Hot Apple Cider for a Cold Hallow’s Eve

Tomorrow may be Halloween, but it feels and looks more like Christmas outside. I’m hoping it will warm up a bit for the trick or treaters, though I think it’s probably best to bundle up.

Halloween has changed for us over the years, from decorating a couple weeks before and always designing and sewing my son’s costumes, to throwing some decorations together on the 31st and leaving my son’s costumes up to him. I’m not the Halloween scrooge, but since he’s hit high school, it just isn’t a big deal for us any more. However, we do enjoy seeing the little ones dressed up and it’s a good excuse to eat mini chocolate bars. We also like turning on the fireplace and sipping some sort of hot drink while we take turns going to the door. Occasionally, a family needs to warm up and ends up making a pit stop at our house. This year I want to be prepared and I’ve decided to make hot apple cider (with or without alcohol).


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Refreshing Summer Drinks Made With Berries

During the heat wave last week, I searched for some refreshing summer drink alternatives that would still get a thumbs up from my son and his friends, but weren’t packed with sugar and void of any nutrients. Although I’m a water and lemon girl, I understand that sometimes water just doesn’t cut it (especially for teens), and I set out to try some recipes (and create a couple of my own) using fresh organic berries from the farmer’s market.

{via Chatelaine}

 Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

  • 2 cups fresh organic strawberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup organic raw honey
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups purified water
  • ice cubes

1. Whirl strawberries with sugar, zest and 1 cup water in a blender until puréed. Strain through a sieve into a large pitcher. Stir in lemon juice and 2 more cups water. If mixture is too thick, stir in more water or lemon juice.

2. Pour into glasses and top with ice cubes. Lemonade tastes best the same day it’s made.

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