Recipe of the Week: Holiday Cranberry Sauce

imageI may have gotten the love of cranberry from my family! I can never imagine a holiday meal without having cranberry sauce on the table. It has been a tradition for me and personally I love it! I always love making FRESH cranberry sauce because it is SO Easy and is WAY Better than eating the canned version. It is quick, easy and holiday dish favorite that is great to share!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 4 cups (1 12-oz package) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Optional Pecans, orange zest, raisins, currants, blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.cran

Directions

1 Pour the cranberries in a colander and rinse and clean them.  Go through and throw out any bad cranberries.’

2 Add water and sugar in the pan on high heat and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar.

3 Add the cranberries to the pot and let them  boil. Reduce  the heat and  let it simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries have burst.cran1

4 Once the cranberries have burst you can leave the cranberry sauce as is, or dress it up with other ingredients. You can add a half a cup of chopped pecans with a few strips of orange zest.

You can also add raisins,currants, blueberries , cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice. I would only add a tiny sprinkle of spice to start and add as you go.

5 Remove  your sauce from heat. Let cool completely and chill. Then place the sauce in the  the refrigerator in a bowl. As it sits in the refrigerator it will thicken and become ready to eat!

 

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Mini Berry Pies #FourthOfJulyEdition #HappyBirthdayAmerica

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Happy Fourth of July Everyone! Here is a great yummy recipe to share with others on this great holiday! There will be enough to go around and it will be a finger food dessert everyone will love! Hope everyone enjoys this day and stay cool! Happy Birthday America!

Ingredients

  1. 2 cup strawberries
  2. 1/2 cup blueberries
  3. dash of salt
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  6. 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  7. Pie dough (I used Pillsbury)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.mp1
  2. Roll out your pie dough and fill mini pie dishes. Use a small star cookie cutter to cut stars for the top of the pies. You can layer on as many stars as you’d like, but you may need to slightly increase the baking time if you cover the entire pie dish.mp3
  3. Toss berries with lemon juice, salt, cornstarch, and sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Fill about 1/4-1/2 cup of berry pie filling depending on the size of your pie dish.mp5
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Recipe of the Week: Mini Apple Crisps

IMG_6126-0As we continue to gather through out the holiday season, it is always a debacle in trying to figure out what to make or bring to someone’s house. Whether it is your infamous food cake, succulent and savory sweet potato casserole or another dish, you always want to bring something EVERYONE will enjoy. Try this easy, sweet and delicious mini apple crisp pies. They are easy to make and amazing with a touch of ice cream!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 12 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 cups peeled&  chopped apples
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Caramel topping

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.)Spray your pan with non-stick butter spray

3.)Melt butter

4.)In a medium size bowl mix graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and add in butter SLOWLY with a spoon

cups5.)Evenly spread mixture to the 12  muffin cups. Press around the tin to make a cup formation.

6.) Bake for 5 minutes and let cool completely

7.) Finely  the apples into little pieces.

8.)Mix apples, sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl

9.)Bake in a baking dish for 15 minutes on 375 degrees, until apples are slightly softened

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10.)Scoop a teaspoon or so of the apple mix and place on top of the graham cracker crust cups. Sprinkle any extra graham cracker on top of the apples

11.)Bake for 5 minutes on 350 & Let cool completely

12.) Drizzle with caramel topping

 

ENJOY THIS, THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! Happy Holidays!

Xx,

Ida

 

Halloween with a Health Twist

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Halloween, the day everyone swaps places with someone that they may want to have always been or never will be. It is also day that a lot of us cheat and load up on sweets! It is always good to have balance with sugary sweets and just some natural sugary sweets as well. Here are some great ideas out there for creating that healthy balance on this festive occasion!

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Smoothie Saturdays: Mango & Blueberry Layered Smoothie

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When I am trying to relax from a busy week, I love unwinding with a smoothie in my hand. Two of my favorite fruits of all time is Mango and Blueberries. So putting those two together makes a delicious pair. Try this Layered Vegan  Fruit smoothie!

Ingredients

-1 Whole Mango  ( Cut into Cubes)

-1.5 cups of frozen banana

-1/2 cup of orange juice

1/3 cup of water

-3-4 cubes of ice

-1/2 cup of blueberries

For the Mango Layer:

Blend the Mango Cubes, 1/2 cup of frozen banana and water together.

For the Blueberry Layer:

Blend the Blueberries, orange juice, 1 cup of frozen banana together.

Then you can layer the two on top of each other, I used a mason jar because I love them!

Happy 4th of July: Part Two! Mini Fruit Tarts! My 4th of July Tradition

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Most people have certain traditions that they do on certain holidays and I am going to share one of mine. Every 4th of July, I make Mini Fruit Tarts and I love them because I am huge fan of fruits and sweets! Its the perfect combination of the two!

Ingredients

  • sugar cookie dough
  • 8 0z. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2- 3 c. fresh fruit** ( you can choose your favorite fruits to top it with. I normally do strawberries, blueberries and kiwi)

Instructions

1.) Spread cookie dough into Muffin Tin. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.crustmaking

2.)In a medium bowl beat room temperature cream cheese til smooth and creamy. Slowly add sifted powdered sugar until sweetened to taste. Add vanilla to cheese mixture. Refrigerate until ready to use.


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3.)Chop fruit into bite size pieces, or drain completely from can. Set aside. Spread cream cheese filling onto cooled cookie crust. Top pizza or tart with fruit. It can be very composed or free form. Just make it look good. Serve at room temp. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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Happy 4th of July!

TODAY IS AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY! Most Americans will be celebrating this day with a big celebration on the grill with family and friends! When your waiting for your food to get ready, you and your guests can enjoy these delicious, healthy and patriotic Fruit Flag Kabobs! They are fun and easy to make and will definitely help with the  a little cool down when your outside mingling in the sun.

 

Ingredients

-1 pint of Blueberries

-1-2 Boxes of Strawberries

-4 Bananas

-12 Kabob Sticks

1.) Arrange the fruits to the layout of the US flag, with having the blueberries representing the stars and the strawberries and bananas representing the stars and stripes on your kabob sticks.

2.) Once the kabobs and fruits have been assembled, you can put your fruit arrangements in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it to your guests!

 

Happy 4th of July!