Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving contributions

We missed out on hosting Thanksgiving this year, so I only have a small list of items that we'll be making.

Honey Wheat Rolls (hubby found the recipe and might still be changing his mind...I'll update later)

Pilgrim Hat Cookies (these are SO adorable that I just have to try them... unfortunately, I'll have to eat more than my fair share of them because my mother-in-law thinks that chocolate and peanut butter combined comes straight from the devil)
Here's how mine turned out:

Cranberry Sauce (made this for Christmas last year, it's already a favorite)

my "famous" Cranberry Tea. This recipe is so easy and so delicious, you have to try it!
Ingredients (I'll be doubling it)
4 tea bags
2 C. boiling water
32 oz. cranberry juice (or cranberry + another flavor juice--Cranberry Raspberry is really good)
1/3 - 1/2 C. dried cranberries (optional)
1/3 C. sugar
1 lemon, sliced 1/4" thickness OR a healthy squirt of lemon juice
4 cinnamon sticks (depending on how large they are)
If you'd like to go for the "mulled" flavor, add 6 whole cloves.

Place tea bags in Crock Pot. Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and let steep for ~5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Stir in cranberry juice, cranberries (if desired), sugar, lemon, and cinnamon sticks. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or on high for 1-2 hours.
Remove and discard lemon (if using slices) and cinnamon sticks.

The cranberries will plump up as this warms. I like having the bits of fruit in the tea. If you have leftovers, chill in refrigerator. This is also VERY good cold! I don't enjoy the cranberries as much in the cold tea, but you might like it.

This is a great recipe to throw together after supper before you go out for a crisp fall walk. Walk in the house with the rosy cheeks and nose and have a warm pot of tea waiting for you and filling the house with delicious aromas. Ahhhh! (Can you tell we've done this more than once?)


  1. This looks delicious and I'm going to try it. Thanks!

  2. Your little pilgrim hats turned out great! So glad you liked them! :)

  3. Mindy, I have to say that I disagree with your mother-in-law on this one. The combination is absolutely heavenly! I love your recipe for the ice tea. What a wonderful fresh drink this would be after all the heavy (peanut butter and chocolate) food on Christmas or Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing your goodies on the boardwalk Bragfest!

  4. Oooh... I bet my friend would LOVE this! She's a big fan of tea AND cranberries!

    Thanks for linking this recipe up! I hope you'll stop by this week to link up more great recipes :)

  5. You had me @ cranberry.


    If you have a minute...please link up this deliciousness at my new party...
    Creative Juice Thursday!

  6. I add cranberry juice to iced tea in the summer. I never thought of doing it for hot tea! I'm so gonna try this.

  7. That sounds good, too! I might have to adapt my summer iced tea recipe... ;-)

  8. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Juice Thursdays...

    Hope to see you back this week for round two! (Link will be up Wednesday night and I will announce the featured bloggers as well!)


  9. This seems easy enough. I love tea and cranberry but I have never made my own tea before. Does it taste good cool?

  10. That sounds delicious! I love cranberry juice, so this would be perfect for me. Thanks so much for linking up with Recipe Sharing Monday! :D


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