Monday, December 7, 2015

Thanksgiving Recap, Cranberry Chutney + A Giveaway!

Last week I ended up playing catch up with life and work -- so today I'm sharing our Thanksgiving recap.

This year it was our turn to spend Thanksgiving with Nick's family so we packed our bags and headed to Colorado for the week. Although, Emerson is an avid flyer there were still a few firsts -- like Emerson's first time to Colorado, first Holiday spent in Nick's parents new house and the first time my sister-in-law and nephew met Emerson.

My sweet little family. Apparently Emerson wasn't having any of it!

We actually caught a few days of sunshine while we where there. Of course we spend it outside!
Girlfriend trekked 9 miles in the Ergo to Horsetooth!

Before the snow rolled in we made are way to Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park where we saw Elk, mountain sheep and deer! More on this later.

Of course, we spent the Wednesday before Thanksgiving prepping. Nick's mom made a fantastic spread for Thanksgiving!

I even made a few dishes, spicy green beans and cranberry chutney! It was my first time making cranberry chutney and I loved it! If you like a tart cranberry sauce for your turkey then you will love it too!

Cranberry Chutney
[via the experts at bistroMD]


1 lb Cranberries, fresh
½ cup Raspberries, frozen
¼ cup Water
½ cup Celery, finely chopped
Juice and Zest of 1 Orange
1 tablespoon Honey
¼ teaspoon Cinnamon


Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add water, orange juice, orange zest, honey and cinnamon and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low and add cranberries. Continue to cook until they become soft and burst, about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add raspberries and celery, cook an additional 10 minutes, until raspberries begin to burst.

Reduce heat to low and cover until ready to serve.

For the chutney I replaced regular honey with Nektar Honey Crystals [c/o]! It was my first time using the Nectar Honey Crystals and I was super impressed. They taste just like honey without the mess! Plus, the bottle traveled well to Colorado. #BeeSweet

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  1. fabulous Thanksgiving pictures, lady! Dinner isn't the same without cranberry sauce or chutney!

    1. Thanks! I seriously want to make it for Christmas dinner ;)

  2. I was SO insanely excited when we saw an elk at the Grand Canyon! My boyfriend hunts elk in Colorado every year (at Ralph Lauren's ranch, WHAT?!) and sends all these beautiful pictures and I FINALLY got to see one in real life last November. It was so awesome!

    And - i'd obviously have to try that Apple Pie recipe in the picture. That sounds amazing!

  3. Yes for the cranberry!

  4. I would use Nektar Honey Crystals in my hot tea.

  5. I would use Nektar Honey Crystal for hot tea and smoothies
    Thank You for the chance

    Fiona N