Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Bourbon Vanilla Cranberry Sauce - and Giving Thanks

As we get ready for the celebration of thanks tomorrow, I want to take a moment and thank all my wonderful readers for taking time out of their lives to check in with me regularly. I cherish your comments and hope each and every one of you have exactly the kind of Thanksgiving that makes you happiest. For some, that will be a large dinner surrounded by family and/or friends, for others a quiet, simple celebration is their cup of tea.
 
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For us, we head to my sister and brother-in-law's lovely home, two hours south of here. They have hosted Thanksgiving for the past 25+ years....and I've hosted Christmas.
 
Sadly, Mom and Dad are already in Florida by November, and don't stick around in NY for the holidays any longer. They are missed each and every year.
 
As our families get older, and the kids grow up, it's tough to get everyone together in one place for the holidays. We have to be grateful for the time we get to spend with the ones we love, although we miss those that aren't gathered around the table.
 
And every year, I make my special cranberry sauce to bring to my sister's house. I make enough to freeze in little portions as well - it's so tasty with a roast chicken or turkey breast, and freezes so well.  I originally posted the recipe last year at this time, but it's certainly worth another share.
 
Have a blessed celebration!
 
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Bourbon Vanilla Cranberry Sauce

1 bag of fresh cranberries from the produce section in your supermarket
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water 
2 tbs of bourbon (I use cherry bourbon)
1 tbs of vanilla extract (not the cheap imitation stuff - use the real thing)

Mix all together in a saucepan and simmer on low for about a half hour until the cranberries have burst and are starting to break down. Remove from heat and let cool before placing into containers to freeze. 
 
Sauce will thicken significantly as it cools. 
 

24 comments:

  1. Wow, this sounds delicious. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend. xo Laura

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  2. That recipe sounds so good. I am not into those jelly like things from a can...but I know people use them in recipes too. I do love the real thing. I know what you are saying about family that is spread out more than when we were young. Wishing you and yours a safe trip to and from your sister's. Happy Thanksgiving to all, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Thank you, Susie - we had a wonderful day with my sister and her beautiful family and a feast fit for a queen! xo

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  3. Thank you for the recipe. "Happy Thanksgiving, Deborah", from one of your Canadian friends. xo

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving, Debbie! Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day at your sister's house.

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    1. I hope your day was peaceful and full of love, Melanie!

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  5. Oh- I make mine like that, too, but have never added cherry bourbon. OH MY-that does sound good...and it freezes well? Thanks for the recipe and Happy Thanksgiving to you! xo Diana

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    1. Yes, it freezes beautifully! I use those small Glad containers that I buy in the supermarket, and throw them all into a large ziploc bag. I pull out one container in the morning when I leave out a chicken to roast, or turkey breast. It's like Thanksgiving all over again! xo

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  6. Yum! Sounds delicious. And easy! Im gonna screen shot and save this one.
    Lisa

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    1. Super easy, Lisa - couldn't get much easier!!

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  7. This sounds wonderful . Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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    1. And the very same to you, Marty! I'm sure yours was busy with all the packing you have to do!

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  8. Have a wonderful thanksgiving! It's just a blessing to know people from different part of the world through blogging and I am thankful that I stumbled on your beautiful site.:)

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    1. I am also grateful for that blessing, Piccolina - isn't it remarkable that we can have blog friends all over the globe?

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  9. I'm a bit late but so happy you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration! I guess all families experience the changes in gatherings as kids grow up, people move, etc. I know ours is so, so different and a bit sad too.

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe ~ I can't wait to make it! I had no clue cranberry sauce could be frozen, love that! Enjoy your Sunday on your mountain.

    xo
    Pat

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    1. And a belated happy Thanksgiving to you as well, Pat! I froze 6 little containers of this cranberry sauce, and kept a small amount out for a roast chicken dinner soon!!

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  10. These sound so delicious! I definitely need to have a try :)

    NameStylish

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  11. Why have I never thought to add Bourbon to it? Yummy.

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  12. Have a wonderful thanksgiving! It's just a blessing to know people from different part of the world through blogging and I am thankful that I stumbled on your beautiful site.:)

    www.diyclothespins.tech

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    1. Welcome - I'm so glad you did also and I am popping over for a visit to you now!

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