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Cranberries Brighten up the Holidays

Good morning to everyone. A cold day planned here in the Chicago area.  I will be riding the Train in Downers Grove all day for the North Pole Express telling Christmas stories.  I haven't quite wrapped my head around doing this before Thanksgiving, but I suppose it is the time when the trains are available. 
As for today's blog, I started thinking about the cranberries. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, cranberries for me is a must.  I remember the first time I had Thanksgiving, I bought the fresh cranberries and cooked them according to the directions on the bag.  I remember thinking I needed a sieve to grind them and take off the skins and seeds  I made the sauce and cooled it.  I was so proud of myself for having made the sauce!  As years went by, I decided to just cook the cranberries and leave it the way it cooked.  I finally discovered the difference between the sieved one and the unsieved one.  They both tasted delicious.  Far superior than what you can buy in a can.  I am not quite sure why anyone even bothers with he can since making it is so simple.  Then I started to think about cranberries.  I know that some will string cranberries and popcorn for their tree for Christmas.  I have used cranberries in Jello and in making Borsch.  I have  used it in making bread. 
I have always wanted to go to a cranberry festival and think that this year...that will go on my bucket list.  I know that they are grown in a bog and think that it would be such an experience to see. I know that they even have cranberry glass. And to answer your next question, No, there are no cranberries used in the glass.  Although they always seem to have people selling these wares during the festival. 
I know that while growing up, I learned that cranberries were good for bladder infections, 
Cranberry, as well as many other  contains significant amounts of salicylic acid, which is an important ingredient in aspirin. Drinking cranberry juice regularly increases the amount of salicylic acid in the body. Salicylic acid can reduce swelling, prevent blood clotting, and can have antitumor effects.
It seems as though cranberries..no matter how many uses it may have...for me is associated with the Turkey on Thanksgiving.  I never used to eat it when I was younger...it wasn't until I got older that I discovered that I loved it.  So if you have never had the fresh cranberry sauce...why not try it this year. 

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