Apple and Pear Cranberry Sauce
I hope everyone had a relaxing and grateful Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving has been a very special one for my family and I. Last year, my aunt and uncle were in a life-threatening car accident caused by a truck running a red light. We spent the holidays in the hospital not knowing if they would make it to next year. They are both doing much better and are both home now. They will continue to make strides towards reclaiming their lives back and starting with having a traditional holiday season will help.
We take the holidays VERY seriously in our house. There is no Christmas music until desert time on Thanksgiving. Everyone has their specific dishes that they have to make. (One year my mom put snow peas in the green bean casserole. We won’t let her live that one down) My cousin and I make ridiculous turkey hands for placemats. There is a lot of yelling (We’re Italian and we talk really loud) but most of all; it’s enjoying each other’s company while eating delicious food.
I made a yummy Apple and Pear Cranberry Sauce this year (someone accidently forgot the regular cranberry sauce at home). My aunt only had one bag of cranberries so I searched in the refrigerator and found a pear and some apples. I thought, why not? It ended up being amazing and I will continue to use this recipe from now on!
What you need:
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1 pear, peeled and chopped
1 bag of whole cranberries
1/2 cup of fresh apple cider
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup of water
1 1/2 cups of sugar
What to do:
In a saucepan, sauté the apple and pear with a splash of apple cider. In a separate saucepan, add the apple cider, orange juice, water, and sugar. On low heat, bring the mixture to a boil while stirring constantly. (You don’t want the sugar to burn). Once the apple and pear mixture is soft, add the cranberries and your liquid mixture. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Cook for about 10 minutes. Let the mixture cool before putting it in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
We should not wait one day a year to express our gratitude and thankfulness for the wonderful things we have in our lives. We should start everyday by counting our blessings and expressing gratitude in everything we do. Xoxo