November 25, 2015

So Very Thankful + The Best Apple Cider Recipe (EVER)

Let’s be real, I’m writing this when I should probably be packing and/or sleeping. We leave for NJ tomorrow (today when you are reading this!), and we couldn’t be more excited to spend Thanksgiving with family (some that we haven’t see since our wedding!).

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for so, so many things. A family with health and happiness. Friends that mean the world to us. Jobs that bring us true joy. A cozy place to call home.

We are truly, so very thankful.

This past weekend, we got to spend an early Thanksgiving with my family! Our tree is decorated, and the lights are on the house. Since being married and having to switch things up a bit, I’ve learned that celebrating Thanksgiving is more about the time spent with family and friends in celebration, rather than the day itself!

While home this past weekend, we Brent and my mom made the most delicious Apple Cider Recipe ever! Best part? It’s super simple! If you need an easy go-to/impressive recipe…this is it!

Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Total time: 15 minutes
Makes 2 quarts!


  • 1 apple
  • 2 teaspoons of whole cloves
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 2 quarts of apple cider
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of all spice
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup dark rum (optional)
  • Cinnamon sticks (garnish)


  1. Stud the apple with the cloves.
  2. In a medium pot, combine the studded apple and remaining ingredients (except rum).
  3. Slowly bring to a simmer over low heat.*
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Remover from heat and add the rum (if desired!).
  6. Discard the apple.
  7. Ladle into mugs and garnish with cinnamon stick.
  8. Serve immediately (so yum!).

*We decided to make ours in a crock pot, and put on low heat all day! It was perfect (and hot) for dinner!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family and friends (and a full belly!). Now, off to pack and leave for New Jersey! Did I mention we are excited?!

  1. Kristin says:

    The apple cider sounds delicious! Happy Thanksgiving!

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