Reflecting on the Holidays – Cranberry Sauce Recipe

The holidays are quickly approaching. Do you have a few (or more) family dinner’s coming up? The year I had my oldest daughter was the year that I started hosting family dinner’s for special occasions at my house. I remember that first year, feeling that a mix of excitement, as sort of a rite of passage, but also slight terror!   That first year, we were only hosting  a few people but with a new baby in the house, I remember wondering…what did I agree to?! However, when my daughter was born, I somehow feel like the torch had been passed to me and it was suddenly time to start having more special family gatherings at our place.

That first year was the first time that I had attempted to make fresh cranberry sauce….because what is a Holiday Dinner without it? So, I thought I’d share it with those of you who are attempting thanksgiving dinner this year for the first time this year, or just need a reminder.

What is one food that is a ‘must’ for the holidays in your house?

thanksgiving cranberry sauce
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Cranberry Sauce
1 (12 ounce) bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup of sugar (more or less to taste)
1 cup of water (or orange juice for an added tang!)
Up for adventure in the kitchen? You can also add orange or lemon zest, or a dash of cinnamon to taste.

Step 1 – Mix all ingredients in a medium sauce pan.
Step 2 – Bring to a boil.
Step 3 – Simmer until berries *pop*.
Step 4 – Stir.
Step 5 – Chill until ready to serve.
Step 6 (Optional) – Use a hand blender until smooth; if you are someone who likes added texture to your cranberry sauce, skip this step.
Step 7 (the most important step) – Enjoy with family and friends!