Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite dishes to have on the table during the Thanksgiving holiday. Usually for Thanksgiving, my family and I buy the canned cranberry sauce in order to save time, but this year I decided to make my own. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out at first, but it was very simple to prepare and very tasty! I have included the recipe down below, so you can try making it for this upcoming Thanksgiving.

Makes 8-10 servings

Things you’ll need:

2/3 cup water

2/3 cup sugar

1- 6oz bag of whole cranberries 

Instructions:

  1. Add water and sugar to saucepan, and let it boil.
  2. Add the cranberries, and return to a boil.
  3. Turn the heat down to low, and stir occasionally until cranberries are purple, or the skin pops. 40 min for 1 hour for full bag.
  4. Remove from heat, and let it sit at room temperature.
  5. Put in bowl and serve immediately, or put it in the fridge until ready to serve
  6. ENJOY!! 

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Red Sox Game (Fenway Park, Boston, MA)⚾️

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This past week, I went to see the Red Sox vs Astros game at Fenway Park. Fenway Park is a famous baseball park located on 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA. My family has always been big Red Sox fans that goes back four generations. To be able to go to Fenway to watch the Red Sox play for the first time was amazing. It’s an event I’m glad I got to experience, and would be an event I’d experience again if I had the chance. The Red Sox were in the lead until the 4 inning, when the Astros tied the game 5-5. They remained tied until the bottom of the 9th, when the Red Sox scored a home run for the win! The crowd was very passionate about their teams, and would cheer loudly everytime their team scored.

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My favorite part about the game was the Fenway franks. These are the best hot dogs ever! Normally, with hot dogs you buy from the store they taste better with ketchup, mustard and relish, but these Fenway franks didn’t need condiments at all. They were the most delicious hot dogs I’ve tried. I definitely recommend a Fenway Frank the next time you visit Fenway park for a game. Of course, ballgames are great family events to take the kids. They can also be very romantic. During the game, we witnessed two marriage proposals that made the event even more exciting. You never know what is going to happen at a ball game! I have also included the link for Fenway Park, if you are interested. 

https://www.mlb.com/redsox/ballpark

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 🍪

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, are one of my favorite cookies, especially when they have a hint of cinnamon. This is my first time making these types of cookies, and I’m really happy with how they turned out. They are healthy, great for a snack, and super easy to make. This recipe is also a great way to get kids involved, especially during the mixing process. I look forward to reading all your comments!

Makes approximately: 40 cookies

Things you will need:

2 mixing bowls

4 baking sheets

Parchment Paper

1 cup of butter (softened)

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp of vanilla extract

2 cups of flour

1 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp of salt

1 ½ tsp of ground cinnamon (Optional)

3 cups of oats

1 cup of chocolate chips

 

Instructions for Cookies:

  1. Using your mixing bowl, mix together softened butter, sugar and brown sugar.
  2. Add eggs one at a time into the butter mixture before mixing in the vanilla.
  3. In a septate bowl, add/mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture, until all the flour mixture is incorporated.
  5. Next, mix in the oats and chocolate chips.
  6. Place cookie mixture in fridge for 1 hour until firm.
  7. Once the hour is up, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Scoop cookie mixture and roll into balls and place on lined cookie sheet.
  9. Once all the cookie mixture is rolled into balls, take a fork dipped in sugar and flatten each cookie.
  10. Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Remove from oven and let them cool down before transferring to a plate.
  12. Enjoy!!!!

Note: I recommend lining your cookie sheet with parchment paper to stop your cookies from sticking to the pan and becoming hard.

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Lemon Bars 🍋

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If you’re a big fan of Lemon Meringue Pie like I am, then this recipe is a must! Lemon bars are one of my favorite treats to make during the summer. They are great for snacks or bringing to a party. They go extremely quickly!! I also love them because the lemon flavor isn’t too powerful, but just enough to give a hint of lemon. It is super easy to make, and very delicious. Definitely a great recipe to get the kids involved. I look forward to reading your comments!

Makes approximately: 12 bars or slices

Things you will need:

1 box of Supreme Lemon Bars (I used Betty Crocker)

1/3 cups of water

3 eggs

8 inch pan (Can be square or round)

Powdered sugar (Optional)

Fork

Mixing bowl

Instructions for Lemon Bars:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Take the ready-mixed crust mixture and empty it into your ungreased pan.
  3. Take your fork and press the crust mixture down
  4. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes
  5. While crust is baking, take your mixing bowl mix in the Lemon mix, 1/3 cup of water and 3 eggs.
  6. Once crust is out of the oven, mix the lemon mixture again before pouring over the hot crust.
  7. Place in oven for 30 minutes.
  8. Once timer goes off, pull out of oven and let cool completely.
  9. As a finishing touch to dress it up a little, you can sprinkle powdered sugar over the top.
  10. Enjoy!!!

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Red Forest Cake

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Black Forest Cake is a popular dessert over in Germany especially in the Black Forest., It is one of my favorite desserts. This dessert usually uses chocolate cake, but since I didn’t have the right cake mix, I decided to add my own spin on it by creating a Red Forest Cake using red velvet cake. This recipe is super easy to make, and is a great treat for dessert, a snack, or a special occasion. It is also a great recipe to get kids involved.I look forward to reading your comments!

Things you will need:

1 box red velvet cake (I used Betty Crocker)

1 ¼ cup of water

½ cup of vegetable oil

3 eggs

Toothpick

2 8 inch round cake pans

2 21 ounce cans of Cherry filling (I used Great Value)

Cool whip (16 oz)

Instructions for Cake:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray pans with cooking spray
  3. Divide batter between the two pans
  4. Bake cake as directed on box until toothpick comes out clean
  5. Let cake cool

Instructions for decorating:

  1. Once cake is cool, cut the two cakes in half so you have 4 circle slices.

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2. Spread cool whip over first slice.

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3. Take some cherries and lay on top of cool whip.

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4. Take second layer of cake and lay it on top and repeat steps 2 & 3 until all four layers are complete.

5. Put some cool whip in a bag and decorate cake as shown in the picture above.

6. Enjoy!!!!!!

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Note: If cool whip starts becoming too soft, place in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes.

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New England Aquarium (Boston)

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If you’re in Boston looking for a kid friendly activity, I highly recommend the New England aquarium. The New England aquarium is located across from Faneuil Hall on the harbor on State Street and is one of Boston’s popular attractions. It houses up to more than a thousand aquatic animals.Some of the animals include African penguin, American lobster, Atlantic harbor seal, Sea lions, Sea turtle, Horseshoecrab, Leafy seadragon, Starfish, Sea urchin, electric eel, green moray eel, and a variety of fish. As visitors walk in, they will find a touching tank exhibit allowing kids to touch three different types of stingrays including Haller’s round rays, yellow round rays, and cownose rays as well as zebra sharks. My favorite was the sea lion exhibit. The sea lions loved showing off to the crowd by swimming towards us as we watched them through the glass. I remember as I was taking a picture, one of the sea lions turned its head away as if they were saying they didn’t want their picture taken. On the other hand, another sea lion spotted a group of young kids and excitedly waddled over to the kids to put on a display. I added a short video below for your enjoyment. If you are interested in checking out the New England aquarium online, click here: http://www.neaq.org

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Dublin Zoo

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If you’re in Dublin looking for a kid friendly activity, I highly recommend the Dublin Zoo. The Dublin Zoo is located in Phoenix Park and is one of Dublin’s favorite attractions. It houses up to 400 animals including some endangered species. Some of the animals include elephants, lions, tigers, flamingos, sea lions, penguins, giraffes, and grey wolves. The elephants were eating lunch as the adorable baby elephants stayed close to their moms. My favorite animal exhibits were the sea lions and the penguins. The sea lions loved showing off to the crowd by swimming towards us as we watched them through the glass, while they were playing and making noises. I remember when I was talking, the sea lion swam over and seemed to stick his tongue out at me as he swam by under the water. While visiting the penguin exhibit, the penguins would follow the little kids walking back and forth along the glass fence. I added a short video below for your enjoyment. If you are interested in checking out the Dublin Zoo online, click here: https://www.dublinzoo.ie

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