Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

One of my favorite drinks is this tasty and refreshing Homemade Cranberry Juice with a splash of orange and lemon. As you know I am all about simple recipes that anyone can make. This one is no different. 

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

To say this recipe is easy is an understatement. Once I learned how simple it is to make I was mad at not adding this refreshing drink to me repertoire sooner. All you need is Cranberries, Water, Sweetener (preferably honey or agave) and Citrus to get an invigorating homemade cranberry juice. I used Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries for this drink because of their great quality.

If you follow this blog you may remember the easy cranberry oatmeal squares that I made recently using frozen cranberries too. Frozen cranberries are ideal to have in the freezer because of their convenience, versatility and overall nutritional benefits. 

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

Why not just buy cranberry juice you may wonder. In addition to the health benefits you will get from drinking cranberry juice, there are so many reasons why you should consider making your own cranberry juice: 

Reasons why Homemade Cranberry Juice is a Great Choice
  • You can control sugar content: Reading the nutritional label on store bought cranberry juice, or any store bought juice for that matter, you’ll notice the extremely high sugar content. It is absolutely scary how much sugar they put in those juices. This alone is my main motivation of making homemade cranberry juice. 
  • Homemade Juice has no preservatives: Another thing you will notice on the nutritional content of store bought cranberry juice are the preservatives added to the drink. If a product contains ingredients that aren’t natural or difficult to pronounce I tend to avoid it.
  • Cost Saving: A cup or two of Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries yields much more juice than you’ll normally get from store bought brands.

Frozen Cape Cod Select Cranberries

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

Hope I’ve motivated you to trying your hand at making cranberry juice at home. Don’t be afraid to experiment and incorporate other fruits in your cranberry juice as well. I would love to hear from you in the comment section on how your cranberry juice turned out.

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Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice Recipe
Course Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 8 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 12 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Agave Nectar or half cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
Course Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 8 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 12 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Agave Nectar or half cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place water and cranberries in a large pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 and a half hours.
  2. Strain liquid into another large container using a fine strainer. Press with a wooden spoon to extract all the cranberry liquid.
  3. Stir in Agave nectar or sugar, orange and lemon juice. If using sugar you can bring it back to a boil to dissolve it, otherwise just mix without heat if using Agave.
  4. Remove from heat, pour into a nice juice container, cover and cool in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

We like ours lightly sweetened however you can add more sweetener if you wish. 

This recipe is an entry to the Cape Cod Select Frozen cranberry recipe challenge. 

Easy Cranberry Oatmeal Squares

The moment the Stay at Home mandate started I remember thinking this is great. I envisioned myself having  a hot breakfast every morning, taking lunch breaks and going for walks. None of these things have actually happened because work has gotten busier than ever. Not having time to make breakfast every morning gave me the idea to make these easy cranberry oatmeal squares. I had also received a bag of the amazing Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries that I have been dying to use. These oatmeal squares are the perfect on-the-go breakfast or any time snack. 

easy cranberry oatmeal squares

easy cranberry oatmeal squares

Ingredient Spotlight: Cape Cod Select Frozen Cranberries

We love Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries in our home for their great quality and convenience. They always taste good and we love that we can get them all year round. They are grown with the highest standards which is one of the reasons why they are America’s best selling frozen cranberries. You can use them for sauces, smoothies, cocktails, yummy baked goods and more!

Tips to make the perfect cranberry oatmeal squares:

Use quality ingredients: As always, to get the best tasting dishes you need good quality ingredients no matter how simple the dish is. Use the best cranberries and oats for the ultimate result. Old fashioned oats add a nice bite and nutritional value to the recipe. The orange zest although minimal adds a nice flavor profile to these oatmeal squares. 

Use a longer piece of parchment paper than normal: With some parchment paper hanging on the sides, you will be able to easily lift the bars out of the pan. Try it, you will be mad at yourself for not having done this before. 

Mix well: This recipe is meant to be crumbly however you want to make sure it does not completely fall apart. Make sure you mix in the melted butter to the flour mix well and press the dough firmly when layering, especially the first layer. 

These oatmeal squares keep well. They last for at least 7 days at room temperature and they can be frozen as well. Place them in a tightly sealed container and enjoy a square or two each morning with a cup of coffee or tea.

easy cranberry oatmeal squares

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Easy Cranberry Oatmeal Squares Recipe
Easy cranberry oatmeal squares
Course Snack
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 60 Minutes
Servings
Bars
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Course Snack
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 60 Minutes
Servings
Bars
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Easy cranberry oatmeal squares
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Grease a 8x8 inch pan or spray it with cooking spray. Line the sides and bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Make the parchment paper long enough to overhang on the sides then grease or spray cooking spray over it as well.
  3. Melt butter, cover and set aside.
  4. Mix the flour, oats, 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
  5. Chop the cranberries in a food processor, add to a small bowl and stir in orange zest and remaining granulated sugar.
  6. Pour the warm butter into the four mix and stir well till ingredients are combined. Place half of the dough into the pan and press firmly into a nice level layer.
  7. Spread the cranberry mix over the layer of dough then top with the remaining dough. The top layer can be gently pressed.
  8. Bake until golden brown for about an hour making sure to rotate the pan halfway through the cooking.
  9. Allow to cool completely and pull out using the hanging parchment paper. Cut into 16 squares and serve.

The best flower to grow in spring: Tulips

It has been raining quite a bit and although the rain is inconvenient, it is good for the plants. Spring time is one of my favorite times because flowers start to bloom and trees get their vibrant green color back. I love driving around the neighborhood and seeing homes that were once covered with snow covered with vibrant flowers and green grass. They say that the earth smiles with flowers and I totally agree. 

The best flower to grow in spring: Tulips

Today we are talking about one of the prettiest flowers to grow in your yard, Tulips. With us being home most of the time these days, why not spend some time gardening. 

Tulips are great option to grow in your yard. They are usually the first flowers you see in the spring and are one of the most popular flowers in the world along with roses. They usually start growing in the end of March and are very beautiful. If you want to grow Tulips I suggest planting them in an area that gets some sun but not too sunny as they do not like too much heat. Make sure the soil is very fertile and well drained. Tulips do not need too much moisture so you do not need to water them every day. 

My mother, who also loves flowers, shared some of the beautiful tulips in her garden. I was pretty amazed by the different varieties of tulips that are growing in the garden including some unique ones. First is the red tulip with a black and yellow center that I have never seen before. It is said that in ancient Persia, to give a red tulip was to declare your love. The black center of the red tulip was said to represent the lover’s heart, burned to a coal by love’s passion. Pretty interesting, right!

The best flower to grow in spring: Tulips

Another striking tulip in the garden is the Queen of the Night Tulip. With a name like that you know this is a bold and deep toned flower that represents power, elegance, strength and beauty. Queen of the night tulips certainly add some character and drama to a garden. They have a deep purple and black hue that is unique and noticeable. If you are a flower enthusiast this is one Tulip variety you need to have in your garden. 

The best flower to grow in spring: Tulips

I hope I have given you some inspiration on growing some tulips in your garden. The best of all, once your tulips are grown you can cut them, put them in a beautiful vase and enjoy them in your home without spending a dime at a flower shop. Imagine a beautiful day outside, surrounded by flowers with a glass of wine and good conversation. That is truly what life is all about, the simple things.

The best flower to grow in spring: Tulips

Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Wow, another home-made bread! What is going on with me. The hubby and I have become quite the bakers since the stay at home mandate. Last week I made some flat breads and this week Marcus made some easy whole wheat bread. It has been very hard to find ingredients like yeast the last few weeks but it seems things are getting a little better as we were able to get some. We finally got some paper towels towels, which we were extremely excited about. 

This whole wheat bread is delicious and easy to make. We sliced it straight out of the oven while it was still warm, put a little butter on it and had it with a nice cup of coffee. Eating  bread fresh out of the oven is one of life’s greatest pleasures in my opinion. 

If you are intimidated by making bread, it isn’t as difficult as you may think. I have a few tips to help you achieve the best result with your homemade bread. 

4 important tips and ingredients for perfect home made bread: 

  1. Do not over-knead the dough: An easy way to tell if your dough has been kneaded enough is to test if you are able to stretch the dough at least 3-4 inches without it breaking. 
  2. Season well: When it comes to bread make sure you add enough salt. The first loaf we ever made tasted bland and it was because we used very little salt. The flour absorbs the salt a lot so be generous but make sure not to add too much either. We used a tbsp for this recipe compared to the a pinch of salt which we used for the disastrous first loaf. 
  3. Yeast: Using yeast always makes me feel a little intimidated because it is a live ingredient. This means that you need to get good yeast. Make sure the yeast isn’t expired; this is very easy to forget to check. To help your yeast thrive, give it some warmth, carbs (flour) and a little sugar. The yeast will do the rest.
  4. Patience: I am very impatient and I really hate waiting for anything to cook or marinade. However, when it comes to bread, the longer you let your dough sit, the better your bread will be. If you are tempted to put it in the oven after 30 minutes of sitting, don’t. Wait at least an hour or 2 hours to let the dough rise. 4 hours plus is even better if you have the time. 

 

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Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Loaves
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup lukewarm coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Loaves
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup lukewarm coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients together; Salt sugar, flour and yeast
  2. Melt butter and add to coconut milk (Make sure mixture is lukewarm before adding to dry ingredients) Mix coconut milk mixture with flour mix and knead until dough is sticky and stretchy.
  3. Form dough into a ball and brush with canola oil. Place dough in a large bowl, cover with a towel and let the dough rest for at least an hour or until dough has doubled in size. The longer you let it rest the more complex the flavors. You can even store in the fridge overnight.
  4. Remove ball of dough from the bowl, poke holes on the dough with your fingers to release some of the gas build up from the yeast.
  5. Divide dough into 2 pieces and shape dough into desired bread shape. Please in baking tin covered with parchment paper and set aside for 15 minutes.
  6. Place in a preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 45 minute till lightly golden. You can brush the top lightly with butter before placing in the oven.

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

It’s the middle of April and the mandatory stay at home law is still in full effect. Being home all day every day has definitely increased my creativity and sense of adventure in the kitchen. The other day we were out of bread for breakfast and there were no open grocery delivery windows so I had to think of a plan. The old me would have just gone somewhere else to get bread but the new me decided to make their own bread. I was pretty impressed how easy it was to make this no yeast garlic flatbread. 

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

I know what you are thinking. Making flatbread is not easy Agnes. It really is, and the secret is to use a food processor to mix your dough instead of kneading it yourself. Kneading is literally a deterrent for me when it comes to making any bread therefore eliminating that step makes the process 10 times easier. What makes this bread perfect is that it only needs a few ingredients and no yeast is required too. 

Another thing that makes this flatbread special is the addition of fresh garlic and onion powder to the flower mixture. This makes it super flavorful and almost tastes like the garlic naan that you get from Indian restaurants. I also used almond milk instead of milk and substituted yogurt with olive oil. Living in these COVID-19 days has taught us to make do with what we have and substitutions have become the norm. 

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

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EASY NO YEAST GARLIC FLATBREAD RECIPE
Easy No Yeast Flat Bread
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings
Flatbreads
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Fresh garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Warm water
  • 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings
Flatbreads
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Fresh garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Warm water
  • 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
Easy No Yeast Flat Bread
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients in a large food processor with double blades and process until dough combines into a big ball.
  2. Dust a large clean flat surface or counter top with flour. Form the dough into a ball and break it into 8 pieces then roll each small piece of dough into balls.
  3. Flatten each ball with a rolling pin until they are about 10 inches wide.
  4. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add a little olive oil. Cook flatbreads and flip when bubbles start showing. Do an additional flip till desired color is reached, I love mine to have some brown spots. Will be about 2 minutes for each side.

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