Cranberry Applesauce – Instant Pot or Microwave


Cranberry Applesauce

This applesauce is a great addition to your holiday dinner. Ditch the canned cranberry sauce and make your own. No food dyes or corn syrup. And it’s super easy. 

  • 3 medium Apples (I like granny smith or Honey crisp)
  • 1 pkg. fresh cranberries (washed )
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • 8 drops YL Thieves vitality oil (optional)
  • 5 drops YL Orange vitality oil (optional)
  1. Peal and coarsely chop apples. Place apples, cranberries, sugar and water in your Instant pot. Secure lid and set for 8 minutes using the manual button. Use a natural release when finished cooking. Stir in desired spices. It will be chunky. You can reduce the amount of sugar but it will be tart. 

  2. For Microwave: Place all ingredients in the large round mold* topped with octagonal bonMat** and cook on high for 10 minutes. Carefully remove from microwave and smash together and add spices if desired. 

Large Round Mold Here

Octagonal BonMat Here

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies


Molasses seems to have gone out of style, which is unfortunate given all of its health benefits. Molasses contains vital nutrients and minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium. I am not suggesting that molasses cookies are healthy but maybe it’s time to reintroduce this flavor profile. This recipe, passed on to me by my mother-in-law, is sure to ease a new generation into the use of molasses. Prepare it with high quality cinnamon and ginger for added health benefits. It is a taste burst of fall that might give you the opportunity to explain to your children what it means to be “slower than molasses in January.”


Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molassas
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place Bonmat* on perforated baking sheet* and set aside.

    Cream together butter, sugar, molasses and egg. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Roll into 1 inch-sized balls and then roll balls into sugar. Place on BonMat and bake for 8-10 minutes. Cookies should look soft in the center when you pull them from the oven. They will continue to set while cooling.

    Adapted from a recipe by Jan Kelly. A.K.A. my Mother-in-law

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