Low Sugar Cranberry Compote

This is my favorite recipe, sweetened only with sugar free Maple syrup (Cary’s) or a little real Maple syrup. Most cranberry dishes have loads of white sugar. This recipe is just right, not too sweet, all good ingredients with fiber added by the apples with peel and walnuts. Sorry I don’t have a calorie/carb breakdown per serving. Let me know if you come up with one.

➡️ If this is your first time cooking cranberries you’ll know they’re done when they’ve popped. You need to stir the mixture often, enjoy the lively sound !

CRANBERRY APPLE Orange COMPOTE

HEALTH NOTE : If you have a fatigue problem, have someone help you and/or do your veggie & fruit chopping sitting down. You’ll be glad you did !

Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS
6 ounces (1½ cups) cranberries, washed
2 apples, diced (I use a crisp Apple like Honeycrisp, Cripps Pink, Pink Lady, Gala or Fuji).
¼ cup orange juice +
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp non-hot Curry blend
½ orange
2-3 tablespoons Sugar Free maple syrup
OR real Maple Syrup
(I also add 1 small saute’d onion)
(After compote is cool you can add Walnut pieces if you like your relish chunky)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. If adding onion, saute’ chopped onion in a little canola or sunflower oil first. (Do not use Olive oil unless it’s the very light kind).

2. In a medium sauce pan on medium heat add cranberries, apples, orange juice, cinnamon, zest and orange sements (pith removed) from ½ orange.

3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat stirring often and simmer for 10 minutes or until the cranberries have popped. Don’t cook for too long or it gets mushy !

Mix in maple syrup to taste.

Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to cool and thicken.

NOTES
This recipe can easily be doubled if serving a large crowd.

My Spooky Camp

#PocketCamp #AnimalCrossing

Nothing better than giving my friendly Dragon the shivers with my ghostly minions and accursed mirror. Join me, my friends ! Send me your Pocket Camp friend number so we can howl together !

Hallowe’en Baking Ideas

I love gingerbread so I think I’ll make some little vampires. It will give me the chance to bite back 😉

Hallowe’en Time

Ok, my peeps, I’m taking my stand now. October should be 61 days long… who’s with me ?!

My Happy Haunted Pocket Camp

#PocketCamp #AnimalCrossing

Ooooo, my little campers are scared.

Fear of Fireworks

Although we may have enjoyed fireworks long ago, those of us with MS, Neurological Diseases and PTSD run and hide from the snaps, crackles and booms that come with the beautiful displays.

The sudden, loud sounds are a severe shock to the system, causing agitation, unease and downright panic in some. A lot of people around us don’t understand this reaction at all and may make light of it or just brush us off as “Nervous Nellies”… The equivalent of being cowardly or unable to handle a little fun.

It’s at times of national celebrations, such as our 4rth Of July today in the US, that a large part of our population tries to hide from the noises, many curling up under the blankets until it’s all over. With that in mind, here are some tips you might find useful :

If you’re ok in crowds, you could still watch the outdoor celebrations while wearing ear plugs plus noise cancelling headphones…. Don’t forget your insect repellent, those bites can add to your agitation.

IF you can’t go out in the summer heat like me, here are the tricks I use to get through it all.

1. I take an herb or prescription med to calm nerves before any noises begin (and in Arkansas, where fireworks are legal) my “calming” supplements start early in the day. I use 5mg of Valium or kava kava with chamomile+lavender iced tea as needed through the day and evening. Never take kava with any CNS suppressants or muscle relaxers !

2. When fireworks really get going I put in earplugs and wear noise cancelling headphones to listen to radio or a book. If you don’t have these things you can turn up a radio or your tv to drown out the outside noise.

3. I wear my sunglasses to shut out bright flashes.

4. I let myself have any treat I want….hmm, I’d better check my freezer right now for coffee gelato and Chunky Monkey !

If you have any tips please tweet them so others can find the relief they need and I hope you can enjoy your holiday.. Just give yourself extra special care.

Happy St. Nicholas Day

For the history of Saint Nicholas and his deeds look here :

http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/real-person/

Share a meal with someone, buy a person in need some hot soup or comforting treat, appreciate what you have and give to others.

Helping someone else, no matter what day it is, is the greatest thing you can do. If you want to improve the world, start where you are.

🤗

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