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!
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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