Easy and Delicious Cranberry Sauce

There’s something special about homemade cranberry sauce accompanying a Thanksgiving meal. While it’s incredibly easy to pick up the canned stuff at the grocery store, it’s truly not that much harder to make it at home. This sauce can even be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. My favorite way to eat this sauce is spread on a sandwich made of Thanksgiving leftovers. 
Here’s what you need:
16 oz fresh cranberries
2 oranges
1 C sugar

Add your cranberries, the juice of 2 oranges, a little zest, and sugar to a sauce pot. Heat on medium high for about 20 minutes. Continue to stir. The sauce will thicken and the natural pectin in the cranberries will give your sauce a “jellied” effect. Remove from heat and serve either warm or cold.
That’s it, folks! Truly the easiest Thanksgiving recipe known to man! 

October Favorites 2017

Guys, I know you’ve all been wondering what I’ve been obsessed with lately… So, here it is!!Rose Water
I’ve talked about rose water on here previously, but I’m still super obsessed. Why did it take me so long to get on the rose water train?! I feel like a luxurious queen or something when I spray my face with rose water. I use it after I wash my face and before I moisturize.

Orange + Bergamot oil
Everyone and their mother is on the essential oil bandwagon! They can be used for cleaning, grooming, to promote health, OR to make your house smell good! These two essential oils smell great! I’ve been really into defusing them!

Pumpkins
Tis’ the season, right? This October we bought a selection of pumpkins and I’ve been obsessed with them. I LOVE the heirloom pink, gray, and green pumpkins the best! We bought our pumpkins from KC’s Produce and Glad Tidings Church.

Black Cat
I talked about this on instagram, but if you haven’t heard, Black was sick for a few weeks in August. He had 2 extended stays at our local vet’s office and one trip to the small animal emergency room in Gainesville. He got sick again in September, and after a week stay in the cat hospital, he ended up having surgery. Black Cat is home and recovering well! If you’re local and looking for a great vet, we highly recommend Dr. Hagler at Columbia Animal Hospital! He and his staff took such wonderful care of Black Cat!

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This month’s book club pick has been great! Station Eleven follows 3 characters after a devastating flu plague hits America. It’s an interesting and easy read. I highly recommend it!

Good Christian Fun Podcast
This podcast is what I’ve been waiting for. Hosts, Kevin and Caroline along with a different guest each week, discuss various aspects of Christian pop culture. It’s super hilarious and only about 10% offensive. If you were a youth group queen like myself, I suggest you give this one a listen. I super suggest you listen to the Hell House episode because one of my favorite humans, MeLissa, was the guest!

Stranger Things Season 2
Whew, guys. Netflix is really kicking it out of the park with some of their original series. Ray and I both loved season 1,  season 2 did not disappoint! I feel like everyone in America has seen and loved Stranger Things, so I don’t think I need to explain the premise… but if you haven’t, give it a chance! It’s nostalgic, smart, funny, a little scary, and has a lot of heart.

Mindhunters
Mindhunters is a new netflix original that follows FBI agents in the 70’s on the path of profiling serial killers. Truthfully, this show started off a little slow and it didn’t follow the format I was expecting… but it was fascinating. The show is based off the book of the same title authored real-life FBI agent, John Douglas.

What have you been loving lately?

Hurricane Irma

It’s been a crazy week in the Hancock household in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. We started hearing about this huge category 5 hurricane over a week before it even made landfall. Ray and I are both Florida natives, so we’re pretty familiar with tropical storm and hurricane threats. In fact, about 5 years ago during a tropical storm, a tree fell on our house. We know the drill. Get clean water, charge the devices, prepare snacks, find flashlights, gas up the cars.

With hurricane Irma showing up just weeks after devastating hurricane Harvey over Texas, the entire state of Florida was in panic mode. I went to Publix last Tuesday, 6 days before north Florida felt any impact, and they were completely out of bottled water. In fact all of our local grocery stores ran out of water as soon as they received new shipments. The same was happening with gas and bread and canned goods. It was truly nuts. WHO NEEDS SO MUCH BREAD?!?! The Keys and Miami were put under a mandatory evacuation, so thousands of people were driving north up the the state, passing right by Lake City. This just added to the craziness… and lack of gas.

Ray and I both went to work as normal on Friday. We hung out, slept in, did our laundry, washed our dishes, and then attended a hurricane party Saturday night. I woke up early Sunday morning because it had already started raining and I was on edge. The news had been so conflicting. One minute we were going to see a direct category 5 hit. The next minute we were going to just experience outer tropical storm bands. The storm was predicted to travel either the east coast of Florida, the west coast, or just go straight up the middle. We just didn’t know what we were in for.

Sunday evening we had a few friends over to play a game and podcast. Our friend, Charles, brought over tons of food so we had a true feast. By midnight, the storm was wild! The air pressure was heavy, the wind was blowing like crazy, and the temperatures had dropped down to the low 60’s. Honestly, as scary as it can be, experiencing minor hurricanes can be really fascinating. We stood out on the porch for a while just watching the wind and the rain. Around 2:00am, we lost power (boo) and went to bed around 3:00am.

Monday morning was full of wind and rain. Once the worst past over us, we ventured out to survey the damage. Lake City was really lucky and only saw minimal damage compared to other counties in the state. There was some flooding, trees down, and LOTS of power outages. Probably 90% of our county lost power. We were out of power until Tuesday evening and there are still people waiting for their power to return! Unfortunately, many roads and bridges are closed and flooding is expected to get even worse in the next few days.

Living without power is, well, not awesome… but we tried to make the best of it. Ray used our tiny grill and cast iron skillet to cook up several meals. Temperatures were uncharacteristically mild, so we were only warm and not sweltering without a/c. I spent Tuesday reading, cleaning up the yard, and hanging out on our porch and balcony.

So, that’s pretty much what we’ve been dealing with over the past few days. Hurricanes are no joke! I hope you and your family are safe and at home!

San Francisco Weekend

I spent a golden weekend in the golden state celebrating my friend Jenna’s birthday. We visited Chinatown, the mission district, the full house house, Sausalito, the ferry building, and Ghirardelli square. We walked 35 miles (this is almost accurate), climbed so many hills, rode a cable car, explored Muir Woods, and biked across the Golden Gate Bridge. We ate delicious food and drank not enough cocktails. We packed so much into three days! This was my first time visiting San Francisco and hopefully won’t be my last. It was a wonderful weekend and I wanted to share some of my photos with you!