Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Every year, our playgroup has a potluck Thanksgiving Feast for lunch on the Monday before Thanksgiving.  Each family signs up to bring one traditional Thanksgiving item, but with a kid-friendly twist.  So instead of turkey with gravy, we might have turkey roll-ups.  Instead of mashed potatoes, we have tater tots.  

This year, I signed up for cranberries.  Each year I've chosen a different item to force myself not to make the same thing I've done before.  I didn't want to do something that anyone else had done before either, so I Googled "cranberry treat."  All I got was about a thousand articles about using cranberry juice to treat urinary tract infections. 

I had much more success with "cranberry dessert."  One caught my eye immediately: Frozen Cranberry Treat.  It sounded delicious, kid-friendly, and definitely something we'd never had at our Feast.  Other than needing to be frozen overnight, it was quick and easy.  Can't beat that!

I cut a sample slice to photograph before racing off to the Feast.  Other than the obvious marks from the serrated knife I used (lesson learned), isn't it gorgeous?  And it tastes even better than it looks.

Here is the recipe as I made it, followed almost exactly from Cooking from Scratch.  (Which, by the way, is an awesome blog.  So glad I found it!)

                                           Frozen Cranberry Treat

                           4 oz cream cheese                          1 c. heavy whipping cream
                          16 oz whole cranberry sauce            1/3 c. powdered sugar
                           8 oz crushed pineapple, drained      1 tsp. vanilla

Let the cream cheese sit until room temperature.  Beat for one minute until smooth and light.  Stir in cranberry sauce and pineapple.  In a separate bowl, combine the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla.  Whip until it forms soft peaks.  Fold into the cranberry mixture.

Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap and pour the mixture in.  Smooth the top and cover with another piece of plastic wrap.  Freeze overnight.  Unmold and cut into slices.  Serve immediately.


  1. Cuteeeeee photo of Trevor and that treat sounds and LOOKS YUMMY! Happy Thanksgiving!! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. So glad you found it too, it was yummy!!