Dotties’ Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish

I had the best mother-in-law ever!!! Dottie is her nick name but I call her Dorothy. She was a sweet, cute, tiny lady. When I met her she was a retired nurse. Nursing was the perfect career for Dorothy because she loved and enjoyed people.  She liked to plant flowers and watch birds. Not only does her daughter-in-law sing her praises but her children and grandchildren believe her to be pretty awesome too. My life is richer and fuller for having known her. I love her and miss her very much. Surely she is in Heaven arranging her jewels in her mansion!!!

Dorothy always made Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish during the holidays. I had never heard of it before, but let me tell you…it is absolutely delicious!!!! Just the right amount of tartness from the cranberries and sweetness from the sugar and the citrus from the orange just makes it POP with flavor…its a PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH!!! It’s great just by itself but when you put it on a Sister Shubert roll with a slice of turkey…you have reached another level of PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH!!!



Dorothy’s Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish has become a holiday tradition in my home. I make it a few days ahead for Thanksgiving Day and freeze half of the recipe for Christmas.

When I take this relish to parties, I never bring any home and I always get asked for the recipe. It’s that good!


With only four ingredients, it’s easy and inexpensive to make. Win! Win!

Dotties’ Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish
1 lb. fresh cranberries, stemmed and washed
2 unpeeled oranges, quartered and seeded
2 unpeeled apples, quartered and seeded
2 1/2 cups sugar




Grind fruits in food processor.

Add sugar and mix well.

Chill 24 hours.

Keeps well in the refrigerator for up to two weeks and in the freezer for up to two months.

Makes 8 cups

Trust me, you are going to love love love this recipe. What’s not to love, it’s quick, easy and yummy!

If you do make this recipe, I want to know! Please leave me a comment.


A beautiful fall color perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas


Blessings, Cindy
Yarn By The James and teaching good things

Dorothy & Greg (my mother-in-law and my husband). My two favorite people. This photo was taken the last Thanksgiving Day we had with this dear lady. And yes, she made her Fresh Cranberry-Orance Relish!

Dorothy & Greg (my mother-in-law and my husband). Two of my favorite people. This photo was taken the last Thanksgiving Day we had with this dear lady. And yes, she made her Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish!

A Hooded Cardigan And Hat For Avery



Hooded cardigan and hat for little Avery

My friend’s very first grandchild surprised her by arriving early. Little Avery is a healthy happy little boy! Praise The Lord!!!! I made  this hooded cardigan and snowman hat for him and I can’t wait to see him wearing them!


A hooded cardigan for Avery


The sweater is Crochet Baby Boy Cardigan pattern with Hood by Lisa Auch. And the really great thing, other than it being free of course, is that it comes in three sizes (3-6 mo, 12 mo & 18 mo)! Yay! The FREE PATTERN can be found here Thank you Lisa Auch!!


Ear Muff Hat for Avery

The Ear Muff Hat is a FREE PATTERN design by Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me. The pattern is actually a set! That’s right, a snowman ear muff hat and cocoon!! Absolutely Precious!!!!   That little lady over at Repeat Crafter Me is amazing! I just love all of her adorable little character hats!!! And they are FREE!!!!!!!!

Here is the link to that wonderful pattern

I would love to hear from you, especially if you make one or both of the above-mentioned patterns. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Blessings, Cindy
Yarn By The James and teaching good things

Pumpkin Pie


Cinderella Pumpkin

I love Fall, it’s my favorite time of year!!! Cold mornings, warm evenings, beautiful colors, scarves, hats, heavy blankets, harvest, all that and more!!!!
For a little fun, we took Ian and his friend, Josh to a corn maze. Yoders’ Farm is a 4th generation, family owned and operated farm near Lynchburg, Virginia. Here is a link to their website: The 6 1/2 acre corn maze was fun and exciting. We went at night which added to the excitement. Greg and I got lost but eventually found our way back to the entrance…we never did find the exit!! We finally made it out of the maze and picked a lovely pumpkin to make pumpkin pie!

I removed the guts and was ready to cook the pumpkin.


I have to admit, it really is time consuming to cook down the pumpkin. You have to cut it up in chunks and either boil it down with a double boiler (or a strainer in a pot like I did), or cook it in the microwave. I used both methods to save some time.

IMG_4878 Finally, after draining off the excess water, I took my pumpkin for a spin in my food processor:


And I have PUMPKIN PUREE!!!! A beautiful fall color!!!!






I got enough pumpkin puree for three pies!! I set aside three cups for one pie and froze the remaining puree for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Okay, that was the hard part. Now on to the easier part.

The Ingredients:IMG_4913

1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground ginger
4 large eggs
3 cups pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cans evaporated milk

Mix everything together and pour in a prepared pie crust, (I used the Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust). I had enough puree for two pies. Both pie plates were 9″ but one was deeper than the other.          FullSizeRender

I only had one pie crust so I just made the other pie crustless. And it was good!

These cute little pies baked for 15 minutes at 425º, then 60 minutes at 350ºIMG_4919        FullSizeRender

I think they turned out beautifully and my family loved them! Best of all my husband, Greg, thinks I am amazing for making pumpkin pie from scratch!!!

I cannot take credit for knowing how to do any of this. I found this wonderful recipe online here:

Also, just in case you are interested in my Ankarsrum Assistant Original (, I am providing a link to where I purchased mine:

I would love to hear from you. Please let me know if you tried to make this pie and how yours turned out.

Blessings, Cindy
Yarn By The James and teaching good things


Change Of Plans…

Sweater Set for Aryana!!

Okay, so I have this mystery WIP  that was supposed to be for Tiffany to take to a baby shower for her friend. However, the shower date was just coming too quickly and I didn’t seem to be making very much progress on the mystery WIP. IMG_5048

So I started another project, one that I knew wouldn’t take me very long to make. I was pleased with the way it turned out and her friend loved the gift!

The sweater pattern is The Baby Ripple Sweater by Jessica Esterly & Peggy Besco of God’s Tiny Angels Patterns and can be found here  Aunt Jen’s Sweater by SandiAngels

I adjusted the pattern a little by using Caron Simply Soft yarn and an H hook. It turned out nicely for a 0-3 month baby.
The hat pattern is a quick and easy project designed by Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me and can be found here

As for my WIP, stay tuned for the reveal!

Blessings, Cindy
Yarn By The James and teaching good things

A Package From Willows California!!!

I received a package today!!!! image1image1

I have family in Willows, California. My mothers sister, Sharon and her husband, Carl have a commercial farm. They grow rice, corn, almonds and many other wonderful things I’m sure! I hope to visit one day to see everything for myself! I met Sharon’s husband, Carl, and their children (my cousins) Michael and Becky last year at my Grandfathers funeral.

Becky and her parents put together this unbelievable package of goodness for my family.
Almonds grown in their orchard;
Wild Rice, locally grown;
Olive Oil, harvested in Northern California;
Pistachios grown locally;
Honey made from the bees in their fields; and last but not least
Popcorn grown in their commercial corn field!

I have already been munching on the almonds and pistachios. Believe me they are fresh and delicious!! Hopefully I can wait a few weeks to cook the rice for Thanksgiving. I always use olive oil so I am really excited to taste this straight from California!!! Honey is a staple at my house so I am looking forward to tasting the California honey. And the popcorn is wonderful because I grind my own corn for cornbread! Plus Becky said to put some in a paper lunch bag and microwave it…can’t wait to try that!!!

What a wonderful gift. It warms my heart that my family in California thinks so much of me to send these wonderful goodies 3,0000 miles!

A package of wholesome goodness from the west coast!!

My heart is full!

Cindy Watson
Yarn By The James and teaching good things

And The Winner Is…….


CONGRATULATIONS AMEE! You are the winner of Yarn By The James’ first ever GIVEAWAY!!!
I hope you enjoy your Crocheted Dishcloth Bundle Pack!!


Thank you to everyone who entered and are now my faithful followers!
Be on the lookout for another giveaway in the near future!!

Cindy Watson
Yarn By The James and teaching good things

A Fun Weekend At The Beach…

I had the pleasure of spending the weekend in Virginia Beach, Va (USA) with my son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Kirstin. Unfortunately Randall had to work all weekend. But Kirstin changed her schedule and entertained me the whole time! She even allowed me to teach her how to crochet!! 🙂 🙂 How special is that?!


As we were crocheting and chatting, we got on the topic of arm knitting. I have been wanting to try the arm knitted scarf but have never gotten around to it. Kirstin had never heard of it so I showed her a picture…aaannd the crochet project took a back seat 😦 We made a trip, bought the yarn
surfed the web, found this tutorial,
removed the jewelry from our wrists and went to town!! I am quite pleased with how they turned out 🙂

Arm Knit Scarf

Arm Knit Scarf

I particularly like the Pittsburgh Steelers colors Kirstin chose. The yarn colors are NFL Football Team colors so after seeing Kirstins’ Steelers scarf, I plan to make some in team colors like she did. One with Redskins colors and another one in Ian’s school colors (blue & white).

In the video, Audra Kurtz said it takes about thirty minutes to make the scarf. We each made two scarves. The first scarf took us about an hour and a half and the second one took about an hour. I’m sure eventually we will make one in thirty minutes.

Overall the project was inexpensive and fun; and, the scarves are really really soft, warm and cozy! But the best part of all is the precious time I had with my daughter-in-law learning a new craft!!!

My grand puppies, Kane & Ziva were not impressed. As a matter of fact, they were pretty annoyed that I was getting all the time with their mom.


Randall, had to work this afternoon but he had a few hours to spare so he took me out to lunch.  We went to a chinese restaurant, P. F. Changs, He pressured me to try sushi. I tried the  California Roll and I liked it! Thanks Randall for introducing me to something new!!! The restaurant was very nice and I would definitely visit again.

I had a wonderful visit but am glad to be back at home with Gregory, Tiffany and Ian.

I hope you have a great week.

Cindy Watson
Yarn By The James and teaching good things