RECIPE :: ORANGE BOURBON CRANBERRY SAUCE

If you’re anything like me, you’re a last minute lucy when it comes to the holidays. So, come about 4pm today I’ll be fighting crowds at the grocery store for some cranberries and brussel sprouts to complete my contributions to our family’s Thanksgiving feast tomorrow.

For those of you who are still putting together shopping lists – or maybe you’ll already have these ingredients laying around – this one is for you!!

orange bourbon cranberry sauce recipe from coco kelley

No Thanksgiving table would be complete without the cranberry sauce – at least according to most people. I, however, have never been a huge fan. I’m not a fruit-on-my-meat kinda gal. But, I am, however, a bourbon gal. So when my amazing intern Natasha presented this recipe to me, I knew we had to try it…

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Orange Bourbon Cranberry Sauce // serves 6-8

  • 12 oz cranberries
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

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The preparation is quite simple! Combine the whiskey, orange juice, vanilla and sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries to the pot, and stir to coat.

Reduce the heat to low or med-low, and cook until the cranberries pop – about 7-10 minutes, depending on whether you want a smooth or chunky cranberry sauce. Remove from heat, let cool, and serve!

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Have the happiest Thanksgiving my friends and fellow bloggers! Wishing you all some quiet time in the company of friends and family. And plenty of pumpkin pie.

photography by meghan klein

5 responses on “RECIPE :: ORANGE BOURBON CRANBERRY SAUCE

  1. Teri

    I added the vanilla afterwards, I guess because I’ve heard somewhere that heat can burn off some of the flavor of vanilla (?) and it was AMAZING! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

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MY THANKSGIVING TABLE INSPIRATION…

Two things have providing inspiration for a simple, organic Thanksgiving table this year – and if you follow me on instagram, then you already know what one of them is! These bunches of cotton branches. And if you’ve been reading the blog, then you might recognize the other one from my November moodboard – black and white buffalo plaid.

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And I think I’ve figured out a way to use them both for my table that’s unique and doesn’t require me running all over town for fabric or doing anything too crazy for a centerpiece – both of which totally delight my already packed schedule.

The inspiration looks something like this…

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1. marble cheese board // 2. copper + white striped tapers // 3. wood charger // 4. grey dinner plate // 5. buffalo check table runner // 6. black and white linen napkins // 7. gold flatware // 8. smoked glass tumbler

Because my dining table is marble, I’ll be wanting to offset that with warm woods and metallics. I plan on testing out my DIY skills for the table runner and cotton centerpiece… and if it all turns out as planned, you bet I’ll be sharing the end result with you after the holiday!

images :: jenn elliot blake by belathee // style me pretty shot by jasmine star

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  1. Monika

    What a beautiful table setting! Lovely color combination, simple and stylish. Perfect timing, too. I recently bought some cotton branches and just didn’t know what to do with them. You gave me perfect inspiration. Thank you!

    With Love, Monika

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DULY NOTED // 11.22

I’m getting a late start to my weekend links thanks to a lovely little cold (raise your hand if you’ve already caught it – ugh) which might be why a few of these items are decidedly cozy and perfect for staying in…

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1 // This is the time of year where I wish we had a cabin to escape to for the holidays, and the corner of this Sun Valley Lodge is making me want it even more. While I don’t think I could deal with that much rustic wood all year round, it certainly makes for a charming winter getaway, don’t you think?

2 // Two words. CHARCOAL. CHAMBRAY. I mean, I don’t even care what form it’s in, I’ll take that any day of the week. The fact that it’s on this gorgeous pillow by Susan Connor (obsessed with the entire line, thank you very much) is a bonus.

3 // Using leather on a tabletop isn’t something that’s done very often… but when it is I always always love it. So these DIY gold and leather napkin rings are begging to be made this Thanksgiving.

4 // Slippers are on the top of my Christmas list, and these just might be the winners. Gold and cozy feet warmers? SOLD.

5 // I’m not one for murals but I’d put this one in my bedroom in a heartbeat.  Set into those high-gloss black walls and molding, all of a sudden the moon and stars are looking super chic.

6 // Holiday entertaining requires champagne on ice, as far as I’m concerned. And I haven’t seen as chic of an ice bucket in quite some time as this white one rimmed in gold.

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  1. Susan

    Hi Cassandra, Just a quick comment to thank you for including our charcoal chambray pillow in your lovely lineup, and for your sweet compliments on the line. Totally agree about comfy and fancy. Such a good combination : ) My Best, Susan

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A MOD MOD CHRISTMAS {WITH CRATE AND BARREL!}

Confession – I love when I get to work with brands on collaborations like these because it pushes me to get creative with how I see their product. So, when Crate & Barrel asked me join the likes of this fabulous crew for some holiday styling, you bet I was up to the challenge! And my vision all started with these fabulously mod appetizer plates

a vintage-inspired cocktail party for the holidays! // coco+kelley and crate and barrel

They set the tone for a more mid-century inspired Christmas party at home… I can just picture guests dressed in vintage attire and Dean Martin Christmas carols. It also inspired me to go with a fairly retro palette…

a vintage-inspired cocktail party for the holidays! // coco+kelley and crate and barrel

love the combo of the citron yellow, aqua and green as the main colors here – with a dash of red for holiday spirit of course. Walnut accents add to the retro vibe. The pillow complete the look and are such an easy way to switch up color in a room! (You can find the houndstooth ones here and the yellow tweed here). 

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a vintage-inspired cocktail party for the holidays! // coco+kelley and crate and barrel

These little cocktail picks were another inspired favorite.  Don’t forget that swanky decanter! Oh how I love setting up a good bar…

a vintage-inspired cocktail party for the holidays! // coco+kelley and crate and barrel

But let’s not forget the party table! Instead of my usual tabletop, I was all about creating loungy space for this gathering, so snacks and decor went on my big coffee table instead…

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Pro tip: gold confetti = instant party. So do yellow plates, I think. Toss those pillows on to the floor and let your guests settle in with their drinks!

a vintage-inspired cocktail party for the holidays! // coco+kelley and crate and barrel

a vintage-inspired cocktail party for the holidays! // coco+kelley and crate and barrel

A few oversized baubles in a bowl, and you, my friends, are all set.

a vintage-inspired cocktail party for the holidays! // coco+kelley and crate and barrel

To see more of my tips for holiday decorating, and find out more about the product used in this shoot, pop over to the Crate and Barrel Holiday Bloggers site – I’m joined by some of my favorites, like Victoria over at SF Girl by Bay, Jordan of Oh Happy Day and even Sweet Paul! You can see my feature right here.

shot by meghan klein for coco+kelley // sponsored by crate & barrel

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THANKSGIVING PRINTABLES :: FOR THE LOVE OF LEFTOVERS!

We all know that Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without loads of leftovers. So, this year when you send off your friends or family with a box full of goodies, why not finish things off with a sweet sentiment too…!?

thanksgiving printables for your to-go boxes full of leftovers! // marabou designs and coco+kelley

We teamed up with Marabou Designs to create these awesome free Thanksgiving printables to top your to-go boxes that will have your guests feelin’ the love when they reach for those leftovers the next day!

thanksgiving printables for your to-go boxes full of leftovers! // marabou designs and coco+kelley

thanksgiving printables for your to-go boxes full of leftovers! // marabou designs and coco+kelley

The pie box printables might be my favorite. (Because – PIE.) Also – pro tip – you can get the actual boxes from my girl Stephanie on her Etsy shop, which will save you from having to craft your own like we did!

thanksgiving printables for your to-go boxes full of leftovers! // marabou designs and coco+kelley

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These are super simple to print out because all you need is a flat sheet of label paper. No aligning your printer here (because we all know how well that works). Just print and cut around the circles!

thanksgiving printables for your to-go boxes full of leftovers! // marabou designs and coco+kelley

We found these traditional take-out boxes at a local craft store, but you can also find them online and in restaurant supply stores!  Mix ‘n match the kraft color with the white, or keep it simple.

thanksgiving printables for your to-go boxes full of leftovers! // marabou designs and coco+kelley

Click on the printable above to get to the PDF where you can download the file, or follow the links here:  Pie Labels // Round White Labels // Round Kraft Labels //

Are you getting excited for Thanksgiving yet? Now that we’ve posted our favorite recipe and this easy DIY, all that’s left to do is the table setting!

photography by meghan klein for coco+kelley // printables by marabou design for coco+kelley

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  1. A Johnson

    OMGoodness! I LOVE this idea. So much pretty and inviting than leftovers on a paper plate wrapped in tin foil. I’m definitely adopting this from now on. Bravo to you and Marabou Designs!

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