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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

Directions:
 
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

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Fall Pumpkin Decoration

Fall is my absolute most favorite season. I love the crisp clean smells, the bright colors and lets not forget the craft fairs that start popping up everywhere.

Last year my friend and I went to a craft fair and saw these adorable mini pumpkins decorated with all types of “autumn” things like acorns, leaves and orange flowers. I was going to buy one until I saw the outrageous price tag. Why should I pay for it when I could make a bunch of them myself for half the price?!

It’s super easy to do, relatively cheap and the pumpkins make great little festive decorations.

Fall Pumpkin Decoration

This years pumpkin on my desk at work

Pumpkin Craft Supplies

Pumpkin Craft Supplies

You’ll need:

  • Mini pumpkins
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fake craft flowers and/or leaves
  • Small decorations of your choice (acorns, baby pine cones, dried flowers, etc.)

The craft leaves and flowers that I bought at my local craft store came in small bunches. I just cut and pulled of the pieces I wanted to use and then arranged them along with some small pine cones on top of the pumpkin. Once I figured out how I liked the layout, I carefully glued each piece directly onto the pumpkin. (The glue dries relatively quickly and it does not damage the pumpkin.)

The great part was, if I did not like how the final product looked, I was able to pull the glued pieces off without damaging the pumpkin. I could then start all over until liked the finished product.

I personally like using real pumpkins but you could easily use fake ones which you could then reuse every year.

Mini Pumpkin Decoration

Finished Mini Pumpkin Decoration

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, these little pumpkins would make great little centerpieces for tables and counters. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!