This coming week….

Look at those trees, autumn is in full swing here in Virginia and it’s beautiful! The weather is just warm enough for short sleeves on a run, but with a chill in the air that reminds you Thanksgiving is around the corner.

I’m not big on celebrating the holiday for it’s historical reasoning. Somehow celebrating the day we massacred the indigenous peoples of this land just isn’t right. So instead, in my heart I celebrate the people who’s land this was. I honor their memory.

I won’t be around much this next week so I’m not sure how much blog reading I’ll get to. I have some posts set up to post when I’m busy with family and seasonal festivities 🍂 Hoping we catch a showing of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them“!! I’ve heard some great reviews and a few who just didn’t get the same vibe as the Harry Potter movies past. But I wouldn’t expect it to. It’s a different day and time and all new people.

Nice little run/walk/run this afternoon. I love Galloway Training!! It allows you to train at your pace without pressure. You run when you want, walk when you want. There are recommended ratio’s but you can alter them to fit your needs. Gotta remember to get the miles in, even with all the holiday happenings!

THIS

https://www.facebook.com/CountryLiving/videos/10154382130613248/?hc_ref=SEARCH

Is in my very near future!!

Apple Cider Slushies
3 c. apple cider
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS
Pour cider, lemon juice and cinnamon in a loaf pan, whisking to combine. Freeze for 45 minutes.
Remove the cider mixture from the freezer and use a fork to scrape the slush-like mixture, so it doesn’t turn into a giant ice cube. Once fully scraped and stirred, return it to the freezer for another 45 minutes.
Remove the cider mixture from the freezer once again, using a fork to scrape and stir it into a slush-like consistency. The consistency should be like shaved ice. If it’s not frozen enough for your tastes, pop it back in the freezer for another 45 minutes. Otherwise, spoon into glasses and serve.

Recipe Source: Delish  Video Source: Country Living Magazine

Gifts of Autumn + a recipe

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He really is the better half 💗 My super amazing hubby likes to surprise me with gifts. Which he knows I love because they are unplanned, spur of the moment and not given at the traditional birthday, Christmas, Yule, etc…. We exchange gifts for those too, but he likes me to feel pampered and will get me things I would never spend the money on because “they aren’t practical”. And he wants more for me.

So after opening my super awesome presents I decided a great accompaniment  to the fruit would be a nice hot cup of semi-homemade cider. The apples are wrapped in chocolate and caramel so the sound of cider along with the fruit sounded so good! So I made some cider!

 

 

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Throw It Together Quick Cider

4-5 cups apple juice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

a couple drops of artificial caramel, or rum flavoring, to taste (optional)

garnish with a cinnamon stick or apple slice (if you have it and want to make it pretty)

 

Heat the apple juice and spices in a small pot, stir over medium heat, reducing heat as it starts to get hotter. Keep stirring so the spices fully dissolve or you will have clumps in your cider. Last, before removing from heat add in the artificial  flavoring if adding it, stir for a moment or two. Serve hot and enjoy a cozy cup of autumnautumn_leaves_png3582

 

 

Spiced Cider and Potpourri

What’s more inviting than Spiced Cider on a cool fall day? This special recipe from Chef Gwen can also be used as an aromatic potpourri!

Serves: 8-10

Use Organic:

  • 1 apple cut in half
  • 1 orange peel only
  • 4 star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 inch knob of ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon dried orange peel
  • 5 cups apple juice or 5 cups water

Directions:

For Spiced Cider:

  1. Place first 8 ingredients into a pot and then add the 5 cups of apple juice.
  2. Place pot on stove and turn stove to low setting.
  3. Bring to a low simmer for 20-to-30 minutes.
  4. Serve hot or chill and serve cold.

For Mulled Spiced Home Potpourri:

  1. Follow instructions above, but instead of using 5 cups of apple juice, use 5 cups of water.
  2. Let simmer for 1-to-2 hours and enjoy a beautiful warm aroma that fills your home.
  3. Add additional water as needed.

Recipe courtesy of Gwen Eager, Garden of Life Product Specialist and Certified RAW, Vegan Chef

Source & Additional Video: Spiced Cider and Potpourri