Hallo, fall-o

Within the past week, good ol’ Lawrence has gone from 90+ degree temperatures…

To crisp air and a cool climate…

Along with the dropping temperature, the onset of fall has come with a few other indications.

Sign #1: Pumpkin. Ok, I’ve been on this boat for a while, but it just never get’s old (until April). Today’s combination was especially delicious thanks to the addition of pecans.

Consumed: 1 non-fat Greek vanilla yogurt, 1/4 C pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup and 1/4 C oatmeal. All mixed together and refrigerated for night. In the morning, topped with LAST packet of chocolate hazelnut butter, a few pecans and a drizzle of milk.

Sign #2: The unpleasurable onset of allergies. Although I love to revel in the loveliness of fall, it’s always a pain to wake up with a stuffy nose and itchy throat. Fortunately, that’s what a shot of Claratin (aka, Loratadine) is for.

Sign #3: Fantastic runs in crisp air. Nothing makes me more pumped to take on 13 miles than an easy-breezy three miles.

(Note the change in my mood from morning-time allergies to post-run adrenaline. That, folks, is what running is all about.)

Sign #4: Vibrantly colored maple leaves drifting down from the branches. I love the hues of red, orange and yellow that make each leaf unique. This weekend, I even get to go to Baldwin City’s Maple Leaf Festival.

Sign #5: “Hearty” dishes. The onset of fall inevitably makes me crave satisfying dishes to warm by body and heart. Was that going too far? You won’t think so after reading this recipe…

Healthfully Hearty Alfredo


  • 1 C dried whole-wheat pasta
  • 1/2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 C fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1 T corn starch
  • 1/4 C parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  • Cook pasta in liberally salted water, according to package directions. When finished, reserve additional pasta water.
  • Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add olive oil and garlic, until garlic begins to brown, but be careful not to overcook.
  • Add in evaporated milk, corn starch and generous sprinkle of salt, stirring vigorously as to avoid clumps.
  • Simmer for two minutes, then remove from heat and add parmesan and pepper. Stir in reserved pasta water to obtain desired consistency.
  • Toss sauce with pasta.

This came together delightfully easily and would also serve as a good sauce for vegetables.

In totally unrelated news, I giddy with excitement when one of my friends offered me a stick of Zebra gum. I think the last time I had that stuff was 1995…

Questions: What are your favorite “healthfully hearty” dishes?


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