As you go through the day, look for tiny treasures strategically placed along the way. -Sarah Young

Especially this time of year, the hustle and bustle of the season can really wear us down! I love the quote that reminds us to find the treasures in each day.

A few weeks ago I was in Bend, Oregon with my family. Each day I really looked for things that reminded me to be grateful. The little pleasures that brighten a day.

(On a walk with Haggis, our Cairn Terrier.)

Our family really gets in to shopping at Good Will (it’s fun in other cities), so on one quick trip to town, I found a lovely bowl for the “special” salad I was going to make for dinner.

Special holiday salad
Cranberry salad is perfect for the holidays. I love it for Christmas – it reminds me of my mother and my Aunt Barbara, who made this salad every year. Every year … I really don’t think they ever missed a year. My Aunt Barb still makes it, and her daughters. :)

Make the day before
I prepared the fresh berries in my KitchenAid food processor a day ahead.

My helper in the kitchen.

Then we added the grapes, nuts, and whipped cream.

And served.

Happy kids, great food, treasured time with the family.

I didn’t have to look far on this day for the blessings of family, but I did have to hunt down the bowl in the Good Will store. :)

Does your family have a traditional salad they make during the holidays?


Recipe: Holiday Fresh Cranberry Salad {}

Summary: Nostalgic fresh cranberry salad that is perfect for the holidays, making me think of my Aunt Barbara and mom, Millie.


  • 1 lb. fresh cranberries, coarsely ground
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 lb. seedless grapes, cut in 1/2
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Mix together the cranberries and sugar and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. In a large bowl, add the cranberry mixture.
  3. Cut the grapes in half. It may be necessary to press into a sieve to remove most of the juice. Add to the cranberry mixture.
  4. Whip 1 cup whipping cream. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. The whipping cream should be really stiff. Fold into the cranberry mixture.
  5. Chill the salad.
  6. Leftovers can be frozen and served as a frozen salad later.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12


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