I'm not going to go all wild and pick my own apples, and mash em, etc... I'm just going to go cheap and buy cider.
"FEH!" the purists are saying right now, I'm sure, but hey, I'm just a broke guy, who likes to drink beer and cider. It doesn't need to be expensive and difficult to be great. I know this from baking cakes using boxes of cake mix. I've baked things from scratch, and honestly it's a pain in the ass, and it's not any better. I'm not going to break my back and my bank for something that may very well suck.
I've researched it just a little bit (read: for the last 15 minutes online) and I've got some good ideas about it. I think I may actually make 5 gallons, since I have everything I need to do a 5 gallon batch. I won't have to buy 4 more stoppers and 4 more air locks, etc. Those are the reasons I will give to justify making so much. ;)
If you've done this before, and have some recommendations, I'm all ears!