Welcome to The Noterie!

Hey Guys! My name is Chelsea + this is The Noterie - a collection of notes about my family adventures + the lessons I learn along the way. Thanks for stopping by!

Note: But first, Waffles.

Note: But first, Waffles.


Today's note is all about the best season ever...FALL! Like just about everyone else on this earth, I go a little bit crazy once temperatures get below 70 degrees. Fall is absolutely my favorite season + to kick off the month right, Cody + I decided to host some friends for Saturday brunch this past weekend.

I love to cook, but when we have friends over or are entertaining, I try to keep things simple so I can spend more time with our guests + less time worrying over what's on the stove. So, for this brunch party I combined two of my favorite things: Waffles (a la Leslie Knope) and Cinnamon Apples. Two seriously simple things to make on their own + when combined, make you look like the Queen of Fall Cooking (when really it took you about 30 minutes total). So next time you're hastily scanning Pinterest for an easy brunch recipe to whip up for your friends or family, try these out and treat yo' self!

Cinnamon Apple Waffles (4 Servings)

  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 1.5 Cups Whole Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Butter + 2 Tablespoons for your Apples
  • 3-4 Honeycrisp Apples (You can use other apples, but these are the best)
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon


  1. Wash + Slice your apples into equal pieces. 
  2. Melt 2 Tablespoons of Butter in a pan over medium heat. Once butter has melted, add in your apples and cook, stirring often until slightly tender (roughly 10 minutes).
  3. Combine water + cornstarch in a separate bowl. Add to pan + bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, mix in brown sugar + cinnamon. Turn the heat back down to medium + cook until tender + the sauce has thickened (I like my apples soft so I cooked for about 15-20 minutes). 
  5. While your apples are cooking, combine flour + baking powder in a bowl + mix well. 
  6. In a separate mixing bowl, add melted butter, eggs, sugar + milk. Mix until well combined + then add in dry ingredients. 
  7. Once everything is combined, butter your waffle iron + cook each waffle to your preference. 
  8. Top finished waffles with Cinnamon Apples + drizzle with the cinnamon apple sauce you have left in your pan. You can also add maple syrup and/or whipped cream, but we ate ours just with the sauce. 

Waffle recipe is a family recipe. The Cinnamon Apple portion of this recipe was adapted from this one from All Recipes. 

What are your favorite recipes for Fall or for brunch in general? 



Note: DIY Shiplap Wall

Note: DIY Shiplap Wall