Spring Ahead: Winter's Last Stand

It’s funny how life works.Even with the best laid plans you can be derailed. Take this weekend, for example.I had planned to shut out the squirrel permanently and get started on the raised vegetable garden beds. Mr. Squirrel was already putting a hitch in my plans.Then Mother Nature got involved.

The first day of spring was a little chillier than usual for Dallas, and by midnight the snow had already started falling. By morning, there was a four inch blanket outside.For some, that may seem insignificant, but not for Dallas… and not on March 21!

You have to be ready for the unexpected; have a backup plan. I had several “welcome spring” posts ready for this week, but may change the subject matter slightly.You can still plan on seeing spring inspired information, but not quite yet.Winter lingers.

Fortunately for us we had stashed some cider for just this sort of an occasion. Apple cider is only around for a limited time in the fall. We mulled some then, drank some then, and saved the rest in two serving containers to be enjoyed on a cooler evening. I also like to keep some around for recipes as needed. If you didn’t reserve any cider and wish you had, you can get a similar experience by simmering some apple juice with mulling spices. It is not exactly the same, but will do in a pinch. The spices for mulling follow the post.

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So today I decided to post a couple of pictures of spring meets winter. I hope all of the blossoms and daffodils survive.I was so looking forward to spring and saying goodbye to winter, but weather here is very unpredictable.Warm weather will likely be around by week’s end.

savour… uncertainty.

Apple Cider Mulling Spices

One of the best things about mulling is that it is very personal in terms of spices and proportions. Most will agree that cinnamon, clove, and orange peel are essential. Beyond that, you may want to consider others from the list below:

Whole Allspice

Whole Clove

Cinnamon Stick

Nutmeg

Crystallized Ginger

Star Anise

Orange Peel

Lemon Peel

Choose your ingredients and tie up in a piece of muslin or cheesecloth.Simmer in cider, juice, or wine.