). In separate bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, and melted butter. Grease a pie pan and put apple mixture in first, topping with oat mixture. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook for 45-50 minutes.  Bet it would be great with vanilla ice cream.

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