November 21, 2011

The day I fell down the stairs...

Today, I did something stupid.

After a whirlwind lunch break, (full of grocery shopping, laundry folding, dishwasher emptying, and food eating) I raced down our stairs to head back to the office to make it in time for a meeting.  I did not take into consideration, however, the lethal combination of our stairs (crafted out of a soft wood) and my stiletto heels. I was about halfway from the bottom when my left heel stuck and I tumbled, head over heels - literally - down our wood stairs, landing on the tile below.
So my wrists, legs, and ankles are quite bruised and I feel pretty silly.  But that's not the point.

Cranberry Sauce is the point.   In case you are in a panic, as Thanksgiving is a mere 3 (THREE!) days away, and you refuse to buy cranberry sauce from the store, I have your answer.

You see, after falling down the stairs, I decided to make Cranberry Sauce.  Unrelated, but whatever.  So here, my friends, is the easiest recipe ever for this Thanksgiving staple.
(Recipe from Jennie)
Spice Scented Cranberry Sauce from Jennie
Makes about one quart
One 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark is fine)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Add all the ingredients to a heavy-bottomed 2-quart pot, and stir to combine. Cover pot and bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
Remove lid, reduce heat to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and jam-like, about 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool to room temperature or chill before serving. May be prepared and stored in a glass container 3 to 4 days in advance.

Aaaaahhhh, and now my home smells like the holidays!

Also, I made simple Cranberry Sauce, in case our family doesn't love the spiced version.
To make it "regular," simply omit spices and replace water with orange juice.

And now, we can celebrate in style.  Bruises and all...

PS - Who has two thumbs and is finally heading home tomorrow (after being away for over 6 months)????

Happy Thanksgiving, All!
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  1. OUCH! I hope you are okay! Do you have a chiropractor? Owies aside, you are so funny. And I would love to try your cranberry sauce. =)


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