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Mulled Apple Cider

A quick recipe that’s perfectly timed for…you know.  Tomorrow.  Thanksgiving.

This is a super-easy way to spice up (literally) your holiday apple cider.  Just set it aside in a Crock Pot (or big pot, if you have to stove-top room to spare or no Crock Pot), and let it simmer away for a few hours.  Here’s the good news:

  1. Tastes delicious
  2. Requires only a few ingredients
  3. Makes your house (ahem, small one-bedroom apartment) smell heavenly
  4. There’s no bad news

Exciting, huh?

Mulled Apple Cider

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1/8 C brown sugar
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg

Combine all of the ingredients in a Crock Pot and set on low heat for a few hours.  If you are in a hurry or making last minute beverages like I might have done some people I know, then you can also combine everything on high for a half hour or so, until hot.  The longer it sits, the more mulled it’ll be–but it was still totes delicious after only a little while.

You can leave out the sugar, too.  I probably would leave it out for myself if making it again, but it does give it have that slightly deep sweetness that made it taste like a special gourmet drink.

And I like special gourmet drinks.  ’Specially when they are lip-lickin’ good.  Right, Henry?

If you have a few moments, I’d love to hear some things that you are thankful for–here’s a few of mine:

  1. Being home with my family for a long, long weekend.
  2. That my parents are making me a turkey even though we are having the actual Thanksgiving dinner at someone else’s house, just so I can have leftovers.
  3. A husband that is loving and willing to drive 6 1/2 hours home so I can nap, even though I slept in way longer than he did this morning.
  4. Not to mention a husband’s that’s pretty gosh-darn sexy to boot.
  5. My new MacBook Pro–blogging is so much more enjoyable.
  6. An evil but super loved cat in the basement, who looks so cute sleeping in his little carrier even though my mom built him an elaborate Henry’s Dream House.
  7. Being almost finished with school!
  8. My first baby niece Liana Claire growing healthy, beautiful, and strong in my sister’s belly.
  9. A big glass of red wine.
  10. All the people that make living my life an adventure that I wake up excited to be a part of.
Thank you!!  Have a happy Thanksgiving!
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  1. Alexis

    Let’s see…I’m thankful for…
    1. my wonderful friends and family (who unfortunately I’m away from this Thanksgiving since I’m abroad)
    2. my parents, who took time off work to come visit me in Barcelona for the next week
    3. the beautiful cities, countries, and towns I’ve visited and the cultures I’ve learned about
    4. And of course, I’m so very thankful for the opportunity to be able to study abroad,with the support of my family, friends, and school. Wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.

    Happy Turkey Day, Lauren!
    I really enjoy reading your blog – it’s a taste of home for me while I”m away :)

  2. florence

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family .A special big kiss to Henry,the star.

  3. Catalina

    Happy Thanksgiving Laureen! It’s kind of strange, though you don’t know me, you are becoming a kind of blog-friend that makes me happier with your coments and yummy recipes every day.
    To me the most important thing to be thankful for is my 13-year-old son. It took me a very long time to get him and in spite of the typical teenage problems, I say thanks every day. Thanks so much.

  4. susan

    that little grater makes me smile. so cute!

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