Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Handmade Gift Idea #4

Some things in this house go horribly wrong.
If you know of anyone named Leon, I can totally hook you up with Christmas gifts! :o)
I was a little tired by the time I got to the last of the soap making on Sunday.
I flipped these over, popped them out of the mold, and.......oh!
Let me just say that I really hope I can find someone named Leon.
Other things in our house go incredibly right!
One thing in particular, my son shares my love of cooking.
He decided to prepare our entire Thanksgiving meal by himself, from scratch.
(It's a project for school but I am still really really proud of him)
Last week he roasted 12 pumpkins, made 8 cups pumpkin puree and 2 cases of pumpkin butter.
Tonight his latest masterpiece.....Cranberry Preserve.
Here's his recipe!
Put 3 lbs fresh cranberries and the juice from 9 oranges in a large pot and cover.
Cook over medium heat for about 15 mins until the fruit is soft.
Stir in 6 cups of sugar and the zest from 6 oranges,
cook over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Increase the heat and cook at a full boil for 3 -5 minutes.
Ladle into hot sterilized jars and process in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.
This recipe made 5 pint jars and 1 half pint.
Plenty for gift giving!
So easy and it's sooooo YUMMY!!!
It really truly was the best I have ever tasted.
I am not just saying that because my son made it.
I really am thinking of all the things that I could make to use this on.

I would totally want this as a holiday hostess gift!
Nothing better than homemade cranberry goodness.

I can't even begin to say how cute this is!
So proud!


  1. ok You made my evening by the Leon soap story thanks for the good laugh:)

  2. My first kiss was with a guy named Leon... too bad I haven't seen him since high school!

    On another note... Jacob is one of the coolest young men I have ever met... and this is one more notch in his belt!!! Love you!

  3. I was thinking if I can't find a Leon maybe I will chop the "n" off and give them to Leo! :o)