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A Twist on Tradition with Two Holiday Recipes!

favorite holiday recipes

It’s time to shake up the holiday season with these fun twists on traditions with my favorite holiday recipes! 

This post is sponsored by McCormick® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

This year’s weather has made for an, ahem, interesting year for farmers and ranchers, to say the least. After talking with many of you across the country, I discovered many of us may be spending our season in an untraditional way.

Yes, some of us may still be harvesting crops, tending to field work or playing catch up from all that Mother Nature threw our way.

I’m here to make sure we all celebrate in style! 

I’ve got you covered with some delicious holiday eats you’ll enjoy no matter where you’re celebrating! 

I headed to our local WalMart for some food inspiration because we all know – Walmart has everything we could possibly need!

First stop – the spice aisle. I’m looking for the quintessential holiday spice – McCormick® Sage.

Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Mayo

Let’s kick things off with these Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Mayo. 

A laid back approach to turkey doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice flavor. In fact, you’ll enjoy this savory recipe all the way into the new year!

Juicy, healthy turkey is blended with a mixture of spices – specifically salt, pepper and sage –  for a delicious handheld holiday sandwich. These are perfect for a field meal or a holiday get-together. 

A 16 ounce package of ground turkey makes four burgers. Simply mix gently with your hands and then divide into fourths. 

Cook in a cast iron or nonstick skillet until the edges begin to cook through. Turn over and cook for several more minutes until the turkey reaches a temperature of 165 degrees. 

Dress some Hawaiian buns with salad greens for a festive holiday touch. Homemade cranberry mayo adds to this handheld holiday treat the entire family will enjoy!

Yield: 6 servings

Mulled Apple Cider

favorite holiday recipes

One of the best things about this delicious recipe is the warm and wonderful aroma that fills every inch of your home when you make it. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes


  • ½ gallon fresh apple cider
  • 1 medium orange, sliced
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 McCormick® Whole Cinnamon Sticks
  • 10-15 McCormick® Whole Cloves
  • 2 tsp McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp McCormick® Apple Pie Spice
  • Optional garnish: 
Fresh orange slices
whole cinnamon sticks


  1. Add all ingredients to a slow cooker crock and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7. When finished, remove and discard cinnamon sticks and cooked orange slices.
  3. Ladle warm cider into large mugs and serve with additional orange slices and fresh cinnamon sticks, if desired.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 174Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 0gSodium 14mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 3gSugar 34gProtein 1g

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Remember to visit your local Walmart store to find these and other McCormick® spices for all your holiday cooking and baking!

No matter where you’re celebrating the holiday season, I’m wishing you warmth in your heart and heat in your kitchen with these favorite holiday recipes!

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