The Vegetarian Mom

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Spotlight Sunday: Christmas November 27, 2011

Filed under: Christmas,Spotlight Sunday — The Vegetarian Mom @ 12:13 pm
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Are you on Pinterest yet?  It’s amazing!  It’s my favorite.  It’s addicting.  If you’re on Pinterest, follow me.  Anyway, every Sunday I’m hoping to spotlight some of my favorite finds.  I’ll highlight a different board each week.  Everyone’s starting to think about Christmas… decorations, food, gifts… everything.   Here are a few favorites from my Christmas board.

Baby Scribble Gift Bows by Lines Across My Face

Felt Christmas Tree by The Empty Bobbin

Soap Neighbor Gift by Crap I’ve Made

Countdown Santa by La Classe della Maestra Valentina

Handprint Calendar by Christmas Your Way

I do believe that all of these things WILL be done sometime this holiday season.  I’m thinking the handprint calendars would make excellent grandparent gifts wrapped up with a baby scribble bow!  And perhaps after we put up the tree today, I’ll run out and get some felt to make the felt Christmas tree for Little Man to decorate until his heart’s content!

Question:  What plans do you have with your little one this season?

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Pinot Noir Spiced Cranberry Sauce November 25, 2011

Filed under: Christmas,Recipes,Side Dishes,Thanksgiving — The Vegetarian Mom @ 6:33 pm
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First of all, I want to say that I am NOT a photographer.  I will probably never be a good photographer.  Maybe eventually we’ll get a fancy camera and I can take lots of fancy foodie pictures.  Until then, you get unedited, point and shoot pictures.  🙂  I promise the food will taste better than the picture looks though!  🙂

With all of that said, here’s my first holiday post.  I tried this recipe last year for Thanksgiving and I loved it!  Everyone else seemed to love it too, so I made some for Christmas as well.  This year, I knew it would be on my holiday menu.  Growing up, I sometimes felt like I was the only one who liked cranberry sauce.  I think it’s one of those “love it or hate it” dishes.  In my opinion, Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without a plate of cranberry sauce straight from the can… sliced according to the little indentions on the can.  I guess I finally grew up.  Here’s some real cranberry sauce.  And when I saw that it was made with wine???  Yes, please!

Pinot Noir Spiced Cranberry Sauce

(adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)

Active Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Cooling Time:  2 hours

Serves:  8-10

1 cup Pinot Noir (I also pour a glass for myself at this time.  Crucial.)

1 1/4 cup sugar

1 bay leaf

1 (3-4 inch) cinnamon stick (I use two from my jar.  I think they were probably 2 1/2 inches-ish.)

1 tsp. salt

4 cups cranberries (1 bag)

In a medium saucepan, combine wine, sugar, bay leaf, cinnamon sticks, and salt.  Bring to boiling.  Add cranberries.  Bring to boiling again.  Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes (until all the cranberries have popped).  Remove from heat.  Let cool to room temperature (about two hours).  Remove and discard bay leaf and cinnamon stick.

Super easy, right?  And delicious!

 

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