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Spiced Apple Cider

Spiced Apple Cider

Oh!  How I loooooooove Apple Cider.  I’ll drink it cold or hot, but there is just something about a cool crisp Fall day and a cup of Warm Spiced Apple Cider.

I think I’m getting a little excited for Downton Abbey to come back on because I thought to myself, “Why not fancy it up a bit and put it in a tea cup?”

I know I know!  Downton Abbey isn’t coming back on for quite a while still, but a girl can dream, right?

Well, if you fancy yourself some fancied up Warm Spiced Apple Cider, why not have a go at this easy recipe?  When I say easy, I mean SUPER easy!

Here is what you need to do:


Take a teaspoon of pre-packaged mulling spices and add it to a saucepan.  A new Fresh Market opened up here the other day (Insert: Angels Singing).  I bought it there, but you can easily pick this up at any grocery store.


That is also where I picked up the Apple Cider, but again, you can get Apple Cider anywhere.


Add 1 cup of  the cider to the mulling spices and wisk together.

Simmer the cider on low in the saucepan for 10 – 15 minutes.


Take any cup and add a cinnamon stick to it.


Add warm cider to cup and enjoy!

NOTE:  This recipe is good for an individual cup of cider.  However, lots of mulling spice packages (including the one I bought) have directions for making larger quantities.


This would be great for any day, but especially good on those chilly ones!  Also great for little sore throats………  or BIG ones for that matter!  😉




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Ghoulishly Good For You Smoothie

I love smoothies!  They are yummy and sweet and best of all, GOOD FOR YOU!

Goulishly Good For You, that is!  *Pretty sure that’s a word?


You can use any kind of blender, but recently, I bought a Blendtec and I haven’t regretted it for one second!

This thing makes a mean smoothie, amongst other things.

It literally makes it as smooth as the ones you would buy in the store.  Most people wouldn’t care about that, but I have never been able to get that consistency until now.  🙂

Here is what I did:


I took a couple handfuls of fresh spinach, 1 kiwi, 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, 1 apple (sliced into wedges), 1 whole banana (peeled of course), and 1 1/2 cups water.


Then I tossed all the ingredients into the blender, secured the lid and pressed the smoothie button.  *For a regular blender, just blend until completely smooth.

I should also mention that I like my smoothies more on the thinner side so that they are easier to drink.  If you prefer yours on the thicker side, I would use a little less water.  You could also add some ice cubes to the smoothie as well to have a thicker consistency.



In the end, you are left with a great energy boosting drink that has loads of fiber and vitamins.


Did I mention that my children would probably sell me to the highest bidder for one of these drinks?  They love it!

They have absolutely no idea that it is so good for them.

I promise that you can’t taste the spinach.  They always have to ask me if I put spinach in it.  😉



It’s a good thing that they can’t taste everything in the smoothies.  It would just be too awkward to explain things after the neighbor’s cat went missing…….

Mooooohaahaahaahaahaa!  (*Evil Laugh)


Yeah, Z didn’t get it either.  Guess I’ll have to work on my jokes.



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Sweet Tea

You know I had to do it.

The only appropriate thing to do when you do a week about sweet tea, is actually START with Sweet Tea!

I have tried a bunch of different versions.  Be it restaurants.  Be it grandma’s.  Be it mom’s.  You get the picture.

One thing I have figured out, is that I don’t really like my sweet tea………. well TOO sweet.

I mean, let’s be honest.  Sometimes, you come across some that are so sweet, it is literally like drinking a glass of syrup. › Continue reading

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