I know that sounds awful, but that sweetened cream cheese can be made ahead of time and laid out for those hangry, slightly impatient, wonderful family members waiting on their chance at the stuffing.
I need to announce that I feel like a real adult today. Like an adult that makes fancy things in her kitchen that are completely easy and she only impresses herself with.
Yes. I you can just imagine Tom Hanks in Cast Away during the “I made fire” scene. That was me. In my kitchen. Pounding my chest while hovering over my stove.
Okay…maybe a slight variation of that, but basically the same accomplishment.
I have always been a canned cranberry sauce kinda girl. You know that equally magical yet grotesque moment where you release the ‘sauce’ from its canned prison and BOOM canned shape cranberry heaven.
It will always have its special place in my heart ?
But this ?grown up? totally took on the challenge of real cranberry sauce and it worked like a charm. And (pretend you don’t already know this) it was SO easy! Literally a quick boil of some sugar and spices and throw in those cranberries and just watch them burst, making it all sauuucaaayyy.
All that color swirled through your cream cheese and crunchy texture from the pecans and your guests won’t know what to do with themselves!?
But even more than the food, I can’t help but get a little sentimental during Thanksgiving Day. I have so many sweet memories and have always had family to surround me. So much to be thankful for ?
This thanksgiving is especially memorable since it will be my first Thanksgiving as the host. *aww* I know…I’m all grown up guys HA.
With the chance to make the day special for everyone with music playing, candles lit, inviting smells and details to polish the table off, I am taken back to the first thanksgiving that I contributed to my Mom’s lovely spread.
It wasn’t food, like you may expect, it was a poem ??.
You guys…I don’t do that whole rhyming thing…not one bit of rhyming skillz in my bones…my sister got that gene. But I remember feeling so thankful that year and the words just flowed for one time in my life. I think it was kinda even good, you guys!!?
What is a favorite Thanksgiving memory you have?
I love these types of stories so please share ?
If you don’t I will just assume you are all at the store grabbing your bag of cranberries before the store is cleaned out completely.
Happy Thanksgiving sweet readers! This blog is close to my heart and something I am definitely thankful for this year!?
I love having a way to connect with all of my internet foodie fraaaandz!
- ⅓ less fat cream cheese
- crushed or chopped pecans
- 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
- ½-3/4 cup brown sugar*
- 2 tbsp. 100% orange juice
- ½ tsp. all spice
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Add sugar, spices and orange juice to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
- Add cranberries, cover and lower heat to medium, stirring occasionally.
- Allow to cook about 3-5 minutes or until almost all cranberries have burst and liquid has reduced.
- Set aside and allow to cool.
- Add cream cheese to a food processor or mixer and allow to whip (or you can do it by hand).
- Add ¼ cup of cooled cranberry sauce and fold in, combining slightly.
- Chill until ready to serve with remaining cranberry sauce and crushed pecans on top or on the side.