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apple & cranberry sauce

i finally, finally made a contribution to the thanksgiving table year! the best part was i made this the day before the holiday, so i could stay out of dad’s way while he was preparing the actual feast. (truth be told, we went out to eat on thanksgiving this year and then had a mini family thanksgiving dinner on black friday! best of both worlds.)

i love my nona’s traditional cranberry sauce, but instead of mimicking her exact recipe, i looked for a new, unique one to use on my own. i found this one from cooking light and based my recipe off that, just tweaking a few measurements. it got rave reviews and i can’t recommend it enough! it’s not quite as tart as some cranberry sauce recipes, which i really liked. it made the side go better with the rest of the plate! i thought the cinnamon and apples were a FANTASTIC touch.

i realize i should have posted this before thanksgiving, but i’m posting now in hopes you can enjoy this for christmas dinner :) happy holidays!



2 chopped, peeled granny smith apples (appx. 1.5 cups)

1 bag (12 oz.) fresh cranberries

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white grape juice

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon




peel the apples and chop the fruit into 1/2” pieces. wash and rinse your cranberries, too.



combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil (watch out for exploding cranberries! they’ll get ya in the eye!). reduce heat and let simmer for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

let it cool, store it in the fridge and serve chilled. it’ll firm up the longer it cools.


since i hate gravy, this is my favorite thing to eat on top of turkey! enjoy :)

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divine december

another month has come and gone and i’m reminded that the title of my blog is so true - notes, quotes & anecdotes of a year fast passing. where did 2011 go and hello, 2012! i’m so excited for this year, but am so thankful for all the great changes, events and people that made 2011 such a great year. rather than recapping the entire year (because i don’t have the memory for that!), i’ll take a look back at the past month, instead.

1. finally bought myself a gift in a little blue box. a silver pendant necklace inscribed with an “E” and a note that read, “my ‘why not me?’ philosophy began” was my holiday gift to myself for a year of hard work. i love, love, love it and it was worth every penny.

2. holiday cheer makes december one of my favorite months of the year. from holiday cookies (i made these puppies for my work holiday potluck), my christmas movie marathon (always includes love actually, dr. seuss’ how the grinch stole christmas, home alone and elf), christmas tunes or lots of red, it’s such a happy, fun time and i can’t get enough! i made the cupcakes below with my mom and brought them in for everyone that had to work christmas eve at my office!

3. also in the holiday spirit: i took my mom to the cirque holidaze show at the bushnell (so many crazy acrobatics, i think my jaw was down the entire show!), we resumed our christmas day tradition of visiting our family in fairfield county (no pictures. womp womp!) AND i was thrilled to finally be home for hannukah for the first time in years. remember these baked latkes from last year? (side note… mom’s are better, albeit not baked.)

4. i am SO GRATEFUL for all of my fantastic visitors, guests and friends from massachusetts that visited me or met up with me this month. it was amazing to see them all so much and even though i’m glad i moved on from there, i still miss all of my friends. karen’s pitstop for breakfast, holiday shopping with keri in danbury, laura & pat’s espn tour, and the river hawks’ trip to storrs with sean in tow… just missing scott and my lowell family would have all been around this month! and even though she’s not a part of the lowell gang, i even convinced ccbrown to visit the nutmeg state. i’m so spoiled :)

i hope everyone had an equally happy holiday season and is looking forward to 2012 as much as i am.



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#monthly recap