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Hostess Gifts: Christmas Cranberry Jars!

Santa’s Helper- Nicole Garvey

There’s nothing like making a homemade gift for the holidays, and this festive holiday Cranberry Sauce is a treat for all of the senses!! On top of everything, its fun and very easy to make – your kitchen will smell like the Christmas for a week! The Hostess Handbook suggests you use as jam on toast, with a bagel and cream cheese or as a side or sauce to any meal (especially pork or turkey!). Its also delicious mixed into yogurt!

All you need are some jars (see one above which you can buy at any department or grocery store), some festive ribbon and the below recipe:
4 bags of fresh Cranberries
1 Litre of Orange Juice
1 Orange
2 Cinnamon Sticks
Directions: Pour the cranberries into a large pot. Pour in enough orange juice to almost cover the cranberries (should be about an inch from the top of them). Bring the pot to a boil while zesting and juicing one orange into the pot, then add the cinnamon sticks. Bring the heat down to a simmer and the cranberries will start to pop and form a sauce. After about 15 minutes, add in a cup of sugar. Let simmer and thicken another 10 minutes and taste. If still tart, add more sugar to your liking and voila!! If you want to make it really special, add a 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg and ground cloves each. But no need to break the bank if you don’t have these on standby in the cupboard.
Fill the Jars and decorate away!!
 (Note – the sauce will thicken as it cools, so if its a little runny, don’t worry!)

Flower Power: Fall Beer Bottle Decor

When you want to make something special but don’t have the money to drop, you have to get creative. Most of us young, broke and fabulous people do not have three matching flower vases to make a uniform display. No problem! Improvise! Beer bottles serve as great vases! Soak the bottles in water for about ten minutes so that the labels come off easily and with no glue residue.

Arrange whatever flowers you like most in the bottles. Remember to create levels with your greenery and flowers. Cut some longer and some shorter for depth and texture! Cat-tails, featured in the middle bottle, are cheap and very “fall!” The Hostess Handbook suggests you use them to add some uniqueness to the decor. You do not need a lot of flowers for this display nor do they have to be expensive. The flowers and greenery shown are about $7!

Add a finishing touch by setting the bottles in cranberries! This adds color, texture and brings the whole piece together!