Apple Cranberry Chutney Recipe and Making the Initial Dinner Invite
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Tips on making an initial dinner invite and Apple Cranberry Chutney Recipe for holiday entertaining!
The holidays are beautiful, fun, joyful, nurturing, sometimes peaceful (depending on your boundaries and how much you allow to take over), and one of my favorite times of the year!
Tonight we are having good friends over for dinner. Two couples who know each other very well, and actually between the 6 of us, we’ve known each other for well over 30 years! That is the true gift of friendship!
Initial dinner invite
For me, having hosted for so many years, making a dinner invite is quite easy. My husband and I usually talk over our ideas ahead of time, and then I send a quick text. I know, it’s not the old-fashioned way, where you picked up the phone and called. Texting is my love language now though, and just much easier.
But I think of the person for whom making an invite is actually hard. Holidays or not, it means that you have to be brave, because there could be a “no” that comes back. Or a yes could be even scarier, for someone afraid to host!
I know it’s hard for many, depending on your personality. If you’re an introvert, or an extrovert, or your hubby doesn’t like to entertain, or your kids are out of control, or it costs too much money, hosting can be a struggle. Seriously, the list goes on and on, the reasons why we don’t make that initial invite for dinner guests.
Why do we entertain during the stressful holiday season? For our family, it’s about including others in our story, and getting to know their stories.
The story of Christmas is so rich and beautiful, very vulnerable, tender, and sweet.
It’s such a special time to reflect on our own lives, but also the lives of others. Getting to know them, including them, inviting them, and even the peaceful feeling of being invited ourselves on occasion.
It reminds me of this quote by Eugene Peterson. The gift of today …
“The only opportunity you will ever have to live by faith is in the circumstances you are provided this very day: this house you live in, this family you find yourself in, this job you have been given, the weather conditions that prevail at the …moment.” ― Eugene H. Peterson
Apple Cranberry Chutney Recipe
This Apple Cranberry Chutney is delicious served with turkey, ham, Cornish game hens, chicken, … or on sandwiches, in wraps, and even baked in a delicious brie!
It’s made with apples, cinnamon, … everything that says “holiday.”
What tips have helped you to make the initial dinner invites to others?
Apple Cranberry Chutney Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups sugar, brown or white
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 12 oz. pkg. cranberries, fresh
- 2 cups Honey Crisp apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped
- 1/3 cup onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup crystallized ginger
- 2 Tbsp. lemon, freshly squeezed
- Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the apples, onions, and ginger and cook for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice; cool. Remove the cinnamon sticks; cover and chill.
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