Thursday, December 09, 2010

cranberry inspiration

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In my world, I often find that one idea or a spark of inspiration can often lead me down a path of exploration, more ideas and inspiration. This is what recently happened to me while grocery shopping- I couldn't resist buying a $2.00 bag of fresh cranberries. I decided right there in the produce aisle that they would make the perfect subject for some photos I was taking for handmade holiday cards.


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While taking my photos I was so inspired by the color and shape


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that I couldn't resist doing a little sketching and cranberry study in my sketchbook.

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While sketching it struck me that I have never tried stringing cranberries into a garland and I wanted to give it a try!


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Since we have some holiday entertaining coming up, I thought the garland would be pretty to use in the tablescape.


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While stringing the garland I got curious about how a cranberry looks on the inside- believe it or not I am not too familiar with fresh cranberries. I cut one open and was excited to see that is was beautiful. Even prettier on the inside if I may say so!


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I immediately knew that it would make a PERFECT stamp. So I pulled out some acrylic paint and a brush and tried it out. Homemade wrapping paper anyone?


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As I was getting ready to pack up the extra berries into the fridge and throw out the bag they came in, I noticed a recipe for cranberry nut bread on the back of the bag (Ocean Spray) and again I just couldn't resist making it!


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To make:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup of chopped nuts


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Spread batter into a well greased loaf pan or even fill muffin tins.


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Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes


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Let cool.


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Quickly consume on a cozy weekend morning :)


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And there you have it- me and my crazy brain! A trip to the grocery store and a $2.00 bag of cranberries to spark all kinds of creative ideas!

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