Cranberry Liquor

Several weeks ago, I began “brewing” our cranberry liquor.

Cranberry Liquor

Cranberry Liquor

This week, it was time to strain it out.  I saved the pulp and will add it to some cranberry relish I’m going to make this week.

Cranberry Liquor

Cranberry Liquor

It ended up being 1 quart and 1 pint of liquor.

Cranberry Liquor

Cranberry Liquor

Each night, we have a little sip in our tiny little cordial glasses. I’m thinking a wine glass might be a much better sized glass!  :)

Cranberry Liquor
Delicious during the holidays!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 - 12 oz. packages fresh cranberries, chopped (see note)
  2. 2-1/2 cups good quality vodka
  3. 2-1/2 cups simple syrup, cooled
  4. 1 lemon, peeling only
  5. 1 orange, peeling only
  6. 1/2 cup sugar
  7. 2 cinnamon sticks
  8. 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
Instructions
  1. When chopping the cranberries, a food processor may be used but you do not want them ground. They don't have to be chopped terribly fine but definitely not too small.
  2. Pour the cranberries into a large container with a tight fitting lid.
  3. Add the orange peeling, lemon peeling and sugar. Stir until the sugar is mixed and beginning to dissolve, though it doesn't have to be completely dissolved.
  4. Add the vodka and cooled syrup.
  5. Add the cinnamon sticks and allspice.
  6. Stir well and place lid on container.
  7. Stir several times a day.
  8. Place in a cool, dark area and begin tasting after about 5 days. Depending on the temperature in your storage area, this may be ready within 4 or 5 days or it may take 7 or 8 days.
  9. Once the taste is to your liking, strain the liquid, place in a container with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate.
Adapted from Homemade Cranberry Liquor
Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara http://www.patchworktimes.com/

Pioneer Woman’s Olive Bread

I’ve pretty much always been a fan of The Pioneer Woman and for a while, I made so many of her recipes that Vince quit asking “Where did you get this recipe?” and would say “Been on PW’s site again?” For some reason, Vince has never been a PW fan and I don’t know why. He definitely loves eating good food and he always liked the things I fixed using her recipes.

What’s your favorite Pioneer Woman recipe? You know I’m going to try it!  :)

We no longer have satellite/cable but we watch shows through Netflix, Amazon, and I have no idea what else. I don’t have a clue how Vince finds all the shows he finds but there’s never a shortage of shows to watch on TV, even without satellite. A couple of weeks ago Vince said “Oh, here’s something YOU will like!” and he had found Pioneer Woman’s cooking show available. Now, every night, that’s one of the first shows he watches.

Olive Bread

Olive Bread

A couple of weeks ago, we watched the episode where she made Olive Bread and ever since seeing it, he had been after me to make it. Over the weekend, I made it and let me tell you . . if you like olives, and if you don’t care so much every now and then about fat content, you must try this recipe! It is so good! I took half (one long side) of the French bread and baked it. The other side, with the yummy cheesy olive spread, went into the freezer as PW suggested on her website, I froze it and can’t wait to have it with leftover turkey! This bread was so good!  I left out the green onions because they were in the fridge in the shop and it was raining and I didn’t want to walk over and get them and it was still delicious. I’m thinking if I threw a few pepperoni slices on it, this would be better than any pizza we can buy locally and a whole lot easier than making homemade pizza. Who cares that there’s no tomato sauce!

This past weekend, we watched the episode where she made Tres Leches Cake. Vince said “Have you ever made that?” Yep, not her recipe but I have made it. And, he’s eaten it! It was always one of Chad’s favorite cakes. Her recipe sounds great to me because of the way she whips the egg whites and then adds them to the cake batter. That method makes such a difference with my waffles and pancakes.

Yesterday when Vince got home from work, I had a friend over visiting and Vince, with his infinite manners, sat down and the first thing he said is “Are we going to Walmart tonight?” My friend said “I guess I’ll be going now!” and I was saying “I don’t think we need anything from Walmart” but Vince said “I’ll go take care of the chickens and then we can go!” Goodbye . . friend . . glad you were able to visit TIL VINCE GOT HOME!  :)

We got to WM and he said “Did you need anything?” Nope . . not a thing! What about you? Do you need something? Nope, he didn’t really need anything either. So, the night before Thanksgiving Eve, with everyone from this county and most of the surrounding counties shopping in Walmart because I think our WM is the closest one for about 2 hours from here, it was impossible to even walk, and with almost all the checkout lanes open, we still had to wait in a long line (even the self check and express lanes had long lines!) . . we were wandering the aisles at  Walmart. Finally . . he got to the real reason we were there. “Do you need anything to make that Tres Leches cake?” Nope, I have everything I need at home to make it. Hmmm  . . tell me again why we’re at Walmart!

Then he decided we should get more Dr. Pepper since yesterday was the last day they were on sale. How’s that for justifying why we should be out at Walmart two days before Thanksgiving? Dr. Pepper . . how could I say no to that?  :)

I guess today I will be making a Tres Leches cake!

 

 

The Walmart Savings Catcher Again

I know there’s a whole group of you out there who don’t like Walmart and most of you know how I feel about Walmart (thankful that they come to small towns where other businesses don’t always want to go and thankful that they provided part-time employment for my son while in college and a full time, good paying job now). So, if you don’t like them, just close out this post  . . that’s your right.

For those who enjoy saving a bit of money on the grocery bill, I think you’ll be surprised when you try Walmart’s Savings Catcher. 

I had mentioned the other day about the Savings Catcher. If you haven’t tried it and if you shop at Walmart, you need to try it. I was usually aware of prices at Kroger and when checking out at Walmart, I would tell them “Kroger has this for . . whatever” and they would match it but I never knew what Dollar General or Family Dollar prices were but Savings Catcher knows all that!

This cash back below surprised me. Kroger was having a sale a couple of weeks ago and it was something like “Buy 10 of these items and get $5 back” so I figured that was Kroger’s efforts to get around Walmart’s Savings Catcher and I didn’t think Walmart would honor that price gimmick. Vince bought one bag of bagels and I told him they were less at Kroger but when I plugged the receipt into the Savings Catcher, it matched Kroger’s special price.

And, the mayo was on sale at Dollar General. I don’t usually go there nor do I check their prices so that was a surprise.  What this means, with the double cash back on the Blue Bird card, means I paid $2 for the bagels and $1.02 for the mayo, along with the package of Knorr veggie soup mix.

Walmart's Savings Catcher

Walmart’s Savings Catcher

Next, a different week, Kroger had Land of Lakes butter for $2.99 per pound. Walmart actually had a 2 pound package for less but by the time I doubled the cash back, I knew it would be less to buy the single one pound packages. With the savings catcher and Blue Bird’s double, I paid $5.98 for 2 pounds of butter and got back $5.38 from Blue Bird so my net cost was 60¢ for 2 pounds of butter, or 30¢ per pound! Beat that price!

Walmart's Savings Catcher

Walmart’s Savings Catcher

The most surprising to me was the Dr. Pepper sale. Kroger had them for $3 per 12 pack. I wasn’t sure if soda was included in the Savings Catcher but decided to try it so I got 8 – 12 packs (yes, I’m drinking Dr. Pepper again!).  The Savings Catcher did honor the Kroger price and I got back $7.84 but since it was doubled, my net cost was $2.02 per 12 pack, or just a tad under 17¢ per can!

Walmart's Savings Catcher

Walmart’s Savings Catcher

In about 3 or 4 weeks, I’ve saved $17.85 through Walmart’s Savings Catcher, and really, this isn’t the time of year when I buy a lot of groceries.

Walmart's Savings Catcher

Walmart’s Savings Catcher

But, with Blue Bird, it was doubled, so my net savings is $35.70.

Walmart's Savings Catcher

Walmart’s Savings Catcher

The Blue Bird doubling the savings is scheduled to end in February but I don’t think the Savings Catcher has an end date. I could be wrong . . but it really is an easy way to save money without having to compare a bunch of prices.