Homemade apple cider is so easy to make! Just throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and four hours later you will have a big batch of fresh, healthy cider to warm you up on a chilly fall night. Making cider for a dinner is also a great idea as your guests will be warmly greeted by the a wonderful apple aroma and for a quick dessert, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an apple pie float – guaranteed to impress!
5 apples quartered with skin on (recommend 3 McIntosh, 2 Honeycrisp)
3 tangerines – quartered with skin on
1 inch piece of ginger – roughly chopped
2 tablespoons mulled spices
¼ cup raw honey
sea salt to taste
Place the apples, tangerines, ginger and spices in a slow cooker and set on high for four hours.
After four hours, place a large bowl in a sink with a colander over top and pour the contents of the slow cooker through the colander. Use a potato masher to mash any remaining juices out through the colander.
Pour juice into a large pot and place on the stove over high heat. Bring to a boil and add honey and a pinch of sea salt to taste. Add more honey if you prefer a sweeter cider.
Finishing the Niagara Falls International Falls Marathon was my biggest running accomplishment to date, and I was lucky enough to have a perfect fall day for the run. The route was beautiful – a nice flat route that started off in Buffalo, went over the Peace Bridge and all along the river to the finish line. The cool breeze from the river kept me alert and focused while the clear, blue sky and sparkling water brought me peace. A runner could not ask for better race weather. I ran my best PR to date – 4hrs 5min and I would run that route again, any day. My husband and I had actually never been to Niagara Falls together, so we had lots of fun checking out the cheesy museums, acting like fools in the Nightmares haunted house and eating terrible, overpriced food.
I was lucky enough to squeeze in one more portage trip this year – ideally I need a summer portage, a car camping trip with my husband and a fall portage. Even though it can be chilly, there is a certain peace that I love about the fall, and nothing makes me appreciate Canada more than being surrounded by the rustic colours of falling leaves. The fall portage is a lovely way to end off the season and resets my soul for the crazy months that lie ahead. I was also happy to finally make it to Tom Thomson Lake, and when the sun shone down, I understood why the Group of Seven were so inspired.