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Crazy About Cranberry

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Are you crazy about cranberries? I am!

I love this tart berry that is bursting with holiday flavor. I purchase several bags as soon as fresh ones become available and use them in all kinds of ways.

I make a tradition Holiday Cranberry Sauce and Cranberry Jelly with Orange and Ginger. These sweet tart, ruby red sauces are the perfect thing to pair with your holiday turkey. They are also fabulous over cheesecake or mixed with sparkling wine.

Cranberry Jelly with Orange and Ginger

Holiday Cranberry Sauce

If you have a little Holiday Cranberry Sauce leftover simply mix it with some horseradish to give your leftover turkey or roast beef sandwiches a little zip.

Cranberry Horseradish Sauce add zip to sandwiches.

Bake this Cran-Apple Relish with some brie for a festive and easy appetizer.

Cran-Apple Relish with Walnuts has been a family favorite for over a decade. We put it on top of crackers with cream cheese or goat cheese. (Hint: Mix cream cheese with goat cheese. You won’t have to spend as much money on goat cheese and you will still get that great flavor.) We also use this on top of baked brie. It makes perfect appetizers!

All of these delicious cranberry creations can be served on toast or bagels for a festive breakfast as well.

If your crazy about cranberry, give these easy recipes a try today!


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Six on Saturday Again

 

This gorgeous leaf picture was taken in the UP of Michigan by my friend Bobbie Blackburn.

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So usually I do a weekly post on 5 things that made me happy. This week, was of course insane again, so instead of 5 on Friday, I am doing 6 on Saturday. Next week I will be back to normal, hopefully!

 

      1. 2 More School Days Until Thanksgiving Break-Well we made it through another full week. The kids and the teachers are all in need of a break. Monday and Tuesday will be filled with fun Thanksgiving division and a moon phases project with Oreos. I think will also have to watch some Charlie Brown Thanksgiving during lunch too. We will stay busy, but we are ready for 3:20 on Tuesday!
      2. Pallets-I am so glad that I have several wonderful helpful parents in my class this year. One of them scored our class a bunch of free pallets that we can use to make awesome planters and benches in the school garden. I can’t wait until after the holidays to get started on creating things with the kids.

        Oh the projects we can complete! Thank you Dawn!!!!!

      3. Date Night Last Saturday-Mr. Teacher, our friends and I all really enjoyed our dinner out last Saturday at the Rodizio Grill. We stuffed ourselves on their huge sides bar that had everything from basic salad to shrimp chevichi. Then we tried 14 different kinds of meat including chicken hearts, rattlesnake sausage, and frog legs. It was a wonderful night out.

        The picture is a little fuzzy, but we had a wonderful time!

        Rodizio Grill

      4. Christmas Overalls-After dinner we decided that we needed to go to Target. What else would 3 couples of thirty somethings do on a Saturday night after drinking 3 bottles of wine do? Heather had found these absolutelly adorable overalls. We all decided we needed to purchase them to wear at school during the holiday season. They are so cute and comfy!

        Yes, I’m wearing a birthday hat glittery hat and yes, I am still finding glitter everywhere.

        We can’t wait to wear these to school!

      5. New PJs-As embarrassing as it is,  usually wear a pair of of holey leggings and an old t-shirt with the arms cut off to bed and around the house. It’s very comfy and if I am cooking and something gets splashed on me, I don’t worry about it. So needless to say, some of the shirts were looking a little ragged. I decided to splurge and order a few new pairs of pajamas from Victoria’s Secret. I love them! They are adorable and comfortable too. I will have to be careful when I cook in them but oh well. At least I don’t look completely homeless. You can see them pattern here along with Baby Tootsie who decided to snuggle with mommy. 
      6. Onion Wraps-I am happy that it is almost Thanksgiving and I just got home from crazy, packed Publix with all things I need so I can start prepping for our family’s dinner. One of the things I will start making is Onion Wraps. They are a family tradition. We don’t do holidays without them. They are only 3 ingredients and super easy to prep ahead of time. If you make them with low-fat cream cheese they are too horrible for you either. We all love the crunchy spicy onions, with the creamy cream cheese, and the salty dried beef. My mouth is watering already. I just might have to make a few to tide me over until Thursday. You can find the recipe here too. Onion Wraps.

        Remember it’s the little things that count! Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to share your top 5 below. Also don’t forget to sign up for weekly emails!

Happy Saturday and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Thanksgiving Salad

I truly can’t believe that Thanksgiving is next week! I was talking with my sister last week and it hit me that we need to put together our yearly family Thanksgiving potluck right away. We do nearly the same thing every year so the plan comes together pretty quickly.

I am usually in charge bringing a few things, one of them is always the dinner salad. We have learned to forgo the traditional veggie tray for a quicker and more pretty option. In addition, with all of the heavy foods on the table for dinner we like to have a change of pace and add in a salad. Over the years I have made several salads that are really yummy, but my mom’s favorite it my Apple Walnut Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing. So this year, that is what will be on our Thanksgiving table.

The salad is inexpensive and quick to throw together. It is pretty to look at and even more delicious to eat. It also can be made the night before and travels very well. I like that since we will be driving to my sister’s about an hour away on Thanksgiving Day. I am sure that you will love this salad too. Here is the recipe-Apple Walnut Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing. 


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