MPM – You’re Invited!

It’s party time! Our Bloggy Progressive Dinner starts tonight at Joy’s place.  Head on over there for a nice drink, and then be sure to visit Kate tomorrow for appetizers.  Five blogs, five nights, five great prizes!  Fun, fun, fun!

My contribution for tonight’s party is this this slightly altered version of Hot Cranberry Citrus Drink I found on Taste of Home.  I purchased some fresh cranberries on Manager’s Special last week at Dillons, and when the temperature dropped to sub-crazy this afternoon I simmered the makings of this beverage on my stove.


It smelled so, so good that I let it simmer twice as long as I was supposed to.  Didn’t hurt a thing.  I also didn’t have a cheesecloth, so I just used my wire strainer.  The kids loved it, hubby loved it, I loved it!  We get excited about tasty drinks around here, because our normal fare is water, water, and more water.  Enjoy the recipe.

Hot Cranberry Citrus Drink

  • 6 ounces fresh (or frozen) cranberries
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

In a saucepan, bring water and cranberries to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 5-7 minutes, until cranberries pop.  Stir in remaining ingredients; return to a boil.  Reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 25-30 minutes.  Strain through cheesecloth (or wire strainer); discard pulp (I think I might save mine and stir it into my oatmeal in the morning) and cinnamon sticks (my kids used the cinnamon sticks for stirring sticks — they thought that was the coolest thing).  Serve warm.  Yield:  about 6 cups.

On with the rest of this week’s menu.  It’s a crazy week of ballgames, a Christmas party, and our 10th Anniversary!

Sunday, 12/14

  • biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, apples
  • homemade pizza
  • Snack Night!  (with rave reviews — we don’t do this very often) summer sausage, crackers, cheese, broccoli, carrots, ranch dip, layered shrimp spread (awesome appetizer recipe — I’ll share it tomorrow for the Bloggy Progressive Dinner) and Hot Cranberry Citrus Drink

Monday through Thursday Suppers

  • chicken enchiladas, refried beans, corn, strawberry pretzel salad (look for this recipe Wednesday!) — at my five year-old’s request, because “You never make my favorite things anymore.”  Whatever.  Her favorite things tend to change weekly.  She is such a girl.  😉  High school Christmas program tonight.
  • This pork tenderloin stew from Taste of Home looks delicious – gonna give it a try with some homemade bread.  We’ll eat between basketball games.  A definite plus to living 1/2 block from the gym!
  • Hmmm, a meal from my freezer stash, possibly?
  • Date Night for our 10th anniversary, which is Friday, and we’re actually going out to eat… using a gift certificate that was given to us last Christmas.  How pitiful is that!?!  I think I’ll prepare another snack night for the kids.

Friday – School’s Out! My family is home! (well, kind of)

Saturday, 12/20

  • eggs and toast
  • big (like 70ish people big) family dinner and Christmas celebration — I’ve been assigned a vegetable and deviled eggs, but I’ll probably take some cookies, too
  • leftovers from the noon meal

Have a great week, everyone!  Head on over to OrgJunkie for lots of meal planning ideas and Scrumptious Sunday Swap for some great recipes.

This post is linked to the In-Season Recipe Swap at Tammy’s Recipes.


  1. Love snack night! I would eat like that every night if I could get away with it.

    Happy Anniversary!

  2. I love holiday drinks. I actually had a yummy Peppermint Hot Chocolate at church last night. It really got me in the holiday mood.

  3. Okay…two things. First, that citrus drink sounds SO GOOD. Second, we also hang on to gift certificates FOREVER…waiting to use them until “just the right time” or something. We know that once we use them, they’re gone, I guess. Going out is SUCH a BIG DEAL since we hardly ever do!! 🙂

  4. I love the hot cranberry drink recipe. I’ll definitely give it a try!

  5. That citrus drink sounds delicious! Definitely a great change from apple cider, which I don’t care for. Thanks for the new recipe!

  6. That cranberry drink sounds really good. I love cranberry juice so I am definitely going to have to try this. I showed my fiance this and he says it sounds way better then hot apple cider. 🙂

  7. Mmm…. love that citrusy drink – I’ll bet it smells fantastic on the stove too! Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Thanks for sharing, Amy — this looks beautiful and sounds delicious!! 🙂

    I was wondering if you’d mind adding a link back to the in-season recipe swap in this post. 🙂 Thanks again for participating! 😀


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