Halloween, football, foliage, sweaters & boots, snuggling & blankets: ahh – this is fall and I’m LOVING it! However, my fingers seem to stay cold from about mid-September on through the winter. Factor in my native love of tea and spices, and you’ve got a yummy solution to keep my hands warm – crockpot cinnamon apple cider!!
Yesterday was football Sunday – yet another practically all-day husband-y love affair with flipping channels, talking smack via text to his fantasy buddies (can you believe that’s actually a thing?!), and yelling at the inch-tall NFL players many miles away. And the crazy thing is, this goes on ’til FEBRUARY. Oof. What’s a happy wife to do? Well, lazy food crafts 🙂
“Have an apple, dear!” ???? So I’m still feeling witchy this morning ☺️ hope you had a fun Halloween!! We watched Gremlins and Matt remembered how classic it is, but I had forgotten how terrible it is! Charlie wasn’t a huge fan of all the animal noises, either. Any fun/spooky stories to share? Grab an apple while you write ?☺️??
I’m all for some good old-fashioned weekend cooking. Who doesn’t love hours of jamming to Norah Jones and stirring a Dutch oven full of increasingly perfect chili? But on football Sunday, when Matt is cozied up on the couch in his fleecy football pants with our pup Charlie, I just want to curl up with my little family! Enter crockpot cinnamon apple cider – two ingredients, a few hours of minimally supervised marinating, and then get your mugs ready. I love lazy food!
- Apple cider (buy local if you can – it’s one of my favorite seasonal sustainability tips!)
- Whole cinnamon sticks
- Special equipment: crockpot (substitute a covered saucepan on low heat for twenty minutes)
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- Combine both ingredients in a small crockpotand cover.
- Simmer on low until hot; I recommend at least an hour to let the cinnamon mingle with the cider!
Curl up & enjoy!
Make this one your own, as I always recommend – if you have some fresh, whole nutmeg, consider adding a few shavings of nutmeg zest; chuck in some cloves or other delicious spices. I don’t have a pantry full of fresh, raw spices, but in my head I totally do. Ahh, someday 🙂
I’ll admit, this version of cider was so yummy we made it two nights in a row so we could enjoy some hot cinnamon cider with a little dash of whiskey on Halloween night while watching a scary (stupid) movie! What’s your favorite fall beverage?! Apples are very New England this time of year, but I’m not as familiar with traditions elsewhere, and I’d love to learn!!
— Eliza S (@happycreativeHC) October 26, 2016
Well, my mug is lifted to meet yours – sending you warmth, sweetness and a little spice during this gorgeous time of year!
Happy fall, sweet friends and family!
A Happy Wife