Homemade Crock-Pot Apple Cider

Baker Bettie Beverages, Holidays, Vegan 45 Comments

Did you know you could make crock-pot apple cider from scratch at home? Set in the morning or before bed and in 8-12 hours you will have a house that smells amazing and fresh apple cider! A few years ago I learned that you can take fresh apples, an orange, and some spices and make crock-pot apple cider from scratch. My mind was blown. I put everything in my crock-pot before work and when I got home, I had the most amazing apple cider waiting for me. Not to mention my house smelled insane. Holiday candles don’t hold a flame (pun …

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How to Make Homemade Eggnog

Baker Bettie Beverages, Christmas, Holidays, Thanksgiving 1 Comment

Eggnog is a must have at any holiday party and a homemade version is incredibly easy to make and so much tastier than any store bought variety. You can spike it with your booze of choice! I choose bourbon!  I originally wrote this article and recipe for the December 2014 edition of VRAI Magazine. The article references me living in Philadelphia because I was at the time of original publishing, however I now live in Chicago.  I grew up in a fairly small town in Kansas. A town called Hutchinson that is literally also known asSmallville. It is a special place, though I’m …

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Bourbon Blackberry Mint Lemonade

Baker Bettie Beverages, Vegan 14 Comments

This refreshing cocktail is filled with fresh blackberries and mint! Bourbon Blackberry Mint Lemonade is the perfect drink to bring to your summer BBQ!  I feel I need to apologize to the Vegan MoFoers. I had a plan. Really, I did. A plan to post quite a bit during the month of September all about vegan baking science. And it’s only the 5th day of the month but the plan is already shot to hell. When you’re only home on average 6 hours a day, plans easily go awry. So I’m sorry. I’m going to keep trying my best. And …

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Cocktails for New Years Eve and the Morning After…

Baker Bettie Beverages, Holidays 15 Comments

Two years ago on New Years Eve my husband and I had only been dating for a few months.  We went out to a local bar with his brother to celebrate, but it was a bit bitter sweet.  I would be leaving in a few days to move to Austin, TX for my music therapy internship. As midnight hit this song came on… Go ahead and listen.  It will get you in the New Years Eve mood! Cheesy, I know.  And we both just looked at each other, started laughing, and joined in with the crowd in the singing and …

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Sparkling Wassail

Baker Bettie Beverages, Holidays 5 Comments

Family holiday traditions.  They come in many different forms.  And there is something fascinating to me about hearing what traditions are important to other people.  But I didn’t always care about that.  I think when we are young it is hard to appreciate these traditions the way you do when you grow up.  I guess our perspective is skewed when we are young.  Our life just is, and it isn’t until we are older that we reflect on those meaningful things. With my recent marriage, these things have been in my thoughts a lot lately.  There is something beautiful, but …