Gingered Cranberry Sauce

Are you a fan of cranberry sauce??

Do you like it or LOVE it?

Do you like it from a can?  a jar?  or homemade?

We love it in this house!

shocker actually with my 2 picky eaters~!!

So .. Homemade Cranberry is a MUST in our house on Thanksgiving!

We love it ON our turkey!!

and after Thanksgiving we use it like jam!

I usually make it as directed on the Ocean Spray Cranberry packaging.

1 cup of liquid.  1 cup of sugar.  boil.  cook.  smash.  cool.  serve.

Easy Sneezy!

only I break the rules.

If you know me well…

You knew this was coming!  ha!

For the 1 cup of liquid I use 1/2 orange juice and 1/2 apple cider.

and I use a little vanilla.

and I cut apple chunks into it because I am a rebel

and it makes it sweeter!  =)  Pear chunks are delish too!!

and I usually cut the sugar in half.

except NOT this year.

I was feeling a little saucy when I made it.

and I tried adding this spicy flavor to it…

G is for Ginger!~  =)

I have to be in the right mood to eat ginger.

I am like that.

This Canadian Thanksgiving day I was at the tail end of  a cold.

and I had been adding ginger to my secret “when I am sick hot drink”.

(I will share that another day, k!!)

anyway… using ginger all week  inspired me to put it in the cranberry sauce

For our Canadian Thanksgiving in October!!  =)

The real test was to see if my Littles noticed it!!

Well… I used a bit too much ginger  ** oops **

so I had to …um… uh… add more sugar than the packaging called for!

Oh well.

It was delicious!

and the Littles (aka the kids)  did not seem to notice the ginger!!  ha!

So …

New recipe for the Seizing My Day family…

Gingered Cranberry Sauce!

Toss in all the ingredients the Ocean Spray bag calls for into your sauce pan

adding any sweet fruit you like

and / or substitute fruit juice instead of water

and grate up a little ginger or a lot if you love that spicy flavor…

and BOIL and stir…  for however long the bag directs!  … =)

It is SO easy!

Once The berries get all soft and squishy

you can stop at this point and let it cool

and serve it as is… a little chunky.


put that hand blender in like I did

and give it a whirl   …   or two!

now it is less chunky.

Let it Cool and put it into a couple fancy jars.

and gift one to your neighbor…

they will love you forever.

(if they like cranberry that is!~)

Lucky me my neighbors do!!

and they love PW Cookies, PW Pecan Scones, and Bakerella Cake pops…

My neighbors love me!!  ha ha!!  =)


This Thanksgiving… if you are feeling spicy…

I dare you to try my Gingered Cranberry Sauce!

If you are only feeling a little saucy…

then try the sweet fruit version…

without the ginger!   Yum!!


I will share more of my Thanksgiving dinner tricks with y’all as the week goes by…  I will share my turkey bird secret and my stuffing secret.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes?  Do you have secrets for cooking on Thanksgiving?!  Do tell!!  =)


I am going to walk the dog now…

in the LAST non-rainy wet day of the year here in Western Washington.

Our lives are over.  Forever.

Fine… For the next few months…

we will be trapped indoors.

or be forced to walk with boots, Slickers,  hats, umbrellas and WET dogs.

**  sigh **

It is going t be one WET soccer game this weekend!

I think Abby might have a fever that day?!

Oh wait… her daddy is the coach… I don’t think that will fly!


*sigh*  anyway…

I am off to enjoy a tinsy tiny bit of sunshine before it is all over. forever.

Have a great day y’all!!


13 Responses | Add your Own

  • 1 blueviolet yazmış:

    I would love your sauce, I know it! I do make whole berry cranberry sauce according to the bag directions, but I leave it chunky. I might try yours this year though!

  • 2 Dina @ 4 Lettre Words yazmış:

    Yum! And, I love that cute little jar.

  • 3 Julie yazmış:

    First off…I choose to not believe your dismal forecast!!

    ANd secondly…cranberry sauce makes me gag! Just keepin’ it real! 😉 But I still love ya!!

  • 4 Heather@myeverydaygraces yazmış:

    Love, love cranberry sauce. in fact, i have a bag of fresh cranberries just waiting to be cooked up. your recipe looks delicious.

    my absolute fav turkey and gravy recipe is from sunset mag… the best i ever had!!

  • 5 Pennie at Mom Thoughts yazmış:

    what a fun idea for a series of posts – to do thanksgiving “tricks!” i love it! i personally, am not a fan of cranberries – but my hubby sure is! cranberries make me gag, so my sweet hubby makes sure to pass the cranberries right under my nose (on purpose) just to watch me turn green every thanksgiving. he’s such a pal! and then he says he doesn’t understand why he wasn’t taken when i found him at 29 years of age. hmmmm…. i can’t understand why – he’s such a charmer…. ha ha

    but, as far as cranberries go, i think your cranberries look like they’d be tasty for the cranberry eaters in my family. i’m making thanksgiving dinner this year and inviting over my mom. maybe i’ll make this dish (because everyone else likes cranberries but me). 🙂

    i look forward to reading all about your other thanksgiving tricks, jenn!

    do you look forward to reading my novels whenever i comment??? i talk like this, too! blah, blah, blah… 🙂

  • 6 He & Me + 3 yazmış:

    OK…you are way to good in that kitchen. I wish we were neighbors 1 so you could help me and 2 so you could make me things. LOL
    Have fun in the rain…as long as it is not cold it is kindof fun to watch soccer in the rain…ok maybe not. 🙂 Hope the game goes well though.

  • 7 Holly yazmış:

    Hi Jenn!
    Nice to hear from you!! I could take a picture of Mt. Baker every day and it would always look different and even more beautiful!!
    Yes, I made the quilt, but if you look closely you’ll see puckers and eneven parts…just the way I roll!!!!

    Your cranberry sauce looks so good!!! I have cranberry bogs right by my house and it’s so fun to watch them harvest…I have a post on it somewhere! When I was growing up it was the can…didn’t like to eat it, but loved to slice it!!!!
    Not a huge cranberry lover, but do like to make my own at Thanksgiving!!!

    I love the rain! I’m ready to stay indoors and do something fun!!!! Like quilt, scrapbook, a puzzle, reading!!! I still have a ton to do outside, but I’m thinking it will have to wait til next year!!!

    See ya!! Holly

  • 8 liz yazmış:

    I’m sorry; cranberries just aren’t my *thing.* 🙂

  • 9 debbie yazmış:

    I like orange zest and a whole bunch of cinnamon in mine!

  • 10 H-Mama @ Family Team yazmış:

    I have never tried this. Probably because my family always bought canned sauce… and well… it just looked gross to me. Ha!

    You make it look yummy… and such a great gift idea, too!

  • 11 Maggie Mallard yazmış:

    So happy I that you found me so I could find your great site.
    I love this post too about cranberries. Why I only have them during the holidays is beyond me. Just this week though I started putting dried ones in my salads. haha
    Looking forward to being your newest follower
    and getting to know you

  • 12 a pocket full of posies yazmış:

    Yum! Yum! Yum! we LOVE cranberry sauce! and what a darling hostess gift idea!!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Many Blessings!

  • 13 Traci yazmış:

    oh that does look good!! I just might have to try this one !