Tag: Thanksgiving

Cranberry Harvest Butter

Tart and savory crock pot cranberry butter is a fall staple in Olivia’s kitchen – what better timing than to share this delicious recipe before the holidays arrive. This treat pairs well with biscuits, scones, rich cheeses, and is even a great spread to have on the table during Thanksgiving dinner. 

You’ll want to bring a jar with you to every fall get together!


  • Three 12 oz bags of cranberries (rinsed)
  • 2 Cups of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 2 cinnamon sticks 
  • Orange zest (half an orange)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  • Wash the cranberries and pour them into the crock pot.
  • Next, peel the zest off the orange, add it to the slow cooker. Toss in the cinnamon sticks too. 
  • Add 1/4 cup maple syrup. The flavor combination of maple, orange, cinnamon and cranberry is too good! 
  • Add remaining ingredients: lemon juice, vanilla extract, nut meg, and brown sugar. 
  • Stir and cook on low for 4 – 6 hours. 
  • Now, use an immersion blender (or regular blender) to get the perfect consistency! If too thick, add in a touch of water. 


A Sweet and Simple Thanksgiving Day Cocktail

What better way to welcome your guests and ring in the holidays than with a beautiful cocktail? Whether you are hosting at home or bringing a little something to share in the Thanksgiving feast, this cocktail is sure to please. 

With the sweetness of roasted black grapes and the earthy tones of sage, this drink hits all the right notes and is a great accompaniment to turkey or even pork loin or chicken to make those weekday meals a little more special. 

We hope that you enjoy this cocktail and add it to your holiday meals for years to come.

Off the Vine: Recipe and photos courtesy of Olive Jude

Here’s how to make it:
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 32 mins


  • 5-6 sage leaves
  • 12-15 black grapes
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ginger ale


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scatter the grapes on it. 
  3. Roast for 30 minutes until the grapes begin to shrivel a bit but not burst. 
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool. 
  5. To a cocktail shaker, add the sage leaves and the roasted grapes, reserving at least one grape for garnish.  
  6. Muddle to release the grape juices and break up the sage. 
  7. Add ice and your favorite vodka. 
  8. Give it a good shake. 
  9. Add ice to a glass and strain the mix over it. 
  10. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a sage leaf and a roasted grape. 

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!