Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Home for the Holidays

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Holidays are a time for giving and for sharing, so I'll be doing a little of both here. To start, I'm sharing a holiday recipe. Truth be told, I'm not much of a cook. My talents lie elsewhere, if you know what I mean ;-)

So, here is a very simple recipe for a delicious holiday cranberry sauce...on the spicy side, like my fiction.

Spicy Cranberry Sauce

12-oz pkg fresh cranberries
1-3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until berries pop and the mixture thickens, about 20 minutes. Transfer to serving bowl and refrigerate until chilled.

Now it's time for HOLIDAY GIVING! 
From me...

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D.J. didn’t skip a beat when Roxie led him to her closet. He started to go through her wardrobe, which took a considerable amount of time. He finally held up a tiny red slip dress, with several rows of narrow rhinestone straps that crisscrossed in back. 
“Try this one on for me. And take your hair down, please.” 
Roxie rolled her eyes at him, but took the dress into her dressing area and put it on. The bodice of the dress was very small and the thin, clingy fabric barely covered her nipples, emphasizing her full, round breasts. The back of the dress dipped down to right above the crack in her derriere. The dress was so short that she could not bend over without exposing her cheeks. She had only one pair of tiny panties that could be worn with this dress, and she slipped on the lace thong, which was attached to a tiny triangle of material that barely covered the intended area. She came out of the dressing room, expecting him to say, “Forget it.” 
“Perfect! Now put on these shoes.” He held out a pair of Stuart Weitzman high-heel sandals with a rhinestone ball decorating the clear strap across her toes. 
“D.J., are you sure? This is the dress I wore last Halloween to a ‘Pimp and Prostitute’ party.”
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  1. My son loves spicy foods and he loves his cranberries at the holidays so I may have to make this for him :)

  2. I'm going to put on 10lb just working my way through this hop.l.o.l. Love it.
    Have a good hop.

  3. Thank you! Awesome recipe.

  4. Thank you! Awesome recipe

  5. So many new recipes to try. This one sounds really good.
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  6. Love seeing all the recipes. jonesjnd (at) yahoo (dot) com

  7. This recipe sounds great. We always have to have that cranberry sauce for the holidays, it just wouldn't be the same without it, and I would love to see the looks on the faces of those who eat it this year if they got some good homemade stuff instead of the usual canned kind! I bet they would love! Thank you for sharing!

    The Prince Charming Hoax sounds like a great book. The last line, the one about the Pimp and Prostitute cracked me up. I think this is a book I have to get for myself. Thanks for the excerpt!

    Happy Holidays one and all!!

    Shelly H

  8. Entered. Spicy Cranberry Sauce looks good. Never had it before but I sure will try it this year. Thanks!! grandmatinaof2(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  9. Thank you for the recipe and the great giveaway!

  10. Great recipe!

  11. i am not a fan of whole cranberrie sauce but this recipe makes me want to rethink that and try something different beside my canned cranberry sauce ;)

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  13. Food and books Love that this giveaway is combining two of my Favorite things!

  14. This recipe sounds great and easy my kind of cooking.

  15. My husband loves cranberries. I will have to make this recipe for him. Thanks for being part of the holiday blog hop!

  16. What an interesting take on cranberries! Sounds great!

  17. I can see the cranberry sauce being very popular over the festive season... they're not that huge here in Australia, but your recipe sure does look good.

  18. Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

  19. Signed up for the Hot List!! Looks awesome!!!

  20. Nice recipe. Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  21. That recipe sounds Good & EASY :D I've never made fresh Cranberry Sauce before. Guess I will this Big Hugs & thanks for the hop & giveaway.

    Missie Jones
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  22. This hop is making me wish I liked cooking! That looks interesting. Thanks for doing the hop!

  23. I'm getting all sorts of wonderful recipe inspiration, along with some additions to the to read list.

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  25. I have never tried spicy cranberry before, but I bet it is good

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  26. I'm not big on cranberries.I'm just being honest.I did take a picture of the recipe incase I ever have to fix cranberry sauce. I don't eat anything with pumpkin in it either but my son just informed me that he expects pumpkin pie this Christmas for dinner. He's in the Army, he's just 18. He graduated in August and he didn't get moved, he lucked up and is stationed in Georgia, the same place he graduated from.
    I haven't bothered to let him know that there won't be a Christmas dinner this year. My husband's job closed down and the unemployment is barely paying the bills.
    I want so much to give my daughter something for Christmas. I know she's fifteen but just because she's fifteen does that mean she's too old to receive atleast one gift? Well if you live in Virginia, that's how every Christmas organization thinks. If my kids were little, I could get all kinds of help, even food to make a Christmas dinner but because she's fifteen I can't. I also have a son, and I know he's 18 and out on his own living on base but I would still love to buy him something. I mean my son would be happy with a $20 DVD player or a Walmart gift card to buy him some groceries. His money is gone by the time he buys his Army supplies, car payment, phone, and insurance. I would think the Army would pay for everything but they don't.
    My priority is Haley, and she's doing great in school and all she wants is a laptop. I'm not even talking about one that's expensive, no this one doesn't cost too much but we can't afford it.
    She showed me one from Amazon that is a 10' Dell laptop, Windows 7, webcam, and she can play DVD on it also, and the price is $130 dollars. I don't know much about electronics and prices but I know the other ones I looked at was very expensive. I think it's a good price. I don't think it will matter if it wss $50 because we are barely keeping a roof over our heads. She told me to quit worrying about it and she has a roof over her head and that's all she needs. I know that's not true. I know her friends will be talking about everything they got and she will be hoping thst no one asks her but I'm sure someone will and she'll be honest. I know that will be embarrassing for her.
    I'm not sure how this giveaway works because I haven't seen a Rafflecopter but on a few sites so far. I've been entering giveaway after giveaway since the end of August. I knew I would have to start early but I have one a book outbof 100 giveaways done by Rafflecopter. I'm completely worn out. I said I was done with the giveaway stuff and then I ran across this one. I mean I prayed to and said I'm putting it in your hands and please send me to the right place or help it all be ok. I got on Facebook and I saw this staring at me. WOW...what a sign. I think I was sent here. Thank everyone that is involved with this giveaway and good luck to everyone.

  27. I love cranberry sauce. Your recipe looks easy for me. Feel free to email me anytime.

  28. I signed up for your hot list. And the cranberries sound amazing!

    Thanks so much!

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  29. Great recipe!! I'll have to try that!

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  30. Thank you! Awesome recipe

  31. Thank you for the recipe and amazing giveaway :)

  32. I love fresh cranberry sauce!

  33. Not a fan of cranberry sauce but my father loves it! He always likes to try new things so I think I'm going to make this just for him! Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  34. Thank you for the recipe.
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  35. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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  36. I will try this recipe. I made a promise to myself to try new foods, so I will try this recipe. I have not been a big fan of cranberry sauce because we always had the canned stuff. Maybe I will love the fresh sauce.
    Signed up for Hot List.

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  37. Thanks for the hop.
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  38. I don't like cranberry, but thank you for sharing the recipe. :)
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  39. Sounds like a great twist to cranberry sauce, thanks for sharing it. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season! evamillien at gmail dot com

  40. I've never heard of spicy cranberry sauce.

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  41. Thanks for the recipe, hop and giveaway. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Koala571 (at) msn (dot) com

  42. I am just in seventh heaven with the recipes and books. I just love the combination.

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  43. Hi! Nice recipe! I personally dont like cranberry sauce, but my dad does! He'll love this recipe! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  44. Thanks for the great recipe and the chance to win!
    I love cranberry sauce.
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  45. Thank you so much for being part of this wonderful hop. I am really enjoying reading about all the holiday foods, and the great books. :-)


  46. Awesome recipe!