Catching Up in Pictures

The Arnold’s have been extremely busy as of late and have been really bad about blogging! 
Here is a post to serve as a catch up! 
We went to Georgia for Easter to spend with Mike’s family! 
We shared a lot of laughs, ate a lot of food and had a great time!
For Mike’s April pre-planned date we had a picnic at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. It was a beautiful day which Pumpkin quite enjoyed and we even spotted a huge alligator while driving in.
We celebrated Mike’s birthday by eating out not once but twice! Crawfish and catfish for the birthday boy!
I got in a great walk during lunch at work. The sky was the most gorgeous shade of blue.
This past weekend we had a great day thrifting where we bought all of the items above(right) for less than $5! Saturday night we ate dinner at our favorite restaurant Huck’s and then went to see the movie Neighbors where we laughed until we cried!
Life is crazy busy right now and it’s getting SO close to our first wedding anniversary! We are so excited and ready to be on vacation!
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Crock-Pot Mulled Wine

During the holiday season I love to try to make recipes that I have had at holiday parties(and loved, of course)! A couple of years ago at a work party at my director’s home he served some mulled wine that he had made in the crock-pot. What I noticed first was the intoxicating smell coming from the kitchen which filled the home with a cinnamon and cardamom aroma that was amazing. After trying it, I was hooked! 


Mulled wine is also known as Glögg which is Scandinavian. It is traditionally made with raisins and mulling spices and heated over a fire. It is also very popular in Germany and Austria where they refer to it as Glühwein.


This year I finally got around to making some of my own! I searched around the web for recipes and tips and came up with a recipe that is a conglomeration of several. I have now made it on three different occasions since Thanksgiving and I think I have finally mastered it! Beware that this is an adult drink and the alcohol definitely does not cook out of it! Here is the recipe I will be making every year from now on! Enjoy

Ingredients

  • 1.5L Bottle Red Wine(I recommened Cabernet Sauvignon; use the cheapest possible, no need to waste the good stuff here!)
  • 3/4 cup spiced rum or brandy(here again I stress the cheap factor)
  • 1 cup Orange juice
  • 3/4 cup white Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Allspice
  • 5-6 whole Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1-2 peeled and pulled apart Oranges or Tangerines
  • 8 whole Cloves
  • 5 Cardamom Pods
  • Oranges for Garnish

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients(except garnish oranges) in crock-pot. Stir. 
  2. Heat on Low for 4 hours or High 2 hours then switch to warm.
  3. Strain out pods and serve with a cinnamon stick and orange for garnish!