Apricot and Cinnamon-Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Apricot and Cinnamon-Spiced Cranberry Sauce ‘Tis the season for cranberry sauce! I mixed up a batch of this for the Thanksgiving dinner we shared with friends this year. While it of course went great with traditional Thanksgiving foods, making the sauce was so easy that I’m also planning on making it a few more times this season to serve as a fun accompaniment to more ordinary meals like roast chicken. I’m sure it would also make a lovely topping on vanilla (or maybe even chocolate?) ice cream.

This recipe has a long cook time, but the actual hands-on time is very short. It’s possible that you could achieve the same results in much less time, but I found that the long, low simmer was a good fit with my never-know-when-you’re-going-to-be-interrupted-by-the-baby schedule, since I really didn’t have to worry about anything overcooking or burning. Feel free to play around with the recipe to reduce the cook time if you so desire.

Apricot and Cinnamon-Spiced Cranberry Sauce


12 ounces cranberries

2/3 cups dried apricots

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 cup honey

1 1/3 cups water


Add cranberries, apricots, cinnamon stick, honey and water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a gentle simmer.

Simmer for about 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until apricots and cranberries are thoroughly cooked and mostly falling apart. Remove and discard cinnamon stick. Mash any still-solid cranberries with a fork.

Remove saucepan from heat and allow to cool, then transfer sauce to a lidded container and store in the fridge.

Cinnamon Coconut Ice Cream (Dairy-free)

Cinnamon Coconut Ice Cream

So Jesse and I have discovered a new ice cream obsession: cinnamon coconut ice cream. I mixed up a recipe on a whim a couple of weeks ago, and we were both completely blown away by how delicious it was. Jesse declared that it would go great with pumpkin pie, so then I had to make another batch to take to Thanksgiving dinner–where it did, indeed, make a fantastic accompaniment to pumpkin pie. We scarfed down that batch pretty fast, too, so it was only after I made it a third time that I finally got a chance to take any pictures.…

Chocolate Butter Bites

Chocolate Butter Bites

Some days I have a hard time getting much butter into my diet. While cinnamon butter bites are always a tasty option, sometimes one is just in the mood for chocolate, so I decided to play around with a chocolate butter recipe. The results? Pretty fantastic. I find these bite-sized morsels reminiscent of a a dark chocolate frosting. While I prefer to pop them into my mouth straight out of the freezer, I think this recipe would also make a lovely chocolaty spread for bread, muffins, etc. when stored in the fridge.

A Few Notes on Ingredients

First off, if you’re not sure why you’d want to go out of your way to eat more butter, check out this great post from Empowered Sustenance on why butter is a superfood.…

Hormonal Acne Update

Hormonal Acne Update

I haven’t written about my acne in a long time so I thought it was time for an update–particularly as I’ve experienced major skin changes over the past year. If you’re unfamiliar with my acne history, I recommend reading this post from last year to catch up.

Pregnancy = Amazing Skin for Me

So I’ve figured out the solution to my persistent acne: get pregnant! During my pregnancy this last year, my skin was the best it’s been since I was thirteen. I’m not entirely sure when I started to see improvements–I spent my first trimester feeling sick to my stomach 24/7 and thus was not paying much attention to things like my appearance–but sometime in my fourth month or so I suddenly realized that I was getting fewer breakouts than normal.…

Update from Life in Babyland

Family photo Nov 2013

Hello! It has been such a long time since I have been able to blog, but never fear, we are all still alive here. Keira turned three months old last week, and for the most part it feels like we may be falling into some sort of routine that isn’t just all-baby-all-the-time, particularly since she’s now generally amenable to me doing things like eating/showering/laundry/dishes when she’s awake as long as she can see/hear me. So theoretically I may get to start spending her (five tiny) naps doing something other than eating/shower/laundry/dishes. :)

(Of course, now that I’ve written that I’m sure we’ll once again be hit by a week of extremely fussy, non-napping baby, which seems to happen every time I start to feel like things are going well.)

Keira in Ergo

(Side note: As I wrote the above, Keira decided to turn what is normally a 40 minute nap into a 20 minute nap.…