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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! 

Cooking with Alli: Sweet Potato Casserole

sp3I’m not sure who made the decision to consider sweet potato casserole a side rather than a dessert, but I would like to thank them. Seriously though, sweet potatoes are the best! This recipe came from my grandmother and was a huge hit at all my thanksgiving events! I’m a southern lady and in the south we top our sweet potato casseroles with butter, brown sugar and pecans… but, if you would like to add some marshmellows into the mix be my guest!

Here’s what you need:
3 c. mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato puree
1/2 c sugar
1 T. vanilla
8 oz. cream cheese
2 eggs
dash of saltsp 2

I like to make my own mashed sweet potatoes. To do this I chopped 4 large sweet potatoes into 5 or 6 peices each and boiled them until they were fork-tender. You could also bake them in the oven. Next, mash away! Let mashed sweet potatoes cool and add in the rest of your ingredients. Put mixture into a casserole dish. Now for the good stuff…sp 1

1 c chopped pecans
1 c. crushed corn flakes
1/2 – 3/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c (1 stick) melted butter

Mix the first 3 ingredients and put on top of sweet potatoes.  Drizzle  melted butter over top.  Bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees.  Make sure the center is done and
not jiggly! Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello everyone! We just wanted to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! We spent the day with family and are now relaxing at home. It’s been wonderful. We debated on going and braving the stores tonight, but decided on staying home, drinking cider and shopping online.