Winter Trail Mix Recipe Party Snack Or On-the-Go Treat

This Winter Trail Mix recipe is great not just during the holidays but all year long. Use it as a party snack or take it on-the-go. Nuts, dried fruit. #WinterTrailMix #Recipe

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Winter Trail Mix Recipe

Party Snack or On-the-Go Treat

 

I love this time of year with all the parties and fun activities that surround the holidays — Christmas Caroling, Holiday Boat Parades, taking a ride or walk to see the Christmas lights and decorations. Sometimes you just need a quick little snack to take on-the-go.

This Winter Trail Mix recipe is super quick and easy. You can literally whip it together in a minute. The trail mix is not too sweet and not too salty and loaded with the wonderful flavors of the season. It’s perfect for snacking or it makes a fabulous party nibble that both kids and adults will love.

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So, let’s get to the recipe!

Winter Trail Mix Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup – Roasted Salted Whole Cashews
  • 1 Cup – Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
  • 1 Cup – Candied Pecans
  • 1 Cup – Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup – Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup – Mini Marshmallows

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add all the above ingredients.
  2. Mix until well blended.

How easy is that? It does not get any easier, right? Yes, you will thank me. This is so yummy and packed with the delicious flavors of cashews, almonds, pecans, cranberries, cinnamon, and even some chocolate.

Printable Recipe – Winter Trail Mix

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Winter Trail Mix Recipe
 
This Winter Trail Mix recipe is great not just during the holidays but all year long. Use it as a party snack or take it on-the-go.
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Type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup - Roasted Salted Whole Cashews
  • 1 Cup - Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
  • 1 Cup - Candied Pecans
  • 1 Cup - Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup - Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup - Mini Marshmallows
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, add all the above ingredients.
  2. Mix until well blended.
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Oriental Trading has the cutest Buffalo Plaid line available right now. I like to package my Winter Trail Mix in these adorable Buffalo Plaid Snack Bowls with Lids. They are so festive and fun for those holiday outings. Take thermoses or stop and pick-up a couple boxes of coffee or hot cocoa and fill up your Buffalo Plaid insulated coffee cups with lids. It is a perfect treat combo.

I even keep a snack bowl filled with my Winter Trail Mix on our Wooden Buffalo Plaid Serving Tray in the den for evening snacking while we watch TV.

 

I know you will enjoy this snack, and I wish you the happiest of holidays.

If you are looking for other tasty winter snack ideas, check out my Sugared Cranberries.

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Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017

Calling all holiday foodies to enter the Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017. Prizes and Giveaway. Find tasty recipes for the holiday season. #Recipe #Contest #Giveaway #MTCRC

Tis the season to indulge in great food for every occasion. With all the end-of-year celebrations and festivities, we are always being asked to bring a dish or goodie of some kind. So, why not share your recipes and be inspired by others? And even better, you can put on your competitive cap and have a chance at winning the recipe contest.

We have three prizes, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, so, bloggers, enter as many recipes as you would like among the various categories. You will find everything you need to celebrate the holidays with great taste.

EVERYONE is welcome to enter the GIVEAWAY! We have a $100 CASH Prize for the giveaway. That is above and beyond our recipe contest prizes. So, let’s have some holiday fun!

 

Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Syrup Recipe

A Sweet and Tangy Recipe for the Holiday Season

 

To start off this yummy event, I am sharing my Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Syrup. One recipe, two sweet and tangy holiday treats. This super easy Sugared Cranberries recipe also makes a delicious Cranberry Syrup. They are perfect for snacking, light and refreshing. They make a great takeaway gift for guests and are a fabulous addition to a holiday cookies and goodies exchange. Find the full RECIPE HERE!

Now, onto the contest and giveaway!

 

Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017

 

A big Thank You! to the co-hosts for supporting the Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017, and making this event possible. Please check out their blogs and follow them on social media!

 

LorelaiLife With LorelaiFacebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram

AlliAn Alli EventFacebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram

EmilyDomestic DeadlinePinterest / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

LeannaOf Faeries & Fauna Craft Co.Pinterest / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

AudreyThat RecipeFacebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram

JenniferSatsuma DesignsPinterest / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

AshleySweetpea LifestyleInstagram / Pinterest / Facebook

JeanneeCentsably CreativeFacebook / Instagram / Twitter

KristenThe Road To DomesticationFacebook / Twitter

LynnBack To The SouthPinterest / Instagram

 

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this delicious recipe contest. With 548 recipes entered, this is a fantastic resource for your holiday cooking, as well as all year long. So, now, it is our pleasure to announce…

The WINNERS

3rd Place: $50 Prize

Mulled Apple Cider Recipe from Jenna @ The Urben Life

 

2nd Place: $75 Prize

Sour Cream Cookies Recipe from Kris @ Big Rigs ‘n Lil’ Cookies

 

…and drum roll please…

1st Place: $150 Prize

White Chocolate Tiramisu Trifle with Spiced Pears Recipe from Deb @ Just Short of Crazy

 

 

Our GIVEAWAY WINNER is Michael Hurt — $100 PayPal CASH

Congratulations to ALL of our winners!

 

Recipe Contest Details:

  • Contest OPEN for Entries – October 15, 2017, through November 8, 2017.
  • One recipe from each category will be selected as a Finalist.
  • Finalists will be announced on November 10, 2017.
  • Winners (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place) will be announced November 15, 2017.

Prizes:

  • All prizes paid USD via PayPal.
  • 1st Place – $150
  • 2nd Place – $75
  • 3rd Place – $50

Rules for Recipe Entries:

  • Must be a Blogger to Enter.
  • Recipe must be linked to the direct blog post where the full recipe is published.
  • You may enter as many Recipes as you like.
  • You may enter in various categories. Be sure the recipe fits the category.
  • You must include your Email when linking recipes. Winners will be notified via Email.
  • If you are a winner, you must be able to accept prize via PayPal.
  • Recipe photos may be used for promotional purposes. All credits will be given to the original source.

Giveaway:

  • No Blog necessary to enter the Giveaway!
  • ENTER the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post!
  • Chance to WIN $100 USD PayPal CASH!!!

The Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists! One recipe was chosen from each category. These recipes have the chance of winning the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prize! Good luck. The Winners will be announced on November 15, 2017.

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Look below to see all the recipes entered in the contest and be inspired for your holiday celebrating!

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17 Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes Refreshing Summer

Beat the heat with these Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes – refreshing for summer! Perfect for relaxing outdoors and entertaining adults and kids alike. #NonAlcoholicDrinks #SummerDrinks

 

Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes Refreshing Summer

Enjoying the outdoors, summer parties, and beating the heat!

 

Summer is in full swing and that means it’s time to relax on the porch with friends and family. What better way to refresh than with a nice cold drink. So, here is a collection of delicious and amazing non-alcoholic beverages perfect for summer refreshment.

I know you will love this roundup of drink recipes from some very talented bloggers. They are gorgeous and make a beautiful presentation. Plus, these summer drinks are kid-friendly. Enjoy!

Sparkling Honey Limeade from Jaclyn @ Cooking Classy

 

Disneyland’s Louisiana Lemonade from Steph @ Six Sisters’ Stuff

 

Pineapple Lemonade from Aniko for The 36th Avenue

 

Raspberry Mint Julep from Julie @ Life Straight Up!

 

Non-Alcoholic Apple Cider Mimosa from Swati and Tushar @ Watch What U Eat

 

Mock Sangria from Aimee @ Wallflower Kitchen

 

Minty Non-Alcoholic Mojitos from Rowena @ Skinny Ms.

 

Melon Ball Punch AKA Bottled Summer from Monique @ Divas Can Cook

 

Bubbly Triple-Citrus Iced Tea from Tammi @ My Organized Chaos

 

Roasted Peach and Strawberry Fizz from Anja @ Use Your Noodle

 

Thai Tea Recipe from Todd and Diane @ White On Rice Couple

 

Orange Creamsicle Float from Tara @ Noshing With The Nolands

 

Watermelon Slushie from Aniko @ Place Of My Taste

 

Non-Alcoholic Mint Juleps from Julie @ The Farm Girl

 

Non-Alcoholic Piña Colada from Serene @ House Of Yumm

 

Lavender Lemonade from Kate @ Centsational Girl

 

Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail from Katie @ The  Casual Craftlete

 

 

Looking for something fun and fabulous for your drinks? Try these DIY Bug Umbrellas For Party Drinks. Your guests will love them, and you can match whatever decor you use.

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13 Mason Jar Ideas Great For Summer Living

Have some fun this summer with these fabulous and creative Mason Jar Ideas perfect for decor, entertaining, gifts, and more! Get more out of your summer living. #MasonJars #Summer

 

Mason Jar Ideas

Great for Summer Living

 

Summer is a great time for having fun with friends and family. If you are looking for some special ideas that a creative and easy, this roundup DIY Mason Jar Ideas fits the bill. I know you are going to love these fabulous ideas from these very talented bloggers. Enjoy!

DIY Bug Repellent Summer Mason Jar Luminaries from Claire @ A Little Claireification

 

Pretty Patriotic DIY Mason Jar Vases from Linette @ Home and Garden Cafe

 

Summer Mason Jars – Lemon and Watermelon Silverware Caddies from Jen @ Pink When

 

DIY Summer Activity Mason Jar Decor with Pallet Wood from Becky @ My Paper Craze

 

Summer Letter Writing Kit In A Jar from Malia @ Yesterday On Tuesday

 

Hanging Jar Herb Garden  from Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

 

Mason Jar Watermelon Cake Dessert from Courtney @ Pizzazzerie

 

Mason Jar BBQ Favors from Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

 

Easy Boho Chic DIY Mason Jar Candleholder from Amy @ Mod Podge Rocks

 

Mason Jar Bird Feeder from Merissa @ Little House Living

 

Mason Jar Light DIY from Robin @ All Things Heart And Home

 

Frosted Mason Jars and Picnic Caddy DIY from Jenn @ Clean & Scentsible

 

Painted Mason Jar Vases DIY from KC @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family

 

 

Isn’t this a great collection of Mason Jar Ideas? I knew you’d  love them. So have some fun this summer and make one or few for yourself. Happy summer!

 

Looking for other summer ideas? Check out Kids, Summer, YIKES! and End-of-Summer Recipes.

 

 

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Christmas Printables – 12 Days of Christmas – Day 9

Make the holidays fun, festive, and easy with Christmas Printables. You are going to love all of the Christmas goodness that is headed your way over the next several days. Don’t miss a single day — they are all different and promise tons of holiday cheer and inspiration! Enjoy…

Join us for the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Series along with eleven other talented bloggers. We’ve rounded up the best of the best Christmas ideas to make your holiday season more festive and fun.

Every day December 1-12th we will be sharing a new collection of Christmas Ideas rounded up from our best blogging friends around the web. That’s a total of 144 awesome Christmas Ideas to make your holiday season easier and more fun! Some of our topics include Decor, DIY, Organization, Food, Games and so much more. We don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you too much. We want you to be surprised! Now is the perfect time to subscribe so you’ll be the first to know!

Meet The Hostesses

Shirley of Intelligent Domestications ~ Erlene of My Pinterventures ~ Lindsay of Crazy Organized

Michelle of Our Crafty Mom ~ Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy ~ Lorelai of Life With Lorelai

Katie of The Organized Dream ~ Amanda of The Kolb Corner ~ Marie of DIY Adulation

Megan of C’mon Get Crafty ~ Sara of Twelve On Main ~ Kim of Made in a Day

 

12 Days of Christmas Ideas – Christmas Printables

Day 9

Welcome, Marie from DIY Adulation.

The holidays can be crazy stressful. Between budgets, social obligations, and gifts it is no wonder that you are exhausted come Christmas day. One of the easiest ways to prevent holiday overwhelm is by utilizing free printables. Since I’m passionate about making your life even easier I’m helping you out by rounding up the best Christmas printables this year. These printables will have you covered from holiday parties to kids’ games.

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Photo Credit: Shirley (Intelligent Domestications)

Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt Game

If you are looking for a great way to connect with family over the holidays then this Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt Game from Shirley at Intelligent Domestications is perfect for you! Her family uses it to build up excitement before the big family Christmas but this would also be a great way to feel closer to family members that don’t live close. A fun variation on the game would be to create teams based on state. See what state is superior this season!

 

Photo Credit: Kim (Made in a Day)

Deer Gift Tags

Don’t settle for boring gift tags this year. Instead, check out these Deer Gift Tags from Kim at Made in a Day. They are an easy and classic way to adorn your gifts while allowing you to keep track of recipients.

Photo Credit: Sara (Twelve on Main)

“Merry and Bright” Printable

Dress up your walls with simple and elegant Christmas décor like this “Merry and Bright” printable from Sara at Twelve on Main. This is a perfect fit for farmhouse décor or if you like clean lines for the season.

 

Photo Credit: Lorelai (Life with Lorelai)

Candy Cane Legend with Printables

I have always loved the Legend of the Candy Cane. It brings so much more meaning to a holiday staple. Get a free printable to attach to your candy canes this year with the Candy Cane Legend with Printables from Lorelai at Life with Lorelai.

 

Photo Credit: Kim (Made in a Day)

Hipster Holiday Free Printable Gift Tags

If traditional isn’t really your style then you have to check out these Hipster Holiday Free Printable Gift Tags also from Kim at Made in a Day. These are so adorable I can promise you that anyone would love getting a gift adorned with one.

 

Letters to Santa

Make letters to Santa a breeze this year with the free printables from yours truly! Don’t worry. There is an option for older kids and another for non-writers. Let everyone get in on the fun and be prepared to chuckle at you children’s wants this year.

 

Photo Credit: Emily (My Love for Words)

Free Rustic Christmas Party Printables

What if there was a printable set that made throwing your holiday party a breeze? These Free Rustic Christmas Party Printables from Emily at My Love for Words do just that. She seriously has you covered from wall invitations to décor. These are fabulous!

 

Photo Credit: Sarah (Must Have Mom)

Christmas Guessing Game Printable

Get a fun and easy game to keep the kiddos entertained at your holiday party this year with this free Christmas Guessing Game Printable from Sarah at Must Have Mom. This is such a cute game that even you won’t mind playing a few rounds. This would also make an awesome Christmas-themed family game night.

 

Photo Credit: Meagen (Just2Sisters)

Elf on the Shelf Report Card

Do you rock Elf on the Shelf during December? This Elf on the Shelf Report Card from Meagen at Just2Sisters is a fun addition for your tradition.

 

Photo Credit: Amy (A Bird and a Bean)

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendars do not have to be accompanied with gifts and sometimes we can forget that. If you’re just looking for a cute and decorative countdown to the holidays then this Advent Calendar from Amy at A Bird and a Bean is perfect. A modern design with two color options will keep the “When is Christmas?” whining at bay this year.

 

Photo Credit: Krista (the Happy Housie)

Buffalo Check Printable

I absolutely LOVE buffalo check around the holidays. Krista at the Happy Housie has me covered this year with a ton of color options for her gorgeous Buffalo Check Printable! There is seriously one to fit your décor no matter what your color scheme is.

 

Photo Credit: Lauren (Bless’er House)

Hot Cocoa Printable

Another fantastic treat for the season is indulging in hot chocolate. Whether you are hosting a holiday party or just enjoying a cozy night at home, this Hot Cocoa Printable from Lauren at Bless’er House is an adorable piece of décor to dress up your hot cocoa station.

Don’t let stress keep you from enjoying your holidays this year. Use these printables to totally rock the season. Don’t forget to check out all of the other amazing Christmas ideas and tips to make this the best holiday yet!

 
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Cheese, Fig, and Basil Hors d’oeuvre Recipe

If you are looking for something spectacular to serve your guests as an appetizer this holiday season, then here is the recipe for you. This elegant and easy hors d’oeuvre features flavorful Stella Cheese.


Cheese, Fig, & Basil Hors d’oeuvres

An Elegant and Easy Stella Cheese Recipe

 

Are you hosting a holiday party for friends or maybe the big family celebration? These events can be stressful; but relax, I have you covered with a great tip. MAKE SIMPLE FOOD!

Now, simple food does not have to be boring or bland. Use quality ingredients and rich, bold flavor combinations to tantalize your taste buds. Stella Cheeses are a perfect addition to any appetizer.

The old world craftsmanship and rich dairy heritage of Stella Cheeses date back to 1923. These quality flavorful cheeses come in many varieties from shredded to crumbled, and sharp to sweet, and always adds a hint of romantic flavor. Your guests will adore Stella Cheeses.

I paired Stella’s savory Romano Cheese with a Dalmatia Fig and Cocoa Fruit Spread and a sprig of Basil atop a mini toast. It does not get much simpler than this, folks! The flavors burst in your mouth, and the toast offers a very satisfying crunch. Not only does this hors d’oeuvre taste amazing, it is absolutely gorgeous — perfect for a festive holiday party or any occasion. Here is my recipe, and it has only four ingredients.

 

Cheese, Fig, and Basil Hors d’oeuvres Recipe


Ingredients:

  • Stella Romano Cheese
  • Dalmatia Fig and Cocoa Fruit Spread (you can use any fruit spread you like)
  • Fresh Basil
  • Mini Toast

Directions:

  1. Slice small pieces of Romano Cheese.
  2. Stir Fruit Spread to loosen it up, then spoon a dollop on a mini toast.
  3. Top with Romano Cheese.
  4. Garnish with a small sprig of fresh Basil.

 

Elegant. Festive. Delicious. Easy.

I’ve made this even easier with a Printable Recipe:

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Cheese, Fig, and Basil Hors d'oeuvre Recipe
 
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A spectacular hors d'oeuvre for holiday entertaining. Your guests will love this appetizer, and it's an elegant and easy recipe with a wonderful flavor and crunch.
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Type: Appetizer
Serves: 12 pieces
Ingredients:
  • Stella Romano Cheese
  • Dalmatia Fig and Cocoa Fruit Spread (you can use any fruit spread you like)
  • Fresh Basil
  • Mini Toast
Directions:
  1. Slice small pieces of Romano Cheese.
  2. Stir Fruit Spread to loosen it up, then spoon a dollop on a mini toast.
  3. Top with Romano Cheese.
  4. Garnish with a small sprig of fresh Basil.
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Your schedule and your guests will love this simple and tasty appetizer. Serve it at your next party! Try it with other cheese or fruit spread combinations.

Find Stella Parmesan Cheese, Romano, Asiago, and all the other wonderful varieties at a local store near you. Locate where to buy here. Look for another Stella Cheese Recipe here.

 

Stella Cheeses has an AMAZING CONTEST going on right NOW! You can ENTER TO WIN The Perfect Pair Contest for a chance to win a $5,000 trip to Napa Valley,  California, wine country! CLICK HERE to enter.

 

I wish you good luck in the contest. Have wonderful holidays, and enjoy your entertaining with this easy recipe and Stella Cheeses!

 

 

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Sugared Cranberries And Cranberry Syrup Recipe

One recipe, two sweet and tangy holiday treats. This super easy Sugared Cranberries recipe also makes a delicious Cranberry Syrup. #Cranberry #Recipe

 

Sugared Cranberries & Cranberry Syrup Recipe

One Recipe, Two Sweet and Tangy Holiday Treats

 

If there is a fruit that screams Thanksgiving and Christmas, its cranberries. The beautiful red balls of tartness can be used for so many things from foodstuffs to decorating. So, when I ran across this idea for Sugared Cranberries on Pinterest last year, I had to give it a try.

Sugared Cranberries are always a huge hit at our Thanksgiving and Christmas get-togethers. Of course, the cranberries are set out for snacking, but everyone’s favorite part is the goodie bags. The small cellophane bags filled with Sugared Cranberries and tied with ribbons for my guests to take home. They also received a small Mason jar of Pumpkin Spice Syrup. Yum, yum, yum!

Sugared Cranberries are amazing and they have become a must-have for our Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations. Your family will love them. Give them a try.

 Sugared Cranberries Recipe

All you need for this recipe is Fresh Cranberries, Granulated Sugar, Water, and Ultra-Fine Baker’s Sugar. Do Not skimp-out on this ingredient. Regular sugar will clump and not work well. It is a very simple recipe and takes very little time–minus the steeping time.

 

Add Granulated Sugar to Water in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally until sugar dissolves and makes a syrup. DO NOT BOIL. Stir in Fresh Cranberries. Transfer berries and syrup to a container, cover, and refrigerate. Let cranberries steep for 8-hours to overnight.

 

After steeping, drain cranberries well. Do Not pat dry. Clinging syrup helps the Ultra-Fine Baker’s Sugar adhere to cranberries. Reserve Cranberry Syrup for later use. Coat cranberries with ultra-fine sugar a few at a time. Place Sugared Cranberries single layer in shallow pans. Shake occasionally to roll cranberries around for even drying. Leave at room temperature for 1-hour or until dry.

CAUTION: Do Not layer or pile cranberries too heavily. They are very delicate and will pop.

These refreshing sweet-tart treats have a nice little pop in your mouth. They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

 

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Sugared Cranberries - A perfect holiday treat. When you make this simple recipe you get the bonus of having Cranberry Syrup leftover.
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Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups - Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Cups - Water
  • 2 Cups - Fresh Cranberries
  • 3/4 Cups - Ultra-Fine Baker's Sugar
Directions:
  1. Combine Granulated Sugar and Water in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir mixture until sugar dissolves, making a syrup. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat.
  3. DO NOT BOIL, or cranberries may pop when added.
  4. Stir in cranberries.
  5. Transfer cranberries and syrup to a container.
  6. Cover and Refrigerate.
  7. Allow cranberries to steep in syrup overnight or at least 8-Hours.
  8. Drain cranberries using a colander or strainer over a bowl. Reserve the syrup.
  9. Pour Ultra-Fine Baker's Sugar into a shallow pan.
  10. Add well-drained Cranberries a few at a time. (Do Not pat dry. Clinging syrup helps adhere sugar to berries.)
  11. Coat cranberries with sugar.
  12. Spread Sugared Cranberries loosely and single in a shallow pan.
  13. Let stand at room temperature for 1 or until dry.
Notes
This recipe is easily doubled or tripled. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
CAUTION: Do Not layer or pile cranberries too heavily. They are very delicate and will pop.

Cranberry Syrup:
Use the cranberry syrup to stir into tea, add to pancakes, muffins, or cakes. Refrigerate in a Mason jar or container for up to 1 month.

Gift Idea:
Place sugared cranberries into small cellophane bags tied with ribbons for a nice gift for your holiday guests.

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X-ray of a Blog – Blogging Tips Series pt. 3

This is the Final article in the Three-part Series. If you missed the First or Second installment of X-ray of a Blog, please go check them out.

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The doctor holds up the paddles and looks at the heart rate monitor.

DOCTOR
We have a normal sinus rhythm.

NURSE
You did it, Doctor. You saved the Blog!

DOCTOR
It seems so, Nurse, but the Blog will need to take care and get regular exercise in order to stay healthy.

NURSE
I’m sure with a little TLC, the Blog will continue to flourish.

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The X-ray of a Blog

In this three-part series, we are exploring the attributes and make-up of a blog. In part one, we examined the Skeleton, Skin, Nervous System, and Brain. Part Two explored the Heart, Soul, Mouth, Eyes and Ears, and Hands. Part Three brings you the Muscles, Health, Feet, Veins, and Stomach of a blog. As previously, you will find links to help explain and provide you with more detail. Onto our final look at the X-ray of a Blog…

The Muscles

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is the muscle behind your blog. Learn how to work your blog to get the best results. The proper training can get your blog to its optimal fitness and allow it to reach its greatest potential.

The Health

Growth and relationships are vital for a healthy blog. So just how do you increase your traffic and visitors? Frequent, quality posts that lead to interaction and engagement of readers will go a long way toward your goals.

The Feet

A blog needs not to be stationary. Use your feet. Go out walking and visiting other blogs. You may find inspiration, things you can incorporate into your own blog … do not forget to link back to theses posts. Write a guest post on someone’s blog, or provide others the opportunity to guest blog for you. Link Parties and Blog Hops provide you a fun-filled way of finding and exploring new blogs, and always remember to leave comments wherever your feet take you. Backlinks, Guest Blogs, and Link Parties are all great ways to gain new readers for your own blog.

The Veins

Like the veins in the human body, your readers carry your blogs lifeblood. Give your readers every possible way to experience and share your blog.

30 Ways To Promote Your Blog

Set Up A Newsletter With Mail Chimp

5 Facebook Tips For Bloggers

How To: Mastering Twitter 140 Characters At A Time

Pinterest & Blogging: The Good, The Bad, And The Huh?

How To Use Google+ As A Blogger

How To Use Stumble Upon: A Guide For Beginners And Bloggers

The Stomach

One way to help feed your stomach and your blogs is by monetizing. Learn how to market and brand your blog to your advantage. Use your blog to promote your Etsy store. Be sure to understand the rules and regulations, especially when it comes to dealing with giveaways, taxes, and the IRS. A good tax tool or calc helps a lot, but in the meantime, check out these valuable resources.

How I Make Money Blogging

The Ultimate Guide To Making An Affiliate Income From Your Blog

5 Blogging Tips For Etsy Sellers

5 Tips For Marketing Your Blog

Hosting Giveaways

Sweepstakes, Contests & Giveaways – Laws Bloggers & Brands Need To Know

I want to thank you for taking this journey with me through an X-ray of a Blog. It is my sincere wish that you have found useful information throughout the three segments of this Blogging Tips Series. I have enjoyed putting these resources together for you, and will be returning to it myself on numerous occasions in the future as my blog grows.

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