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Apple Picking and Shrunken Heads

The weather is changing, the sun is going down earlier, and pumpkin spice is in the air. Fall is approaching at a rapid speed and there’s no better way to enjoy the beautiful fall weekend weather then going apple picking!

Here are some tips for apple picking:

  • When going to the orchard, make sure it’s a dry day
  • The earlier you get to the orchard the better
  • If you see a tree with may apples on the ground, this tree has fruit that may be too ripe to pick
  • Make sure none of your apples have bruises
  • With a little twist and pull motion your apple should come right off the branch

Once you pick the most delicious apples, you need to then plan a party. The reason being… you need to make shrunken head cider. Shrunken head cider is one of my favorite party ideas! Hand crafted apples floating in delicious spiked cider. Nothing gets better than that! This recipe comes from Martha Stewart. Enjoy!

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  • 2 C. lemon juice
  • 8 large Granny Smith apples
  • 2 gallons apple cider
  • 2 C. spiced rum
  • 2 Tbsp. coarse salt
  • 32 whole cloves
  • 2 (12-oz.) cans frozen lemonade, thawed
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  1. Preheat oven on bake to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together lemon juice and salt; set aside.
  2. Peel apples and cut each in half through the stem; remove seeds and core. Using a sharp paring knife, carve a face, as desired, on the rounded side of each apple half. Place apples in lemon mixture for one minute; transfer to paper towels to drain.
  3. Place apples, face-side up on prepared baking sheet and transfer to oven. Let bake until apples are dry and begin to brown around the edges, about 90 minutes. Remove apples from baking sheets and press cloves into the “eye” sockets.
  4. Combine cider, lemonade, and rum (if using) in a large punchbowl; float shrunken heads on top.

Here’s a picture of my shrunken heads!

Enjoy making this awesome cider!