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Apple-Cranberry-Tangerine Sauce and a Happy Thanksgiving to you…

Here’s a little tidbit about me. Turkey is not my favorite part of Thanksgiving. Neither is the ham. For me, what gets me excited on Thanksgiving is all the side dishes. The stuffing, veggies, the potatoes, the casseroles, the breads, the cranberry sauce…that’s what my plate is full of. No disrespect to the turkey, of course, he did give up a lot to be part of Thanksgiving, but to me the sides are where it’s at.

This year we are celebrating the holiday with my husband’s family at my sister-in-law’s house…all 26 of us (and there are some family members not able to make it still!). There will be lots of cousins playing, sisters in the kitchen cooking, our spouses being bossed around and great grandparents watching it all. How blessed are we!! My sister-in-law Maxine lives on plenty of beautiful land so the space and scenery is perfect for it all.

I hope everyone takes a moment this year to count their blessings, whatever they may be. Mine are abundant…I have a great family and extended family that I can always count on, a husband who encourages me and brings me coffee in bed every morning and 2 happy kids that make me who I am. This year has had its challenges and adjustments and while I try to take everything in stride (I don’t always), I’ve learned a lot about life and myself and am thankful for every single life lesson that comes my way. This year has been a year for friendships too, my life is more full than ever because of a few special people that have been put in my life and I am ever so grateful for that. My biggest life lesson that I learned this year is to always strive to be the best version of yourself, in whatever situation you are in. You own your words, your actions, your feelings…be confident in who you are and never doubt yourself…and don’t be afraid to grow.


God Bless everyone who reads my words here and encourages me along the way…I love what I do and am ever so grateful for the opportunities this little blog has brought me this year. This blog has made my world a smaller place, and boy is that a blessing in itself.

In case you’re wondering…I’m bringing this yummy apple cranberry sauce to Thanksgiving this year, along with some of these Roasted Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds, Roasted Carrots and of course my Nonna’s Italian Stuffing. Like I said…the sides are where it’s at!!!

Apple-Cranberry-Tangerine Sauce
Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen

2 cups fresh squeezed tangerine juice
1 1/4 cups sugar (plus 1/4 cup more if needed, adjust to your taste of sweetness)
2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
2 12 oz bags fresh unsweetened cranberries, rinsed
zest from 2 tangerines
2 Jonagold or Gala apples, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons corn starch

In a medium saucepan, bring juice, sugar and cinnamon stick up to a boil and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add cranberries, zest and apples to juice and gently stir. Bring to a slow boil and then simmer for about 15-20 minutes until cranberries are broken.

In a small bowl combine water and cornstarch into a ‘slurry’ and stir into cranberry sauce. Take sauce off heat and let cool.

Makes appx 7 cups (which is a lot so be sure to freeze some!)



Have the happiest of Thanksgivings… and its totally okay to wear yoga pants!


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17 comments on “Apple-Cranberry-Tangerine Sauce and a Happy Thanksgiving to you…”

  1. I’ve never thought of adding apples to cranberry sauce but it makes great sense, this looks so yummy!

  2. Your cranberry sauce looks delicious! My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the COLD turkey sandwich a few hours later. I keep it simple too just mayo and good bread. Enjoy your family time Aggie!

  3. oh my gosh- that last picture is SO cute! I adore it! Amen to stopping and taking time to really appreciate all that life as given us :). Cranberry sauce…my Moms…is my favorite part of thanksgiving. So delicious. I could eat a gallon ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. I’m with you, Aggie. I could bury my head in the sides and not even think about the turkey.

    Have a wawwwwnduful holiday, m’dear! XO.

  5. Turkey is definitely not my favorite part…I’m a stuffing lover! This sauce sounds like a wonderful combination. Happy Thanksgiving, Aggie!

  6. Oh my! How I love this post!!! BUT…. NOT a turkey FAN? Come on! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just kidding ~ I too am a side lover. But, I love me some turkey too!

    I hope you’ll share lots of pictures from your Thanksgiving. It sounds like it will be awesome.

    And I love what you said about counting our blessings and always being true to who we are. Couldn’t agree more my Friend! Happy Thanksgiving Aggie!!! {hugs}

  7. Oops! How did I forget to tell you how much I LOVE the pictures of your sweet family. Especially love the last ones of your babies laughing. SO precious!!!

  8. Love the photos! Happy Thanksgiving Aggie! Enjoy the time with your family ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. There is always so many things to be thankful for, I am glad you have had a wonderful year. You have a beautiful family. Thanks for this wonderful cranberry sauce recipe, I would love to try it this year.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  10. Lovely post Aggie…Happy Thanksgiving, and you bet I am going to be wearing yoga pants ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. i’ve got my sweatpants ready ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Your cranberry sauce looks delicious! Love that you added apples to it! Happy Thanksgiving! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I hope you had a wonderful holiday, my friend. Your family is beautiful and so are you. Love this sauce. xoxo

  14. Nice post Aggie! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We just finished the last of your stuffing recipe…so yummy!

  15. Love this fun twist on cranberry sauce. Looks I will have to make this for my next holiday meal.

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