Slowcooker Caramel Apple Cider

Holy cow friends, this is one delicious recipe.  I have had this one for a while, just waiting for semi fall like weather to get here.  I needed to get my recipes turned into my editor for my Red River Moms column and since we are working on the November issue, I figured it was a perfect time to try it to test it out for my column.  Well I was not disappointed.  So. dang. good.  While it is cooking, it makes the whole house smell so inviting and tastes like Fall in a mug.  It is a copy cat Starbucks ecipe that I came across on Pinterest and I thought it sounded yummy.  I have never ordered it at Starbucks and actually  just noticed it for the first time on the menu the other day.  First sip and I was hooked!!  It warms in the crock pot making it fuss free to boot!!

You will need a small crock pot for this.  I used my 4.5 quart and it was a little too big.  It still worked fine though so if that is what you have you can use it and if you are making it for Halloween night or for guests arriving on a (hopefully) chilly Thanksgiving morning, this could and should be doubled and the 4.5 quart size would actually be perfect.

Slowcooker Caramel Apple Cider (adapted from crockpot 365 blog) 

Serves 4 but can easily be doubled

4 cups apple cider

3 Tablespoons caramel syrup (the ice cream topping…like Smuckers)

1/2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

whipped cream in the can for topping and extra caramel syrup for drizzling

Directions

In a 2 quart slow cooker, combine all ingredients except whipped cream.  Whisk all ingredients together until good and combined.  “Cook” on low for around 4 hours.  Ladle into mugs and top with a good dollop of whipped cream and drizzle a little caramel syrup on top for good measure.  Now…call me crazy…but next time I am going to sprinkle a little fleur de sel (flaky salt) on top.  Because I am a sucker for salted caramel anything.

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Fall in a mug my friends!!!

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Crockpot Italian Beef sandwiches

One of the first blogs I began following and paying attention to was Passionate Penny Pincher or PPP.  I really love her money saving  tips and I really love the recipes she puts on her blog.  i found this one last year and have made it time and time again.  This recipe requires very few ingredients and has so much flavor.  I really think if you give this recipe a try, you will be hooked!! Oh and the website address for the PPP website is http://www.passionatepennypincher.com.  Check her out.  She seems like a lovely person and has so much to offer.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches (from Passionate Penny Pincher)

Ingredients:

2-3 pound chuck roast

1 jar pepperoncini peppers

1 packet McCormick Au Jus gravy mix

hoagie buns

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The roast is in the slow cooker already, let the cooking begin!  Will post a pic of the final product later this evening!!

Directions:

place your chuck roast in your slow cooker.  Dump the jar of peppers and the juice on top of the roast.  Do not add any water.  Cook on low for 6-7 hours.  After it has cooked for 6 hours, remove roast from the slow cooker and put it on a plate.  Remove the peppers with a slotted spoon and throw them away.  Whisk in the au jus gravy mix into the liquid in the slow cooker.  Shred the roast and then return it to the slow cooker.  Let it cook on low for another 30 minutes or so the yummy liquid and the roast can mingle.  Now how I serve them is use a slotted spoon to spoon the meat onto the hoagie buns.  We eat them undressed and they are delicious that way, but feel free to serve fully dressed with lettuce, tomato, dijon mustard, and mayo.  A little provolone cheese melted over it would be lovely as well.  Oh let me not forget the most important part!!!  Ladle some of the yummy liquid/juice/gravy into a individual small bowls for dipping.  MMMMMMMMMM!!!

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Finished product…cue yummy noises