Dancing around the kitchen, slinging dough and belting out the lyrics to “All I Want For Christmas Is You” along with Mariah Carey into my tablespoon. This is the season. The season for happy faces, warm hugs, and getting messy (with flour). I bake more over these next two months than I do almost all year. In about twelve days everyone else will finally be on the same page (once Thanksgiving here in the U.S. has passed) and no longer will I feel odd for humming “Frosty The Snowman” as I walk down the aisle at the market (!!!). The day after Thanksgiving we will walk down the street and pick out our Christmas tree. We could try to do something fancy like drive into the mountains, hike through the snow, and cut down one for ourselves – but lets be real. I will wake up Friday and want a tree ASAP. No funny business, just get the darn green thing in my house and let me dance some more with Scott to our holiday tunes while we “deck the halls” and “ho ho ho” and all that stuff. Can you see the smile on my face right now?! IT’S SO BIG.
Okay. Deep breaths. We’re still in November, and as much as October screams pumpkin spice latte to me, November screams apple cider. This was my first time making it at home from scratch and I smacked myself in the head I felt so silly that I had waited this long. Its so simple, aromatic, and permeates your home will happy fall vibes. We had our first snow last week, and the white flakes on the ground mingled with the fallen yellow leaves. It was the perfect mixture of fall and winter, and made me want to embrace all of the warm, cozy sips I could get my hands on. Before the mugs of hot chocolate take over, I want to give my beloved apple cider a chance. I keep it simple, but feel free to add extra spices, or even a few orange slices if thats your jam. I went a little “all or nothing” and topped mine here with a scoop of whipped coconut cream and a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce to make it (yep) like a caramel apple! I created this recipe for the stellar guys over at The Created Co. (as I did with last month’s PSL) – so you can pop over to their site here to snatch up the recipe and get your apples simmering this weekend – HOORAY.
I know I cheated with my “Simply Saturday” post this week, but I figured you’d be okay with that – happy weekend!
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