I was browsing through a Taste of Home Halloween magazine and came across a recipe for Mulled Dr. Pepper. I love Dr. Pepper and I really wanted to try it. I got the opportunity this weekend when a friend invited us to her Halloween party. I had never heard of drinking Dr. Pepper hot, but apparently, it's been happening for years. While reading some reviews of the recipe, I noticed several reviewers talking about having it when they were younger when they had a cold. Then, at the party, one of the guests told about how her Dad would bring home Dr. Pepper as a treat and heat it up on the stove. I thought it was a warm and comforting drink, similar to cider in the spices. Just don't expect to get the Dr. Pepper burn. It goes away on heating.
Mulled Dr. Pepper
8 cups Dr. Pepper
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp whole cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
3 cinnamon sticks
Combine all ingredients in a 3 qt slow cooker and cook on low for 2 hours. Discard cloves before serving. I used one of my tea strainers to hold the cloves so I didn't have to fish them out.
I also took these caramel apples to the party. Find the recipe here over at Our Everyday Dinners. The homemade caramel was so worth the effort!
Here's our costume. I'm glad I have a cooperative husband. We usually do a couples theme costume.
The rest of our weekend was filled with activity as well. We had Caroline's school carnival. Addie didn't go this year. Since she is in Middle School now, she thinks she's too old for such things. :(
Sunday afternoon, the Girl Scouts presented the flag at a Mashburn Foundation concert. I met Mrs. Mashburn in the waiting area of the Toyota Service Department while we were both having our oil changed. We chatted about different subjects, including Girl Scouts, and she offered us this opportunity of presenting the flag and the girls got to attend the concert for free. The music was great! It was a tribute to soul and the girls knew a lot of the songs. They were singing, clapping, and dancing along. Check out the Mashburn singers. They do a couple of concerts a year to raise money for scholarships.
Mike and the girls finished out the weekend by carving a couple of our pumpkins.