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Easy Cranberry Sauce-Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ve been baking for a few days. My pie crusts have been ready and are now happily baking away. I’m looking forward to a relaxing day with friends, family, and plenty of wonderful food.

Maybe you’re looking for a quick and easy cranberry sauce to make today to impress your guests. Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite things to eat on this special day. Here is my very simple and fool-proof recipe. I posted it last year and we just LOVE it.

Easy Cranberry Sauce

16 ounces of fresh cranberries (2 cups)
1 1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup water
one navel orange (add the juice of 1/2 and cut the other 1/2 in chunks and add to the cranberry mixture in the pan)
1 sliver of fresh ginger (about the size of a garlic clove, peeled)

In a medium sized bowl, rinse the cranberries with cool water, and remove any stems or blemished berries. Drain the cranberries in a colander.

Heat water and sugar to boiling in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Add in the orange juice and orange chunks. Continue boiling 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. 

Stir in cranberries and the ginger. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue boiling about 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to pop. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Don't worry if every single cranberry does not completely pop. When the sauce is cooked, spoon out the orange pieces and the ginger sliver. Pour sauce into bowl or container. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until chilled.

I came across this card on Pinterest the other day. Charles Dickens knew what he was talking about. Such simple words and they really make you think. It’s so easy to forget to be thankful.
*Dickens quote card Pinned by Lisa via on Pinterest

If I were a wee bit more crafty, I swear I would make this tree! Love it.
Pinned by Tiffany via on Pinterest.

I love my family. I am grateful.

I’m grateful for my beautiful mom. Today she came over and we baked together. She made her Hungarian kifli. We both baked some pies. Here she is with one her first perfectly roasted turkey.
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I’m thankful for my precious children. They are my greatest blessing.

I’m really thankful for Skype and my darling in-laws. Now my kids can talk with their grandparents and great-grandmother through the computer. That’s Nonna Antonia (my husband’s grandmother) and Nonno Domenico (my father-in-law). Nonna Antonia is 83. Teresa (my mother-in-law)still won’t come to the screen to say “ciao”. 

She’s upset with Domenico for spending too much time on the computer. Domenico couldn’t figure out the volume and they had to hear us through the phone. It was all good.

I’m thankful for my sweet husband. The goofiest person I know. We try to remind each other to appreciate every moment of every day.


I’m grateful for my dad and his amazing green thumb. He planted papaya trees in our front and back yard this year. He says, “Soon. Very soon.” Dad says in about 5 days we will try the first papayas from our tree.
That totally rocks. Thank you, dad!


I’m thankful for getting better at crimping and understanding my dough. Sometimes I battle with my dough. Sometimes things go smoothly. There will be more incredible pies for us to enjoy today.

I’m thankful for my health. I’m thankful for the delicious food we will eat today.

I’m thankful for the awesome friends I've made through my food blog. I'm thankful for your friendship and support. It really means the world to me.:)

Those are just some things I am thankful for today and every day.

What are you thankful for today?

Happy Thanksgiving. There is always something for which to be thankful. –Charles Dickens


  1. Such a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing your beautiful family and your gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Such a wonderful the beautiful sauce.

  3. Beautiful, Lora! I am thankful for my beautiful children, my parents' continued health, my wonderful husband, my country that supports my freedoms, my God who inspires me, and my warm home ... all else is just gravy on the turkey!

  4. Lovely post Lora! That papaya tree looks fabulous. Looks like an amazing Thanksgiving.

  5. I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. It seems you had a lot to be thankful for. Your cranberry sauce looks wonderful. I love the addition of ginger. I bet it added a great twist to the traditional flavor!

  6. That is right, there is always something to be thankful for! What a great post to remind each of us.
    Thank you for being such a great friend, virtual one for now and I do hope we get to meet soon face to face.

  7. What an amazing list of thanks! I hope you enjoyed your holiday with your beautiful family =)