“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” – Humbert Wolfe
Fall is here in all its brilliant glory and my soul rejoices.
. Everything about fall excites me
As I walk the neighborhood, beautiful maple trees robed in exquisite jeweled colors of red, yellow and orange, shimmer and shake in the wind. Air as crisp as new linen sheets reaches out and greets me. Fragrant pine needles assault my senses as they are crunched beneath my feet, demanding to be noticed, not wanting to be left out in this little foray of sights, smells and sounds of fall, while I bask in the magnificence of God’s creation.
Along with fall, comes cooler weather and for me, the desire to create. I am hard pressed to create the sights and smells of fall as they are so expertly done in nature, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. Spiced Apple Cider is one of my best efforts.
- 6 oz whole cinnamon sticks
- 10 whole nutmegs
- 1/3 c star anise
- 2/3 c dried orange peel
- 2/3 c dried lemon peel
- 3/4 c whole cloves
- 1/2 c allspice berries
- 1/3 c finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 20 small bags with drawstrings
- Place cinnamon sticks, nutmegs and star anise in a zippered freezer bag and close, pressing out all the air from the bag. Place the bag on a cutting board and pound with a mallet or rolling pin until sticks and nutmegs are broken into pieces. Chop ginger into small pieces.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- Spoon 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp mix into each bag, gather drawstrings tight and tie ends.
- To Make Spiced Apple Cider
- Combine 1 gallon apple cider and 1 spice bag in a crock pot or a large pot on the stove. Heat for 30-40 minutes or until hot. Remove spice bag. Serve hot.
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