Sunday, December 8, 2013
pie & cider night
We hosted a little Pie and Cider Night at our place over the weekend, and it really was so much fun. We'd love to make a yearly tradition of inviting people we love into our house to kick off December with good food and conversation. I meant to take pictures of everyone who came, but of course once I got to talking and laughing the camera was the last thing I thought of. I did manage to snap these before anyone showed up, though, and I love how cozy and Christmasy our house feels right now. I only made 3 kinds of pie--apple, pumpkin, and chocolate--but made a gluten- and dairy-free version of both the apple and pumpkin for David. So yeah, we had (well, have...still working on leftovers!) tons of pie. Spending all day Friday baking, listening to Christmas music, and dancing around the kitchen with Joony was probably my favorite part of the whole experience.
Crock Pot Apple Cider* (delicious + makes your house smell amazing)
2 qt. Treetop apple cider
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1 orange, unpeeled, cut into wedges
2 cinnamon sticks + 1 tsp. whole cloves, placed on a square of cheesecloth and tied into a bundle
--->Put everything into a crock pot and simmer it all on low for 3-4 hours. Remove the cheesecloth bag and oranges right before you serve.
*Recipe originally found right here