12 Days of Christmas Blogging: The Sweet Grinch a Holiday Cocktail

  Another wonderful day for 12 Days of Blogging Christmas addition. Today we are talking, Holiday Sprits. No we aren’t talking about the Ghost of Christmas Past, we’re talking delicious adult beverages. The Holiday Cocktail. My drink is inspired by one of my favorite movies that I enjoy year round, The Grinch. I hope you are ready for something tasty. Let’s go to Whoville ya’all….   Blog Sweet Grinch Header

The Sweet Grinch

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 oz. Smirnoff Vodka (or vodka of choice)
  • 1 oz Midori
  • big ole splash of sweet and sour mix
  • big ole splash of Sprite (I use Diet Sprite)

Put all ingredients into a glass, stir, drink. Poof…. that easy. You can increase the volume, shake the heck out of it in a shaker, and make several of these at one time. You honestly can’t mess this up. You can simply eyeball the measurements. So delicious, your friend will be green with envy. So try this easy to make drink and go get your grinch on. Keep it grinchy everyone.

As always until next time,

Keep it Sassy & Classy,

 
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The Grinch That Stole Christmas

Warning….warning….warning… this may or may not be considered a venting tangent soapbox standing type of blog post. Ordinarily I try to post all gumdrops and rainbows, but today this blogger is so on fire she’s a flippin’ inferno.

Deep breath… with that said I would like to tell you a story.

This is a story of an adorable little 6 year old named G Man.

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All holiday season long G Man had looked forward to Christmas shopping for his favorite people. His mommy ….

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wanted to take him to mall or big box store to find his gifts to give, but little G Man begged to shop online like the “big kids” do. So being a sucker for big hazel eye and a heart of gold, his mommy said okay and the two settled in for G Man’s first online shopping adventure. The two went to a very popular online retailer where his mommy had placed orders in the past with great success. G man learned how to navigate the website, asked for help spelling the “big” words (hellocaptar, didn’t pull up many items for him), and “all by his own” he chose gifts for his loved ones. Each gift having a special meaning behind it.

A sparkly tiara for Little Miss, “Because mom she’s a princess to me.” (insert a big awwwww here)

A remote control helicopter for ManFriend, “Because he’s always wanted to learn to fly and now I can make that happen for him.” (big heart party of one)

A metal sign about staying to fish awhile for B&B, “Because they like to fish with me and when I’m there I know they really want me there.” (B&B own land with a lake, G Man could spend hours on the lake quietly waiting for a bite)

The order was placed and each day G Man asked his mommy when his gifts would arrive so he could wrap them. His mother encouraged him to take a breath, that his gifts would arrive soon and he could wrap them himself. Another first for this overly excited, full of the Christmas spirit, 6 year old. Unbeknownst to this cheerful duo, all was not well in online-ordering-land. In fact there was an evil Grinch lurking around swiping up little boy’s Christmas gifts. This Grinch was the online retailer….

Without warning the online retailer had “oops” (their words) “lost the package in transit”. Though online records show the gifts never left online-retailer-warehouse-ville .Now this fact alone was upsetting, but it ruffled the mom’s tail feathers that no one from the town of online retailer had bothered to email, call, smoke signal, Harry Potter Owl, or anything else to notify her that the Christmas joy had been nabbed. They simply wanted to shrug their shoulders and offer a $10 voucher towards their next purchase. Clever Grinch, steal a 6  year old’s Christmas and then ask him back again…. I don’t think so.

And that story my friends bring us up to today, when this mommy is one stressed out cookie….. so much so I’ve turned into a cartoon villain. (llamaface… name that movie)

So here I sit, stress blogging and dreading picking up G Man from school at 3pm. He’s going to be devastated. There simply isn’t enough Diet Coke on the planet to salvage this day. My little dude is a softy, he has such a kind heart, and he won’t understand. Plus this lady right here, with the fingers flying across the keyboard, feels like a big fat liar. Why? Because I promised him we could wrap those presents tonight, yup mom of the year right here.

Now I know we can try to go find those gifts in store, but you see, it’s the fact he did this “all by his own”. He felt like a big kid, doing big kid things. I just hate disappointing the little golden heart. Sigh. Well that’s my day, how’s yours?

As always, until next time…

Keep it Sassy & Classy,

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12 Days of Christmas Blogging: All I Want For Christmas…

Christmas is the time of year when you get to hustle and bustle through stores (online and brick and mortar) looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones. Mom wants this, Manfriend wants that, Fiddo like rawhides, and the bff has been begging for that whatchamacallit. So many gifts to buy, return, rebuy, and finally wrap. I can easily get caught up in the dizzying whirlwind that is holiday shopping. By this time, most years, shopping is done and I am elbow deep in wrapping paper and ribbon. You can’t imagine how many times I’ve woken up with a bow on my forehead and random pieces of tape in my hair. It’s chaos with shinny things.

Between the shopping and the wrapping, it’s hard for me to think about myself. Most of the time when someone asks what I want for Christmas my palms get sweaty and my mind goes blank.

Am I too old to ask for a pony? I really would like a pony, but I don’t think our HOA will allow one to hang out and chomp grass in our backyard. Lame city living rules.

Dear Santa (ManFriend/Mom),

I’ve been pretty good this year. I mean I haven’t kicked any puppies and I only ran over that one old lady with my shopping cart. So in the grand scheme of things, I’m alright, right? So with that said, and the understanding that I could have done far worse, here is what I would like for Christmas. If you think of me….and you aren’t too busy. Um, please.

CTFXC Brain Cancer T-Shits (Medium Please)

 

 

Chi. Ultra CHI Orbit 3 in 1 Tourmaline Ceramic Curler

 

 

Getting in touch with my inner Stepford wife one apron at a time.

And coming up with those three things took me over an hour. So I think I’ll go back to wrapping and ribboning with my Um Face…. Sorry Santa.

As always until next time lovelies,

Keep it Sassy & Classy,

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12 Days of Christmas Blogging: One Bad Apple, The Cookie Rebellion

One Bad Apple, Being Bad Never Tasted So Good…

So today we’re supposed to be talking cookies… the problem is I am very much cookingly challenged. So being the rebel that I am instead of cookies I’m going to share an amazing recipe brought to you by ManFriend.

Welcome to the cookie rebellion my friends.

Allow my to introduce, One Bad Apple! Being bad has never tasted so good! This Bad Apple I also call boyfriend, manpal, sexy butt…. whatever strikes my fancy at the moment I open my mouth. Which anyone who knows me knows that I say what I’m thinking whenever I’m thinking it. It keeps life interesting.
ManFriend (a.k.a One Bad Apple) will be providing recipes that he whips up that are tasty and easy to prepare. Yup, we like it easy around here. There is no reason you have to go to a restaurant to enjoy a tasty meal. ManFriend will provide you exactly what you need to impress your friends, family and taste buds.
Below is his first recipe, all pulled out of thin air, while I scribbled down notes as quickly as possible. You should see my notes, it looks like a second grader took them. I have no idea how he creates these delicious dishes, I am a total Recipe Princess. Without a recipe I’m a lost little puppy. He on the other hand is an artist…. or…… One Bad Apple!
 
 
Ahi Tuna Asian Infusion with Pineapple Mango Chutney and Spicy Rice
by One Bad Apple

Pineapple Mago Chutney 

1 clove garlic (diced)
1/4 fresh jalpeno (diced)
pinch red chili flakes (to taste)
3 dried thai chilis (crushed)
a few springs fresh cilantro (leafs pulled from stem)
1/4 cup mango (chopped)
1/2 cup pineapple (we used canned you can chop up a fresh one)
1 green onion the green part only (chopped)
Add a tiny bit of pineapple juice

Prep all ingredients and combine in a bowl, add a small amount of pineapple juice, stir. Allow to sit and meld together while you prepare the rest of dinner.

Spicy Asian Infused Marinade

1 tsp. fresh ginger
1 slice fresh jalepeno (diced)
2 tbsp. pineapple juice
1 tbsp. grape jelly
sprinkle red chili flakes (to taste)
1 tsp. fresh garlic (diced)
1 tbsp. soy sauce

Take two ahi tuna steaks (frozen but thawed or fresh)and soak them in the marinade. Making sure to spoon marinade on top of the steaks. Allow to soak for at least 10 min.

Spicy White Rice
(You can sub brown rice)
1 serving rice
1/4 green of green onion
1 clove garlic (diced)
a few spring of cilantro (leafs pulled from the stem)

Combine all ingredients and then cook according to package instructions.

Ahi Tuna Asian Infusion 

The ahi tuna steak just on the grill


The ahi tuna steaks after being flipped


Once your ahi tuna has soaked at least 10 min, it’s time to put it on the grill. You want to cook it over 350 or low heat. Take olive oil and rub over your grill grate. Place ahi tuna on the grill, pouring a little of the exra marinade on top. Cook for 2-3 min and then turn, allow to cook for another 2-3 min. You want to keep an eye on the ahi tuna steaks because they will dry out quickly. Flip, pour additional marinade over ahi tuna steaks. Cook for another 2-3 min. Once fully cooked removed from the grill.

Plate

Plated Ahi Tuna Asian Infusion with Pineapple Mango Chutney and Spicy Rice


Serve cooked ahi tuna topped with the Pineapple Mango Chutney. Enjoy your Ahi Tuna Asian Infusion with Pineapple Mango Chutney and Spicy Rice.

Use the comments below to show E the manfriend, One Bad Apple, some blogging love. If you try out his recipes, please let him know what you think!! Remember… being bad NEVER tasted so good!

As always until next time…
Keep it Sassy & Classy,
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Bonus Blog: Kiddo DIY Ornament Doorhangers

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Bonus Blog Day… yeah!… plus a DIY project for the kiddos to boot.

This project is quick easy and great way to use  some of your scrap wrapping paper that isn’t large enough to wrap anything except a gift for a Smurf. It took me all of 10 min to get this project prepped for the kiddos and it kept them entertained for well over an hour. Thus allowing me time to catch up on my blogging, win win for everyone.

DIY Scarp Paper Doorhanger Ornaments

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard
  • Yarn
  • Glue (I used Modge Podge and paint brushes)
  • Scrap wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • Tape

Prep:

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Take cardboard (I used a box) and trace a big circle on it using an upside down bowl. This cardboard box gave me 4 ornaments.

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Use a box cutter and carefully cut out the ornament. Be careful not to lose a digit or slice up your carpet. I put another box underneath it to protect the floor. ManFriend would be none to happy coming home to sliced and diced carpet.

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Cut out the ornament circle. Don’t worry if it has some blemishes or imperfections. The decorations will cover up the yucky parts.

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Tape yarn in a loop to the back of the ornaments. This will serve as the hanger part of the Ornament Doorhanger.I used green yarn because that’s what I had, but any sort of yarn, twine, ribbon, or string would work great.

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Take your scraps of wrapping paper and chop’em up. I hacked them into different shapes without really thinking about it. Then I  put them in a basket so the kiddos could reach them easily. I had several scraps and I also cut a few strips from other rolls of wrapping paper. This is a collection of scrap pieces from about 15 rolls of wrapping paper. If you read my post tomorrow, you’ll find out that I have a major wrapping paper problem.

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Here is how I set up the crafting corner. I used Modge Podge Glue with little paintbrushes, giving each kiddo their own little “glue bucket”. Since these are older kiddos I gave them scissors so they can cut their own shapes, but you can skip that part if you have younger kiddos at home.

Try this project with your kiddos. They will have a blast and walk away with a beautiful piece of Christmas art to hang on their bedroom door. Let me know how this project works in your home.

As always, until next time,

Keep it Sassy & Classy,

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12 Days of Christmas Blogging: Christmas Movies & You…Yes You

Happy Monday, nice to see you this fabulous December day, thanks for hanging out for a bit. Today kicks off another week of 12 Days of Christmas Blogging brought to you by: Mr. Thomas and Me and Hooley with a Z. Thanks again girls for bringing us all together in this warm and fuzzy thing we call a link up.

Today we are talking about, “It’s Not Christmas Without.” For me it’s not Christmas without all the things I’ve learned from my favorite holiday movies. So pull up a comfy seat, grab a tub of poppy corn, and lets go to the movies.

 What I’ve Learned From Holiday Movies

Every neighborhood needs a Griswold house, as long as it’s not mine. I want to enjoy the, BLAM, in your face light show without having to pay the, BLAM, in your bank account electric bill. I am a twinkle light connoisseur on a budget. “You Serious Clark?”…You can bet your sparkly Santa hat I am.

Santa has a dark side and twisty slides are evil. This is proof that you do NOT want to end up on the naughty list. When you flip someone off in traffic, cut in line at the grocery store, or steel your coworkers lunch from the work refrigerator you end up on the naughty list. Then Santa takes his great big boot and kicks you down the slide of doom. Think about it, keep your paws off my Lean Cuisine that has my name sharpied all over it. Ho, Ho, Ho.

I don’t care how well behaved you are or your kids are or your hubby is. Somewhere through the wonderful glittery time that is Christmas, someone is going to lose their mind. Fact, there will be a total and complete meltdown. It happens suddenly, or appears to be suddenly for all those not bubbling  up Christmas stress like Mt. Vesuvius. When it hits there will be foot stomping, door slamming, and outrageous sulking. Don’t worry, it will blow over, just slide some milk and cookies into the room and walk away slowly. Remember don’t make direct eye contact with an agitated Grinch.

Embrace the love. This time of year everyone, well…almost everyone, is so happy… go with that feeling. Wallow in the feeling of hope, faith, and joy. Grab ahold of the holly jolliness and carry it with you into January when it’s cold and there isn’t a plethora of glitter. You can feel the joyous YIPPEE of Christmas all year long, so grab an elf by it’s bell shoes and do it!

You are going to forget something. Tape, tissue paper, boxes, your pot luck for the…um… pot luck. It’s going to happen and I want to be the first to tell you that it’s okay. There is always a store open that sells tape, last second gifts, and cookies for the pot luck. Christmas isn’t going to implode, don’t beat yourself up, just jump on the sleigh to warm and fuzzy Christmas vibe land. Just makes sure your children, pets, and hubby/boytoy are all accounted for. We all know how men like to wander off and get themselves lost.

Lastly, if all else fails… dance it out. You drop the ham on the floor, dance it out. You forget Great Aunt Suzy’s Christmas gift, dance it out. You spill egg nog down your less than kind mother-in-law’s new sweater, dance it out. Dancing will in fact cure whatever has you feeling down and out. Don’t worry about who’s watching, just shake that groove thing, yah , yah.

What are some of your favorite holiday movie or movie quotes? Share in the comments.

Until next time lovelies…

Keep it Sassy & Classy,

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Baby It’s Cold Outside Mint Snowballs

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Bonus blog time…. yeah!!

Thanks for stopping by on a Saturday, what a perfect day for a fantastically yummy DIY. This tastefully delicate and simple treat will knock the socks off of everyone at your upcoming holiday event. Not a baker, good I’m not either. Tend to set the house on fire when you even think about using the kitchen, awesome me to. This DIY recipe takes 3 ingredients and a refrigerator. It’s so easy even I can do it. With that said, let’s do this.

Who’s ready for a snowball fight?!?!

Baby It’s Cold Outside Mint Snowballs

What You’ll Need

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  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract (use your measuring spoons, I promise too much peppermint is never a good thing)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper

Lets Make Some Snowballs

Put your softened cream cheese in a mixing bowl and with a mixer (I used a handheld mixer) mix until smooth and creamy. Since the cream cheese is already at room temperature it shouldn’t take too long. Now add the 1 teaspoon of peppermint, take my advice, use your measuring spoon. This isn’t one you want to eye because a little bit extra peppermint will take you from food awesomeness in your mouth, to gagging and hacking uncontrollably. Then half a cup at a time add your powdered sugar, you’ll want to keep using your mixer. After about 4 cups the snowball mixture should be firm enough you can kneed the remaining 2 cups of powdered sugar by hand.

You snowball mixture will start out looking like this…

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And end up looking like this…

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Then you will roll it into tiny little snowballs such as this….

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And put your snowballs on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper like so…

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Oh and wear an apron (Dear Santa, please bring this girl an apron, I’ve been pretty good…. not terrible… I haven’t kicked anyone this year… yet) or you will end up looking like this.

I packaged my But Baby It’s Cold Outside Mint Ball in a snowman canister. They will be joining me and Manfriend on a White Elephant Gift Party adventure tonight.

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And there you have it, Baby It’s Cold Outside Mint Snowballs. From beginning to end this DIY deliciously minty treat took about half an hour. Sure beats spending hours in the kitchen or risking a visit from the fire department… unless the firefighters are hot… oops, I digress.

Note: You will want to keep your snowballs in the fridge in a sealed container (without a zip lock bag or another type of sealed container they will dry out and be less than snowbally). The snowballs will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge or 2 months in the freezer.

As always, until next time lovelies,

Keep it Sassy & Classy,

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