Monday, November 2, 2009

Apples and Cinnamon

This week's entry is going to be about some of my favorite things-- apples, cinnamon, and cider. Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year, and let me tell you, it wouldn't be half so wonderful as it is if it weren't for those three things! The smell of applesauce cooking, apple cider simmering, and cinnamon scenting are three little things that add greatly, I am convinced, to the "Magic" of the season. Oh, and apple cinnamon candles are pretty much the bomb. Just for the record. ;)

What are your favorite things about fall? Do they involve apple picking, cider sipping, and warm, fuzzy blankets? When you think of fall, what kinds of warm memories flood your senses? If you can't think of any, then I'll tell you what to do-- clear your mind by running out the grocery store and getting yourself a jug of apple cider and some cinnamon. Then, grab a nice heavy blanket, cuddle up in your most comfy piece of furniture, and look out the window at the falling leaves whilst you sip this wonderful stuff.

Thomson Apple Cider Recipe

1 gallon cold pressed apple cider (the best you can get)
1 large navel orange
whole cloves
1-2 cinnamon sticks

Begin by slicing the orange into 4 thick slices, and press about 4-6 cloves into each slice. Combine the apple cider, cinnamon, and about 2 of the orange pieces in a large pot, and heat until hot, but not boiling (you can save the other oranges in the fridge for next time). Turn the cider down and simmer for about 1 hour. Remove the oranges and cinnamon. Serve.

Note: Taste the cider to make sure that it isn't too strong at this point. Cloves have a very strong flavor, and should not be left in the pot for very long. If the cider has gotten too strong, you can dilute it by adding more cold pressed cider or apple juice.

And that's it! Enjoy!

(Oh, and did I mention that I finally bought myself this AMAZING machine??! And it's RED!!!)


Photo credits: Google :)

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