This past weekend we had some downtime to hang out with some friends and go to our local cider mill. Michigan is well known for their wineries and brewery, but I am not informed on all kinds of beers. I feel out out of place, like I am missing out, but from what I hear it is not so lady-like to drink beer. 🙂 Well, at this Cider Mill they make unpasteurized apple juice, wines and hard cider. We were set on going to the tasting room but there was an 1.5 hour wait.
We decided to purchase an Apple Hard Cider, which turned out SO SO good. I am set in getting used to cider than beer, right? Who is out there to cheer me on? Ok well, we all sat down and purchased some apple cider and famous cake donuts and decided to venture on to the pumpkin patch. I am soaking up fall, let me tell ya. I have made people back home envious of an acutal season. I know what it finally feels and looks like!
After the fun times we headed off to a friend’s house for some nice hearty potato soup, salad and hard cider! What good times!
Colorful Broccoli Salad
2 Broccoli floret and stalks, chopped (1/2 inch pieces)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp crushed black pepper
Chop the broccoli florets and stalks in 1/2 inch pieces and place in a salad bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss with vinagrette before eating. Crunchy and flavorful!