Saturday, December 6, 2014

Making the Most of It {Of Every Moment on my Sidebar}

I have a special treat for you today, because I've invited our lucky winner from the 100th Wonderful Wednesday Birthday Party to come and introduce herself here. I figured since her lovely blog button will be on the sidebar for a whole 30 days...Why not introduce the lovely author? I love the name of her blog and its sentiment. Plus, she participated in the #GivingTuesday movement too, so it turns out that we have lots in common. =0)

She's sharing Sugared Cranberries with us today (I got a sneak peek via her Instagram earlier this week)! I hope you'll hop on over and visit her blog too, because I have a feeling you'll like it.


I am honored that Kim has invited me to be a guest on her delightful blog today. 

I was so surprised by her email, informing me that I had won the 100th Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop Giveaway! I can't wait to receive and read Carrie Groneman's book, A Mother's Shadow (sent to me from Amazon for free!), and it is thrilling to see my blog advertised this month on three other websites that I really admire: 2 Just B You, Ducks 'n a Row, and Confessions of a Mommyaholic. Then, making this prize even sweeter, Kim invited me to write this post on her blog today!

I'm Susan, and I write the lifestyle blog, the most - - of every moment.  I publish recipes, tips, tutorials, and informational anecdotes on all sorts of topics. Life is made up of many moments, and my blog is all about making the most of them. I hope you will stop by and visit, and then return often!

While I was making some Sugared Cranberries this week, I was thinking about the many benefits of doing good things for others.  The way I acquired the recipe for these berries is one example of a very unexpected benefit of a good deed!

I am a member of our high school Booster Club. Last year, our core group of volunteers all did some baking, arranged it on some platters, and placed these where the teachers and staff would find them the next morning.  It was a small gesture of gratitude for the work they do all year.  

As I was delivering one of the platters to the custodian's break room, I noticed that someone had contributed a container of a really tasty-looking treat - with a recipe attached for Sugared Cranberries.  I had never heard of making these, but they looked amazing.  I set the tray on the table, but before leaving the room I snapped a photo of the recipe with my iPhone.  

I wish I could remember who contributed these berries, or at least knew the origin of the recipe, so I could give that person credit here. I do know that I probably gained more from the small donation of my time and efforts that evening, than probably most of the teachers who consumed our donated treats. (Unless, of course, they also kept a copy of this recipe!)

I have made Sugared Cranberries numerous times. They are yummy to snack on - their initial sweetness followed by a burst of juicy tang is quite addictive!  I have also found they make a lovely hostess gift, when packaged in a pretty bowl.

It's true - to give is truly to receive! 
If I was not a Booster Club volunteer, I would not have this recipe! 

If you make these, here is another tip:

Instead of discarding the liquid after the cranberries have steeped, it can be kept in a sealed glass container in the fridge for a couple of weeks. This simple syrup has a wonderful cranberry flavor and a pretty color. It can be used in many beverage/ cocktail recipes. Also, I am coming up with some other uses for it, which I will be sharing in the future on my blog.

If you do pop over to the most - - of every moment, I hope you will leave a comment and say hello!

Have you ever reaped unexpected benefits from an act of volunteering?

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Lana L. said...

So glad you featured Susan today - her blog is wonderful! This recipe looks delicious.

Karen BakingInATornado said...

So happy to see Susan featured. She's always got something fun to share.

MrsMajor Hoff said...

Yummy cranberries!

Susan F. said...

Thanks so much for inviting me to guest post today Kim! I am so thrilled to see my blog button on your sidebar :) Have a wonderful weekend!!

Christine Graves said...

Ohhh those look so good! Sharing this on G+ & Pinterest for ya too, because it's worth sharing!

Eclectic Reviews said...

Oh these look amazing and simple. It would make a great Christmas gift!

Kelly said...

Not only tasty, but beautiful! The perfect holiday treat.

katiecupcakes said...

Oh wow! I've never thought about doing this before and they look really yummy!

morichansgarden said...

These look delicious; I can't wait to try this. It's a shame cranberries aren't around all year long!

lorenabr said...

Great post!

Elephant's Child said...

Glad to see you featured here today Susan. That recipe looks delicious - and simple. Thank you.
Volunteering is a HUGE part of my life and I get so much more from it than I receive.

Susan F. said...

Thanks everyone, for your comments, compliments and re-shares! I am glad to see some of my readers made it over here - and I am really pleased to have found new blogs to visit!

Michelle Nahom said...

What a nice story!! And a yummy recipe! The nicest thing that has happened to me recently is our dog took off after a deer a week or so ago and I was out looking for him for well over an hour. Someone picked him up and put him in her car, posted on Facebook and two of my friends who knew I was looking for him told me and gave me her number. I was so thankful to find him.

Laura Kelly said...

Omgeeee, those look super yummy!

Betsy Finn said...

Yum! My toddler decided we needed cranberries, and once he tried them, admitted they were a bit tart. :)

Visiting from #smallvictorysundayslinkup

ReStyleGraphic said...

Wonderful recipe for cranberry. I ate a cranberry as a child, but my recipe was lost during the journey unfortunately. But now I'm going to try this recipe. Thanks.

Lucy Mills said...

I've never eaten these. I've seen them as tree garlands. Now I have to make some! Thanks for sharing!

Tanya @ Moms Small Victories said...

These look delicious! Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!