holiday trance.

christmas is a mere six days away.

and I’ve officially entered into a holiday trance.

the symptoms:

  1. you can’t think of anything else besides the gifts you still need to buy.
  2. you spend the majority of your time on pinterest looking for appetizer recipes for the parties you’re attending.
  3. you only want to consume ‘winter foods,’ like chili even though it was 48°/practically a heatwave yesterday.
  4. eggnog replaces milk and water.
  5. peppermint schnapps & baileys become the most important bottles of booze in your house.
  6. you refuse to buy beer that doesn’t sport a holiday-themed label.
  7. when you get home you change immediately into your flannel pajamas & matching socks. tis the season
  8. you alternate between the hallmark channel & ABC family [because they play the BEST holiday movies] and you forget other channels exist.
  9. every time you look at snow, you break out into song .. “oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”.
  10. you completely abandon your daily routine, and swap black coffee with a venti gingerbread mocha. tis the season.
  11.  the first thing you do in the morning is plug in your christmas tree. heck the sun is hidden by 100 ‘we might snow’ clouds, so it’s practically dark out. 
  12. you want to stay in your pajamas and sleep all day, because you’ve worked really hard this semester & pulled 3 all-nighters, you deserve it. oh wait, that was just a 4-year teaser of the time you wish you had off during the holidays.
  13. you feel full of love, gratitude, and candy canes.
  14. and a strong desire to just celebrate.

now that all of you know where my heads at. and you can probably relate.

just give in. 

crank up the christmas tunes. turn on your twinkly lights. and make yourself a drink, or two.

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spiked eggnog // use spiced rum or cafe patron.

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irish candy cane // just baileys, peppermint schnapps, & a dash of cinnamon.

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happy thursday all.

tomorrow is friday!

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spiked eggnog.

eggnog is not for everyone.

I didn’t even get up the nerve to try it until last christmas. and I didn’t love it, but I liked it. and during the holidays, I’ll have a glass. why not? but it will never be something I get a craving for. or so I thought.

sometimes all you need is a little love alcohol + whipped cream.

for all you eggnog skeptics out there, give these two remixed versions a try.

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option 1 // spiced rum.

I love using sailor jerry’s. it’s smooth & has a caramel flavor to it that compliments the sweet of the eggnog perfectly.

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option 2 // coffee liqueur.

or better, coffee liqueur made with tequila, patron xo cafe. it makes it taste like an eggnog latte. absolutely delicious.

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after adding a shot of your preferred spirit, top with eggnog. [I use store-bought, less fuss].

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stir.

and now comes the fun part ..

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top with whipped cream.

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add crushed candy cane and/or sprinkles.

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put it on your holiday list. this is a must try!

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now let me turn to a blogger friend of mine, erika of all things E. she is gracing my sidebar this month and I thought it’d be nice to properly introduce her to all of you. her blog is quite great. very thought-provoking, which I love. and so is she, so without further ado ..

meet erika.

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name, please: Erika Sevigny
from: Ermmm wellll… I grew up all over the Midwest (seriously, 5 states in 9 years) and would consider myself to be somewhat of a gipsy, but I spent my formative years in Bettendorf, Iowa and point to that community as “home.” I went to college at Drake University, so usually I just say that I’m from Iowa. Currently living in St. Louis, MO though.
blog: All Things E.
12 words: wordy, aspirational, occasionally funny, usually sarcastic, bubbly, bookish, celebratory, gushy, girly, goofy, uplifting (I hope).
biggest guilty pleasure: VAMPIRE DIARIES. Seriously, the extent of my love for the CW show is embarrassing. That, and the Bachelor (I wrote this post about the Bachelor and it remains one of my highest viewed posts lol).
perfect sunday: Getting up early. Having an hour or two to read and/or blog. Going to brunch. Time outside with friends/family (lately kickball has been in the mix on this). A lazy afternoon watching movies. Time to plan for the coming week. In bed with a book early-ish.  I’m wild, right?!
life motto: Oy. I’ll go with this: “Live loudly, love abundantly, create constantly.”
favorite dessert: Chocolate chip cookies. Hands down.
thank you erika!
head over to her blog & say “hello!”.

have the best tuesday.

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