Down Around the Ears

The girl was looking a bit down around the ears today…. you know what I mean?  Just not her perky-self…. kind of dragging….

We tried everything to lift her spirits… M did a bit of a dance on the table.. weaving in and around the vase of paper flowers… M is an excellent dancer.  Nothing.  Not even a giggle!

We tried to get her to play with Mouse or our new feather that we got for Christmas…. M hid Mouse in the girl’s desk (the girl loves surprises!) while I demonstrated how much fun feathers can be when combined with a freshly polished desk.  Still nothing.

M suggested putting a bit of catnip in her tea….  but then I remembered this great drink the  girl had been talking about a few weeks ago!  She’d had lunch at the Blue Owl in Kimmswick….. we’re not allowed to leave the office, so going to Kimmswick is out of the question, but the Blue Owl has a little shop here in town called the Blue Owl Sweet Shoppe…. and they deliver!.. so sometimes we get samples…. love the Chicken Salad Croissant!  Anyway… apparently the girl had ordered this pawesome drink with her pie and she just kept raving about it…. she said it made her sleepy and happy…. Well!  That is exactly what she needed now!

We surfed around on Pinterest for a while…. then googled… and we just couldn’t quite find a recipe that sounded like what the girl had been talking about.  Finally we took three recipes that sounded kinda close and we tinkered around with them until we came up with something that seemed right.  We might have done a bit to much sampling, because we needed a nap in the worst way… but we had the girl to think of so we pushed on…..  We slid the cup across her desk and pulled the mouse (not a real mouse… a computer mouse….. don’t feel bad, it confused us too at first) away from the girl….. then we sat and stared at her until she drank it.  The girl sighed….. and then she smiled.

M and I got some really pawesome ear scratches and the girl was really happy then.  We danced around the desk until she polished off the rest of her drink (we might have sampled a bit more of the whipped cream…. it is really pawesome!).  Then we suggested a short nap…. The girl said she didn’t need a nap, but we sat on her lap and held her down until she dozed off for a bit.

We’re a team here…. gotta look after our co-workers!

Here is what we finally came up with… mega yum!

Pumpkin Pie Apple Cider Toddy 

Pumpkin Pie Apple Cider Toddy

Ingredients

  • 3 c Apple Cider
  • ½ c Butter, softened
  • ¼ c Light Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 2 tsp Rum
  • 2 c Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3 Tbs Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ c Honey Whiskey

 Directions

Heat the apple cider and whiskey in a small saucepan until warm.

Combine softened butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Whip until butter becomes creamy and the ingredients are fully incorporated.  Chill.

In a separate bowl combine rum and whipping cream, whisk until fluffy; add powdered sugar.

In a pretty footed coffee glass, place a spoonful of spiced butter.  Ladle the hot cider to fill the glass. Garnish with a dollop of rum-whipped topping. Serve warm.

Drink responsibly!

– M&M

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