Advent-Day 10

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Today I decided we should incorporate this delicious “She’s All-Day Spicy Cider”, created by Christina Stainbrook. This honestly may be the most delicious hot cider I’ve ever had. We couldn’t get enough of it! It’s a fairly simple recipe and it makes your home smell like Christmas.


  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple
  • cloves (I used about a small palm full)
  • cinnamon sticks


Pour all of your juices into a big pot.


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Slice up your apple and orange.

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Stick the cloves into the fruit.

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Then add the clove stucked, clove sticked, clove inserted …add the fruit with the cloves into the pot of juice.

Let that cider simmer on medium to low heat for 2-3 hours, then turn up the heat just before serving to get it all steamy hot. Ladle it into mugs with all the good stuff inside.

So good you’ll ask for more! You can find the original recipe for this delicious cider here. Hope you enjoy crashing the #SheCiderParty with us! If you’re not a She already, you should be. 🙂 So go check out those gals at She Reads Truth! You’ll be glad you did.

Advent- Day 8

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We girls actually had a free evening tonight. So for our advent, we decorated a gingerbread house. I’m pretty sure it was their first one. And boy was it a hit! I had them open it in the morning. And by open it, I mean I had it wrapped under the tree. I mean, what kid doesn’t want to open a Christmas present before Christmas Day?


And of course our ability to even be able to put it together was contingent on them both taking a nap. Easiest nap time in days. 😏 And when they woke up, it was magical.

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They couldn’t wait to put it all together. They were super bummed to find out that we had to wait for 15 whole minutes for the frosting to set after putting the house together in order to be able to decorate it. We spent those fifteen minutes cleaning the downstairs of the house. I told them if we beat the timer, they got a surprise. I’ve never seen them clean faster. They got their surprise – hot chocolate in their own little baby mugs.

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Finally, it was time to decorate. They had waited patiently all day long. Each took their turn with the icing, which was a big deal for them. And Lane kept mentioning how our house was “just so perfect.” Cute little bug. Rae was mostly excited to sneak bites of candy in every chance she got.


And here is the finished product!

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All that candy in the front is the walkway. Lane insisted we do it like the picture on the box. Not too bad for a 2 and a 4 year old, eh?