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Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

Apple Cider Recipe


Folks, this absolutely awesome. Just look at that picture. I have made it several times.

Want homemade applecider WITHOUT all the preservatives?

This is old school style…

And, want to make your house smell amazing? 🙂


  • Big Ole Pot
  • 12 assorted red variety of apples. Walmart has lots of varieties. Red, Gala, Fuji, Pink, …
  • 1/2 lemon juice (the lady behind me in line told me to make sure I added it)
  • 1 orange
  • 1 Tbsp WHOLE Cloves (spice isle). They are little round balls.
  • 1 tsp WHOLE Allspice (spice isle). They are little round balls.
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks (yeah baby!) I might experiment with more of these. 🙂
  • 2 tsp nutmeg or 1 WHOLE nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup or so of brown sugar for sweetness

  • Wash & cut apples & orange in 1/4s. Leave seeds & peel. Add to the pot.
  • Squeeze lemon into pot
  • Add spices to pot
  • Top with brown sugar
  • Take yummy picture
  • Nearly fill to top with water
  • BOIL for one hour
  • Using a OXO Good Grips Wire Potato Masher , I mash the apples from to time.

  • After one hour, let it simmer covered for 2-3 hours.
  • It will look soupy like the picture below.
  • Using a Nut Milk Bag to strain the liquid into a container. This will remove all the chunks of stuff.

  • I use a Luminarc Quadro 2-Liter Glass Pitcher with Lid to store it in the refrigerator.
  • Warm it up on the stove on low/med heat and serve. 🙂

Homemade Apple Cider

Yummy Apple Cider Made The Old Fashion Way

Oven Baked Sweet BBQ Wings

Sweet BBQ Wings in 30 Minutes

Sweet BBQ Wings in 30 Minutes

YUMMY… This has completely stopped me from buying wings ANYWHERE…. and it is so cheap and quick.


  • Package of wings or drummettes
  • 2 tsp smoked sweet paprika (Central Market) or just smoked paprika
  • Little honey
  • 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup butter (I use KerryGold grass feed cow butter)
  • 5 Tbsp or so of BBQ Sauce (I use Garland BBQ b/c it has NO high frustose corn syrup! And, it is made here in DFW!)
  • Add some hot sauce if you wanna spice it up!
  • 1 tsp or so of chopped/minced garlic

  • Melt butter in bowl (30 seconds or so in the microwave works for me)
  • Add rest of ingredients
  • Mix it up
  • Remove about half of the sauce mixture. You will drizzle it over the wings after they have cooked.
  • Mix the wings and sauce together in a zip lock bag to get the wings coated with sauce
  • Preheat oven to 450 (or the grill)
  • Line your baking pan with tinfoil and a quick spray of PAM
  • Cook for about 25 minutes. Check on it. Brown to desired level.
  • Add the cooked wings to a large bowl and mix the remaining sauce with it.
  • Eat it. 🙂

Grape Jelly MeatBalls

Grape Jelly Meat Ball Recipe

Grape Jelly Meat Ball Recipe

I love at least ONE serving of this treat each Christmas.


  • Package of frozen meatballs. I get the bag with about 50 or so in it. One day, I’ll make my own meatballs!
  • 12oz Chili Sauce (by the ketchup)
  • 18oz Grape Jelly

  • Melt all the jelly sauce & grape jelly on high in a crock pot
  • Add the frozen meatballs
  • Stay on high until the meatballs are no longer frozen
  • Lower the heat to LOW and let it set until the sauce thickens and the temperature of the meatballs are right.
  • Serve hot with toothpicks.

Cast Iron Skillet Blackberry Cobbler

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Delights

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Homemade Beef Jerky

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