The Holidays

JoAnne’s Orange Apple Cranberry Sauce

I have to be honest – I don’t like “the holidays.”

I don’t like the stress, I don’t like the commercialism, I don’t like the feeling of trying to pick out the perfect present, I don’t like spending hours in the kitchen cooking a meal that is gone in 20 minutes, especially when the food is not something I love, I don’t like how it’s become political… I could go on and on. Probably not the right attitude for a day called “thanksgiving.”

Years ago, I worked at Kmart. I worked there for around 12 years, doing everything from cashier, camera/jewelry, merchandising, pricing, and assistant manager.

That job beat every bit of Christmas spirit out of me. I can’t stand the music, I can’t stand the crowds, and I really really hate the people. All of them. Everyone.

My guy has tried to slowly, over the last 10 years, to make me remember the good parts of Christmas. He has had very little success. I am absolutely a grinch.

And I don’t like Thanksgiving much either. I’m not a big fan of turkey, and I don’t see why you need 20 different side dishes.

Delicious real cranberry sauce

So now that is out of the way – just because I don’t like them doesn’t mean I don’t participate. I cooked for hours yesterday – no matter how hard I plan, or how many shortcuts I come up with, there’s just no way around it. It’s a lot of food, and then a lot of clean-up afterwards. (Fortunately, my guy is VERY good about handling the clean-up.)

Cranberries and diced apple

I made my usual cranberry sauce this year, and I thought I’d share that with you, because honestly, it is SO easy, and SO much better than canned that it’s just nuts not to make it. And you make it the day before and stick it in the refrigerator, and there’s nothing left to do with it. SO easy. (Hmm hmm, Bridgette.)

Add sugar and spices

Buy a bag of cranberries. I actually just used half a bag this year, since there were only 3 of us eating. I froze the other half of the bag – they freeze great, and I’ll definitely find a use for them later.

Stir it and cook it

Throw them in a sauce pan, add orange juice, apple, sugar and spices. Put on a lid and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Stir it occasionally. If it doesn’t seem thick (keep in mind it’ll thicken as it cools) or the cranberries haven’t “popped” cook it a few minutes more. Done.

Very close to finished, most of the cranberries have burst.

JoAnne’s Orange Apple Cranberry Sauce

12 ounce bag of cranberries

1-2 apples diced up – I used a Fuji

1 cup orange juice

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

2 pinches of ground clove

Published by JoAnne

Homebody extraordinaire

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