Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cranberry Sage Shrub

This Christmas I have a slight (or not so slight) cranberry theme going on. So when I saw this recipe on Pinterest I was so excited. But I wanted to make sure it was good so we made a small batch to test it out. 

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Cranberries
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 fresh sage leaves
  • Place the cranberries on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake them for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F, until they start to pop and juices start. 
Once they cool place in a quart size jar and then add the sugar. Then seal jar and place in a cool dark place for at least 5 hours. I kept ours in the fridge overnight.  

Next add the vinegar and sage then back in the fridge for at least 24 hours. 

Once the 24 hours are up then strain the liquid into a new jar.  
To serve add two tablespoons of shrub to a highball glass and finish off with ginger ale or club soda. The flavor has a great sweet cranberry taste with a vinegar bite at the end. Its a different taste but its pretty good. 
~ Cassi
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Friday, November 21, 2014

More than Taking Notice

Today is Five Minute Fridays so lets link up and write
So I write for Five minute, no edits, no re dos and at the end I will see if there are pictures from my week Instagram feed that match the words of this week.
Topic: Notice
 
"It is easy to sit up and take notice,
What is difficult is getting up and taking action." ~Honore de Balzac
 
Tis the season of gift giving, parties and memories. But it is also the season where the media comes out in full force to remind us of the those with less.
We take notice of the marginalized.
We see the signs for Operation Christmas Child.
We hear the bells of the Salvation Army.
We watch the toys pile up for Toys for Tots.
 
Are we having difficulty getting up and taking action?
Does our buying habits show we've done more than take notice?
 
This year I am working on taking action. figuring out ways to help.
Buying from shops that help others and giving to those in need.
 
Not so that others will take notice of my actions but so that I take notice of my actions.
That I can form habits of giving and shopping that help on a local and global scale.
 
Where and for whom are you shopping for this season?
 
~Cassi
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