2013: A quest for cranberries

It was on Christmas day that I had my first taste of my Mom’s new Cranberry Salsa. It may seem odd to end a year with a post about searching for cranberries, but stay with me. After tasting this gloriously sweet-with-a-dash-of-spice dish, and I immediately found myself craving it when it was gone. The next day I went to Raley’s, the local grocer…no cranberries.

“Hehe how odd. Obviously, I am not the only one with a taste for cranberries. Either that, or a lot of people are naturalistics with UTIs….likely the former.”

No matter, we went to Walmart the next day. NO CRANBERRIES. With each failure, my perceived future pleasure of delicious salsa was heightened.

Safeway, no cranberries.
Sprouts, NO FLIPPIN’ CRANBERRIES!!
“What is this new devilry?” My brows furrowed as I panned the scene.

This exceedingly simple and surface struggle hit me as the tangible translation of the year in question, 2013. My resolution for the past year was broad, definitely not a SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time oriented). “Go make the things you want most happen. Just do it.” And I’m happy to claim great success.

What did I want?
Skydiving–> umm…because badass
Travel somewhere AWESOME–> Hello Paris and Amsterdam
Do something to make yourself proud–> Does a marathon count? What about a Spartan Race?
Do something cool for someone else–> Bridesmaiding? The act of making the bride as happy as possible.

These, my friends, were my cranberries. They were the things I had wanted for years and years. And through sheer determination I got those cranberries. In both instances.

Back to today, the cranberries were finally obtained at Whole Foods. The recipe follows:

CRANBERRY SALSA

1 bag fresh cranberries
1 clove garlic crushed
3 green onions thinly sliced with greens
3 limes juiced
½ C sugar
1 jalapeno pepper diced small
½ C chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste

Boil cranberries in water for 2 minutes. Drain and cool. Add other ingredients. Serve with “scooper” chips

And that’s all she wrote. Stay tuned for 2014 Resolutions!

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