Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll! There is much to be thankful for and my heart is full. While I joke about little things to complain about here and there (like my family sprinkled all over the country) I truly am grateful that I have family both near AND far. I’m grateful for my ever loving husband who does the craziest things for me that I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing. Like washing, cubing, and boiling a pot of potatoes for me… cleaning off my photography station, fetching the camera and setting it up on the tripod, then hunting down the mixer, butter and salt and pepper ALL for me to waltz in and whip it all together in a lightning speed photoshoot on a half hour lunch break racing against the storm that’s rapidly approaching downing out every bit of natural light. Yea. That’s the husband I’m grateful for.
Grateful I’ve got inlaws that have opened up their house and welcomed us in without a single expectation but offering more love and delicious food than anyone could ask for. Grateful that although I may be separated by distance from my immediate family, technology can still bring us together making us still feel close even though we are so far away. Grateful for friends, employment, housing, and being taken care of and blessed far beyond what I deserve. I’m grateful for my Tried and Tasty family and readers. You all make me happier than you’ll ever realize.
The list of things I am grateful for could go one forever, but I’ll sum it up with this: comfort. I’m grateful for comforting drinks such as this Healthy Citrus Wassail. I remember my very first time trying wassail like it was yesterday. Delivering Christmas treats to neighbors as a child we stopped by one neighbors house that invited us in. It was so kind, we hadn’t gotten to know them very well at the time but they were some of the nicest most genuine folks around. Their house smelled amazing. They offered my mom and I a warm mug of wassail. One sip and I wondered what in the world could this comforting mug of goodness be? Wassail: spiced ale or mulled wine drunk during celebrations for Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve. While it was a non-alcoholic version it was one of the best drinks I’d ever had. Fast forward several years and I knew I needed to add Wassail to Tried and Tasty. I posted my first recipe back in 2010. It’s very similar to this recipe, but with added sugar. I set out this year to make a healthy version. Nailed it – this stuff is liquid gold! Happy Thanksgiving friends and family, I raise a mug of this to you day and send you lots of love from the very bottom of my heart!
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Healthy Citrus Wassail
Warm up with this cozy Healthy Citrus Wassail this winter. Non-alcoholic makes it great for the whole family to enjoy. Made without any refined-sugar it's the perfect alternative to the typical sugar loaded drinks!
- 8 c. unsweetened apple juice
- 2 c. pineapple Juice
- 2 c. orange juice
- 1/8 c. honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole cloves
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm.
Adapted from Taste of Home