Tomorrow (the first) starts this year’s round of 31 Days of Baking.
With any luck, my oven won’t die this year-or if it does, it doesn’t take a month to get a new burner element this time.
Forgive me the accidentally snarky title. It’s not intended.
I did intend on writing you a new post for today but I’m exhausted. Between the holiday and the broken sink and a promotion at work and trying to deep clean the apartment (sorry Mom, I know you’re coming here tomorrow but this apartment will not be to your standard. I’m still working on the Purge), I’m just tired.
Somehow I doubt I’m going to be seeing sugar plums tonight, though.
This was a complete and utter accident. Or at the least it was very unplanned.
But I’m seriously considering always making my cranberries like this.
This makes a fairly small amount of sauce-it was only the two of us this year, and I’m the only one who eats cranberries. But it’s insanely simple to scale up-just remember that liquid and sugar are always half of the volume of the berries (so 1 cup juice to 2 cups berries).
You could make this plain, and I have that recipe listed in the archives. However, there’s something about the combination of orange juice and whiskey that makes these berries amazing.
Roughly 6 ounces whole cranberries (about half of an average sized bag)
1 cup orange juice
Roughly 1/2 shot whiskey
1 cup sugar
Over medium low heat, cook all until the berries start popping.You might want a splatter screen. Once the berries start popping, let cook down about 20 minutes more or until it’s reduced by about a quarter.
Place in a bowl and cool in the fridge. The sauce will thicken as it sits as the pectin in the berries starts to gel.
*This is a variation of the Ball Blue Book cranberry sauce, and should be safe to BWB can if you wanted to, but the recipe written to this scale probably won’t produce enough sauce to make it worth it.
They’re given in no particular order, and they don’t have to be ‘huge’. They just have to be the things that you’re glad to have had throughout the year.
Feel free to write and post your own list (though crediting The Frugal Girl would be nice).
10. The military
11. New beginnings
12. Endings to situations
17. Steady work
18. Mid finding new steady work
19. Safety through the snow
21. Adequate food
22. This neighborhood
23. Reliable vehicles
25. Clean water
26. Body scrub
31. Financial advances
32. Paying off one of my two student loans and a car loan
36. The Internet
37. Blog readers
38. New blog networks
39. Social networking
40. A solid support base
41. Finding a solid medical team
42. A treatment plan
43. Finding a support group
45. New cookware
46. Indoor plumbing
47. Junk food
49. The ability to help
50. The gift of a new year
I just downloaded The Shining back onto my Kindle.
I’m not telling you this just for blog fodder. If I wanted to just talk, I’d tell you about the week I’ve been having-because while the net result is positive, it’s been eventful (including discovering the length of my kitchen pipe has been cracked for who knows how long and dumping into the basement).
Next month is December, and December is for The Shining.
There are certain books I read at certain times-the big two being American Gods in May and The Shining in December. I don’t really have a good relationship with winter, though I think that may change this year. I don’t know why I say that other than a lack of my normal brooding angst headed into the month.
Somehow The Shining has come to stand for all of my darkness towards winter. Maybe you’d have to live in Buffalo to get it, I don’t know. The only other book that may touch it would be Storm of the Century. I don’t know what it is with Stephen King and snow. There is also something about the madness that runs through the novel. I don’t want to say that I recognize it…but maybe I do.
I just walked in on Mid watching the Kindle light go on and off when he closed the cover, like when you discover that the fridge light goes on and off when you close the door. He might have been standing in a dark bathroom at the time.
Maybe this madness really is a Buffalo thing.
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