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Photo Nov 19, 9 58 06 PMSo, Thanksgiving is next week.  Thankfully, I’m not hosting.  When I asked what I could bring, I was told to bring whatever dishes our family likes or considers must-haves.  For me, it’s green bean casserole and cranberry orange relish.  But then I got to thinking.  The Thanksgiving beverage is often overlooked.  There are so many foods to eat and enjoy that sometimes we just drink whatever is on hand.  Thanksgiving is special though so this year instead of the bottled sparkling cider we sometimes have, I’ve created a super easy yet delicious and refreshing beverage for the whole family to enjoy.  Here’s what you need:

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  • Cranberry Sprite (I found this at Walmart)
  • Fresh cranberries (if desired)
  • An orange
  • Dole Frozen Raspberries

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This beverage really can’t get any easier to make.  Just pour the cranberry Sprite into a glass.  Add a few frozen raspberries and a squeeze of orange.  Viola! I actually didn’t end up using any of the fresh cranberries but they an look really pretty as a garnish.  I have a crystal pitcher I’ll probably use on Thanksgiving.  I’m considering muddling the raspberries, adding the orange slices and floating some cranberries on top.  I might even add some whipped vodka just for fun.

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I like this drink because it can look pretty and fancy but if that isn’t your thing, it can also hang with the cool kids in a mason jar (with some cranberries!):

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Whenever I need frozen fruit for a recipe, Dole is my go-to brand, even if I have to hunt it down.  I learned a quick lesson in my search for these raspberries.  The Dole website actually has a really cool location feature that can track down the exact product you’re looking for.  I mistakenly assumed it would just tell me which stores carried the frozen fruit products, not specifically which products.

I chose frozen over fresh for this recipe because raspberries are so delicate.  Unless I can get them fresh locally, I don’t have much luck with the quality of them.  DOLE Raspberries are harvested at the peak of the season to ensure you are getting only the finest quality fruit available. Each delicate red berry is washed and ready to eat.  I can just plop them right into my drink without a single care!  No yucky, moldy berries to pick through!

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So tell me, what does your family drink on Thanksgiving?  Do you have a traditional beverage?  Or is this something that gets overlooked in your family too?  I encourage you to give this easy recipe a try — It’s delicious!

 

 

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The fall weather has been taking it’s sweet time to arrive here in the Pacific Northwest.  Typically by now we’ve seen our first frost.  Not this year — it’s been unseasonably warm!  Despite the good weather, the days are still getting shorter and darkness is settling in earlier everyday.  It makes me want to wrap up in a cozy sweater and eat hot delicious soup.  I know that the temperature will have to drop sooner or later so it’s time to start breaking out the soup recipes!

Tue Oct 14 2014 08-54-26 GMT-0700My kids tend to be picky eaters, especially when it comes to protein.  All three of them like sausage though so I decided to make a Sausage Corn Chowder for my first soup of the season.  Hilshire Farm Smoked Sausage is only $3.99 at Safeway with your club card.  You can also download a coupon for $0.55 off 1 with the Safeway J4U app.

Tue Oct 14 2014 12-14-01 GMT-0700INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 pkg. Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage
  • 1/4 Cup Butter or Margarine
  • 1 Med. Onion, Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup all-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 Cups of Milk
  • 1 Can (15.25oz.) Whole Kernel Corn, Drained
  • 2 Cups Cubed Potatoes (I learned this is about 3 medium potatoes)

Originally, I wanted to make this in the crockpot.  Unfortunately I didn’t leave myself enough time and I ended up having to transfer the soup from the crockpot to the stove to finish cooking in order to eat dinner before sports practices.  You’ll need at least 6 hours on high to cook the potatoes long enough.

Tue Oct 14 2014 12-47-05 GMT-0700DIRECTIONS:

Put the onions and butter in the crockpot on high.  Once the butter has melted, add the rest of the ingredients and stir gently to combine.  Put the lid on the crockpot and cook for around 6 hours or until the potatoes are fork tender.

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I served the soup with shredded cheese on top and a side of buttered French bread that I got for less than $1 with a coupon from the J4U app.  A side salad completes this hearty and delicious meal which was easily under $10 to make!

Since sausage seems to be one of the only proteins all of my kids like, it’s my go-to source for dinners.  I even sometimes sneak it in for breakfast. Really, it can be used for any meal of the day.  Hillshire Brands have a great selection of different varieties of sausage and hotdogs that make it easy to create meals my whole family will enjoy.  In fact, right now you can take advantage of some valuable coupons on the Safeway J4U app on the following Hillshire Brands products:

  • Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage -$.55/1
    • Products: Hillshire Farm Rope and Link Sausage, American Craft Links
  • Hillshire Farm Cocktails (Lil Smokies) – $.55/1
  • Jimmy Dean Refrigerated Sausage  -$.55/1
    • Roll Sausage, Fully Cooked Crumbles, Links and Patties
  • Jimmy Dean Frozen -$1/1
    • Frozen Breakfast (Delights or Red Box)
  • State Fair Corn Dogs – $1/1
  • Ball Park Hot Dogs -$.55/1
  • Ball Park Hot Dogs or Park’s Finest from Ball Park

My picky little eaters like ALL of these products!  Luckily there are lots of creative ways to use them to switch up week night dinners.  Check out some of these recipes from other bloggers using some of these Hillshire Farms products:

What is YOUR favorite go-to meal using sausage?

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