Ah, I love this weather.
It’s turned crisp and cool here, so I’ve reintroduced sweaters, flannels, and cozy socks into my wardrobe. And I’m pretty excited about it.M KITCHEN WORLD Heat Resistant Silicone Spatulas Set – Rubber Spatula Kitchen Utensils Non-Stick for Cooking, Baking and Mixing – Ergonomic, Dishwasher Safe Bakeware Set of 4, Orange
Although, it is bittersweet. Cold nights mean cool days, which mean WINTER IS COMING. Ugh, I dread the forbidden winter. I mean, I’m down for everything up until January and then NJ just goes into a cold, dark pit of grayness for me. I think I need to take up a winter sport or something. Especially with Covid-19 this year, I have a feeling the world is going to go back into a deep quarantine. The summer was a nice respite with the sun and outdoor activities but it’s coming. And that is a bit depressing. But anyway.
Let’s focus on the positive!
And with autumn comes deep, warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. And warm cozy drinks like hot chocolate, pumpkin spiced lattes and hot apple cider. Fall is the time for Oktoberfest, with giant steins sloshing full of German beer and the infinite oompa of the polka. For more reasons on why I love fall, check out my post on Goat Cheesecake with Spiced Apples. I love going to the farms in our neighboring towns as well, for local cider. It’s a win win because we’re supporting our local farmers, while getting super fresh apple cider.Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 6) Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set – Easy To Clean, Nesting Bowls for Space Saving Storage, Great for Cooking, Baking, Prepping
Cozy Afternoons with Apple Cider
Apple cider is great warmed up with some spices, ladled into a cute mug and you’ve got “Fall in a Cup”. Add a shot of whiskey and you’ve got yourself a cocktail! We like to put those cocktails together after we’ve gotten home from apple picking. I’ll light a fall candle while we decorate with bales of hay and Flint or “Indian” corn. My husband makes the cocktails while he throws on the game and we just have a cozy afternoon.Wilton Non-Stick 6-Cavity Donut Baking Pans, 2-Count
A trip to the farm wouldn’t be complete without apple cider donuts. Sweet and crunchy on the outside, soft and crumbly on the inside. These are made with baking powder and fried, then tossed in cinnamon sugar. Grabbing a dozen is a must. Throw on a bonfire in the backyard and we’ve got the perfect fall afternoon.OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Better Balloon Whisk
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While I LOVE those apple cider donuts, I do NOT like frying in my kitchen…and the mess that comes with it! So when I’ve got extra cider I’ll bake them in the oven instead. So easy and just as delicious. You do need a donut pan but it’s worth it. Chef tip: Use a piping bag to pipe the batter into the pan to get a round and even donut. Don’t want to spend any extra money? A muffin pan works just as well and you’ve got donut muffins instead.Ateco Disposable Decorating Bags, 18-Inch, Pack of 100
I would say these are more healthy because they aren’t fried, but I don’t think I can due to the fact that they are dunked in butter before tossed in the cinnamon sugar. But we’re not really thinking about our waistlines when we’re munching on these bad boys are we? Let’s focus on that during our morning work out instead.
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