Like many of you, I've had guests this week.
My in-laws have been visiting for a few days.
Though they're originally from Bucks County, they traded cold Pennsylvania winters for a life of ease in Florida years ago.
So this week's snow and cold - especially Sunday's bitter, windy cold - was something of a shock for them.
When it's cold outside, what's the best remedy? A warming drink, of course.
Thankfully, I've been wasting - er, I mean, investing - plenty of time on Pinterest lately, and found just the thing.
One of my latest pins was for Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider. I decided to give it a go.
It was easy (so easy, in fact, that it doesn't really even qualify as a "recipe"), and the perfect sip on a snowy day.
Without further ado, here's how to make it your own. One note: use real whipped cream, if at all possible. It really is worth it.
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider
12 cups apple juice
6 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup jarred caramel sauce, plus more for drizzling
Whipped cream (recipe below)
Heat apple juice and cinnamon sticks in a slow cooker for about 4 hours on high. Let the cinnamon sticks soften and uncurl. Before serving, stir in 1/2 cup of caramel sauce. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel.
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 T sugar
1 t vanilla
For best results, use a metal bowl and beaters and chill in the freezer until good and cold before whipping. Pour ingredients into bowl and beat on high until stiff peaks form.