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Cranberry Cooler

Cranberry PunchThe holidays are a great time of delicious eats and sweet treats. The only thing you need to top off a marvelous meal is a nice drink. No, not that kind of drink, but one that will be just as pleasing and can be enjoyed by even the youngest member at your holiday table.

Cranberry Cooler is a recipe that I’ve had for quite some time. It originally appeared in Quick Cooking magazine in the November/December 2004 issue. I’ve held on to it for this long because it’s sensational. Not only because of the taste, but because it’s so easy to make and only requires five ingredients. Oh, and because of the many rave reviews and recipe requests. And if you love cranberries, then this recipe is definitely a winner. Enjoy!

PREP: 30 minutes + chilling

INGREDIENTS:

2 quarts water

3 pounds fresh or frozen cranberries

5 cups sugar

5 cinnamon sticks (3 inches each)

1 liter ginger ale, chilled

DIRECTIONS:
In a Dutch oven, bring the water, cranberries, sugar and cinnamon to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until berries pop. Mash slightly with a potato masher; simmer 5 minutes longer.

Strain and discard pulp and cinnamon sticks. Refrigerate mixture in 2-cup portions until chilled for immediate use, but this mixture can also be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. If frozen, be sure to thaw before using.

Combine 2 cups of the refrigerated cranberry mixture and ginger ale in a pitcher or punch bowl to complete the Cranberry Cooler. Serve over ice. Yield: 6 servings.

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Posted by on December 11, 2015 in Kara Hunt, Recipe

 

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Posted by on December 9, 2015 in Humor, Writing

 

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Cookies in a Jar

For me, a perfect winter’s night consists of a crackling fire, the soft glow of lamplight, a good book, and a treat to satisfy my sweet tooth. Since I’m not alone, “cookies in a jar” make a great yet simple Christmas gift with little expense. You can also pair it with hot cocoa mix and your favorite author’s book for the perfect winter’s night gift.

mason jar mixes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour

Layer the ingredients in the order given into a 1-quart canning jar. Pack each layer in place before adding the next ingredient. Decorate lid and attach a gift tag tag with the mixing and baking instructions.

Mixing and Baking Instructions:
1 jar Chocolate Chip cookie mix
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream the butter, eggs, and vanilla. Add the Chocolate Chip Cookie mix and stir until mixture is well blended. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
 
Oatmeal Scotchie Cookies
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butterscotch baking chips
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Layer the ingredients in the order given into a 1-quart canning jar. Pack each layer in place before adding the next ingredient. Decorate lid and attach a gift tag with the mixing and baking instructions.

Mixing and Baking Instructions:
1 jar Oatmeal Scotchie Cookie Mix
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream the butter, eggs, and vanilla. Add the Oatmeal Scotchie Cookie Mix and stir until the mixture is well blended. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer onto wire racks to cool.

 
~The image above is courtesy of bettycrocker.com. For more “gifts in a jar” ideas for pancakes, bars, cocoas, and more, visit their website.

~Pelican Book Group has just released their 2015 line of Christmas Extravaganza eBooks, only 99 cents each. Titles are available on their website, as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Christianbook.com.

Merry Christmas!

~Candice Sue Patterson is the author of Bright Copper Kettles and Silver White Winters. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart will release in 2016. Visit her website for more information.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Baked Apple Donuts

IMG_2384Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Baked Apple Donuts. My youngest son especially would mutiny if I quit making them. I hope you enjoy!

BAKED APPLE DONUTS
1-1/2 cups flour
1-3/4 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 beaten egg
¼ cup milk
½ cup grated, peeled apple (Granny Smiths work great)
½ cup melted butter
1 tsp. cinnamon mixed with 1/3 cup sugar

Mix flour, powder, salt, nutmeg and ½ cup sugar. Cut in shortening. Add egg, milk and apple and mix until smooth. Grease muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

While muffins are still hot, dip each in melted butter then roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture.

DSC_8915-25edRobin Patchen lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband and three teenagers. Her third book, Finding Amanda, released in April, and its prequel, Chasing Amanda, released in July. When Robin isn’t writing or caring for her family, she works as a freelance editor at Robin’s Red Pen, where she specializes in Christian fiction. Read excerpts and find out more at her website, robinpatchen.com.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2015 in Uncategorized