It’s the holiday season and I am so excited! I dearly love the fall and winter holidays. It’s all about friends and family and being together and being thankful. Many thanks to our sponsor, all opinions are my own.
I have always been blessed to live near enough my family that we can always get together for the holidays and share a big delicious meal with all the trimmings. But not everyone has that luxury. So many people live away from their families due to any variety of reasons, most often school or work.
That’s why I love hearing about Friendsgiving, this is a new-ish tradition that lets people get together with their close friends and celebrate the holidays with a big Thanksgiving-style meal, even if they aren’t able to make it back home for the holidays.
The best thing about Friendsgiving is there is no specific day or date, you can choose whichever day in the month of November that works for you and your friends to celebrate.
Get together a group of friends, settle on a date to have your Friendsgiving dinner, and split the dishes up between all of you. This will ensure that the cost of the big meal isn’t resting on just one person’s shoulders.
You could stick with a traditional Thanksgiving menu, or change things up and make different alternatives to the classics!
One side that was always a requirement when I was growing up was cranberry sauce. If cranberry sauce wasn’t set out for the big holiday dinners then someone in the house got very grumpy. These days I like to make delicious new recipes inspired by the traditional dishes like this Zucchini with Walnuts and Cranberries.
How to make Zucchini with Walnuts and Cranberries:
You need 2 medium zucchini, 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, and 1/2 cup dried cranberries.
Dice the zucchini.
Heat 1-2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a skillet over medium heat.
Add the zucchini, walnuts, and cranberries to the pan.
Cook until the zucchini is tender.
Remove from heat and serve immediately.
Because Friendsgiving is changing the way we give thanks, the Cranberry Marketing Committee has launched its third annual Cranberry Friendsgiving Photo Contest! When you enter you have a chance to win $4,000 in pirizes for the most innovative cranberry dishes, drinks, & decor!
All you need to do is upload your photo at CranberryFriendsgiving.com and then share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest with the hashtag #FriendsgivingCranberryContest. Find out all the details and rules here: Share Your Festive Friendsgiving Moments
They even have a Guide to Entertaining with Cranberries that is full of recipes, ideas, and tips.
Zucchini with Walnuts and Cranberries
- 2 medium zucchini
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1-2 tbsp cooking oil
- Dice the zucchini.
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- Add all ingredients to skillet, cook until zucchini is tender.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately.
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