Ten Things We Love About The Holidays

There are plenty of things to love about the holidays! The lights, the trees, the gifts! These are the top ten things that we’re excited to experience over the next few days.

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Onto the Ten Things!

1.Snow

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Yes, it gets really cold and we miss the sunshine at times – but we love nothing more than watching the snow fall. Even if you hate winter, put on your boots and walk through the snow.

2. Layers

With the cold comes sweaters, scarves, coats, hats, and more! We love nothing more than having endless options. Winter really is the cutest season.

3. Cookies

This is the time of year when nutritional values go out the window, and honestly, we are okay with that. Bake them, decorate them, eat them!

4. Family & Friends

Whether you’re home for the holidays or spending it with friends and neighbors, make some time to share your love with one another.

5. Decoration and Lights

All of the light, All of the lights – take a stroll either by yourself or with some friends and look at the glimmering holiday decor in your neighborhood. It’s an activity that’s fun, free, and care-free.

    

6. Post-Holiday Sales

When Santa heads back to the north pole, the prices drop and deals can become unbelievable. Take advantage of this time and go shopping for the things that you really wanted. Get that pair of jeans you wanted and snag of that new gadget. You can even keep it simple and just use your holiday money to buy new shampoo and socks.

7. Holiday Tunes

If you love this time of year, you have to be able to get down with the music of the season. There’s a song for everyone: you might like the hokey ones, or you might like the classics. Just embrace the soundtrack of the season, it can even melt the heart of any Ebenezer Scrooge.

8. Ice Skating

Why walk when you can glide? Put on some ice skates even if you’re not so great. Hold on the ledge if you have to, really experience the season.

9. Hot Chocolate

The thought of hot cocoa warms our hearts. Watching the marshmallows soak in the chocolatey goodness. Sit around a roasting fire with your dearest friends and indulge in the delicious warm beverage.

10. Tube, Sled, & Sleigh All Day

If there is snow on the ground, waste no time! Put on your snowsuit and boots and enjoy the winter wonderland. Get on a tube or sled and find the nearest hill. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll come across horses pulling a sleigh.

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A Crockpot Cocktail

There is something exciting about a holiday party. Maybe it’s the Christmas sweaters or the beautiful garlands and lights. What we love the most is reuniting with the people we love, as well as meeting new people and making new friends. If you’re hosting the party, it’s an amazing feeling to have your nearest and dearest friends together in one space. Before you throw the holiday hangout, there are a few things you’ll need. Festive decor, delicious plates of food, but most importantly you need drinks for your guests to sip on during your soiree. You could have endless bottles of liquor and beer, but we believe in saving money and time. At our holiday party, we served a delicious crockpot cocktail, made specifically for keeping the guests warm and toasty.

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A Crockpot Cocktail

The Ingredients

1/2 Gallon Apple Cider
6 Cinnamon Sticks (Optional: Add more for presentation.)
2 Medium Navel Oranges
2 Tablespoons Whole Cloves
Rum of Your Choice (Optional)

 

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Step One.

Pour Apple Cider into a 2.5-quart or larger slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks to cider.

 
 
 
 

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Step Two.

With a toothpick, poke holes all around the orange about 1/2″ – 1″ apart. Carefully poke the cloves into the holes in the orange.

 
 
 
 

Step Three.

Take the second orange and cut it into thin slices. Place all oranges into slow cooker.
(Optional: Cut extra slices of oranges for garnish.)

 

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Step Four.

Cook on low setting until hot and spiced through.

 

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Step Five.

Ladle into mugs along with an ounce of rum if using. Place a cinnamon stick in each glass and garnish with an orange slice for presentation and serve.

 
 
 

 

This recipe will undoubtedly make a killing at your holiday party. Serve this hot “crocktail” and watch your party unfold. You and your guests will be in the holiday spirit from beginning to end.

Bopping Around the Tree

Make sure you are bopping around the Christmas tree all night long with this playlist! Keep a hold of that holiday joy this season with all your friends and family with dancing, joy, and merriment.

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From classics like Bing Crosby to our Modern Holiday Queen, Mariah – this playlist has everything for all your family and friends. Keep the festivities fun and exciting this season.

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At the Christmas Party Hop…

Get it bopping all December long and into the new year.

Feast Your Eyes on our Fancy Toasts

The holiday season gives us another reason to throw a holiday party. Deck your halls with garland and walls with wreaths and cook up some festive foods for your friends and family. At a typical holiday party, you will find a classic cheese board featuring brie, crackers, and apple slices. Although we love being surprised by this staple, we wanted to serve you appetizers with festive flair and originality. Our answer?

Fancy Toasts!

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Serve some fancy toasts as the base of your light fare at your holiday gathering. At our party, we didn’t serve just one but two different delectable edibles on the crostini. Everyone loves options, and your guests will thank you for it.

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PB+J for Adults

You’re never too old for a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, but your partygoers will enjoy this mature manifestation of the classic childhood favorite. Smear peanut butter on your crostini as a delicious base. Add some coconut flakes for extra flavor and texture. Top off this fancy toast with some pomegranates for pops of flavor.

Brie Wish You a Merry Christmas

Adding some cheese to your carbs makes for the perfect and easy appetizer at your holiday party. Spread some fig jam onto the crostini and then place some brie cheese and apples atop the delicious smear. You can leave some of these stylish snacks as is, but for all of your non-vegetarian guests, add some prosciutto for a sophisticated touch.

Making these fancy toasts are as easy as pie (okay, probably easier than pie) and will keep your friends and family satisfied while they mingle and have a great time during the holiday season

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Music Be the Food of Love: the Perfect Valentine’s Day Playlist

Music Be The Food Of Love

We’ve got a special gift for you this Valentine’s Day.

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Whether you are celebrating with your significant other or partying it up with your single girls – we have a playlist consisting of fun love songs ranging from old time favorites to modern classics to indie bops.

Hans Christian once said “Where Words Fail, Music Speaks.”

The quote is wacky and tacky but also very true.

“Where Words Fail, Music Speaks” – Hans Christian Anderson

Love and words don’t always coincide. Let these 40 songs do the talking if you’re speechless.

Pour some champagne and enjoy the most romantic day of the year with the people you love the most.

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