Costumes and Cocktails

Hello Readers and Happy Monday!

Today I wanted to share with you 2 fun cocktail options for this season, especially if you are having a Halloween party next week! They are both really simple and refreshing, great for serving with heavier dishes or apps.

The first one Bobbing for Apples is a gin based cocktail that is fresh and sweet. Great for pulled pork, creamy and cheesy dips, and spicy dishes. The second cocktail, Sparkling Apples is wine based and better for lighter apps like veggies, raw fruits, hard cheeses and charcuterie.

Bobbing for Apples

*Yields 5 servings*

What you’ll need..

  • 1 cup of gin
  • 2 cups of apple cider
  • Ice
  • 1 lemon
  • Fresh thyme sprigs (optional garnish)
  • 2 finely diced apples

How to make it..

  1. First finely dice up your favorite apples, squeeze juice over apples and let sit aside in bowl.
  2. Optional-In a pitcher,pick off thyme leaves about 20 and gently muddle to release oils and flavor.
  3. Next pour apple cider and gin into pitcher, Gently stir.
  4. Ice each glass individually. Once all the ice in each glass pour in cocktail mix and garnish with diced apples and half a sprig of thyme.

Sparkling Apples

*Yields 5 servings*

What you’ll need…

  • 2 cups of Prosecco
  • 2 cups of apple cider
  • Apple strips for garnish.
  • Ice
  • 1 lemon

How to make it..

  1. Thinly slice apples into sticks put a squeeze of lemon on them. Set aside.
  2. Set up your glasses and put ice in them.
  3. Pour 3 oz of apple cider and 3 oz of prosecco in each glass
  4. Garnish with 2 apple sticks.

Pictures will be up later this week!

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Apple Picking

Hello Readers and happy Tuesday!

Last weekend some friends and I went to Honey Pot Hill in Massachusetts and it was so incredibly fun! It was cloudy day and we assumed it would be a quick day with not a lot of people. We were very wrong! Cloudy or sunny Honey Pot hill is packed and with good reason. The apples were rich in flavor and are on a different level compared to whatever you get at a super market.

As you know I am an avid supporter of local farms and encourage you to do the same no matter where you live. I could honestly go on for a few pages on the details of the yummy apples but, instead I will give you a list other fun stuff at the orchard.

  1. Apple cider donuts- I mean…yes..just yes
  2. Petting farm-great for the little kids and us kid-adults
  3. Grill-hot yummy food like wings for after the hard cider tent
  4. Hard cider tent- 21 plus
  5. Ice cream, caramel apples and shakes!
  6. Relaxing scenery!

With my bag of apples I made a German apple cake for my mom’s birthday with the recipe on the back of the brochure I got at the orchard. This cake was so moist, my mom requested another for this week! Great excuse for me to go back to the orchard before the season slips away.

Tell me your favorite apple recipes and places to go apple picking! I would love to check out other orchards in the area.

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Apple Season Part 1

Hello Readers,

Today I am sharing with you the first of many apple desserts to come this season. Now this is something we have made before called apple dumplings. I find this treat to be a unique twist on eating apples through out the season, I mean who doesn’t love pastry crust, warm spices, brown sugar, butter and tart apples in September! The recipe is simple and I follow a great one from the food network, but you can make it even more simple by buying pre made pastry dough. Here are some fun pictures and a quick video of my sister attempting to core apples.

apples getting ready to be made into dumplings