"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

22 December 2010

Mulled Apple Cider for Christmas

One of the things I like about the newsletter we get from our health insurance company is that they always have good, healthy, seasonal recipes on the back. This winter, it's a recipe for mulled apple cider that I thought I'd share. I may just have to make some myself. It sounds yummy.

1 half-gallon fresh apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks (1 tsp ground cinnamon)
1 tsp nutmeg
2 whole cloves (1/2 tsp ground cloves)
2 T light brown sugar
zest of 1 orange

Pour cider into a saucepan or slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and mix gently.

Saucepan: Bring mixture to simmer over medium heat, then cook on low for 20 minutes.

Slow Cooker: Cover the mixture and cook on low for 2-3 hours.

To serve, pour the heated mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into mugs.

Serves 8.

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