Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving From Our RV to Yours:)


                                            Happy Thanksgiving to You!! Wherever you are:)

We have been invited to spend Thanksgiving with friends in Orlando, so we'll be leaving the Florida Keys today, and will slowly start making our way back north. Yes, all the way to Maine. Eventually. Not quite yet.

We'll be bringing some yummies to our friends house tomorrow, and one one of them is a new favorite. I usually make my own cranberry sauce, but tried a crockpot recipe yesterday that is soooo good. And healthy! Too bad I didn't double the batch... The recipe is from skinnyms.

I used all ingredients below, smashed the berries when I took the lid off, but I didn't cook it as long. I think my crockpot tends to heat up fast. I first cooked the berries about 3.5 hrs on low, then without the lid about an hour.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce


1 (12 oz.) bag fresh cranberries
1/2 cup 100% orange juice (no sugar added)
1 large cinnamon stick
1/2 cup honey


Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook for 4-5 hours on low, or until berries are soft. Then, remove the lid and continue to cook for 2-3 more hours on high. Removing the lid is very important so the liquids can cook out. In the second half of the cooking cycle (after removing the lid), it is important to stir occasionally. (You can also smash the berries with a fork to shorten the cooking time a bit.) This keeps it from burning and allows you to check thickness. It should cook down approximately 3/4 of the way from where it started. Chill in fridge overnight to set.


Huomenna Usassa vietetään Kiitospäivää, eli hyvää Kiitospäivää kaikille sitä juhliville:) Me olemme tänään lähdössä Florida Keys-saarilta kohti Orlandoa, jossa vietämme Kiitospäivän ystävien luona. 

Mekin tuomme mukanamme eri herkkuja ateriaa varten, joista yksi on karpalohillo - kalkkunaa varten, tietenkin. Teen joka vuosi karpalohillon tuoreista karpaloista, mutta eilen kokeilin uutta reseptiä, josta tuli heti suosikki. Tämä resepti on tätä crockpot-hellaa varten, mutta etenkin jos sinulla on kaasuhella, jonka liekin saa todella pienelle, voit kokeilla sillä myös. Käännän reseptin kuitenkin crockpotia varten. 

Tarvitset vajaa puoli litraa karpaloita, noin 1/4 litraa makeuttamatonta appelsiinimehua ja saman verran hunajaa, sekä kanelitangon (toivottavasti meni määrät oikein??). Sekoita kaikki ainekset yhteen, anna hiljalleen kypsyä kunnes marjat ovat pehmeitä (minulla kesti vajaa 4h). Ota kansi pois, muusaa marjat haarukalla, ja anna kypsyä noin tunnin vielä. Sekoita muutaman kerran. Anna jäähtyä jääkaapissa yön yli.


  1. happy, happy THANKSgiving!
    love the RV photo. ;) RV love (or according to our sprouts, it looks like a train = train love!)
    sterling saw the pictures on your blog and immediately deemed "missy" as his friend... she looks so friendly. :D

  2. Thank you Nurkkalintu! Will you celebrate?:)

    Happy Thanksgiving, jdavis2!!!!!! My nephews are big train buffs too. But they call our RV the camper bus:) And they do love Missy too<3

  3. We're not going to celebrate, - but maybe tomorrow we'll buy a piece of turkey :)

    Have a blessed weekend!
    Best regards from:

  4. Oooooh!! This sounds delish! Happy travels back to Maine. :)

  5. Thanks for sharing your Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce! Sounds yummy :) Wish I would have had this for Thanksgiving, but hey! I always say, it don't have to be a Holiday to enjoy some Holiday style food :P lol!
    We are also a RoadSchooling family too. Been fun so far! I love that we can just relax and enjoy allowing the road to guide our learning. In fact, I just made a cool Spelling list on this free site called "Spelling City" using Travel terms. Kids Loved it! If you haven't checked them out, you should ;) Anyways, Great Blog!


  6. Thank you Nurkkalintu, Anna and Lynn!
    Anna, we'll be headed to Maine soon, we'll be there for Christmas<3
    Lynn, do you have a blog? I'd love to follow your travels.