For the past 3 years, I have gone apple picking just outside of Chicago. This was the second fall that I visited the orchard with my boyfriend, Chris. The weather was perfect for our drive as we headed northwest of Chicago to Cherry Valley. Our apple picking was successful as we walked away with about 30 pounds of apples between us (and some apple cider donuts homemade at the orchard). My goal the past few years has been to find creative uses for all of the harvested apples. This year I want to share some of the recipes I have made that incorporate apples. First, here are some photos from our day at Cherry Valley Apple Orchard (Thanks, Chris!).