Exciting News and Cranberry Relish Recipe


contributor News!!
~Image by Jen Ramos
Raise your hand if you're a new food contributor for Made By Girl? (Y'all can't see now, but I'm raising my hand and smiling so much my cheeks hurt.) YESSS, it's me! I'm really excited about this opportunity. There are some great contributors on board, and I'm very lucky to be a part of Jen's beautiful blog. Click HERE to see more. I'll post a link to each recipe that's posted as soon as they come up.
Today I've got a recipe that I hope you'll find timely and tempting. Need an alternative to canned cranberry sauce for this year's turkey? Enter cranberry relish. I know many families make something similar to this, but this is how I grew up eating it. It's such a simple recipe and tastes so delicious that you'll wonder why you ever sliced and served up that artificially flavored/colored canned gel. I usually save some to eat after dinner with whipped cream. It's my pre-dessert treat that falls somewhere between a third helping of dressing and the first piece of pecan pie. It's that good.
*I use all organic ingredients in my recipes, but this will still taste delicious if organics are not used.
1. Wash and rough chop 1 cup of cranberries. Set into food processor, but do not turn on.
2. Wash and peel 1 apple. Cut into cubes and add to the cranberries.
3. Peel and cut 2 oranges. Squeeze the juice of two additional oranges. Add both to the food processor.
4. Add the zest of a lemon and juice from half of the lemon.
5. Add 1/2 cup of sugar. (If you want it more on the tart side, add less and keep adding to taste.)
6. Pulse several times and stir if needed before using a medium speed in the food processor until it is the desired consistency.

Remember that tough situation I mentioned in October? Well, things have gotten much more complicated as of late...This Thanksgiving will be one where we count our blessings and pray for wisdom in dealing with a very delicate and difficult matter. 

We are hoping for peace and resolve to come soon, but cannot see that in the near future. Perhaps practicing thankfulness through this will shape us into the kind of people who are grateful for even the smallest of joys. This is what I'm praying.

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  1. Congrats on being a contributor! This recipe looks awesome

  2. Congrats on the new position! I'm smiling here for you:) And I hope your situation gets better. Even when things seem hopeless, God's still in control. I know that's easier to say than believe, but coming from a girl who's had a rough year, I can testify that it's so true. Praying for you!

  3. First of all congrats on the great news! I can't wait to see what you do!! Second of all I'm sorry you're going through a hard time. I'm a pretty private person but from time to time I do get personal on my blog and recently did this summer and it was hard because I too feel like there is all this perfection going on in the design blog world and I didn't feel too perfect but I ended up writing about it http://housetoyourhome.com/2011/09/12/not-so-much-the-welcome-back-i-was-hoping-for/ because I wanted people to know that if they had gone through what I had they weren't the only one, it was also nice for me for people to reach out and share their stories. I think being honest only brings good things in return. I hope things get better for you!

  4. So happy for you - your recipes are always Beautiful! I hope you have a sweet Thanksgiving, full of simple joys. My family has seen so many difficult and stressful Thanksgivings over the years, but there's always much to still be grateful for.

  5. Excited to be on the Made by Girl team with you! :-)

  6. Congratulations on being a contributor on Made By Girl's blog! This recipe looks awesome! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    By the way, I am hosting a fabulous giveaway. So come by and enter for a chance to win a $65 gift certificate by Pillows By Dezign (decorative designer pillows store)!


  7. Thanks Kim, Jessie and JMay (heading your way:)
    @Kat-I appreciate the prayers more thatn you know. @ Cailan-thanks for the encouragement and sweet words. @ Laurie- thank you so much for the thoughtful response...I've found myself encouraged by others sharing their struggles and how they are dealing. Heading your way now.

  8. Congratulations on the new position! Praying for peace for you!

  9. This recipe sounds yummy!

    I'm a relatively new follower, so I don't know your situation, but will be praying for God's grace and mercy to be evident. (His grace and mercy are always present- we just don't always see them.) May you see miracles and joy!

  10. This is a fun new take with apples on the cranberry sauce!

    I know what you mean about a lot of bloggers seeming to have their lives all together. I definitely hear you! I will be praying for you for sure. God always provides to those who have faith in him, but I completely understand how sometimes it seems like you can't tell when the sun will pop out next or even if it will! Just remember, God always has our best interest at heart, we just can't always see how. Appreciate the small things today. :)




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