Happy Thanksgiving Recipe and Gratitude

Here's a last minute favorite Thanksgiving gift, that you can make in 15 minutes, and bring to your host's home tonight!

Blackberry Cranberry Sauce
1-16oz package of local or fresh cranberries
3/4 cup water
The juice of 4 clementines or 1/2 a cup of orange juice
1/4 cup Cassis or Chambord (blackberry or black raspberry liquor)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup refined sugar or honey
add a handful of blackberries or raisins for texture
Add all together in a medium size pan and boil for 12-15 minutes, til sauce thickens. Pour into a ball mason jar. I added a ribbon and a note. Garnish with orange zest or blackberries.

I am grateful for my family, always growing, being inspired by the amazing and wonderful women in my life, love, my daughters laughter, my husbands patience, and everyone who celebrates joy!

photo credit: Marc Bloomgarden

Santa's Helper!

Santa's Hideout is here! I am so proud to play a tiny part in helping with this super fun site. You'll find me, along with a team of very amazing moms, on the advisory board.

So, mom's let your fingers do the walking straight to Santa's Hideout. This magical new site is a dream for parents and kids to help create holiday gift giving lists for the whole family! My loved ones are so spread out and gift giving communication is never cohesive. This new site gives my family a chance to be on the same page, literally. It also is going to help me organize my daughter's wish list efficiently in one spot.

How it Works:
Step 1: In just a few simple steps, parents can create a private, password-protected account and set up individual lists for each child to fill. Lists can be controlled and customized by setting parameters that include gender, number of gifts, price range, types of gifts, quantity and more. Group lists can also be created for those gifts the whole household might share.

Step 2: Under the guise of Santa, parents can send an email to their kids inviting them to add items to their personalized holiday wish list, or the family can walk through the process together.

Step 3: The child can respond by adding gifts, using a fun, easy-to-use drag and drop interface, and parents are alerted when updates have been made to a list. That’s it―set-up is complete!

Check out the video on you tube for the full explanation.