Homemade Spiced Apple Cider – Slow Cooker

Apple picking season begins in August. It’s a sign that fall is almost here. Apple cider is a great recipe if you got some fresh picked apples. It is super simple and easy to make. This recipe is delicious and will make your house smell like fall.

Homemade Spiced Apple Cider


  • 7 Apples (assorted apples: gala, red delicious and granny smith)
  • 1 orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons of whole cloves
  • 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Water
  • *Optional: Sugar, maple syrup or brown sugar
  1. Slice apples and oranges into wedges.
  2. Add apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg into slow cooker.
  3. Add enough water to cover all ingredients.
  4. Cook on low for 6 hours OR cook on high for 4 hours.
  5. Mash fruit with a spoon or potato masher to release all juice from fruits. Add sugar to taste if you would like.
  6. Strain mixture using a sieve or cheesecloth. Discard solids.
  7. Store cider in refrigerator for up to 7 days. You can also freeze for 3 months.

Recipe Tip: Warm-up cider and serve with a splash of spiced rum!

The best thing about this recipe is that you can control what ingredients are in the cider. You can add as much or as little sugar as you would like. There are no preservatives, so you know exactly what you’re drinking.

I hope you enjoy this delicious warm cider this season!🍂

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte comes out tomorrow! For those of us who love fall more than anything, this is a sign we can finally start wearing cute boots and burn pumpkin candles. Usually, I don’t buy a PSL when it comes out as I want to avoid the lines. So, I celebrate by making a pumpkin spice coffee at home. I like to make my own pumpkin spice creamer because the list of ingredients in store-bought creamers is so long with ingredients I can’t even pronounce. This recipe is super easy with just five ingredients you can pronounce. This creamer can easily be made vegan. You can use oatmilk, vanilla coconut creamer or almond milk.

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Servings: 6 Preparation Time: 15 minutes

  • 1 1/2 cups of half and half (or your milk of choice)
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  1. In a saucepan add the maple syrup, pumpkin spice and pumpkin puree. Heat for about 5 minutes on medium-low heat.
  2. Slowly add the milk and stir at the same time. As soon as the mixture comes together turn off heat. Add vanilla and stir. Let sit for 5 minutes to cool.
  3. Add to a bottle that fits two cups of liquid. Store in the refrigerator. The creamer is good for 7 days. Enjoy!

Autumn Centerpiece Under $30

Autumn is right around the corner. One of my favorite things to do is decorate my house. I mean who doesn’t love the pumpkins, candles and plaid? On a visit to the craft store I found a couple different pieces that I thought would make a great centerpiece for my coffee table. This is just an idea of some cool finds at craft stores to inspire you to create your own centerpiece.

I spent less than $30 on my centerpiece. I bought a total of six items and used an old tray I had at home to create it. You can go to your favorite decor or craft store and buy any of these pieces. I went to Michael’s. Other great stores to find budget friendly decorations are Dollar Tree and even the 99 Cent Store.

Here’s what I got:

  • Bag of assorted pumpkins for $9.99
  • An small orange pumpkin for $3.99
  • A faux white mini berry stem for $1.99
  • A faux round leaf eucalyptus stem for $9.99
  • A ‘Hey Pumpkin’ sign for $9.99
  • A 2.75 in x 6 in pillar candle for $4.99

I used a 20 percent off coupon which brought everything down to just under $30.

I started with my metal tray and added my pillar candle, orange pumpkin and the sign. Then I added all of the small pumpkins around the tray. Next, I took the eucalyptus stem and cut off some pieces and placed them around the tray. Then I used the berry stem and placed it around as well. I didn’t use glue or tape. The pumpkins hold down the stems perfectly.

This is a fun little project to make if you like DIY decorations.