Sugared Cranberries and a Request

Remember the good old days when I used to blog? That was fun.

The main reason I haven’t been blogging is because the time I used to spend writing is now the time I spend running. Or sleeping. I blog either at night after the kids are in bed, or early in the morning before they wake up. But since I’ve been running a lot more, I go to bed much earlier and wake up crazy early to run. I’m not saying that running has replaced blogging for good. I’m just trying to figure out how to do both.

But I completed my first half marathon in November! (Did you notice how I said “first,” implying there will be more? Heh.)

Me with my shiny new medal and my half marathon car magnet.

Me with my shiny new medal and my half marathon car magnet.

One of my favorite websites is I’ve learned a lot from Sarah and Dimity and I especially love their article: What a Mother Runner Looks Like. They recently had a contest to come up with a six-word sentence that best describes your running. The author of their favorite sentence wins a treadmill. Well, it just so happens that I am one of the finalists!

So I am here to ask you a teensy, weensy favor to head on over to, scroll down to “Who Should Win the NordicTrack Treadmill” and (pretty please) cast your vote for me, Samantha. My sentence is: “I am stronger than I thought.”

It is not, although it could be: “I shamelessly ask for your vote.”

 And as a token of my appreciation, I will share with you one of my favorite Christmas recipes. I cannot claim it as my own, but I can tell you that everybody who tries this, loves it. We make these cranberries every year to give as teacher gifts, and they’re always a big hit.
from Cooking Light magazine, December 2003


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar*


  1. Combine granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring mixture until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat. (Do not boil or the cranberries may pop when added.) Stir in cranberries; pour mixture into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain cranberries in a colander over a bowl, reserving steeping liquid, if desired. Place superfine sugar in a shallow dish. Add the cranberries, rolling to coat with sugar. Spread sugared cranberries in a single layer on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature 1 hour or until dry.
  3. Note: The steeping liquid clings to the berries and helps the sugar adhere. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week.
 *I’ve never used superfine sugar. Instead, I measure regular granulated sugar into the blender and pulse a bunch of times until the sugar is more powdery (but not powdered sugar. ‘Cause I’m tricky that way).
Sugared Cranberries from Cooking Light

Sugared Cranberries from Cooking Light

Please, please vote for me to win the treadmill. Just imagine how awesome it would be if I didn’t have to wake up at 4:20 to go to the gym! I might even have more time for blogging!

Just keep in mind that voting ends on Thursday, December 20 at noon MST. I sincerely thank you!!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


12 responses to “Sugared Cranberries and a Request

  1. Congrats on your half!! I just was again 2 and ran 2 5ks after having Madelyn. I can’t stop and love the way it makes me feel!! Voted!!

  2. Patty (Bender) Hoover

    Hi Sam!! Love the blog (when you do it). I have been “running” since March 2011, I have done 3 5k’s 2 10k’s and 2 4.65 mile races….I have been looking to do a half, but have experienced claf and knee injuries (and I am just a little scaired to follow through and sign up for one)…I am thinking that TODAY may be the day for me to do it! Thanks for the inspiration, hope you win the treadmill!

    Happy Holidays!
    Patty (Bender) Hoover

  3. Congrats on this amazing accomplishment! You rock girl! I just voted and you are winning!!! Good luck!

    P.S. I was so excited to see a blog post! I can’t wait to try this!

  4. I did my patriotic duty and voted 🙂

  5. Patty (Bender) Hoover

    YEAH!!!! YOU WON!!!!

  6. Heard you won! Yea!,,

  7. A. I was over the moon when Jess told me that you won! Congrats!!! I’m really thinking that it’s a win for all of us if that means you’ll be home more and will grace us with more blog posts (Fingers crossed!)!!!

    B. I was thrilled to see this recipe. I’ll admit it, I’m a little afraid of “real cranberries”. Only one other time in my life did I make anything with them and it was a Rachel Ray cranberry chutney (it was amazing!). I love to see things that look pretty that you can give as gifts and I’m getting sick of peppermint bark! So, I made this last night to put in little packages on top of my gifts. I doubled the recipe to use the whole bag of cranberries (which by the way were buy one, get one free!) and I used your blender tip with a food processor. Wow, do they look fancy! And I think I even cured my phobia of cranberries too! Thanks for sharing this gem and Merry Christmas! 🙂

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