Happy Thanksgiving! …and a Recipe

My holiday kitchen is in full swing while I prepare all the baked goods and desserts for Thanksgiving. This year I am cooking and I am overjoyed to have family coming over to share a large meal and some laughs. For those of you cooking my advice is to keep the menu as simple as possible and remember…you don’t have to make everything from scratch! No one will have a better time because you slaved for days and days over every detail of the menu. It is great to make homemade dishes and family favorites, but keep in mind that the important part is to spend time with family and enjoy their company. After all…Thanksgiving only comes around one time per year and you need to make the best of it.

Action shot compliments of my husband! The cranberry sauce is on the stove and there’s a variety of goodies in the oven! The house smells heavenly.

I am lucky to say that I have a multitude of things to be thankful for.

To start, I feel blessed to have a great relationship and friendship with my husband, and I feel fortunate to be able to boast a little over a year of building our life together as a married couple. As always, I am thankful for my puppy Lola and all of the laughter, playfulness, and joy that she brings into my life day in and day out.

Next, I think I have one of the best families out there. As I get older I am appreciating the time I have with relatives, both immediate, in-law, and extended more and more. I cherish the memories that we are creating, and hope to create many more in the future. The love and support that I am shown by them is truly special to me and I am thankful for each and every one of them.

I could go on and on….but this is a food blog and I won’t write a book of my many blessings! I want to share a recipe that I simply cannot live without this time of year. It is originally from a Rachael Ray magazine and in my humble opinion she struck gold with this one. This cranberry sauce is flavorful, not too sweet, and captures all of the best flavors of fall. And best of all, it is incredibly simple to put together! You can’t ask for more when you have approximately 15 recipes on your to-do list. Make this cranberry sauce ahead (I like to make it the night before) and let it firm up in the refrigerator. Then pull it out and take all the credit for making your own instead of opening a can ; ).

Here is a link to the recipe, I hope you try it! (Not a bad idea to make a double batch; its great with crackers and cheese for an appetizer or on your day-after Thanksgiving turkey sandwich)

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/snack-spread-dip-recipes/cranberry-sauce

Enjoy! And enjoy the time with your families tomorrow!

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