Sunday, November 21, 2010

Back in Arkansas and my favorite Cranberry Recipe

After a crazy day of trying to load everything needed for Thanksgiving week and dinner into the Avalanche, along with the new cushions for the couch/dinette, Johnny's birthday present and the golf clubs, I finally left Austin headed for Ashdown, Arkansas, Millwood Landing Golf and RV Resort and most important -- Johnny and Sage at about 4pm.  Realized about halfway here that I forgot to get the roast turkey demi glaze concentrate.  I like the demi glaze concentrate better because it isn't as salty as most other boullin options for flavoring the gravy.  Pretty sure I won't find it here in Ashdown or Texarkana.  Oh well, will have to make due.

Arrived at Millwood Landing at about 10:30pm.  Johnny had left the lights on and Sage seemed happy to see me -- or maybe it was just to go for a late night run!  I got the clothes, cooler and computer out of the truck and decided the rest could wait till today.  Still haven't gotten to unloading the truck. 

Got distracted watching the NASCAR race.  Happy Harvick is making a good run for the Championship.  Denny Hamlin is not having a good day.  Unfortunately Jimmie Johnson is doing okay.  Still time for Harvick to get a head of Jimmie though.  Keeping fingers crossed...

One of the things I needed to get done before leaving the house was making up some of our favorite cranberries.  Not quite ready to move the food processor from the house to the RV.  I tried this recipe a few years ago and it instantly became the family favorite for cranberries.  We keep some mixed up as long as we can buy cranberries.  Not only is it great with turkey and ham, but it's delicious with chips!  And for a bonus, it's really easy to make!

Cranberry Salsa
12 oz. fresh or frozen whole cranberries
1 medium jalepeno, seeded and deviened
1-2 green onions
3/4 cup sugar (I use half Splenda and half sugar)
handful fresh cilantro (more or less depending on how much you like cilantro)
1/4 tsp. ground cumin

Dump everything in the food processor and chop till fine.  It's best if you make it the day before to allow time for the flavors to blend.  This is my go to dish when I need to take something to share at a fall/winter get together.  Just add a bag of tortilla chips and you are good to go! 

Told Johnny this holiday season needs to be the last one we have both the house and RV going.  Lots of work packing up the holiday and moving stuff from the house to the RV.  On to MH shopping this coming weekend!

Hopefully will have more interesting things to talk about this week, since Johnny has a few days off and we'll have time for some fun!


  1. Good to see you made it safely. Recipe sounds yummy so I will see what we have and what we need to buy to make it. I was happy to see Jimmie win the championship for his 5 straight year. It was a very good race, he had me worried at times. Johnny was definitely needing a few days off when we were there, he was working on his 30th straight 12 hour shift. Have a great Thanksgiving.

    Stay Safe

  2. Carol thanks for the recipe! Definitely have to give this one a try! Cheers!

  3. Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! Johnny will have worked 40 straight 12 hour shifts. Okay, he did go in a couple hours late one day so he had time to go have a decent dinner! They're supposed to be hiring another night shift safety guy in December so hopefully will not go this long again!

  4. When you've been to the Daytona where did you stay? Sure would like to go there in February this year.