People say that having kids is amazing, especially getting to see the world through their eyes. I have especially found this to be true with holidays such as Halloween and Christmas. Getting to feel that excitement and magic that the holidays bring that we somewhere lose along the road to adulthood, is wonderful. This rang true with my husband and I during trick or treating. Last year, H was only 6 months old at Halloween. Despite our want to take her out and about, we felt a little silly since she didn’t have teeth, and as though we were those teenagers who show up on your door step at 9:30 pm and no costume on. So instead, we dressed H up and took her to one of our favorite local breweries.

This year (and with the addition of a bunch of teeth) we felt that even though she really won’t be eating the candy, we wanted her to experience a “traditional” Halloween. We decided to only take her out for about 20 minutes or so, admire our neighbors decorations, meet neighbors we haven’t met yet, etc. After a little while, we had to tell ourselves that it was time to go home – to which we were both a little surprised at how much we enjoyed trick-or-treating, and the magic of Halloween.

We returned home, put H to bed, and made our favorite fall beverage. This easy and delicious adult beverage is great for chilly fall weather and was the perfect end to our sweet evening.

Hot Cider and BourbonĀ 

What you need:

-apple cider

-bourbon (we used Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey)

-cinnamon sticks


  1. Pour apple cider into a sauce pan on the stove.
  2. Allow cider to warm up for a few minutes. (For extra flavor, add a cinnamon stick to the pan.)
  3. Pour 1/2-1 full shot of bourbon into a glass mug.
  4. When the cider is ready, more over the bourbon and stir with a cinnamon stick.

That’s it! Super easy, and can be tailored to your preferred taste. Enjoy!


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