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Herbed Stuffing Sausage Casserole

Herbed Stuffing Sausage Casserole

A family gathering or holidays would not be the same without a delicious breakfast casserole, just like this Herbed Stuffing Sausage Casserole. They are a staple of my house, and I hope it will become a staple of yours as well. This is easy, tasty […]

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Appetizers

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Appetizers

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Appetizers are perfect bites to serve over joyous holidays. However, in my humble opinion, these are divine perfection all year round. Sometimes, instead of these rather gourmet crackers, I would serve it with toasted bruschetta. It is just so fancy, yet […]

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce is not something that I was eating my whole life. My kids did have this sauce every Thanksgiving, for instance. My husband and I learned to enjoy it.

It is one of those dishes that both of us have not grown up with. It was rather strange to me that it was eaten with Thanksgiving Supper.

I must admit, we have never mixed sweet and savory together on one plate. At least not me. Although, cranberries are known well to go phenomenally with meat.

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I am still not able to combine it with my turkey or anything savory. Well, I just take a few tablespoons after a meal like a dessert or a palate cleanser.

It merely does not sit comfortably with my palate to mix it with other foods.

However, when it comes to side dishes, most people will agree that cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving dinner is a must.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

With that being said, I really enjoy the taste, pleasant aroma, tartiness, sweetness and texture of cranberry sauce. Therefore, I have decided this year to develop jellied cranberry sauce.

Many people enjoy canned one, and I must say that it is really hard to replicate that stuff. I have tried it before, of course, many times when we were invited for Thanksgiving. However, we have never served it on our Thanksgiving table.

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My oldest son, Aleks, took upon himself to make his own. For the last 6 years, we have been traditionally hosting Thanksgiving dinners, and Aleks would make his famous cranberry sauce. It is very delicious, and everyone always enjoyed it.

My jellied version is incredible. I was wrangling with the idea if I should share this recipe because it is super easy. However, my blog got an EASY word in the title, so why not share it?

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

I understand that not everyone knows what they are doing in the kitchen. So I want to show future cooks and beginners how easy it is to pick up a pot or skillet and make food yourself.

Most of the time you got to use your instincts and taste buds, rather than sticking to the recipe, you know. Sample or taste the food, feel it, touch it, and see if you like it or not.

Even in my own house, I argue with my kids if something is seasoned enough. To me, it is perfect, but they always add extra salt. We all acquire unique tastes.

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Nevertheless, I hope you like this recipe. It does not take a rocket scientist to make it. Just follow simple guidelines and it will taste amazing.

Besides, you can make it in the glass container and serve it. I just thought it looked delightful when I made it in the large muffin tin. It seemed approachable since most people do have muffin or cupcake tins.

What was I thinking?! Well, In my defense it looked cute and it was not all that hard to take it out. Just dip the bottom in the hot water, take a butter knife and go around, then flip on the platter.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Garnish with extra oranges, fresh cranberries, and pomegranate. Perhaps, a few rosemary sprigs or any other similar herbs.

I made my own sugar cranberries. You just have to boil cranberries in one cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar for 2-3 minutes. Take them out with the slotted spoon.

Allow them to cool down for 5 to 10 minutes, then dip into sugar. That’s it! A simple yet looks so decorative with cranberry sauce.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

If you make my yummy Jellied Cranberry Sauce, this Thanksgiving or the next, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking. I would love to see your creations and share them with everyone.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce
Yield: Makes 3 1/2 cups

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Chill Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 20 minutes

Must have a Thanksgiving side dish!


  • 12-ounce fresh or frozen cranberries, slightly thawed if frozen
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 2- 1/4-ounce envelopes of unflavored gelatin (you may use other flavors if you wish)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon allspice seasoning (it is a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg)


  1. Bring cranberries, sugar, and water to a boil in a heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until all berries have burst, 6-10 minutes depending on your stove.
  2. Start pouring into a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl and let stand until all juices have drained through about 10 minutes or so. If necessary, press on solids until there is enough juice to measure 3 cups, then discard solids or use them for muffins or similar. If you like it chunky then I would just mash it very well.
  3. Take one cup of drained cranberry juice out then stir together gelatin and let stand about 60 seconds to soften and dissolve. After it dissolves combine it with the rest of the cranberry juice mixture. Mix it well.
  4. Pour cranberry sauce into a lightly oiled mold/s and chill, covered with plastic wrap, until firmly set, at least 10 hours. You may use mason jars, glass containers with the lid or a decorative mold/s.
  5. To unmold, run the tip of a thin, preferably butter knife between the edge of mold and cranberry sauce. Tilt mold sideways and tap the side of the mold against a work surface, turning it, to evenly break the seal and loosen cranberry sauce. You may dip the mold of the container in the hot water to loosen it up on the bottom.
  6. Now, keep mold tilted, invert a platter over mold, then invert cranberry sauce onto a platter. If you are using mason jars, you could get smaller jars and serve each jar per guest as a serving size.


Cranberry sauce can be refrigerated in the mold for up to 2 days.

If you are low carb, and on a sugar-free diet, please use sugar alternative sweeteners.

If you do not have allspice seasoning, just mix together an equal part of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.


French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Holiday Baking at Publix. All opinions are entirely my own. French Toast Casserole is most definitely a staple food to bake during the joyous holiday season at my house. We use so many amazingly appetizing […]

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

This post is sponsored by RITZ Crackers. All opinions are entirely my own. No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter RITZ Bars are easy, tasty and fantastic to serve over the holiday season. I have made this type of no-bake bar many times. What I love about this […]

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

These PB2 Gluten-free Chocolate Waffles are an absolute delight. I genuinely love having a protein-packed breakfast or brunch almost every single day, and I must say, these were not disappointing at all.

Above all, I heartily enjoyed a plateful of these with my regular coffee after a long, peaceful, and chilled morning walk. Almost instantly these hit the spot. What a satisfying treat?!

With that being said, I partnered with PB2 Foods – Organic Peanut Butter Powder to create a delicious recipe. A recipe that everyone could enjoy.

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

Moreover, I carefully put some thought to create the most enchanting waffles packed with amazing ingredients to make your belly happy and your irresistible cravings for sweets at bay.

The pleasant taste will delightfully surprise you completely. That is to say, you would not believe how amazingly delicious these waffles are.

In short, please, you must attempt them as soon as possible.

These are fantastic to make for your loved ones over holidays, maybe for Valentine’s Day.

Perhaps to surprise that special person in your life for his or her birthday.

I know you will want to graciously thank me later.


However, you can just enjoy them each and every morning, or afternoon especially after a workout.

As we are all aware, organic peanut butter, a classic and much-adored treat, has been satisfying so many of us for years. It has been incorporated into a variety of different indulgent sweet treats that are beyond well known.


Such an original and unique flavor has entered a new realm, powder form. PB2 organic powdered peanut butter is a phenomenal spin on the authentic, mouth-watering indulgence.

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

The process of properly making this product typically includes pressing out most of the natural oils from roasted peanuts and then grinding the nuts into a fine powder.

Therefore, the result of this is a powdered peanut product packed with flavor.

I am most definitely one of those people that hail PB2 as a low-calorie and low carb solution for all peanut butter lovers out there.


Please check the PB2 website for more details about the product and grab their tasty recipes.

If you make PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking with hashtag #sandraseasycooking. Thank you in advance!

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles
Yield: Makes 10-12 Waffles

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

The pleasant taste will delightfully surprise you completely. You wouldn't believe how amazingly delicious these waffles are, so please, you must attempt them as soon as possible


  • 1 1/2 GF flour, 7 oz/187g
  • 1/8 cup organic raw cocoa powder, 1oz/17g
  • 4 tbsp. PB2 Foods Organic Powder, 26g
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 tbsp. Truvía cane sugar, 50g
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, 60 ml
  • 2 large eggs, 4oz/100g
  • 1/4 cup oil, 60ml
  • 6 oz/200ml Filtered water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  • Maple Syrup
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Dark Chocolate Chips


  1. Measure and mix dry ingredients first, then measure and mix
    wet ingredients.
  2. Heat waffle iron to medium heat if possible.
  3. Combine dry and wet mixtures and mix until the batter is
  4. Following instructions of your waffle maker, add about 1/4 cup of batter for each waffle.
  5. Continue making waffles until all the batter is used up.
  6. Serve them hot with maple syrup, fresh fruit, and dark
    chocolate chips.


You can make these waffles with regular flour. Some small adjustments in addition to liquid might have to be adjusted.

For Low carb option, you may use Almond Flour. They are a bit different but nonetheless fantastic. I have tested using almond flour.

If you are sensitive to gluten just make sure to use ingredients with Gluten-Free labels.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PB2 Foods. All opinions are entirely my own. 

Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes

Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Family Fare. All opinions are entirely my own. I do not know about you, but I could live on these Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes. My family is completely and utterly obsessed with the exquisite taste of this delightful side dish. Can you imagine […]

Taco Style Cream Cheese Dip

Taco Style Cream Cheese Dip

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mission®. All opinions are entirely my own. When it comes to flavor, this tasty and incredibly flavorful Taco Style Cream Cheese Dip is the way to go; Especially for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. […]

Bagel Holiday Party Charcuterie Board

Bagel Holiday Party Charcuterie Board

Bagel Holiday Party Charcuterie Board

Bagel Holiday Party Charcuterie Board charcuterie board most frequently consists of a variety of meats, dry, smoked or canned fish, gourmet cheeses, condiments, pickled products and often fruit or nuts.

It is exceptionally effortless to prepare a charcuterie, and you can truly use whatever your heart desires.

However, charcuterie boards are an art form that involves much more mindful planning than just tossing divergent cheeses and crackers on a plate and serving it to guests.

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I partnered with Reese Specialty Foods to show you how you can make your own holiday party charcuterie board more superior by using their incredibly tasty products.

Bagel Holiday Party Charcuterie Board

The board should look full, so don’t be afraid to stack loads of your favorite foods. It was an absolute blast constructing this Bagel Holiday Party Charcuterie Board.

My family went insane over it. My husband and I, in particular, love the taste of Reese Marinated Artichoke Hearts paired perfectly with some Reese Sardines. It is utterly scrumptious and so flavorful!

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I know those two products are for sure going in rotation as my top pick snack during this winter. I will share even more thoughts and ideas on my Instagram.

If I am hosting a party, plan a movie night, or watch a big weekend game, I make a list of things that I would like to include on my board.

Bagel Holiday Party Charcuterie Board

If you make this delectable meal for yourself on a Friday night, you can incorporate Anchovies, Delicate Artichokes Hearts, cheese, luscious grapes along with some gourmet crackers.

However, for a party, a wider array of arrangements would be required to feed and completely satisfy an eager crowd.

This time around, I used Marinated hearts of palm, Marinated Artichoke, and their most mouthwatering and succulent Sardines.

The holiday season should be enjoyed, and less stressful, so create something dainty and versatile.

One thing is certain, I passionately love Reese Specialty Foods. Their innovative products are Non-GMO Project Verified.


Visit the Reese Holiday website and of course. You may try their products on your holiday dishes.

I know that you guys going to love it. I am making my artichoke dip for my son’s holiday party using Reeses Marinated Artichoke tender and delicious hearts.

Last, but not least, I would like to take a moment to thank and appreciate the ones I love the most.

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My lovely family helps me tremendously, especially around the holidays. For that, I count my blessings every single day as well as for the life I live.

I am forever fortunate to have the ability to share this one life with the most down to earth people that exist

Perhaps it’s just the holiday season, and we all feel a bit sentimental during these months. With that being said, I greatly wish that everyone uses these delightful foods not only to fulfill your cravings but for the good of others.


Try picking up a few of these outstanding Reese products from your local store and donate to those in need.

There is no greater gift in life than properly teaching your kids to willingly share food with less fortunate.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

If you get inspired by my Bagel Holiday Party Charcuterie Board please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking, I would love to see ad re-share your creatins.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reese Specialty Foods. The opinions, text, and photographs are all mine.

Easy Breakfast Strata

Easy Breakfast Strata

Easy Breakfast Strata