It’s a thanksgiving tradition in my crazy, wonderful family to make fresh cider with the apples from my grandparent’s orchard and one I eagerly anticipate every year. There is nothing quite like that personal connection with your food and nature. This year we used vibrant red apples, nearly the size of my head, and more normal sized yellow ones, my personal favourite with a slightly sour tang. Any blend of apples will create its own unique taste of cider, you cant go wrong. A few apples stolen to munch on and some elbow grease later and you have a beautiful drink ready to sip and savour. After tasting fresh cider, I can promise that you will never again be satisfied with store bought. It is so worthwhile to find a nearby orchard that sells their own fresh cider. Not only does it taste incredible but it’s much healthier too.
Here is a fresh, warm take on a classic treat:
Organic apple cider
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
1 organic fruity tea bag
For the tea bag I used one with cranberry, raspberry, rosehips, and a few other flavours but anything fruity will do.
Simply warm the cider at medium heat with your cinnamon stick until it’s lightly steaming. Remove the stick and pour cider over your tea bag in a mug, allowing it to steep to taste. That’s it! So simple, so incredibly delicious. You can also sprinkle a little cinnamon in there.
Thanksgiving was truly magical this year. I was surrounded by family, an incredibly gorgeous day, autumn hiking through the back trails of their farm, turkey, dairy free pumpkin pie, bear hugs with the birthday girl (my cousin with me in the photo above)… stop me before this becomes half of the article! What were you grateful for? Better yet, what are you grateful for right now?! Thanksgiving is a perfect reminder for us to be in a constant state of gratitude. After all, with home-cooked turkey and family, who couldn’t be? It is one of the most powerful forces and when you begin to live in a state of gratitude, you will attract to you more things to be grateful for.
“Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never ending thoughts that come back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them.”
– Rhonda Byrne – The Secret
Thanksgiving should be everyday, in every moment. I keep a gratitude journal on my bed side table to write at least three things that I’m grateful for every night before I sleep, though it always turns into a full length page at least. When we begin to see in gratitude, we begin to live in gratitude.
With much loving gratitude for you,