Wednesday, November 21
I stopped by the liquor store on my way home. While I was waiting in line, a guy was pouring samples of Frangelico. Some of the local Newberg guys were in line and decided to try the samples. It was kind of funny seeing these hard, blue collar men sipping on samples of Frangelico. And they all liked it. I added my two cents, telling them it was great with almond cookies, Christmas cookies, cake. I helped sell three bottles of it!
When I got home, I started making my usual Grand Marnier cranberry sauce. I put in a baking dish the organic cranberries, sugar and a few teaspoons of thawed out frozen orange juice from concentrate. After it baked for about an hour I added two tablespoons of Grand Marnier. After cooling off, it went into the fridge to chill. I realized I didn’t make enough for twelve people, so I added cranberries to my grocery shopping list for the morning.
I smiled, taking in the warm, seasonal scents of the cranberry sauce. It was as if I had been burning a spiced cranberry candle all evening, which made me feel a bit of nostalgia and excitement for the holiday season.