Thanksgiving, 2015


Thanksgiving at my parents’ is always nice. Every year, my Mom and Aunt cook some traditional dishes together and we serve ourselves, buffet style. We sit around the dining room table and share what we are thankful for.

Some things that I am always thankful for are:

Good health

Friends and family

My job

A great support network

The government for helping me out, financially (even though it’s not perfect, it does help)

A roof over my head and food in my fridge

Tonight, I bring to you a link to the spiced cider recipe that I posted three years ago. We enjoyed this warm, golden liquid with our meal this evening. It was served in a pretty China teapot.

(I don’t have a photo of the teapot right now. Just be sure to serve yours in a pitcher that can withstand hot temperatures.)

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider


An Accidental Cider Project

On a crisp Fall evening, I decided to open the more-than-half gallon of apple cider I had been keeping in my fridge for the past few weeks.  It had been a good day, and I just wanted to relax with a refreshing drink at the end of it.  What came out of the bottle was a bit of a surprise to me. Continue reading

It’s That Time of Year Again!

There’s a bite in the air.

The nights are chilled,

but the days can’t decide whether to become cold or stay warm.

The leaves are turning colors.

Jackets and boots are making their annual return.

Grills and outdoor stove tops are canvassed.

The children are in school…again.

Daily outdoor adventures slowly return to indoor family fun nights.

It’s that time of year again, everybody.

Oh, yes…

It’s Fall.

Now go make some delicious hot cider.


Homemade Mulled Apple Cider

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider

Get your recipe for Homemade Mulled Apple Cider here!

This idea has been submitted to‘s Fall & Halloween Living Creative Thursday Link Party

Snacktime Babble, Episode 4: Define Your Brunch Food

I’m having a party.  A celebration.  A graduation party, and a birthday party, if you will, but also a party to celebrate the multitude of September birthdays in my family.  We are fall and back-to-school people, after all.  Or we were, until us children flew the nest.  Now we go back to visit the folks every fall for the Jewish Holidays and to celebrate some September birthdays.  This year it’s going to be a little different.  Lot’s of new things are happening in my family, including the fact that this party will be held at the folks’ new house.

In the meantime, I’d like to weigh in on some opinions for some party fare.

Are jello shots a brunch food, or should we stick to mimosas? What do you think?

What are some of your favorite food and drink to have at a brunch?

fall jello shots from that's so michelle (1)


Jello Shot Recipes, clockwise from top left:
Pumpkin Pie Jell-O Shots
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pudding Shots
Apple Cider and Buttered Rum Jello Shots
Pumpkin Spice Latte Jello Shots
More Jello Shot ideas at That’s So Michelle

Marvel Comics Inspired Cherpumple

Kitchen Overlord Marvel Comics Cherpumple Interior

Kitchen Overlord is a really great site if you are looking to get inspired with geeky, foodie goodness.

Check out Chris-Rachael Oseland‘s recipe for a MARVEL COMICS INSPIRED CHERPUMPLE.

A Cherpumple is short for cherry, pumpkin and apple pie and is defined as several different flavor pies that are baked inside of several different flavors of cake, and then stacked on top of each other.


Kitchen Overlord Marvel Comics Cherpumple

THING LAYER has spice cake and apple pie. PHOENIX LAYER has yellow cake, pumpkin pie and green food coloring. DEADPOOL LAYER has chocolate cake and cherry pie.

She also baked mini ones with mini pies!

Kitchen Overlord Marvel Comics Cherpumple Instructions

Doesn’t the blue one look like a TARDIS cake and the brown one resemble a Dalek cake?


For the original, printable recipe, by Charles Phoenix, check out his video demonstration for (and click on the following link for) THE CHERPUMPLE “MONSTER” PIE CAKE.

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider (With Vanilla and Nutmeg)

  • Servings: 8 US cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipe by Jacob Scheer

homemade mulled apple cider


  • 1/2 gal cider or apple juice
  • 1 orange or tangerine
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • 1/2 a cap or less pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • Sliced apples (optional)


  1. Pour cider into pot.
  2. Zest the peel of the orange with a cheese grater. If you can’t zest, squeeze 1/8 – 1/4 orange and drop slice into pot to boil in with ingredients.
  3. Add a small amount of each spice into the pot. If you have coffee filters or empty tea bags (or other porous material you can boil in high temperatures), use these to hold the spices inside. You can tie the coffee filter and let it sink to the bottom. Otherwise, you may want to strain your cider before serving.
  4. Once the cider has reached a rolling boil, you are done!
  5. Garnish with sliced apples.


Some people own tea straining contraptions that you can boil your spices inside.  If you have one of these, you can use it.

This recipe has been submitted to a Linky Holiday Blog Hop by SusieQTpies Scraps of Life.