Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa and Fun Quilty Freebies

QMs CountdowntoXmas Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa and Fun Quilty Freebies

We’re already one full week into December, and Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas continues. One of my favorite holiday traditions is making lovely-to-look-at and even-better-to-munch Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa. The recipe is a conglomeration of some I have tried; it’s very flexible and the proportions are meant to be altered to suit your tastes.

Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa

1 bag of fresh cranberries
1 green pepper
1 jalapeno pepper
1 bunch green onions (or half a regular onion)
1 bunch cilantro
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup orange juice

Optional: add Granny Smith apples or sweet oranges to the mix, in which case you may want to decrease the amount of sugar.

Chop everything to salsa consistency and combine with remaining ingredients. Refrigerate for several hours before serving with tortilla chips. Lovely when served from a clear glass dish.

This year I got a new food chopper from Target called a Ninja Master Prep and it made all the chopping a breeze! I love this so much more than any other chopper I’ve ever had.

 Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa and Fun Quilty Freebies

And just in case cooking is not your thing, we rounded up some very fun links for you to check out from folks who designed blocks for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 2.

Monica Solorio-Snow at the Happy Zombie is having “5 or So Days of Holiday Happy.” Love this gal’s sense of humor and definitely already printed out some of her freebie gift tags and notecards. So cute!

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Helen Stubbings over at Hugs ‘n Kisses is having A Week of Christmas Cheer. Stop on over to see her great patterns (like Jolly Old Santa Table Runner) and take part in the remaining giveaways. If you enjoy simple hand embroidery, this will be right up your alley!

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Robin Koehler of Nestlings by Robin used her block design to create a tree skirt, and invites you to join along in sewing it. Find part 1, part 2 and part 3 with tons of how-to photos (keep scrolling) on Robin’s blog.

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Robin's Tree Skirt

See you on Friday with more Countdown fun and a great free pattern from the newest editor on Quiltmaker’s staff, Paula Stoddard.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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3 Responses to Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa and Fun Quilty Freebies

  1. Steph C says:

    The salsa looks so interesting I just have to try it. Cranberry relish kicked up a notch! I have had fun surfing all over this site and all the fun links. Thanks.

  2. Marcia W. says:

    Thanks for the recipe and the photo of Robin’s (awesome) Tree Skirt.

  3. I bought the Ninja at Walmart and I LOVE it! The dual blades makes the most awesome milk shakes ever!!!

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