Sugared Cranberries are the ultimate holiday treat! Perfect for snacking, decorating desserts, or garnishing drinks….and they couldn’t be easier to make!
One thing I never realized before having kids was how much I value my alone time. And I’m not just talking about extravagant “me time” involving a hot bath and a glass of wine (do people actually do that!?)….I’m talking about time to myself. Without someone right next to me, or on my lap, or in my arms.
I’m not sure why it never occurred to me that this kind of time would be hard to come by with kids, and I’m not sure I realized how much I’d miss it once it was gone. But I have to tell you. I MISS IT! And I especially miss it now that Myla is in a stage where she must be with me at all times. If I dare leave the room she’s in….for any reason….it’s NOT a pretty sight.
It goes hand in hand with the rest of her 2 year old behaviors….the constant demands and the need for things to be just so….and just like those behaviors, this one is testing my patience. And challenging my ideas of time to myself. Because these days, a moment by myself in the bathroom, or an uninterrupted shower, or even just not getting yelled at for sneaking upstairs to put something away….well, it all feels like heaven.
It really is all about the little things, you know? And that’s what I love so much about these Sugared Cranberries. They’re a special little treat that makes ALL the difference. And they couldn’t be easier to make! They really are just 2 ingredients – fresh cranberries and sugar – and the end result is, well, heavenly! Sugared Cranberries are the perfect addition to holiday drinks and desserts, and also delicious all on their own! Who knew a little thing could make SUCH a big difference? Kind of like an uninterrupted shower….am I right?
- 3 c. sugar, divided
- 2 c. water
- 2 c. fresh cranberries
- In a medium saucepan, combine 2 c. sugar and 2 c. water.
- Bring to a simmer, stirring, until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Pour fresh cranberries into a medium bowl; pour sugar water over cranberries.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Strain cranberries and roll in remaining 1 c. sugar to coat.
- Spread cranberries in a single layer to dry.
- Perfect for snacking, garnishing drinks, or topping desserts.