• 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 orange, sliced

Ah! How does Thanksgiving feel so long ago? I  guess for me, factor in a week off in Mexico followed by a thus-far super long work-week. Our Thanksgivings are always super low-key, as are most of our holidays these days.  Each year is better than the last, though! Especially because the amount of puppies seems to multiply tremendously.  On Christmas we have a hard rule of PJs-all-day, so on this holiday we like to be on our sweater game and take some nice family pics :)

You already saw our cheese plate app, but add to that list caprese salad and shrimp cocktail, as well as a few other salads not pictured! Whoops.

This little guy! He looks like a grown man in photos, but really he is the tiniest little thing!

 And Chloe, all grown up!

Roasted Veg is a necessity on our holidays.

Rosco back from his two week training camp, showing some skills!

How cute are these kids?!  Nemo is such a babe.  Christmas card photo, maybe?

And this little smush.  Stop.  Just stop.

LOL.  And, we have Toby.  The miserable old grouch, so upset that there are little pups around.

My favorite Disney movie as a kid was Cinderella, so I was so happy to see it on TV!

Stuffing.  Nuff said.

Took a pic of my plate, because of course we always think our own plate is the best, right?

And you also saw our holiday table, but how gorgeous are these flowers on their own?!

Aaaand in addition to the usual apple pie a la mode, we had a little cameo from NYC’s Rice to Riches.  BOMB.

And now, for the Crock Pot cider recipe!

Spike Cider Directions

  1. Place cinnamon, cloves and allspice on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with a string to form a bag.
  2. Place cider and brown sugar in a 3-qt. slow cooker; stir until sugar dissolves. Add spice bag. Place orange slices on top. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Discard spice bag. Yield: 2 quarts.
  3. ADD BRANDY!!!