Growing up, we always knew the neighbors. Maybe it was because we lived on a cul de sac, or maybe because I needed them to buy my kids fundraiser items or maybe just because my parents were party animals…but…we knew them. All of them, every single family on the street.
I never realized how much effort that took until I found myself in my own house in my own neighborhood.
I don’t know about you, but I am guilty of practically having the garage door down before I even get out of my car. There really isn’t much reason for me to be out on the street, I don’t have any kids playing in toy cars and Lola has the backyard and the dog park so we rarely go out front.
For some reason I had the sudden notion that today I had to meet the neighbors. And what better way than with a cake?!
Actually…a fruitcake. Kinda. I used to have my Grandma’s old recipe for her fruit cake , you know, the one everyone in the family can’t wait to eat during the holiday season. seriously, We used to smuggle them back when we visited.
So I used my memory and a bit of magic for my own
Cranberry Pineapple Sauce
8 oz fresh cranberries
20 oz can pineapple in pineapple juice
1/3 cup sugar
Drain liquid from pineapples into a measuring cup. Add water so that you have a total of 1 cup liquid. Add to sauce pan with sugar and bring to a boil.
Place cranberries in a food processor or chopper and chop fine. Add to pan and stir well. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thick (about 10 minutes).
Allow to cool then place in a covered container and refrigerate overnight.