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15 Cran-tastic Cranberry Recipes

For as long as I can remember, my favorite part of our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals was almost always the cranberry sauce.  I don’t know why…probably because my dad made it from scratch and it just made everything taste 1,000 times better, but I’m a sucker for those little tart berries!

And though they pack a big punch, cranberries are actually delicious in basically any type of food.  Combine them with cream cheese, goat cheese, or orange zest for a zing of flavor…bake them into cakes, muffins, cookie bars, or add them to smoothies and oatmeal.

If you love cranberries, you’re going to love this collection of cran-tastic cranberry recipes.  From simple cakes and cheesecakes to adventurous pancakes, sweet rolls, donuts and even ICE CREAM, these recipes are sure to become holiday favorites!

15 Cran-tastic Cranberry Recipes

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  1. No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake
  2. Cranberry Shrub
  3. Bacon Cranberry Cheese Tartlets
  4. Cranberry Orange Dutch Baby
  5. Cranberry Cream Cheese Crumble Bars
  6. Orange Cranberry Relish
  7. Frozen Cranberry Spice Cocktail
  8. Cranberry White Chocolate Scones
  9. Chocolate Cranberry Cake
  10. Andouille Sausage Appetizer Bites
  11. Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
  12. Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls
  13. Cranberry Cherry Ribbon Cookies
  14. Cranberry Ice Cream
  15. Cranberry White Chocolate Donuts

Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 

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November 23, 2017 · 8:16 am

14 Ways to Hygge Your Thanksgiving

Last week we talked about how to embrace the Danish lifestyle of hygge.  Are you a convert yet?  If not, today’s post might do you in!

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Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are basically hygge by nature.  Comforting food, spending time with family and friends…all the things you probably love about Thanksgiving and Christmas are the very definition of hygge.

If you’re looking for creative and easy ways to bring hygge into your home this Thanksgiving, you don’t have to try very hard.  These 14 clever and rustic ideas are great for giving your home a comforting, warm, hygge feel that will make guests all the more thankful!

14 Ways to Hygge Your Thanksgiving

DIY Leaf Bowl

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Printable Napkin Holder

napkin rings

Fabric Pumpkins

fabric pumpkins

Gold Painted Pumpkins

painted pumpkins

Heart-Stamped Leaves

leaf hearts

Copper Striped Candles

copper candles

Knit Coaster

knit coasters

Stuffed Fabric Pumpkins

hat pumpkins

Gold Dipped Candles

gold dipped candle

Leaf Place Holders

placecards

Gourd Candles

votives

Gratitude Sphere

thankful globe

Knit Leaves

knit leaves

Felt Garland

felt garland

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Adorable Little Crocheted Pumpkins

It’s FINALLY fall in Chicago!

For a few days there, Chicago was experiencing weird 80 degree fall days and I was having NONE OF IT.  BRING ON THE SWEATER WEATHER!

To help cozy up my house for cool weather, I decided to make a couple of these adorable little crocheted pumpkins.  Aren’t they the cutest?!

crocheted pumpkins

This pattern is very forgiving and you can make a whole series of pumpkins smaller and bigger than this by stopping or continuing your increase rows.

You can find this pattern at 5littlemonsters.com.  I made two of the “large” pumpkins, but there’s also a pattern for a pumpkin about half the size of these.

You can also add a little face for a fun jack-o-lantern or just leave them as is to decorate your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving!  I think I might even make some pumpkins in a series of fall colors to help cozy up the living room!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my loyal readers!  Eat and be merry this holiday season!!

With love,

Melissa

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Popcorn-Stuffed Paper Turkey

What’s more nerve wracking than a house full of family and friends?  A house full of family, friends, and their kids!  But don’t go gobbling off mad and frustrated…keep those little turkeys entertained with this super fun kids table!

Thanksgiving Kids Table

What You Need:

3-4 bags of popcorn, non-buttered

1 large paper grocery bag

2 small brown lunch bags

Hot glue gun

Scissors

White paper for frills on turkey

1. For the frill, take a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11″ white paper and cut it in half lengthwise. Fold the paper in half lengthwise and make small cuts with a pair of scissors on the folded half to create loops.

2. For the drumsticks, make one hand into a fist and stick it inside the lunch bag. With your other flat hand, press on the bag to mold and smash it down into a more rounded shape. Fill the bag 2/3 of the way with popcorn. Gather up the bottom of the bag and twist to keep it tight. Hot glue the beginning of the length of frill and wrap it around the bottom, twisted part of the lunch bag. Then hot glue the end of the white paper frill to keep it in place.

3. For the main bag, do the same thing as the drumstick to make the corners rounded. Fill the bag up full with popcorn. Fold the sides of the bag in and tuck the bottom edge under. Hot glue the edge shut. Hot glue the legs onto the sides of the “turkey.” It’s best to use a plain brown bag, but if you can only find one with writing on the outside, you can carefully turn the bag inside out and it will be just fine. Easy Peasy.

Cover the kids table with a paper table cloth and scatter crayons and markers on the table.  Have them draw what they’re thankful for or start a contest for the most creative turkey drawing.  Kids will have fun digging into the popcorn turkey while the grownups wine and dine and you won’t have to worry about kids stepping under your feet!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, ALL!

Thanks to One Charming Party for this awesome idea!

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