I love a holiday weekend. Especially the ones that are less widely observed, such as President’s Day. Half the school districts are in session today as a make-up snow day, day care is open, and pretty much the only businesses that are closed are the bank and the post office. I am lucky enough to work for one of those closed businesses, so I have today off.
Since it’s snowing…again…I don’t have any plans to go out today. I spent the past weekend at a knitting retreat and I’m still in knitting mode. I’ve got two projects that I’m actively working on now. One is a new project that I started this weekend, and one I’ve been working on for over a year.
I started a blanket for my daughter before she was born. I decided on elephants as a bit of a theme for her, so I’m making a knit blanket with elephants on it. Since she is 15 months old now, I really need to get moving on it! I finished up the knit portion this weekend, but it still needs the finishing touches.
My new project is a bit of an odd one. The design that I got the idea from is called Cleaves, because it is a cowl with sleeves. I didn’t love the pattern, but I love the idea, so I found a sweater I like and I’m just making the top. It’s a great alternate to a shawl, since I really don’t like wearing shawls but do find myself getting chilly while working from home all day. It should turn out nicely and I’m looking forward to using the finished product! I don’t have a picture yet, but I’ll be sure to post one when I do.
Today is one of those days that is going to be spent curled up on the couch while knitting and watching a few movies. The perfect compliment to that kind of day is a nice hot drink!
I’ve already made a hot chocolate cocktail this year, and remade it several times for my own personal enjoyment, so I decided on a non-chocolate option this time and went with apple cider. Specifically, hot buttered apple cider which sounded particularly delicious.
There is a wide variety of recipes available online. Some are incredibly complicated and time consuming. Some are meant for parties and serve over a dozen people. In order to create a fairly easy recipe that serves two (or one with a second serving) I borrowed from several and made a mash up recipe of my own, but I got the bulk of it from Joy the Baker so feel free to try out that one as well.
This is a great way to warm up on a cold day like today. If I were to make it again, I think I would try adding a little bit of brown sugar just to sweeten it up a bit. I’d also like to change up the spices and see which combinations I like best.
Hot Buttered Apple Cider
Ingredients (2 servings)
2 cups apple cider
Spices to taste – cinnamon stick, star anise, whole cloves, nutmeg (I used cinnamon and star anise)
Pinch of salt
2 T butter
3 oz spiced rum
2 T fresh lemon juice
Garnish – apple slice, cinnamon stick
In a small pot, combine cider with your spices and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then remove from heat and cover. Allow to steep for 10-15 minutes.
Return to medium heat and add butter, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and stir in rum and lemon juice. Remove whole spices and serve, garnished with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.