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Cranberry Jello Salad, winners, and a giveaway

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For Thanksgiving, I love to have sides that involve seasonal items like cranberries.  This cranberry Jello salad recipe is one that I adapted from a recipe I found at Kraft foods.  Usually when I make this I put it in a trifle bowl, but any large glass bowl will work.  You could just go with a 9 x 13 dish if you prefer.  This time, I decided to try the cranberry Jello salad in a mold.  Bad idea.  This corner of the mold in the picture, was the only corner that looked decent.  I don’t think this recipe is firm enough to do that. So I do not recommend it. 

I did just see a similar version the other day on allrecipes.com that made them into little individual sizes by putting them in muffin tin lined with muffin liners.  Then you remove the muffin liners when ready to serve.  I am gonna give that ago the next time I make this, but I am worried it will be problematic like the mold.  However, the recipe does use less liquid, so that’s probably the trick.   Also, I recommend using the Ocean Spray cranberries for this.  I just think it is a better quality of canned cranberry and works best in this salad.

Cranberry Jell-O Salad | realmomkitchen.com

I have also made a list for you today of other recipes that I have on my site that would also be excellent sides to serve at Thanksgiving.

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Cranberry Jell-O Salad | realmomkitchen.com

Cranberry Jello Salad

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  • 1 can 20 oz. crushed pineapple
  • 2 pkg. 4-serving size each or 1 pkg. (8-serving size) Raspberry Flavor Gelatin
  • 1 can 16 oz. whole berry cranberry sauce (I highly recommend using the Ocean Spray brand)
  • 1 medium apple chopped (you can do it with the skin off or on, I leave it on)
  • sweetened whipped cream


  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice in 1-qt. liquid measuring cup.  Add enough cold water to reserved juice to measure 3 cups;  microwave until it comes to boil. Add gelatin; stir at least 2 min. until completely dissolved.
  • Add cranberry sauce; stir until well blended. (Note: Due to the presence of whole berries in the cranberry sauce, the gelatin mixture will not be smooth.)
  • Pour into large bowl (I use a trifle bowl, but a 9 x 13 would work too). Refrigerate 1-1/2 hours or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites.)
  • Stir in remaining drained pineapple and chopped apple; stir gently until well blended.
  • Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Top with sweetened whipped cream just before serving. Store leftover gelatin in refrigerator.
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Here are the winners of the turkeys:

  • Abby who said – One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories was when my husband and I were away from family for school and we got together with some friends on Thanksgiving and just ate pie until we couldn’t stuff another bite in. So yummy and fun.
  • Merideth who said – My favorite Thanksgiving recipe is anything with sweet potatoes or yams. I could eat an entire plate full.. go back for seconds.. and still want some for lunch and dinner the next day!
  • Trisha who said -My favorite Thanksgiving memory as a child was going to Disneyland. Who wouldn’t love eating Thanksgiving dinner with Mickey and Goofy? As a kid I didn’t enjoy eating turkey,so I thought it was the greatest thing to order a big old hamburger at the restaurant we ate at!!
  • Gina who said – My mom always makes the most delicious dinner rolls for Thanksgiving. Some plain with homemade jam and some with orange. Mmm, it’s something to look forward to every year. I’m not going home this year so I’m trying to talk myself into making these but I don’t do yeast so I’m scared.

I will send  emails out to the winners to get your info and get your coupons in the mail ASAP, so you can have it in time to get your Thanksgiving bird.

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Also, I have another contest I am doing today.  I am giving away a Pillsbury “Thanksgiving Fun” gift pack that includes a coupon for a free package of the Pillsbury Thanksgiving Shape® sugar cookies (or any other Pillsbury refrigerated cookie dough), as well as a turkey-shaped stress reliever, pen, and finger puppet. The Pillsbury Thanksgiving Shape® sugar cookies are only in grocery stores for a limited time. This “Thanksgiving Fun” gift pack is provided Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark.

So, to enter this contest, leave a comment as to whether you stick to traditional pie for Thanksgiving dessert or if you mix it up with something different or fun. You have until Wednesday Nov. 18 at midnight (Mountain Standard Time) to enter. The winner will be announced on Thursday.

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  1. I started a new tradition when I took over holiday meals when it comes to dessert. Instead of us indulging in dessert when we’ve already had the good fortune of a hearty meal, we all put $5 in an envelope and I take it the next business day to the small food bank here in my town.

  2. We have the traditional with a twist. Instead of pecan pie, we have chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Pumpkin transforms into a layered pumpkin cheesecake pie. Instead of apple, I make a caramel apple streusel pie.