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Sunday
Nov202011

what to do with all those cranberries

A quick Sunday hello, with fabulous ideas on what to do with all those cranberries, besides making cranberry sauce. 

If you missed Angela’s winter salad + cranberry dressing, you need to check it out.  Full of color, flavor, and a great contrast to a rich holiday meal.

I’ve made this 3 times in the past 2 days and it will be eaten again today.  The only thing I added was Love Grown Foods Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola.  The perfect crunch and slightly sweet addition, in lieu of croutons.

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The only thing better than the salad, is the dressing.  This is a great way to use up extra cranberries you may have in your fridge.  But it’s also worth buying a bag, just for this dressing.

Prettiest dressing ever.

And so dang delicious. 

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Now I’m about to get all domestic on you!

Another way to use leftover cranberries and maybe some herbs you have rotting in your fridge?

Centerpieces! 

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For a whole $1.68, I bought 1 bag of cranberries and made up this quick centerpiece idea.  A few years ago, I filled large hurricane vases with water and green leaves, then added cranberries and a white floating candle on top.

So pretty + festive and comes together in a snap.

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I don’t have the hurricane vases anymore, so I just pulled out other pretty glass items in our cupboard, filled them with water and placed the cranberries on top.

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You could definitely spruce up this setting more with putting greens in the center of the table, or a nice table runner.  Neither of which I had, or wanted to buy.  To throw a little more color in there, I filled two small mason jars with cranberries and stuck in fresh thyme and rosemary.

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This took about 10min to arrange.  It ended up a little Christmas-like, but with the plates + fall napkins it all evened out. 

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Dinner with friends felt so much more special with this festive little touch. 

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Enjoy the rest of your day!  I’m about to get working on a dessert, edit people photos, and hopefully head out for a brisk, but sunny bike ride.

Ashley

Reader Comments (21)

Oh my -- I think I need to get MORE cranberries now! The sound and look of that dressing is delightful. I love the color of cranberries -- nothing beats it's warm hue. I love how much of a seasonal treat it is..I'm so excited to make my cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving!

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren@spicedplate

Hope the dessert work and photo editing is going well. I just did the same things and now it's out for a brisk run for me.

Love all your cranberry ideas!

Such a pretty table setting! I'll definitely use that idea this holiday season. You can't beat the price too!

Cute centerpiece ideas! I'm always one for minimalist, easy centerpieces! Thanks for sharing! :-)

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErika - The Teenage Taste

What great ideas! Lovee cranberries :D

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

That's very pretty! I find that the simplest decorations are often the prettiest. My table centrepiece at Christmastime is just a large clear glass bowl filled with gold glass balls. I'm no Martha Stewart...but it makes me smile when I see it.

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Oh, what a great idea for centrepieces! So easy too. I love how elegant it looks! That would work nicely for Christmas too.
Glad you like the dressing...love your photos! I agree it's the prettiest dressing and it contrasts nicely with greens. Have a great rest of the weekend.

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela (Oh She Glows)

I have Angela's holiday salad on my list to make and bring to my families house. I might massage it into kale instead of regular greens. Can't wait to try it!

Great centerpiece ideas-- if only I was hosting Thanksgiving this year...

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilia @ Namaste Gurl

Thanks girl!! Just ate another huge plate of it...hehe You always have the prettiest centerpiece ideas!

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I love centerpieces like that!! And I know what you mean..this morning, just seeing the table made me smile!

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Welcome!!! Yes, extremely easy. :) Love it!

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Angela's salad is bookmarked! And your centerpieces are beautiful. What a creative idea.

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles

Those photos seriously look like they're straight out of a Crate n Barrel catalog! Love them!

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

I've decided to take Angela's salad to my friends' house on Thanksgiving. It sounds so good!

Last year I made a Christmas table decoration with fresh cranberries. I placed a white candle in a tall, glass holder that was a couple sizes too big and then surrounded the candle with cranberries. It looked so pretty :)

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Krug

Wow, you're creative. I love your cranberry usage!

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly @ Foodie Fiasco

THat sounds gorgeous!!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You are too kind!! Thank you :)

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Wow, those water glasses with cranberries floating on top are SO simple yet so beautiful. I absolutely adore this idea and will be trying it ASAP. Thanks for the tip!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIrina G (Fit Flexitarian)

Oh pretty table! Love it!

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAli

This is so creative and cute!

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMai

Thanks so much Irina! I just love how easy it is. :)

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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