My wassail recipe is one of my favorite holiday beverages. Not only does it taste great, it makes your house smell fabulous as it’s simmering away on the stove. My recipe for cranberry wassail is one that everyone in my family really loves and differs a bit from other wassail recipes. I like to mix a few different kinds of fruit juice – cranberry, apple, orange, lemon and grape. This version is non-alcoholic, but you could certainly add some liqueur or wine for a warm, boozy adult beverage. The other great thing? It’s also really good chilled. I’ve served this recipe with our Christmas morning brunch for years and it’s always a hit.
Here’s what you need for this recipe: orange juice, cranberry-apple juice, one orange, fresh lemon juice, a spice packet (see below), fresh sliced ginger (not pictured) and white grape juice (below), and cane sugar (optional, not pictured.)
The spice packet is the most important part of the wassail recipe. I place whole spices into a few layers of cheesecloth and tie it with twine. You don’t have to do this, but it makes it easier to remove the spices when it’s time to serve the … >> find out more…
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2013 is drawing to a close (thank the heavens above) but you still have time to get in a few good reads before the new year. In fact, I have it on good authority that you’ve been a good boy / girl this year, and if you ask nicely St. Nick might give you a good book for Christmas (or whichever wonderful holiday you celebrate). See, I have Santa’s cell phone number + email address, and I’m making daily reports of good (and bad) behavior. As far as my children know, they’re basically on parole until Christmas day. I’m the parole officer, and the check-ins are hourly instead of monthly.
Same goes for you guys. I have Santa spies everywhere.
I do!. Sort of. Not really.
But even if you were naughty, I’d still give you good book recommendations because nothing turns someone from the dark side quite like a good book. Stepping into someone else’s shoes (metaphorically, at least) for a little while, can really give a girl (or guy) some perspective on life. You might even get out of your parole officer visits early … >> find out more…
Fat talk is something 93 percent of women engage in, every day. NINETY-THREE percent of us are talking about how we wish we could just lose those extra 15 pounds, how we don’t fit in our skinny jeans anymore, about how our necks are drooping (maybe that’s my own personal demon). Lots of us make belittling comments about ourselves under our breath:
‘I look so fat in this.‘
‘Ug! I’m so disgusting!’ ‘
‘I used to have an amazing rack but now I’m so saggy. I want a boob job.’
Take stock and think about it: how often do you make negative body image remarks to yourself or others. If you’re thinking it, you’re emulating it, so that counts too. But guess what? It doesn’t have to be that way, and you and I are going to be the solution to end fat talk NOW.
Like, right now.
I engaged in all sorts of self loathing in high school. From terrible comments about my: (fill in the blank) _________ , to a self destructive eating disorder and negative self talk (the stuff you keep inside your own brain).
But as I left high … >> find out more…
It’s party season, wahoo! Aren’t you so excited? For all the party-town, fancy-dancy parties of the season? I’m not much of a cocktail party goer, but I love the idea of dressing other people for the holidays. I’m more of a sweats + heating blanket + Benedict Cumberbatch
(movies) on the couch kind of girl. With some hot chai tea in hand, of course.
But YOU, you are a fancy party-goer! And I have 5 short party dresses for the holidays just for you; because I love you. I want you to be the best dressed girl at the big bash (whatever that might be) between now and January whatever.
The hemline of this party dress is short and the feel is vintage, but the accessories are totally modern. Ready for a mature lady and her trademark legs.
Ice Queen, in silver and black with perfect winter accessories including a crown (!) statement ring. This queen is ready to party.
A twenty-something city girl with a tutu hemline and chic accessories from the golden chandelier earrings and black + gold statement ring all the way down to the black bootie
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie: are there 4 more beautiful words in the English language? I think not.
I’d just be happy with a chocolate pie normally, but when you add peanut butter my brain explodes. In a happy way. In the best way possible. So imagine then, if you will, what happens to my brain when you take chocolate, peanut butter, and add some cream cheese to the mix.
WHAT. IS. HAPPENING?
My-body-is-no-longer-a-wonderland, is what is happening.
A few years ago (probably more like 13 or 14) my husband’s best friend was in college in a town next door to the one my husband and I were living in as somewhat-newlyweds with our brand new baby girl. The friend, we’ll call him Elko, used to come over to borrow kitchen supplies for random things, and pretty soon he borrowed a rolling pin, for an extended period of time. What does a young twenty-something college guy need with a rolling pin? Well, it turns out he was having weekly pie nights with roommates, friends, and family. Everyone gathered together once a week at Elko’s apartment with ingredients, pie tins, and utensils for their own pies; they all hung out, made … >> find out more…
You need some gift lists + ideas for teenagers? I can help. Thanks to eBay for sponsoring this curation of gift ideas for tricky, lovable teens. Check out my ever-growing collections for more ideas on gift giving, I have many, gift ideas and collections, I mean.
If you’ve ever been in charge of shopping for a teenager you understand the plight that is finding the right gift. See, it’s different for teenagers, because they’re more like toddlers than not during the teen years, and it can get ugly if you don’t get things juuuuust so. I say this as the mother of a teen and someone who WAS a teen for several years of my life. The emotions, they are everywhere. So many hormones, so many feeeeeeelings all. of. the. time. and no one does anything right. It’s genuinely a hard time of life but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to get it right, and I’m always here to help; in fact I sourced my own teen to get some gift ideas so not ALL of you will be hated at your family holiday parties.
(so as not to lose … >> find out more…
I keep it real around here, if for no other reason than I *am* real and I can’t pretend to live a magazine life when I currently have 3 loads of unfolded laundry currently sitting in cube form, blocking everything in their path, in laundry baskets in my master bathroom. I have no qualms about showing you the state of my very real, very messy laundry room in the midst of the everyday madness of raising two children in the very real world. Frankly, it’s impossible for me not to keep it real, I’d be lying through my teeth if I told you I had it all together all of the time.
So I’m super excited to tell you about something very cool Tide Pods is doing to help those of us who happen to love high fashion, but live in the real world, where dry cleaning isn’t (much) a part of daily life. Tide has been working on a super cool formula for the laundry room, so you can have your high fashion and wash it too. At home, in your real life. In fact, they’re so serious about this … >> find out more…
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Wow it’s snowy out in my neck of the woods. Snowy, cold and very, very wintery. I’d give anything to be on a beach somewhere but since I’m not, I’m going to enjoy the weather I have and burrow in for the winter. Instead of dreaming of surfing somewhere (I wouldn’t dare!) I’m going to light a fire tonight. We’re going to have soup for dinner and hot tea afterwards in front of the fireplace while I nestle in with a good book.
Do you have certain books you read and movies you watch when it’s cold outside? I tend to watch almost exclusively BBC shows once we’ve packed up Fall and head into December: Sherlock (OBVS), Pride + Prejudice (Colin Firth version, of course), Upstairs Downstairs, you name it. As long as there’s a BBC stamp in the corner I’m usually game. I end up using words like ‘posh’ and ‘marvelous’ and phrases like ‘ that’s rather daring’ and ‘we mustn’t!’. I wish I were joking, but I can totally understand why Madonna and good old Gwennie end up … >> find out more…
It’s DIY facial time. A little *me* time for you, because you’re worth it. Your skin is dry, it’s acting up and behaving like a small, angry child and there’s only so much you can take before you want to break up. For realsies this time. Because you deserve better. You deserve a glowing face with nary a flake of dry skin in sight. So here’s what you’re going to do about it: you’re going to make a homemade DIY facial with ingredients from the kitchen, and when you’re all done your face will be as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Dry Skin Rescue Facial Homemade DIY
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 1/4 cup honey
First of all let’s set the stage. Put on your bathrobe and start up some spa music. If you have children, make them leave the room. If you can’t do that do the next best thing: put on some headphones with Enya or some other calming music, for me right now that would be Bastille. I won’t judge you if your spa music is Metallica, we all have our own things.
Next, let’s talk ingredients. It wouldn’t be DIY without … >> find out more…