Spiced Cider Gifts

Spiced Cider (8).JPG

If you’re still making the holiday rounds in this pause between Christmas and New Years, and need a last minute gift, this spiced cider recipe has you covered! The idea was the bonus recipe from Travis’s December Raddish Kids crate. The mulling spices make a fantastic hostess gift, especially if you’re attending a New Year’s Eve party.

First, let’s just admire the way Raddish presents recipes to kids. Clear step-by-step pictures mean even non-readers can tell what happens in each stage of the recipe!

Spiced Cider (1)

Travis and I talked a lot about the ingredients as we worked. To start, he helped me use a peeler to peel long strips from 2 oranges.

Spiced Cider (2)

He was fascinated to see the white pith underneath, and to learn that the juicy orange fruit was buried even below that.

Spiced Cider (3)

Place the orange peel on a baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees F for 30 minutes, until dried and slightly curled.

Next, we smelled whole cinnamon sticks. Fun fact: tell your child these are the bark of a tree, unlike other spices. Place the sticks from 1 small jar into a zip-top bag and crush with a rolling pin.

Spiced Cider (4)

In a bowl, combine the orange peel, cinnamon, 3 tablespoons whole allspice, 3 tablespoons whole cloves, and 1/2 cup dried cranberries.

Spiced Cider (5)

You can make the recipe right away, of course, instead of gifting it! For every cup of apple cider, add 1 tablespoon mulling spices, and simmer for 10 minutes. If you use the whole pack of mulling spice, that’s a 1/2 gallon of cider.

Spiced Cider (9)

Our Raddish Kit helpfully included gift tags, to attach to mason jars.

Spiced Cider (6)

Come serving time, an extra cinnamon stick makes a perfect garnish.

Spiced Cider (10)


Instant Entertainment

Instant Entertain (6)

Veronika’s reached an age (just shy of 2 months!) where she might actually need a little entertainment on trips away from home, rather than remaining content simply staring (or sleeping). Enter in this perfect solution:

Keep a zip-top plastic bag in your purse or diaper bag, filled with two to three small toys.

Instant Entertain (1)

You can rotate these options frequently, to keep things interesting, but it means you’ll always have something on hand to dazzle the eyes and ears if the need arises.

Suggestions include rattles, toys that crinkle, or ones that squeak.

Instant Entertain (3)

We love this new light-up teether!

Instant Entertain (4)

You could also add a small, lightweight book to your pouch, if it fits.

Instant Entertain alt

Veronika loved her little kit!

Instant Entertain var.jpg

Whatever you pick, keep the baggie in your purse and you’ll never be caught empty-handed.