We're planning a low key Thanksgiving with family. The shop is in fast and fury speed and the holidays are approaching quickly. I picked up a turkey for roasting and some cranberries for juicing and to make my moms old fashioned cranberry salad. When I was growing up I have fond memories of her making the simple festive salad. She had an old grinder that attached to the side of our counter top. The aromatic fresh fruit fragrance filled the air. Not much to it, fresh cranberries and oranges, pecans. I believe my moms recipes favor old time Southern ones. I found the vintage recipe here. I consider it a salad type, but I guess officially it's considered a relish. At any rate, it's yummy with turkey and gravy!
I made Cranberry Chutney! A tradition at our house. The little jars are sitting on the kitchen table awaiting some holiday wrappings. The chutney is not hard to make but takes about four hours to prepare. A mild water bath or canning method is used. Cranberries, orange, pineapple, raisins, and then interesting enough, garlic, cayenne, clove, fresh ginger. A sweet, spicy condiment that helps to make a leftover turkey sandwich a gourmet treat! Just say'in.
The Christmas Cake...
Every year I choose a special cake to serve at my family dinner on Christmas Eve. The Soft Gingerbread Cake with Sugared Cranberries. Isn't it lovely? The blog in which I found the cake recipe is equally as lovely. The blog and the cake recipe can be found here.
The following Friday, Saturday and our holiday open house kicks in the season officially. It you don't hear from me for awhile, you'll know I'm busy assisting Santa and the elves. Santa put in an extra large order for soap and lip balms this year. By the way, the new orange vanilla lip balm is the bomb! The Holiday Lip Bomb, I mean Balm!
Off to the fabric store to get a couple yards of red ticking. Who doesn't like red ticking? I ask you... Maybe a bolt of linen. My fabric of choice nowadays. Prefer Irish Linen.
Enjoy caring and sharing holidays.
Jill 00 (two hugs are better than one) especially during the holidays!