Winter-y Berry Kale Smoothie

The first thing I do every winter-y morning when I wake up is look out the window to see if we got any snow, rain, sleet overnight – even if it’s not in the forecast. This morning I woke up to an unexpected layer of fresh powdery snow, just enough to conceal what is underneath it. It seems as though the mornings are brighter, and more vibrant when the sun has the opportunity to beam off of a fresh coating of flawless, glistening snow. Even though there was a chill in the air this morning, I was all smiles getting out of bed, and I’ll give credit to the beautiful outdoor elements.

I decided to make a smoothie his morning, which I haven’t done in quite a while – I’ll blame that on the holidays + travel. I was craving color, something vibrant but contrasting to the outdoor elements. Plus I was all “new year, new me” style this morning, slightly mocking those who only stick with that theme for a few weeks after the New Year.

I don’t think I’m unlike others this time of year, after the holiday season where I’m consciously saving money instead of spending money, therefore finding contentment with being home, staying home, and enjoying the things and people that make up my home. 

I found some leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving in my freezer, their jewel-toned beauty attracted me to them this morning. My friends would say “I was feeling it”. I blended them with some frozen berries, frozen bananas, and fresh kale that I had hanging around, and came up with a winning combination. 

Although, it was not my original intention to share this recipe on the blog, I couldn’t help but just play around with a few photographs in the snow quick to see what would happen. And now I’m sharing. 

a Winter-y Berry + Kale Smoothie
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup frozen berries (blackberries, cherries, strawberries, or a combo of the 3)
  • 1 banana, (optional: the banana can be frozen, which would have to be done in advance)
  • 2 stalks kale, fresh & de-stemmed
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed or chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and puree.
  2. Serve immediately.

Winter-y Berry + Kale Smoothie




Cranberry Whiskey Applesauce

OK, I realize that you may be thinking I’m a little late out of the gate with a Cranberry Sauce recipe. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and no one is thinking about cranberry sauce anymore. Except for me. I am. Because I discovered that it’s complimentary to many different food items and meals besides the traditional Thanksgiving feast.

In fact, I made this Cranberry Whiskey Applesauce for Thanksgiving and then made it AGAIN because it was so good…. (and because I had leftover ingredients). I served on the side of a rice and beans dish last night, it’s good with waffles, it’s good with butternut squash and kale, it’s good with a lentil loaf, it’s good atop pumpkin cornbread, waffles, pancakes, basically, everything. It’s good with everything.

AND, it’s still the holiday season so I still consider myself relevant with this recipe. So there. 

Tin Cup Whiskey

I’ve made applesauce before and I’ve made cranberry sauce before, I’ve even made Cranberry Applesauce before, but this was the first time I added whiskey. The reason that adding whiskey appealed to me is because I was cooking for my boyfriends parents who are Irish… and they love them some whiskey. In fact, when they were here visiting we all got drunk-ish on whiskey shots one afternoon. Shamefully, I couldn’t even take one shot – I had to sip. They kept talking about how “smooth” the whiskey was, while I tried my hardest just to keep up. Sigh. I’ve got a lot of work to do if I’m going to be a part of that family.

So anyway, I knew that I could not invite an Irish family in to my home on the holiday without having a bottle of whiskey on hand. I went to Trader Joe’s and found a CO local whiskey, Tin Cup. It’s got some relation to Stanahan’s whiskey (which is da bomb) but I don’t quite remember what the relation was. The Tin Cup is like Stanahan’s little sister, or anyway that’s how I see it…. It’s also more affordable than Stanahan’s! (like)

So the recipe….

easy Cranberry (Whiskey) Apple Sauce
  • 6-8 apples*, chopped
  • 3 cups cranberries
  • ¼ cup apple cider, apple juice, or water
  • ½ cup raw turbinado sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • a pinch of sea salt
  1. Put all ingredients in a large pot and simmer on low-medium heat for about an hour or two.
  2. Once the cranberries and apples have softened, move the pot away from the heat and let it cool slightly (this could take another hour).
  3. Either mash the sauce with a masher for a chunkier sauce OR put the mixture into a blender and puree for a smoother sauce.
  4. Serve warm, chilled, or at room temperature.
*I prefer to use a sweet apple variety (like Honeycrisp) to compliment the tartness of the cranberries.

 Cranberry Whiskey Applesauce