Warming Hearts and Bellies

The air is getting a little more crisp, the mornings are bringing an intense chill. Some of you have already experienced snow and lack of electricity! This weekend I changed over my closet from summer to winter (purging some clothes of course as I did so… and on Sunday I even finished the job and dropped them off to Goodwill!). November reminds us that the cold days of winter are just around the corner.

BUT… It’s not winter yet baby. While we know those long days of darkness filled with frigid air, ice and snow will come, for now we can revel in the joy that is Fall. We can cook casseroles and hearty dishes and transition into more comfort food. We can wear our boots over jeans, paired with skinny belts everywhere we go. We can crochet scarves and wear them the day we finish them. We can drink warm beverages in the mornings, knowing that the afternoon will be sunny and deliciously crisp.

Take it all in. No need to fear winter. For now, let’s just enjoy Fall. And make some of this mulled cider to enjoy sitting on your porch wrapped in blankets, reading your bible in the mornings, or when friends come over for pumpkin treats. This recipe is easily adaptable in any way you’d like. Add fresh orange slices. Mix it with some cranberry juice. Throw in some maple syrup or honey instead of the brown sugar. I use the crock pot but you could also simmer your apple cider on the stove top. Take the idea and run with it. It’ll smell and taste amazing any way you do it.  Warm those hearts and bellies.

Mulled Apple Cider

adapted from multiple recipes all over internet land

makes 6-10 servings


  • 1/2 gallon of apple cider (2 quarts, about 8 cups)
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3-6 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Pour apple cider in the crockpot.
  2. Add in sugar and spices and mix.
  3. Turn on high for 1-2 hours, then on low until serving.
  4. Serve warm in your favorite mug.

Drink it up.


About jackielopina

Follower of Jesus, Pastor's Wife, Cookie Baker.
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