Good Food Good Life…My Cranberry Sauce

Good Food Good Life Recipe of the Week
Good Food Good Life
Recipe of the Week

This is a recipe I came up with many years ago as I have never really cared for the “jelly” type sauces that were always around. This is a just the right mix of tart and sweetness combined with citrus juices.





3 Pounds Cranberries

1 Pound Brown Sugar

1.5 gallons of water

Zest from one Lemon Lime and Orange

Juice from. on lime, lemon and orange ad the pulp from your juicer and place the rinds into a bag and place into pan also…

Place ingredients into pan and bring to boil until liquid starts to thicken aprx. hour… hour and a half. allow to cool

If you have never made your own Cranberry sauce…don’t freak out when the cranberry’s start popping as they heat up…kinda  cool little pop they have as they heat up.

If you’d like a “chunkier” type of sauce, cook two pounds first and when you have the reduction at about 75%…add the third pound…and finish cooking.


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Cranberry Sauce…The Finished Product






Cranberry sauces can be created to match your stuffing also. One of the things I have done in the past is tailor my sauces and stuffing for various occasions. For example you can add nuts or use different fruit juices. you can even add different fruits. Let’s say you going to have a stuffing made with celery onions, mango and walnuts as part of your ingredients. You can also add the walnuts to you Cranberry Sauce.

I have created some very entertain plate pleasers using nuts and fruits in stuffing and Cranberry Sauces. For the most part when I smoke a turkey.

One last side note…this is something you want to cook the night/day before…Hope you enjoy…Have a great day folks…

If you’s like to know about harvesting or more about Cranberries visit Ocean Spray here.

Until Next Time Folks..

Happy Gardening….Thanksgiving…


Good Food Good Life…Holiday Recipes

Good Food Good Life can only mean one thing it is time for Family Friends and Food…yes it is Officially Comfort Food Season…
Good Food Good Life Recipe of the Week
Good Food Good Life
Recipe of the Week

We have some greats recipes coming your way this Comfort Food Season. Do you have A Good Food Good Life Recipe??? Contact us today and ask about publishing it….




Roasted Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 tsp. cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400.  Lightly coat a baking pan with non-stick spray, or line with parchment paper.  Set aside.  In a medium bowl, combine the olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and pepper.  Add potatoes and toss to coat.  Spread potatoes in an even layer onto prepared pan.  Roast for 30-40 minutes, or until browned and crispy.  Enjoy!




Holiday Butternut Squash with Apples & Cranberries
¼ cup melted butter
1 medium butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 medium apple, cubed
½ cup dried cranberries
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 425.  Combine all ingredients in a 1½ quart baking dish.  Cover and bake 30 minutes.  Remove cover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until squash is tender.

cranberry glazed green beans

Cranberry Orange
Glazed Green Beans

Sweet and tart with a little zing, and perfectly easy for Thanksgiving.

1 lb. fresh green beans
1 tsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. minced fresh sage
(or 1 tsp. dried)
¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tsp. orange zest
1 tsp. mustard
¼ cup dried cranberries
½ tsp. salt

Steam green beans to desired doneness.  Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add green beans and sage and saute for a few minutes to let them brown slightly.  In a small bowl, combine orange juice, orange zest and mustard and mix well.  Pour mixture over green beans and cranberries and season with salt and pepper.  Let simmer on low heat for 10 minutes or until the glaze thickens and coats the green beans.

butternit with crunchy carmalized onions

Butternut Squash with Crunchy Caramelized Onions

1 butternut squash
¼ cup water
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. white sugar
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 large white onion, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
Dash of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400.  Cut squash in half, lengthwise and place flesh side up in a baking dish.  Add water and place uncovered in oven.  Steam-roast for 45-60 minutes or until flesh is tender.  While squash is cooking, put olive oil, white sugar and balsamic vinegar into a small skillet; add onion slices and cook on medium heat for five minutes. Turn heat to low/simmer and cook for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Once the onion mixture is caramelized, add celery.  Scoop out the flesh of the cooked squash and mix with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Place the squash mixture into a serving dish, adding the caramelized onion and celery mixture over the top. Serve warm.

Have a GREAT Holiday Folks…

Gotta Prepare the photos and recordings for thee Cranberry Sauce now…

Until Next Time Folks…

Happy Gardening…and Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

Thank you to Tahoe Markets….



PPI Background Checks & NAMFS Nepotism

Is your company in compliance with all the laws and regulations covering Background Checks using NAMFS Members???

How will the scales balance?
Is the Background Check in the PPI in Compliance with Hiring Laws???


For some time I have questioned the forced background checks performed in the Property Preservation Industry. While background screenings can provide valuable insight on your employee applicants, it’s vital that these investigations and subsequent hiring decisions are handled with great care to comply with applicable laws and EEOC guidelines. In order to protect your business from liability.

Here are some issues of employment screening and background checks mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

Social media as a screening method

There’s no doubt that professional social media sites, like LinkedIn, have proven to be invaluable recruiting tools for employers.

However, that’s not to say that all social media channels should be used as a background screening tool. While I have been guilty of looking at people’s FaceBook accounts…seriously I look to see if an applicant is badmouthing their current or former employers. If they will bang them they will bang you…just food for thought.

In fact, any personal information gleaned on candidates from these sites – such as race, gender, national origin, color, religion, age, disability or genetic information – should not be used to make employment decisions, according to the EEOC. All of thee foregoing is not something I care about, sign of drug use how they might act is social media will reflect on our company.

As a best practice, employers should keep their focus on professional recruiting sites and avoid looking at candidates personal profiles on other social sites altogether.

Non-compliance of policies with anti-discrimination laws

In 2012, Pepsi Beverages agreed to pay $3.13 million and provide job offers and training to resolve a charge of race discrimination, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC ruled that the criminal background check policy formerly used by Pepsi unfairly discriminated against more than 300 African American applicants who had been arrested and had pending criminal charges. The plaintiffs were denied a permanent job, even if they’d never been convicted of an offense. The EEOC deemed the background check policy a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

If you’re performing a pre-employment background check, you must have a thorough understanding of the related and applicable laws; otherwise you could be setting your company up for costly litigation. If you aren’t well-versed in employment law, you should consider working with an employment screening company or legal counsel who can help guide you in the right direction.

Lack of verification of background check data

Not all screening services are created equal. Many websites claiming to perform criminal background checks don’t contain accurate and complete data.

There’s no such thing as a true national criminal background check. These databases are created and maintained by private businesses that purchase information from courts (where available), corrections departments and probation departments.

The information is not as all-inclusive as it sounds. Companies may claim to have “extensive” and “comprehensive” databases, but more often than not, these databases contain outdated and even wrong information. This means you’re not getting the full scope of a job candidate’s background.

Many people share the same names and even the same birthdates. Employers should obtain multiple “identifiers” such as full name and previous names, date of birth, Social Security and driver’s license numbers when screening an employee. Some applicants with a criminal history may attempt to use a relative’s information in an attempt to circumvent the system.

A good employment screening service will verify these details when performing a background check in order to provide accurate and complete background information.

This is one of the issues I take with the current method practiced in the PPI.

Poor evaluation of screening results

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) recommends that employers develop a written screening policy for the use of background checks obtained from a Consumer Reporting Agency (background screening service) that is regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Applicant criminal and driving histories, credit reports, and education and license verifications are all subject to the FCRA. Any negative information that causes an employer to take adverse action against an applicant must be reported to the employee, since under the auspices of the FCRA the candidate has an opportunity to correct or challenge the negative information.

Question…Is this being done in the PPI. Is Aspen Grove Solutions providing this information to any of your employees they said no to??

When employers contemplate instituting a background check policy, the EEOC recommends that they take into consideration the nature and gravity of the offense, the time that has passed since the conviction and/or completion of the sentence, and the nature of the job sought in order to be sure that any exclusion is important for the particular position. Such exclusions may create a disparate impact based on race in violation of Title VII. Keep in mind that each applicant should be assessed on a individual basis.

Don’t automatically disqualify people who may have made a mistake in the past. Ask yourself: Does a conviction on a fairly minor charge 20 years ago really matter in relation to the job sought?

The question you have to ask yourself; how long do you go back on an individual?? Once you develop the answer you need to check if you’re going to compliant with all hiring laws…

Leave it to the professionals and not the nepotism of NAMFS

Background checks should only be conducted by professionals. Companies that use screening services as a component of the hiring process should make sure they’re using a trustworthy service.

Enjoy the Holiday Folks….tune in later as we start publishing some great Good Food Good Life Recipes for the Holidays…and if you like Cranberry sauce…well I’ll be sharing my recipe later this morning…..

Until Next Time

Happy Gardening

Written by Aaron Aveiro

Special thanks to Insperity for information

Photograph courtesy Google Images

Opinions expressed do not reflect those of Aladay LLC Ownership



Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent???

Today in

Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent??? 

We talk about the movie Consumed…


Today in our on going series Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent??? we bring you information on a movie opening this week. As many of you already know GMO technology has been brought to us by our Elected Officials selling the American and ultimately the world’s agriculture out to Monsanto. I received word from Dave Murphy at Food Democracy Now! about a movie titled Consumed that is being released via Gathr Films. CONSUMED has partnered with Gathr® Films to allow individuals like you the opportunity to bring the film your community.

In addition to me assisting in promoting everything to bring attention to the issue of GMO’s in our food supply I have started asking every one to join the campaign and ask the burning question….Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent??? 

You can view the trailer here

From Food Democracy Now!…

We received some disappointing news this week and I think it’s important to remember what this movement is all about. Despite the FDA’s recent approval of GMO salmon, in the past 4 years, a national movement for basic transparency in our food supply has sprung up across the United States and inspired millions of like-minded citizens like us around the world.

Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent??? 

This massive awakening has only happened because millions of people like you have become educated about the complex topic of GMOs and decided to take massive action. From shifting to a more organic and non-GMO diet, to voting for GMO labeling to signing petitions, to supporting the organic and non-GMO companies that produce our food responsibly and with basic transparency, we’ve sparked a movement whose momentum is just getting started.

Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent??? 

From the very beginning, we knew this would be a difficult battle. But right now, even though they’re continuing to rig the regulatory system against us, major American food companies are scrambling to keep up with the growing demand that the GMO labeling movement has created for healthy, organic and non-GMO food.

And now we think it’s time to get creative! Which is why Food Democracy Now! would like to bring your attention to a must-see new movie about GMOs.

Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent??? 

In case you haven’t heard about it, CONSUMED is a new dramatic thriller  (not a documentary) that sheds light on Genetically Modified Foods, champions the Right To Know movement, and promotes GMO labeling of foods sold in the United States.

Consumed tackles the complex issues of how corporations have taken over our food supply, bully and intimidate family farmers, corrupt science and the realities of improper safety testing from the American public.

Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent??? 

Right now, you have a chance to help grow this movement even further, by making sure your friends and family go a see this dramatic new film, which could literally be the first blockbuster to tell the story of how companies like Monsanto have consolidated power in rural America and forced their products to be sold unlabeled here in the U.S. for more than 20 years.

To get tickets for Screenings in Cities Across America, click here:



Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent??? 

Please ask the question…90% of us want proper food labeling. Haven’t you had enough of Graft by our Elected Officials??

Until Next Time

Happy Gardening

Written By Aaron Aveiro and Dave Murphy Founder / Executive Director Food Democracy Now!

Photographs courtesy Food Democracy Now! and Debbie Stabenow’s website verbiage on photo courtesy yours truly and solely my opinion

Opinions expressed do not reflect those of Aladay LLC Ownership