Make Ahead 4 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

This is a recipe I love. It is super easy and doesn’t require much. 4 Ingredient, 1 pot.

I am making this now, so this will be one thing less I have to do right before Thanksgiving Day. I like to have all my ducks in a row when it comes to being prepared. I have had things go wrong in the past that could have been prevented. Nonetheless I will be preparing things ahead and hoping everything works fine.

Cranberry Recipe


Remember I said 4 Ingredients: I used Fresh Cranberries. Always go for fresh if you can, frozen will work too. I used pineapple juice, but any citrus juice can be switched. Orange Juice a good substitute too. Zest of an Orange. If you have a fancy zester like mine use it. If you don’t there are three other ways.  Molasses or you can use real maple syrup.

Multi of Ingredients

Cranb zest molasses mixed together


notice the pop

Look Closely the berries are splitting (you’ll hear popping noises)

Simmer until thickened

Simmer until thickened



vibrant colorNote the Vibrant color. This will go nicely with the Turkey. It also goes great with a pork loin.

Allow it to completely cool before transferring to a container/ziploc bag to freeze. Unthaw the day of event, rewarm and serve.


Dad’s Choice-Stuffed Pork Loin Roast dinner

So I will be posting the photos as well as some step by step, although I didn’t capture the steps:


Make Ahead Cranberry Sauce:

I used frozen since they aren’t in season.

Ingredients needed:

10 oz of cranberries, rinsed

1 cup orange juice

1 cup Pure Maple Syrup (it’s not pancake syrup it’s the real deal, usually 5-7 dollars)

1 lemon (or anything citrus) (squeezed)

Combine all in a pot and bring to a boil, 10 minutes or so until the cranberries “pop”. Either serve immediately, or put in a container for later. Can be made ahead.


Now onto the Pork Loin Roast:


Ingredients Needed

6lb pork loin roast

Fresh Sage

Fresh Thyme

Day Old French Bread

Ham (4 oz)

1 Medium Onion

Salt/Pepper As needed

Olive Oil,

Butchers Twine

My father split the roast in half, and then sliced it til it looked like above.

Chop up your herbs, finely dice the ham, and onion, Cut up the bread into small chunks. Combine everything, Add a little olive oil for moisture. Bag it up while you are prepping.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAput a layer of it on the pork loin and roll up from one end. Tie with the butchers Twine. Place in Roasting Pan.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACook at 350 degrees for 1 hr and 35 minutes. or until internal temperature reaches 155-160 degrees on you meat thermometer.

I am having issues getting the finished photo at least the plate photo for your viewing pleasure. Once I figure out how to transfer it, I will update this entry.

I accompanied the meat and cranberry sauce, with fresh green beans, roasted red and white potatoes (mini dutch potatoes),  and a broccoli salad.

The Green Beans were snapped at the ends, washed, cooked in water til tender but al dente. I tossed them in a saute pan with butter and seasoning before serving.

I chopped the potatoes into bite-size pieces, added the remaining Thyme, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper and Roasted them in the oven at 425 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender.


Cycling Food: Early 3rd Anniversary Present


My husband and I have been talking about getting bicycles. Now we have them, Our anniversary is coming up on the 1st of May. 3 Years. Yes not very long for many, but I say we have had a hell of a marriage so far. My husband has been deployed twice on 10-12 month deployments to Afghanistan. We had a baby on our first one, yes I happened to be 6 months pregnant when we got married. We decided a very healthy gift for the both of us would be Bicycles. We bought that and a rack and a seat for our 2 year old daughter. I am trying to think of some good healthy snacks that are easy to make at home. But I want to also shake it up and not just go with the norm, of a piece of fruit and some nuts.

Any ideas? Reading some websites I have found a few recipes I will share. Please feel free to share back. We would love some ideas. We live in Bavaria in Germany. It’s spring so the weather is wonderful so getting out and going bicycling is the plan. But we also want to make sure you we are keeping our energy up as we cycle.

Also if you don’t have time to make anything I also found items you may find at the store: Dried fruit such as raisins and dates. Bagels or lowfat cookies. Gatorade (it has carbs that assist with your ride)

Bagels: (

1-2 bagels
peanut butter
honey or agave nectar (for the vegans in the crowd); jelly and jam are good too

Slice open the bagel the usual way. Schmear with PB and sweetener of choice (above). Put halves together, then quarter the bagel “sandwich”. Wrap each quarter in foil and voilà! nutritious little treats for the ride. Repeat with second bagel for longer rides.

Granola: (

  • 3 cups rolled oats

  • 1 cup slivered almonds

  • 1 cup cashews

  • 3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.

In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.

Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.

When I have the ingredients I will be trying a chewy granola bar. But right now my cupboards and pantry are missing key items….


Yes, My husband told me I had to wait til payday 🙂  Budgeting is a pain, but C’est La Vie….One of these days…

Someone please tell my husband its not nice to cut off my creative juices when they are flowing…(Sorry did that sound dirty..)