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Homemade Cranberry Sauce- Day 6: Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is probably the easiest recipe to make on your Thanksgiving menu, so don’t be tempted to purchase the canned version!  It’s Day 6 of Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving and the perfect time to make Toni’s Perfect Cranberry Sauce- watch the video below for a cooking demonstration of this simple recipe.

Homemade cranberry sauce can be made and stored well in advance without having to freeze because you’re essentially making a sugared jelly out of the fresh cranberries.  This recipe for cranberry sauce has never let me down which is why I call it “perfect”.

Cranberry sauce recipe

Toni’s Perfect Cranberry Sauce


Toni’s Perfect Cranberry Sauce


This sauce recipe will serve between 6-8 people, so double or triple the recipe if you’re cooking for more people.

  1.  3 cups cranberries (1 12oz. bag)
  2.  1 cup orange juice
  3.  1 cup agave nectar or 1 cup sugar
  4.  Cinnamon sticks- 2


  1.  Combine all ingredients in saucepan; cook over medium heat stirring constantly
  2.  Be amazed at how beautiful the cranberries look when they soften and begin to pop
  3.  Once cranberries are completely softened and have popped (about 10-12 minutes), remove from heat, cool
  4. Remove cinnamon sticks before serving or stick them up in the sauce for decoration


cranberrysauce 650x433 Tonis Perfect Cranberry Sauce

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Make-Ahead Mushroom Shallot Sauce: Day 5 Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving

Making Delicious Memories This Thanksgiving

It’s Day 5 of Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving and the perfect time to make a mushroom sauce to pour over steamed green beans on Thanksgiving Day.  This Thanksgiving green bean recipe can be made well in advance and stored in the freezer.

Thanksgiving green bean recipe

Mushroom White-Wine Shallot Sauce Recipe (wine is optional)

 Ingredients for Mushroom White Wine Sauce: (double this recipe for a large group)

  • Butter-1/2 cup (1 stick or 8 tbspns)
  • Sliced mushrooms- 1 bag
  • Shallots- 2, peeled and minced
  • Flour- 3 tbspns
  • White wine, like cooking wine or a Chardonnay like Mirassou Chardonnay
  • Chicken broth- 1 cup
  • Heavy cream- 1 cup


  1. Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat
  2. Add shallots and mushrooms; saute until tender, approximately 3 minutes
  3. Add flour and saute for 1 more minute
  4. Add wine and stir until flour is dissolved (or skip if not using wine)
  5. Add broth and cream; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes

Store in airtight container until Thanksgiving Day to pour over steamed fresh green beans.

Thanksgiving Day

For fresh steamed green beans, they’re making it really easy for us these days.  I use fresh ready-to-steam green beans that are found in the produce section that are washed and ready to steam in the bag in the microwave.  Also, Bird’s Eye Steamfresh frozen green beans are easy to pull out of the freezer and cook in the microwave.

Or you can buy fresh green beans in bulk from the produce section to wash and trim yourself.

Warm the Mushroom White-Wine Shallot Sauce in the microwave or a slow-cooker to keep warm for serving.

Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole: Classic or Contemporary?

Many people prefer the classic Green Bean Casserole.  Here is a post I wrote last year about classic versus contemporary green bean recipes for Thanksgiving.

greenbean1 650x433 Steamed Green Beans with Mushroom White Wine Shallot Sauce (wine optional)Classic Green Bean Casserole for Thanksgiving
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Grocery Shopping Tips: “Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving”

Thanksgiving Made Easy


It’s less than two weeks until Thanksgiving Day! And if you’re cooking Thanksgiving Dinner For A Large Group, my Thanksgiving guide can help. If you haven’t already downloaded the grocery shopping list for Toni’s 12 Days of Thanksgiving, you can click on the link below.

click here to download grocery shopping list


Shop early to take advantage of pre-Thanksgiving Day sales at the grocery stores. But you’ll want to hold off on purchasing fresh produce like lettuce, fresh green beans and spinach until a few days before Thanksgiving.




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Win Thanksgiving Party Design from BellaGreyDesigns

Making Delicious Thanksgiving Memories

This year we’ve teamed up with Jennifer from Bella Grey Designs to create some fabulous party decor for our Thanksgiving Dinner.  This week you can win a customized set in our Manic Monday Giveaway and #mealplanning Twitter Party!

A customized menu to print and frame makes a fabulous focal point to decorate a hutch or side table.

Thanksgiving Menu

Customized party circles can be used for napkin ring holders, cupcake toppers… or whatever your imagination can create- the possibilities are endless.

And, my most favorite pieces are the customized recipe tent cards marking each dish from our Thanksgiving Menu.

Jennifer has also designed seating tent cards for you to write in the name of each guest for assigned seating.


Manic Monday Giveaway from The Organized Cook

These party decorations ready for you to print from your computer are available from the Bella Grey Designs Etsy Shop but you can win a personalized set this week on Facebook as part of our Manic Monday Giveaway this week.

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Thursdays Just Got More Organized

Be sure to join us this Thursday evening for our #mealplanning Twitter party.  This week we want everyone to share a Thanksgiving Dinner cooking, shopping or preparation tip.  That’s right, we’re “talking turkey” and we want to hear from you!

We’ll also be giving away another party set from Bella Grey Design during the party.


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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