Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce for the Holidays

 

Over the years I’ve tried many different cranberry sauce recipes trying to get just the right one. I love a good cranberry sauce but I can’t stand the one from a can. This all started when I hosted my first Friendsgiving which was really our Thanksgiving since we were on our own, and ended up having almost 20 people in our small one bedroom apartment somehow, but oh the memories of those days.

When this recipe came about around year 3 it was made for Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. Its so quick and easy. Here is what you need.

1 12oz bag of cranberries

3/4 cup of orange juice ( I fresh squeeze the juice its much better)

2/3 brown sugar

1/3 cup white sugar

OPTIONAL – 20z bourbon ( we have added the bourbon a few times and it’s good!)

Add all the ingredients in a pot over medium heat. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the majority of the cranberries have popped. On a gas stove this will more than likely take a little less time. Once they have all popped place in serving dish and let cool.

Place in the refrigerator if you aren’t serving it right away. It’s perfect warm or cold, and so easy to make the day before so it’s one less thing to worry about the day of.

One of our after Thanksgiving Traditions is to make french toast from the leftover sourdough bread over the Thanksgiving weekend. I love to make a compote to top them with this cranberry sauce by just cooking it back down and adding a little real maple syrup. Its really great on pancakes too which we do at Christmas.

Are you a fan of Cranberry Sauce over the holidays?

Fresh Fruit & Coconut Water Popsicles

Fresh Fruit & Coconut Water Popsicles

Summer is  here, and that means pool days, outside fun, popsicles and ice cream! I want my child to enjoy all the fun that life and summer has to offer.  However I want to cut out some added sugars if and where I can. Trust me when I say I am not a perfect Mom by any means. These popsicles are just perfect for that!

We love Coconut Water in this house. The regular one and the pineapple flavored one. I had popsicles molds to try some different recipes through the summer and I thought why not use Coconut water as a base, and from there these popsicles where created and my sweet tiny human loves them.

NEED:

Coconut Water- amount will depend on your molds

Fresh or frozen fruit

Popsicle Molds ( You can find them here or also these that are disposable. )

I had tons of fruit in the fridge so we used pineapples, strawberries raspberries and black berries. Start with chopping up your fruit. I chopped mine up pretty small because I wanted my toddler to be ok with it, and my molds were pretty small. New molds have been ordered for more popsicles!

Add  fruit into each one, then coconut water,  more fruit at the top. Take a utensil and mix them a bit so hopefully the fruit will  spread out. It really did not take a whole lot of fruit to fill these guys up pretty well. After you fill them up, add in the sticks and they are ready to go in the freezer. Make sure to freeze them for a good 24hrs.

Grab them out of the fridge on a hot day for a yummy treat and enjoy. These are not only a much healthier option, but they are also super hydrating because of the electrolytes in the coconut water. Also Mamas out there they are so great for teething. We absolutely love these popsicles and I can’t wait to try lots of new fun recipes this summer, and of course I will be sharing them!

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