hot apple cider

I recently found myself with a large amount of organic apples, and I needed to use them up quick, before they spoiled.  I made some apple peanut butter sandwiches, which is basically a cored apple, sliced, with peanut butter between two slices… and that proved to be a delightful snack! But that still left me with about 23 apples.  

I made applesauce with some of them, but I decided a good old fashioned apple cider recipe should happen, seeing as it’s December… it’s cold outside, and Apple Cider is delicious.  

Growing up, the only kind of hot apple cider I knew, came in a powdered form, from a packet. These days, I prefer to make things homemade, so I made an apple cider recipe that could be made from fresh apples and spices.  

Did I mention that it is also made in a crock-pot?  My entire house smelled like Christmas, as this delicious, heart-warming drink brewed.  

Apple Cider Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 12 apples, cored and diced*
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 15 cloves
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • water

Add all ingredient to a crock-pot, then add enough water to cover the apples. Cook on high for 6 hours.  Strain off apples and spices, and reserve liquid. 

*I didn’t peel my apples, since they were organic, but if you are using non-organic apples, it is a good idea to peel ’em.  It’s a lot of work, but the pesticides and chemicals on non-organic produce is most concentrated on the peel. 


Do you love that Moose mug as much as I do?

I recently watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  Great movie. Love it.  There is one scene where they are drinking egg nog out of these fantastic moose cups (complete with antlers), and as soon as I laid my eyes on that beauty, I knew I had to have it.  Thank goodness for Amazon, which has everything.  I was able to pick up the moose glass, just in time for Christmas. 

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