Pretty sure our neighbors are hoarders. It started out with three grills. Two I can understand if you are some kind of barbeque master. And if they were in the backyard. And if they were in good shape. Not three rusted out grills in the driveway. That I don’t understand. Then came the pile of cinder blocks. We have lived here for almost 3 years and they have never moved. Slowly, things have taken over and they can no longer park in their garage. If you want to use it for storage, whatever. But it’s not the best idea when you live in the toughest weather city in America. Yep, that’s right. Toughest.
Anyway, I drove by the other day and saw that there is a couch now. In case they want to sit amongst the junk? It’s spilling out of the garage and now part of their driveway is covered with random items. It has spread to the backyard. They have all kinds of building materials strewn across the yard. Looks like they may be building a deck but it’s November. I don’t think they will get very far before the snow plagues us. Which means it will be there for at least 5 months. Boo. They also have stuff in one of the empty lots inbetween us (lucky there are 3).
When Joel got home from work yesterday, he informed me that they have added 3 mattresses to their “collection” on the front porch. He knows how much the whole situation irritates me and gets quite a kick out of it.
I was tempted to take pictures one day. Ok, so I did. But I won’t post them. That would just be rude. Not that this whole rampage isn’t, right? Right? So I’m sure by now you are wondering how this rant is related to Hot Caramel Apple Cider. Well, it isn’t. I just had to get it off my chest. It’s all a bit ridiculous. So here is the recipe. It’s good….really really good. I’m done with the complaining for today.
Hot Caramel Apple Cider
recipe from Divine Dinner Party
1 gallon apple cider
2 cups caramel sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
Rum, brandy or apple brandy (optional, to taste)
1. In a large, non-reactive pan (or in the crock pot), combine apple cider, caramel and vanilla.
2. Heat over medium, stirring, until the cider is hot and the caramel is incorporated.
3. Drink as is or add rum, brandy or apply brandy to taste. The booze can either be added to the whole batch (heat gently, but don’t allow it to boil) or you can simply add a shot of booze to each adult’s mug before serving.