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Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe. YUM.


Guess what? I have a DELISH cranberry sauce recipe for you made with maple syrup.  The real deal stuff.  None of that Aunt Jemima crap. I’m calling bullshit on Aunt Jemima.  Bullshit.

Don’t eat that sugar syrup.

That’s gross.

Don’t be that person.


 Why Cranberry Sauce with Maple syrup?


1.  Because I’m Canadian.


2.  Maple syrup is a food-gasm.


3.   Canadians already HAD Thanksgiving which means we can now share our screwed up perfectly practiced awesome recipes with Americans and the rest of the world.


4.   I am only sharing this cranberry sauce recipe so you are truly prepared for a blog recipe next week of AWESOME mind blowing Cranberry Orange Muffins.  T’die for.  People will trample down your front door for the muffin recipe.


Just sayin’.

You’ve been warned.

Fair and square.

Super moist cranberry muffin recipe


On to more important matters first…….

Who was the bozo who decided that American and Canadian Thanksgiving should be on two separate dates ?

What the what what ??!!!


Did they just want to mess with us ?

 That’s cruel.

 They are Thanksgiving Jack Asses.

P.S. Please don’t tell my mother that I swore on the blog again.

I feel a soap in the mouth washing coming on.


Did you know?….

  • American Thanksgiving is on the 4th Thursday in November.



  • Canadian Thanksgiving is on the 2nd Monday in October.


That is like saying :

Thanksgiving will be on the 4th Sunday in November if you have a strong preference for Turkey.   If you prefer chicken, Thanksgiving will be on the 3rd Saturday of October.  If you are actually a vegetarian, well then… your Thanksgiving will be celebrated on the 2nd Tuesday of November.  Unless it is a leap year.  In which case, you are screwed.

Life is complicated enough. I still have no idea how to get a lid off a pickle jar without beating the crap out of it.  Whattup with complicating life with Thanksgiving date differentials ??!!!  We are all in NORTH AMERICA people….helloooo…. let’s have one Thanksgiving date.  Thank you very much.  What’s next? Christmas in January?  Oh shudder.


Cranberry sauce recipe for thanksgiving. Delicious. Easy recipe.



Dear Thanksgiving decision makers,

Please make Thanksgiving the same date all over North America.


Bewildered (and of course, with THANKS)


Lemon Zest TEASER for cranberry sauce



How should we get around such complex problems?  Celebrate Thanksgiving TWICE.  Oh hells ya.  Any excuse to celebrate with a huge turkey dinner, pumpkin pie and waaaaaay too much whipping cream, is just fine fine fine.  Right?  Right.  So let’s do it TWICE.


Then we can do the infamous couch flop.

Turkey + cranberry sauce + stuffing + potatoes + 29 indulgent desserts = COUCH FLOP


Oh yah.  Life is good when that kind of dinner hits your belly.  You will feel like a pregnant smurf after Thanksgiving dinner.  A blissful pregnant smurf.


The only thing that could top that kind of dinner would be dual citizenship.  If one had dual citizenship, does that mean that they would officially get Thanksgiving dinner TWICE ?!!


If so, I am suddenly a dual citizen.  Stamped it.


cranberry sauce with maple syrup recipe for thanksgiving


If you are CANADIAN…then you know….THANKSGIVING WAS GREAT.


Dear Americans,



The Canadians xx

P.S. We thought we would let you know in advance.



To everyone else in the world, you should celebrate Thanksgiving anyway.  It’s a hoot.   Give it a try.  It’s a full day of food-gasms.

Cranberry sauce is so freaking easy to make, I have no idea why people buy it in a can.  I lie. When cranberries just aren’t available I buy them in a can. I should have whispered that statement.  A cranberry sauce sinner.  Shhhhhhh. Desperate times call for desperate measures.


cranberry sauce recipe. Easy recipe. Thanksgiving recipe idea

Lemon zest makes everything taste better


Why give you a cranberry recipe this week?


1.   So you can dazzle your family with your kitchen prowess.


2.  To arm you with extra cranberry sauce for next weeks recipe of Orange Cranberry Muffins.


3.  Need a way to get rid of all your extra cranberry sauce??  This is it.


4.   You will want to stock up on about 50 bags of cranberries NOW while you can get them.


5.  Cranberries freeze brilliantly.



Every time I go to the freezer, I think of a certain joke.  I thought I would share it so the joke can be stuck in your head too.  Why go to the freezer bored?


 Freezer Joke  :


A man bought a parrot. He quickly discovered that the parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. He tried everything but couldn’t get the parrot to stop  swearing.  Finally, in a moment of desperation, the man put the parrot in the freezer.  For a few moments, he heard the bird squawk and kick and scream. Then, suddenly…there was silence. Not a sound for a half a minute.  The man was frightened that he may have hurt the bird and quickly opened the freezer door.  The parrot calmly stepped out onto the man’s extended arm and said  “I’ve learned my lesson.  Can I come out of the freezer now?” So the man let him out. The man was so astonished at the bird’s change in attitude.  He was about to ask the parrot what had caused such a dramatic change when the parrot said :  “May I ask what the chicken did? “


Easy to make cranberry sauce with maple syrup for thanksgiving

Cranberry Sauce

Cook time:

Total time:


  • 1 bag of cranberries (4 cups)
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup juice : cranberry, orange or apple (if you are desperate you can even use water)
  • If you are feeling a little wild, ADD:
  • 2 oz golden rum
  • Orange or Lemon zest for a little zing !!


  1. Rinse Cranberries.
  2. Place cranberries, maple syrup, juice/water on medium-high for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Cook until most of the liquid has reduced and the cranberry sauce starts to thicken.
  4. Stir whenever you feel like it.
  5. Are the cranberries popping ? Good news! That is what they are supposed to do.
  6. Remove from heat. Turn off the burner so you don’t burn your house down. That would not be fun for Thanksgiving.
  7. Pour cranberry sauce into sexy jars, tea cups, glass vintage containers…anything pretty does the trick !


Quick, go stock your freezer.  STAT.  With Cranberries.

Cranberries are a staple, my friend.

Like rum.

Rum should be a staple in all households.

Salt, pepper, cranberries and rum.

Your life will be complete.

Tadaaahh Thanksgiving.

In your face.

One thing down.

Fifty nine thousand more to go.

What is your fave recipe for Thanksgiving?


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  1. […] you have a LOVE for cranberries, here is a recipe for homemade cranberry sauce.  Canadiana style.  Hello maple syrup, come to […]

  2. Tristan says:

    “don’t be that person” LAWWLLLINNNN

  3. Sofia says:

    Yumm!!! This looks delicious, I don’t eat meat, but I’m sure this sauce would be good with many other foods.

  4. Laughed out loud with the parrot joke. Wasn’t expecting that! I look like a nutter laughing on the sofa in my pj’s. It has frightened the cat. It IS so stupid with the two thanksgivings but of course it is two brilliant opportunities to stuff yourself silly. Good practise for Christmas, I’d say. We over here in the UK don’t have Thanksgiving but I always join the other ex-pats in a silent descent onto Marks & Spencer for the early turkey ‘crowns’ they provide just for us. So I like to think. And gotta have homemade cranberry sauce. Easiest thing ever, so no excuses. Never tried it with maple syrup though! Looks yummy too. PS Please let your Mom tell her other parrot joke!

  5. mom says:

    ok….loved the cranberry recipe…….but what about designing a rhubarb recipe? What kind of Canadian are you that can’t use up a field of rhubarb? You would only need a warehouse of sugar to make it edible. Yes, by the way, your mother notices you swear on your blog. Isn’t that (to use your quote) “Potty Mouth” ? LOL. The laughs on you now…you’re a mom.. hah!Funny how you remember that parrot joke…..did you forget the one about the 2 parrots in the cage with the feathers flying, and the cage covered? I laugh every time I even think about it….if you forgot it, I’ll mail you the joke in a brown paper wrapper. LOL

  6. Pamela says:

    Lynne, yummy recipe. It’s funny that when I saw your title, I immediately thought ” so Canadian! ” to use maple syrup and it was the first thing you talked about! Good thing for Canadians to celebrate our Thanksgiving first in October because at least we have more time to prepare for Christmas whereas for the Americans, they only have 6 weeks before Christmas to prepare which is quite stressful. Have a Happy weekend!

  7. Janet says:

    Thanks for the recipe!
    I will eat just about anything if it has maple syrup (real – not Aunt Jemima) in it. Unless it’s shellfish and syrup – that would be gross.
    Anyway, your recipe looks yum!!!!
    And….you are opening up a can of worms with this Thanksgiving date thing. I like it in October where it belongs! I think Americans should have their in October too because then it’s far enough away from Christmas that you don’t have triple-threat holiday stress AND there are pretty leaves still on the trees for Thanksgiving.
    We did it the right way if you ask me ;))

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      I am with ya sista !! The leaves are gorgeous and it gives us a bit more time to have less panic attacks about Christmas. This year I am sharing my homemade baileys recipe for Christmas. It is my panic adjustment 🙂

  8. Suzanne says:

    You make me laugh, thats a good thing, really!! I’m with you wassup with Thanksgiving being on two different days why can’t Canada and US unite on this holiday. The only upside would be to celebrate twice. I always make cranberry, you are so right it’s so easy how could you not. Look forward to the muffin recipe and so glad you Canadians had a nice Thanksgiving, will let you know how it goes stateside..

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hello lovely pug lover Suzanne
      The muffins are kinda good for you too! I adapted them from a healthy heart cook book about 59 years ago 🙂 and I finally have the perfect muffin recipe. The kind of recipe that doesn’t give us muffin top. haha
      Have a great Thanksgiving !! xx

  9. Mary says:

    Looks like a great recipe. I’ll have to give it a try for the hubs (serious maple syrup allergy here–how is that possible for a Canadian????) The pickle jar? The elastic from a bunch of broccoli around the rim,,,,just sayin’. Two of my besties (sisters) have dual citizenship (and are status natives too!), and yes, they do have Thanksgiving twice!
    Hugs to you.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      That is a freakin’ great idea !! I am seriously going to pay attention to my broccoli from now on. I’m heading to the grocery store now. Maybe I will just steal all the elastic bands when the broccoli isn’t looking. xx

  10. Sidney Vendituoli says:

    Thank you once again for bring tears of laughter to my eyes. You are awesome!! I am going to pass the recipe on to my daughter who loves cranberries, oh, and cranberry orange muffins I might add. Looking forward to that post. 🙂

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hiya Sid !
      Just think how our bladders will be ! Cranberries + bladder = happy bladder. That will help when we pee our pants. Cheers to you and the fam !
      Lynne xx

  11. Kevin says:

    Wacky… fun… delicious… and a good joke! Thanks Lynne !
    I’m Canadian, too… but I am trying to find a way to get 3 days off next week!
    I’m going to make this recipe!
    Take care… Kevin…