Apple Pie

Sue and I have been experimenting producing Apple Pie “Moonshine”.

Well, it’s not real “moonshine” of course, but it’s one heck of a cocktail. We found some recipes on-line, and modified to our taste.

The recipe below is actually a combination of two we both enjoyed. Maybe you will too……

Apple Pie Moonshine

4 to 6 cinnamon sticks (vary with cinnamon flavor preference)

3 whole cloves (grind well before adding)

Small pinch of nutmeg (don’t over do it)

1/2 gallon of apple cider (we used Zeiglers Apple Old Fashioned Cider)

1/2 gallon of apple juice (we used MOTTS 100% Natural Juice, no sugar added)

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

2 1/2 – 3 cups vanilla vodka (Smirnoff Vanilla)

2 1/2 – 3 cups high proof grain alcohol, like Everclear

Vary the amount of alcohol to your preference


Step 1: To make this apple pie recipe, begin by mixing the first seven ingredients in a large stainless steel stock pot (5.5 quarts or larger) and bring to a boil, while stirring the mixture often.

Step 2: Reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, and stir often.

Step 3: Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Step 4: Once completely cooled add the liquors and stir well. Caution, never add alcohol near an open flame.

Step 5: When you’re ready to bottle, stir again, pour into bottles using cheese cloth as a filter and seal tightly.

Step 6: Refrigerate for a day or two, as this Apple Pie mellows with time.

Step 7: Serve the Apple Pie COLD….

Full circle?

The first tax paying employment I had was in a Photography Color Lab (1975). Received great guidance from several very top shelf color lab techs and photographers of the trade. However was more interested in electronics at that time. Did my military service, then attended a technical college for training in electronics. Began employment in the electronics trade in 1982. Opened a local IT (pc/computer repair) business here in Hickory, NC in 1999. Sold that business in the 4th quarter of 2018. Retired at the age of 58.

1st quarter of 2019 began my current (part-time) business to occupy vacant time. Photography. The amount of business I have received has exceeded my expectations!

Absolutely love what I do..

Full circle??

Yes…. A Full Circle….

Who would have thunk it….

The time has come..

To retire this old PC. It’s been a good one, but it’s best days are behind it.

I mainly edit photos, and some of the videos of the motorcycle rides I go on, so something middle of the road should be a huge upgrade over this old and tired machine.

Not being in the loop for many years now, since selling my IT business in 2018, I needed to do a lot of research on what components I need to consider. A lot changes in 4 years!

I’ve never owned an AMD based PC. Always Intel. Maybe it’s time to try something new.

If USPS comes through, should have many packages of PC components arriving tomorrow!

Antec Mid-Tower ATX Chassis
EVGA 650 Watt PSU
Asus B550 -F ATX Mainboard
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X CPU
G.Skill RipJaws V Series 64GB of RAM (2 32’S)
GTX 1050 TI 4GB Video Card
Going to continue using all 5 of my SSD Hard Drives and my current DVDR/W.
Going to see how the video looks with my current monitor, and if needed may pickup an ASUS 28 inch 4K LCD, with Display Port input.
Not a gamer. I use my PC as a tool, to make $$.
However this build should be well above my needs.

My system is dual boot of course. I don’t run emulators. Main OS is Linux, with a copy of Windoze 10 64 bit, on one of my smaller drives that has Adobe Lightroom, and Quickbooks. Those are the only 2 Windoze based programs that I use. Being Windoze is a virus magnet, I have the Ethernet function DISABLED on that OS.

The Dig in 360

“The Dig” was Sue’s idea of a place that we created in our home for relaxation for ourselves, and other invited quest. We wanted to capture a late 60’s, 70’s theme. Think we succeeded!

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