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Delicious Sugared Cranberries

I wish I had time to post this recipe earlier but I’ve been so busy with the holidays. These cranberries make a beautiful holiday table display and are absolutely delicious!
Plain fresh cranberries can be extremely bitter and many people I’ve talked to don’t like them at all. The sugar-coating gives them the sweet kick they need and the “crunch” they make when you bite them is addicting. I ate so many after I first tried this recipe, that I had to make a second batch to have enough for our Christmas party.

Sugared Cranberry Ingredients 

You will need:
3 Cups Fresh Cranberries
2 Cups Granulated Sugar
2 Cups Water
For coating:
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 Cup Natural Sugar

Wash cranberries and discard any that are soft. Put remaining cranberries in a large bowl and set aside.
Bring the water to a boil. Stir in the 2 cups of sugar until dissolved and let simmer for a minute or two. 
Remove sugar mixture from heat. Once it has cooled slightly, pour mixture over cranberries. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Note: Do not pour boiling mixture over cranberries! If the liquid is too hot, the cranberries will burst. I suggest testing the temperature by tossing a cranberry into the liquid and letting it sit for a minute. If the cranberry is till firm when you remove it, then it should be ok to pour the mixture. If it is mushy or bursts completely, let the liquid cool longer

Drain the cranberries and begin the sugar-coating process. Pour some of the natural sugar into a bowl and toss in some cranberries. I suggest only using a portion of the sugar and a handful of cranberries at a time, otherwise the sugar gets too wet and clumpy.

Fresh Cranberries in Sugar

Spread the sugar-coated cranberries on a cookie sheet to dry for an hour. Once this initial sugar-coating and drying is done, carefully repeat the process using the regular granulated sugar. The sugar will adhere to any remaining sticky parts of the cranberry.
Spread the cranberries on a cookie sheet again and let dry for at least an hour.
Place in an airtight container but do not refrigerate

First Coat of Sugar

Cranberries with first sugar-coating

Second Coat of Sugar

Cranberries with second coat of sugar


Easy Make-Ahead Lunch Idea

When it comes to lunch foods for work, I absolutely hate getting stuck bringing a peanut butter and jelly or a plain salad. I’d almost rather not eat lunch at all then eat either of those.

Since I knew there wasn’t going to be much to take for lunch a few days ago, I searched around for some “make-ahead” lunch ideas. The requirements were that it had to be made with ingredients I already had in the house and that it wasn’t going to expect me making enough to feed an army.

Better Homes and Gardens was the first site I came across in my search and it also had the best ideas for make-ahead wraps. I decided on the Carrot, Fruit and Turkey Sandwich Rolls but I ended up tweaking the recipe a bit. I added an extra ingredient and made a sandwich as well as a wrap.

Ingredients for carrot, raisin, cabbage & turkey sandwhich

Ingredients for carrot, raisin, cabbage & turkey sandwich

Sandwich Ingredients:

Handful of shredded carrots
Handful of chopped red cabbage
Handful of Golden Raisins
Plain cream cheese
6 slices honey roasted deli turkey
1 Slice sourdough bread (cut in half to give 2 half slices)
1 Plain tortilla

First just spread some of the cream cheese onto both pieces of bread (I personally love cream cheese so I use an unhealthy amount 🙂 ) Add half of the raisins, half of the cabbage, half of the carrots and 3 slices of turkey on one piece of bread. Put the other half of bread on top and tada! Yummy sandwich!

Follow the same steps with the tortilla and then roll it up.

Personally I liked the sandwich much better than the wrap just because the sourdough bread is so great. The cabbage gave it a nice crunch and the raisins were a great sweet surprise. I didn’t really notice the cream cheese or carrots too much but I definitely think they helped keep the sandwich from being dry.

Finished carrot, raisin, cabbage & turkey sandwich

Finished sandwich and wrap!

Overall I’d definitely make this sandwich again. It was relatively healthy (minus my tons of cream cheese!) and it’s so simple to make and change around to whatever ingredients are available.