The battle of the cranberry sauce

As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, I have Trader Joes cranberry orange relish on my mind. I said relish NOT sauce.

My boyfriend and I were talking about cranberry sauce today and he was telling me how he has never had a liking for it. When I asked him why, his answer was: “My dad pops it out of a can and just slaps it on his plate.” Well, my question was answered.

Nobody wants cranberry sauce out of a metal can that has been on the shelf for who knows how long. Filled with preservatives and excess sugar this is not real cranberry sauce.

This Thanksgiving try something new, take a trip to your local Trader Joes and purchase a container of cranberry orange relish. Fresh cranberries pop up in every bite and there is a sour and sweet taste that complement each other. Don’t forget to serve it chilled! 🙂



Pumpkin Bread

This weekend I decided to welcome in the fall season with some good ol’ pumpkin bread. I didn’t have a recipe so I resorted to google. I typed in the search bar “pumpkin bread” and chose the first one. Crazy right? Not really, because it had 5 stars and enough reviews to allow me to willingly try it! Thank you anonymous from, I will be sure to give thanks to you this Thanksgiving!

Because snapshotting is so awesome the recipe is as follows:



So, what stood out most to me about this recipe was that the sugar was combined with the liquid ingredients and the flour and spices were combined in a separate bowl! I think this made a difference because it most pumpkin bread recipes all dry ingredients are combined and the pumpkin purée is left in its own solitary bowl…lonely.

Liquid ingredients, pumpkin purée and sugar:


Dry ingredients:


After mixing each bowl well enough, I then divided the batter into 3 loaf pans. It was the perfect amount of batter! I placed them on a cookie sheet so they would cool evenly and popped them in the oven for about 60 minutes even though it called for 50 minutes. It all depends how your oven works.

The end result:



The bread came out smelling like pure pumpkin on a thanksgiving night! I was pleasantly surprised how moist the bread was. It cooked evenly from the inside and out. Something unique about this recipe was the fact that no baking powder was used yet the bread still arose to a supreme height!

This bread wasn’t too sweet and I could distinguish the nutmeg, cinnamon, and crushed cloves which is sometimes overruled by the amount of sugar used! My tip for you is to slice up your 3 day old bread, spread some butter on it, and put it in the microwave for 15 seconds and BAM! You’ll thank me later 🙂