Crazy good spiked cranberry punch!

This was a big hit for my family and friends last Thanksgiving.  Absolutely delicious, not too sweet, and looked really pretty on the table and in people’s hands as they carried them around (though they didn’t get too far before finishing!)

cranberry-apple-whiskey-punchINGREDIENTS

1 pound fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
½ gallon water
½ gallon apple juice, chilled
16 ounce cinnamon whiskey (Fireball) , chilled
1 bottle sparkling wine, chilled
Fresh apples
Fresh oranges
Additional fresh cranberries  for garnish
Cinnamon sticks for garnish

PREPARATION

1. Combine cranberries, sugar, and water over medium-high heat, and cook until berries are completely soft and “mushy”.  They will “pop” , cook down,  and become soft in about 10 minutes.

2. Strain and set aside to completely cool before adding to the punch.

cranberry-apple-whiskey-punch-and-turket3. Thinly slice the apples and oranges and layer into a punch bowl.  Add cranberry juice, apple juice, and whiskey and stir gently to combine.

4. Pour in bottle of sparkling wine and add some cranberries for an additional colorful garnish.

5. Serve and enjoy!

* Juice, Fireball whiskey, and sparkling wine should be chilled prior to making punch.  To keep punch cold without diluting with ice, freeze apple juice in a ring  or ice cube tray and float in the punch.

The punch went great with my Butterball!

This homemade punch is delicious and could not be easier to make.  As an added bonus, my daughters and I also discovered a new use for our left over bags of cranberries from Christmas and Thanksgiving.  Cooking a bag of cranberries with a half gallon of water and a cup of sugar actually makes an awesome batch of cranberry juice.  Never would have thought about it before making this recipe!!  I bet it would make a nice non-alcoholic punch as well by adding sparkling apple cider and cinnamon sticks.   Looking forward to trying that next!

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You’ll be Thankful for this Cookie Recipe!!

Ariko’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

DSC01454 Can not thank my good friend Ariko enough for this amazing cookie recipe! We met at San Jose State while both in Grad School way back in 1993 and I have been making these ever since.  For over 20 years I have shared this recipe with only a few special people.  Now in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I share it with all of you 🙂  (And don’t worry Leavey/McMorran/Hart Family…  I will still bake them to bring tomorrow along with 15 lbs of mashed potatoes.  Can’t wait to see everyone!!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend-
1 egg ¾ cup granulated sugar
2 sticks softened butter ¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Add –
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda … and blend.

Add –
2 cups 1-minute quick quaker oats … and blend.

And finally add-
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-11 minutes (should look soft and “not quite done”, my oven takes 11 min). Then let cool for 12 for minutes on cookie sheets. This gives you the perfect “still soft” cookie – yum!

**I often change it up too… for Christmas I add white chocolate chips and Craisons or for the oatmeal raison lovers just add raisons and a little cinnamon. These will always get rave reviews!

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First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

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Fall Leaf Rose Bouquet

Wait!!!!  Before you finish blowing all of your leaves over into your neighbor’s yard… take a few minutes from your busy day and find some pretty ones that catch your eye.  Then check out this fun fall project.  What a great bouquet for your Thanksgiving table!  Click here for complete instructions.fall leaf flower bouquet tutorial

(I have not tried this yet, so will have to keep you updated on how it goes for me and my girls. I investigated a few sites with “how-to’s” and this blog “Metamorphocity” looked like the best tutorial complete with pictures.  Have fun!)

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

Kensington Real Estate Brokerage – Servicing clients from Boston to Providence! North Attleboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Mansfield, Norton, Foxboro, Sharon, Seekonk, Cumberland, North Smithfield, Providence, Lincoln