Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cranberry Orange Relish and Thanksgiving


 It's beginning to look a lot like Thanksgiving here... 

What are your plans for the holiday weekend?


Every year we spend Thanksgiving with my husband's family.  It seems like the weather is almost always just perfect and we spend a lot of time playing outside after a huge, delicious meal. 


I only have to contribute a few dishes and today I got a head start by making a cranberry relish.  This relish is made with cranberries and oranges... it's tart and sweet at the same time and brings back so many memories.  My mom always made this relish and a traditional cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. 


4 cups of cranberries and 1 quartered orange (including the peel) get thrown into the blender (or a food processor) until the mixture is thoroughly chopped.  Then add almost 2 cups of sugar and blend again until just mixed. 


 The relish tastes best after sitting in the refrigerator at least overnight.   

But Jillian and I have already sneaked in several samplings... just to make sure it tastes all right, of course. 


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and always has been.  Each year I find that I have so much to be thankful for...this year I count your friendships among my many blessings. 

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!  I hope you have a wonderful holiday and weekend.  

26 comments:

  1. I just want to squeeze your cute girls in those adorable dresses. Have the best Thanksgiving ever!

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family !!!You have a great looking family and home

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Look how sweet those little darlings are- the very best part of Thanksgiving is the family we are surrounded by. Blessings...I am thankful to have found your friendship here- xo Diana

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  4. Sweet pics of your girls! their dresses are adorable! happy thanksgiving to you too!

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  5. Oh I wish those dresses came in big girl sizes! The girls are adorable.

    Hope you and your family have a beautiful Thanksgiving.....

    Sarah xo

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  6. Have a blessed Thanksgiving Andrea! The girls are so cute. I miss sewing matching dresses for my two.

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  7. That relish looks delicious and so simple. Will have to try it, as I love cranberries. Your girls look like they are ready to party. The dresses are so cute. Did you make them? I am thankful for so many things, including your blog, as it always rekindles my memories of my young mommy days. Blessings Andrea to you and your family.

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  8. Your cranberry orange relish looks wonderful. Your food photos are so beautiful.

    The girls look precious in their dresses. Did you make them?

    Happy Thanksgiving friend. So thankful to know you and your sweet family.

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  9. I WILL BE BLESSED WITH MY FAMILY ALL TOGETHER. HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

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  10. We always get together with my family for lunch and my husbands for dinner. We get plenty to eat :) Your cranberry orange relish looks yummy, I will have to try it.

    Blessings to you and your family and a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  11. Like everybody else is saying....

    So adorable. Those dresses! I love the bare toes. This reminded me of a time - at Christmas - one year where the weather was so warm (in PA!) we were playing outdoors barefoot. I least we thought we NEEDED to be, you know?

    I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving. Ah, that relish with a side of turkey sounds fabulous. (smile!)

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  12. I am making my cranberry orange relish today..love your version of it!!...and your girls are just the cutest!!...I so love their outfits..Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your beautiful family!!

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  13. Such cute girls you have, and those dresses! Adorable!

    I love that cranberry relish, but I use a food mill attachment on my KitchenAid mixer. It makes it more chunky. I love its fresh taste! This year I'm making Ina Garten's cranberry conserve, which is also excellent. Happy Thanksgiving to you!
    Claudia

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving Andrea! Wishing you a wonderful holiday.

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  15. I go all out with my Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, but one thing I never seem to make homemade is cranberry sauce/relish. I usually go with canned, but I really need to try my hand at this. It helps that you can make it ahead, too =) Your girls are so sweet. I have 3 girls, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

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  16. Your girls are so adorable! The dresses they're wearing are cute, too! One of my favorite Thanksgiving sides has to be the cranberry relish, sauce, etc. This recipe look easy and delicious!
    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Leslie

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  17. I love those dresses!! The girls are adorable. I love the flavor of cranberry an orange together. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Cynthia

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  18. What sweet baby girls!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  19. Your girls are just beautiful. You are so blessed. And I'm so glad you won the in the Country Living event. You had my vote(s). Love your house--so clean and uncluttered. Best wish for a blessed and safe Thanksgiving. Blessings, Sharon D.

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  20. Your daughters look adorable in their holiday dresses! My sister and I are 1 year apart and my mother always sewed matching dresses for us. Your photos bring back memories of earlier times.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Andrea!

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  21. Oh, the girls are too sweet! I sure miss my little ones now that they are big. They kinda won't go for the matching dresses anymore, but if they did, they'd be wearing those. I've been looking for a new cranberry recipe and now I've found it. We will be trying that relish. Have a wonderful holiday!

    ~Lynn

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  22. Your cranberry relish looks amazing! Have a wonderful holiday!! ~ Jamie

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  23. The girls' dresses are just adorable! Enjoy your day with your family.
    Brenda

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  24. Looks delicious, and those little girls are beyond adorable!! Love their dresses.

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  25. I am sure that is delicious - as I love orange and cranberry together -

    your girls are adorable!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  26. The girls look lovely in their matching outfits! : ) Those dresses are absolutely adorable!

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