Stovetop Apple Cider.

If you know me you know I love warm weather, BUT one of the best things about a chill in their air is getting to enjoy some of the most classic Fall favorites. I love spending time time with my family cozied up by the fireplace enjoying a treat and this is one we always break out on Halloween and sip all season long - Apple Cider.

Apple Cider / heirloomed

Today I am going to share my favorite apple cider recipe. This is the perfect quick and easy recipe to get the kids in the kitchen to help with, and even if you don’t love drinking it I promise you’ll want to put a pot on just to make your house smell amazing for Fall. This is also an easy recipe to move to the crockpot too, especially green when you’re entertaining because it stays nice and warm for your guests.

Stovetop Apple Cider / heirloomed

STOVETOP APPLE CIDER

2 quarts apple juice

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 apple (cut in half + with peeling)

1 small orange (cut in 1/4 inch slice + with peeling)

2 tsp whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp allspice

Begin by inserting the whole cloves into all sides of the apple. Using a dutch oven or saucepan begin heating the apple juice over medium heat. When it becomes heated begin to stir in the brown sugar until it dissolves. Add in the remaining ingredients and let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove the apple, orange and any other whole ingredients. Serve hot in your favorite mug, and enjoy.

Fall Apple Cider / heirloomed

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Tips for Making a Homemade Almond Milk Latte.

We had our first (and probably last) snow storm here in the South, which equated to a dusting of snow and a lot of ice, but nonetheless not something I like to drive in. So, I whipped up a super easy Almond Milk Latte here at home and was pretty thankful I decided to snag my new milk frother last week. I'm big on a cup of coffee just for the warm + cozy feeling, it's more of an emotional attachment than a caffeine addiction for me.

Homemade Almond Milk Latte / Milk Frother / heirloomed

Homemade Almond Milk Latte

Here are a few tips for making an easy homemade latte on your own!

All you need to get started is the following :

  • Your favorite coffee
  • Coffee bean grinder (unless your beans are already ground)
  • Regular coffee maker (isn't this one just gorgeous?)
  • Favorite milk (I love almond milk but you can also use regular milk or coconut milk too)
  • Milk Frother

Now you're ready to get started! A few tips and you're on your way to making your own latte that will taste just as good and comforting as your favorite coffee house :

  • Make your coffee extra strong, remember that a real latte uses espresso instead of coffee
  • The frother I selected was one that received good reviews for almond milk specifically (since I knew that's what I was going to be using) and it both warms the milk and froths. It has lines on the inside of the carafe so it's easy to know how much to use for either frothing or warming the milk
  • Almond milk produces a bit less actual froth than real milk, with larger bubbles but I think it hits the spot perfectly!
  • You can also add a touch of vanilla extract or a dusting of cinnamon to add some extra flavor. I also use unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of the plain.