Lots of events are coming up that are on my radar.
I made cranberry-orange relish yesterday as a Turkey Day side dish and I believe the orange in both the relish and my first attempt at pawpaw preserves is what I don’t like.
My aunt, Shirley, did like the relish. I think she and I are the only ones that tried it. I used the recipe on the back of the cranberry bag:
1 bag (12 oz.) cranberries, rinsed
1 medium orange, seeded and quartered
3/4 cup of sugar, more or less to taste
1. Chop the cranberries and orange in a food processor.
2. Add 3/4 cup of sugar to the dish. Add more or less to taste
3. Let set for several hours or overnight in refrigerator before serving.
I could have used more sugar to see if that would have balanced out the twang of the orange. I also probably didn’t peel off enough of the pith (white part on the orange) and that’s bitter.
For next year’s batch of pawpaws, I plan to use a recipe a woman gave to Chris when she learned I was canning some of our fruit:
1 1/2 quart pulp
1 quart sugar
1 package of Sure-Gel
1/4 lime or lemon juice.
Hopefully I’ll like this recipe much better than our own.
Chris and I, like many Americans, are planning to travel this holiday season to visit family and friends.
I never really experienced this myself since most of my family live in the same city, or at least within a good 2-3 hour driving distance.
But Chris’ family lives all over — from Oregon to New York.
Last year’s hotel booking was a nightmare. We arrived at the Motel 6 at 11 p.m. and discovered that our room looked like it had been rented out to a raccoon. Labeled nonsmoking, the room smelled of stale cigarettes; contained only once chair, which looked like it was commonly used as the ashtray; and had dingy white sheets that were stained and had cigarette holes.
When Chris returned from the car with our luggage, he found me frantically flipping through the phonebook for salvation. We found it up the street in a Howard Johnson. Although the hallways reeked of stale grease from the adjoining night club, our room was clean and had a bed that looked safe enough to sit on.
We didn’t get a refund from the hour or less we had the Motel 6 room, but we did get a peaceful night’s sleep at the HoJo.
We’re praying for an easier time this year and have researched reviews before we booked any rooms. I hope those reviews are up-to-date and valid so we can have a comfortable holiday season.
Wishing you a clean hotel and stress-free holiday travel!