Archive for December, 2011


Here is today’s guest blogger, Sonya, from Parga’s Junkyard.  She’s got some great ideas for holiday cooking that isn’t the same ‘ol stuff.

Join Parga’s Junkyard along with Vodka and Motherhood as we Share Christmas with some of the web’s best bloggers!

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December 6, 2011

Featured Blog – Parga’s Junkyard

Do you either host your own Christmas Parties and/or Open House or attend at least one during the holidays where you feel compelled to bring a dish? Do you like to find something new and exciting or do you tend to stick with the old reliable recipes your mother passed down to you?

Let’s face it, any Holiday Party is only as memorable as the food served! Well, other than the stories about who drank too much and who sat on who’s lap, that is! But what should you serve this year that will be the talk of the town as we round the corner towards 2012? What can you cook that will be any different from the rest of the parties and open houses your guests will be attending this year? Are you looking for some new recipes? Other than the usual and much used party crackers with pepperoni and cheese why not try some fresh new ideas?

Click here to read more!

Munchie crunchie

Have you ever had one of those evenings where the inner fat girl grabs hold of you and just won’t let go?  I did that last night.  What did I eat?  Well, suffice it to say that I got my grub on with a tub of frosting (not the whole thing, but enough to feel ashamed), some cheetos, and a box of heart healthy Quaker squares cereal.  Ugh.  And this morning I just feel guilty.  This is what God is talking about when he says Gluttony and the seven deadly sins.

 

I am going to have to do 3 rounds of my workout today, which includes:

50 jumping jacks  5 pushups   20 sit ups  20 mountain climbers  30 second plank  7 burbees. total body.

Ugh.

Wish me luck.  Although, I am on my second cup of coffee and I’m pretty sure I’ll be motivated very, very soon.

 

P.S.  If you do this workout twice in a row when you first wake up your body won’t even know you did it until you feel extra sexy in your skinny jeans later.  🙂

Okay, so it’s now December 5th and we are still participating in the BlogShare from Parga’s Junkyard.  Feel free to stop on by for the complete list of blogs!

Today’s guest blogger is Lori, and she is giving us an Heirloom Ornament Tutorial.  This is such a great idea, especially for families with kiddos.  Check it out, and remember that you need to hop on over to her blog so that you can finish it up!  http://www.bleak2unique.com/

Welcome to our Blogshare…

Gather ’round, grab a chair and join me in making a wonderful Christmas memory…A Christmas ornament that can be made to fit any style or decor using almost any family treasure. Our family has been making our heirloom ornaments for over 50 years, and now I would like to share a tutorial so you can make your own family heirloom for Christmas!  ( Mouse over image below)

A Sample of what you can do!

http://www.bleak2unique.com/

Thanks for stopping by! Check back tomorrow to hear from Parga’s Junkyard for some party dish ideas that are new and creative.

Energy drinks

Wow.  I am addicted to caffiene.  As I type this blog, I am drinking a very tall Monster.  Add to that the two cups of coffee that I drank earlier today….whew!  I’m in love.  Have you ever gone through your day with the energy of a 5 year old?  I have.  And I do.  And, don’t tell anyone, but I LIKE IT!!!  I guess if I’m gonna have a vice, this one isn’t that bad.  After all….the house is clean, the laundry is done, the homework is finished, the kids are happy, dinner is cooked…and it’s only 3:55 in the afternoon.  I looked up energy drinks online, and this is what it said.

 

“Bad reactions to energy drinks have been reported to U.S. poison control centers, Griffiths writes in the report, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. From 2002 to 2004, he says, 41 cases of caffeine abuse from caffeine-enhanced beverages were reported.”—WebMD.com

“In Germany, where health officials have been tracking health effects of energy drinks since 2002, adverse events have included liver damage, seizures, racing heart rate, respiratory disorders and even death.”
Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2011/02/14/energy-drinks-may-harm-health/#ixzz1fben46Zv

 

 

I don’t really know how this makes me feel.  In the days in which I consistently hear my college aged peers talk about their “all nighters” with a round of adderall I believe that energy drinks are less potent and less dangerous than many other stimulants which are easily obtained.  (I’m not a doctor…this is just my opinion).  I do feel that life can have a tendency to slow us down, and caffiene is a harmless way to perk up my mornings, especially when it is cold outside and I curl up at the computer with a hot cup of coffee, loaded with way too much gingerbread creamer (try it…it’s so good!).  I also feel that an energy drink now and then is not going to harm me, but I am pretty strict with my kids when it comes to caffiene.  They are not allowed to drink it…period.  I know a lot of parents out there that give their kids coffee, cola, and iced tea, but I know that caffiene can stunt my children’s growth, not to mention the fact that I don’t need two psycho cracked out children running around.

Besides, there hasn’t been enough time to do much long term research on the harmfulness of energy drinks.  So…for now, I’m gonna go ahead and drink up, but of course, all things in moderation.  🙂

 

We’re still on the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare, and today is day 4.  These look delicious, so read on, and hop over to see Kara at happy-go-lucky-harvey.blogspot.com

 

It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy any thing that combines mint with chocolate!

Don’t these Mint Chocolate brownie bites look delicious?  The mint green icing with red sprinkles make it look so festive ~ Perfect for all those holiday parties your planning and attending this month.

Head over to Happy Go Lucky to get this fabulous recipe.
The hardest part about this recipe is eating just one and you might not want to share!
Today is day 3 of our 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare.  Today’s post is brought to you by Breana of Your Momma Said What??  Read on for some great information, and don’t forget to go to her blog so you can read the whole thing! 
Thanks! 
K.
The Christmas season is thought of as “The most wonderful time of the year“. But often times, once that time has arrived, we feel unprepared, stressed out and over burdened!We pack our schedules with parties, shopping and baking.

We feel pressure to out do everyone around us with creating the best ever moments, traditions and memories.

This can all be incredibly overwhelming!

And the next thing you know Christmas is a few days away and you haven’t done all the things you were hoping to fit in, much less enjoy the activities did accomplish.

I know for myself, especially with young children I want to provide my children with all the magic that this time of year brings, but in the past I have watched the holiday come and go with nothing crossed off my to-do list and feeling disappointed in myself for falling short.

So how can we fix this??? How can we ensure we enjoy the holidays and accomplish the things that really matter to us?

 

Check out the rest of Breana’s blog at yourmamasaidwhat.blogspot.com

Don’t forget to keep coming back for more Christmas merriment!

Here are a few things that you can do NOW to prepare for Christmas. These are things that will take only a few minutes and ANYONE can do (even if you’re not an organizing pro):

A Southern Christmas

Okay, so everyone knows that Christmas is wonderful.  I love it.  It’s my favorite holiday.  I love the music, the snow, the lights, the traditions, the food, the presents, the love, the family, but especially….THE EGGNOG!!!  I am very picky about my eggnog.  Seriously.  It has to be just so, or I refuse to drink it.  I can’t have the stuff that they sell in the stores, because it is so thick that it could stop a bathtub drain in it’s tracks.  I know that there are others out there who feel the same way, and simply refuse to drink it.  I actually won’t drink it alone, unless I seriously thin it down.  But, I am also a bartender and because of this, I present to you, A Southern Christmas.  Don’t be scared…we’re gonna talk about how to make the perfect Christmas Eggnog, but with a vodkaandmotherhood twist.

To start, if you don’t drink alcohol, you might want to not attempt this drink.  This one is for the grownups only.

You’re going to need:

Eggnog (4 ounces)

Creme de Cacao (1 ounces)

Southern Comfort (2 ounces)

Bar Shaker

Martini Glasses

Caramel and cinnamon to decorate the glass

First, take the caramel and make a decorative twist in your martini glasses.  Next, take your eggnog, creme de cacao, and soco (that’s southern comfort for those who don’t read bar jargon) and shake it with ice in the bar shaker.  Once thoroughly chilled, strain off into martini glasses.  Sprinkle with cinnamon, and enjoy!
That’s it!  Who says the holidays have to be a headache?  Just get out your eggnog and have yourself a Southern Christmas!!

Merry Christmas again, and welcome to December of 2011 at Vodka and Motherhood!  This year is an extra busy one for me, so I will be participating in a blogshare with other bloggers.  Basically, I will post a little bit of their blog, with a link to their site so that you can finish it.  I’ve got a graduation, a move cross country, and some serious relaxation to do, so don’t judge me.  🙂

Today is day one, with my guest poster teaching you how to make an Advent Calendar, which is pretty appropriate on December 1st.  Hope you enjoy!  Snuggle up with a nice cup of coffee (and Bailey’s) and read away.

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As we get ready for Christmas we, as a family, try very hard to emphasize the importance of the celebration of the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. This starts at the beginning of the month with an observance of Advent, focusing on the joyful anticipation of his coming. Quite a few years ago I decided to create a countdown chart that would ultimately focus on this true meaning of Christmas. I originally saw this idea on a Christmas card and decided to incorporate it into our celebration.

I started by painting a Christmas tree onto poster board:

Have a fantastic day!!