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Work it out Wednesday > #54 – Holiday edition

Leave it to Kaskade to have us covered with a very special yuletide hump day remix. Happy Holidays to all.

Bing Crosby – White Christmas (Kaskade Mix)


This year for Christmas I wanted to create a few homemade gifts for a few special friends. I don’t like to brag but I have quite a few crafty tricks up my sleeve. Weaving pot holders and knitting up latch hook pillows may or may not be in my craft repertoire.

I opened up my virtual arts & crafts recipe box and flipped through my options. Paint by number? no. Paint your own pottery? absolutely not. Personalized note cards? Not quite. Homemade infused vodka? That’s more like it.

I dialed back to 2009 when I watched Dave first infuse his own vodka, for Christmas gifts, not coincidentally. He used vanilla beans and coffee beans. So I thought about who I wanted to infuse vodkas for and then started dreaming up appropriately matched infusion ingredients. So many options and combination possibilities: melon, peach, pineapple, mango, cocoa nibs, chili peppers… garlic…

I settled on ginger, cucumber, cantaloupe, watermelon and mint.

For Katie, Brian and Maggie, I created a specific combination for each and an extra one, special for Brian who loves ginger just as much as I do. I bought my ingredients, I chopped them up and threw them in giant bottles of vodka (after pre-measuring the amount of vodka to fit specifically in cool bottles I bought from the Container Store).

I let the bottles sit and infuse for about a week, drained the goodies (coffee filters work well) and transferred the vodka to my bottles, labeled and bowed.

Hopefully Maggie isn’t reading this blog post yet because I still haven’t had a chance to give her her watermelon-mint infused vodka. Katie (cucumber-canteloupe) and Brian (cucumber-mint and ginger) both seemed to think they were great gifts so I’ve got at least two out of three happy (but non-paying) customers.

Now you all have a fun, easy and unique gift idea. You don’t even have to be crafty, I promise.

Road trip: Christmas traditions

One of the traditions we participated in on Christmas with Patty, River and Sequoia was cracking mixed nuts.

What are your Christmas day traditions?

Road trip: Christmas burger bar!

I wanted us to do something silly and unique on Christmas Day that the girls would always remember so I convinced Dave and Patty that we should have a deluxe cheeseburger bar for dinner! Who needs ham or turkey or turducken when you can have cheeseburgers with fries, onion rings and all the fixings. We had homemade canned pickles and I made the most perfect bacon. I think it was a big hit. 🙂

After dinner we played Ticket to Ride, one of the two games we got the girls. Patty ended up winning and I finished respectively in second, followed my Sequoia, Dave and River.

By the end of the night we were all exhausted. Especially Booger!

Road trip: Christmas & Eve

The joy of spending Christmas with kids started last night when we started prepping for Santa’s arrival. I forgot about the excitement leading up to Christmas Day, which must rank as the best day of the year for most kids. The girls set out chocolate cake, milk with a bendy straw, a small bowl of popcorn, a butterscotch candy and 7 carrots for Santa’s reindeer. Along with hand written notes from each of them.

Part 2 of this story is what happens after the girls went to sleep. Presents were dug out of hidden locations including under the house and in bedroom closets. And of course, I had to play the part of Santa that involves eating the cake and drinking the milk. Ho ho ho!

This morning we woke up at 7:30 am to the excitement of new Polly Pocket roller coasters, art kits, stuffed animals, chocolate, Disney movies and more. After gifts we binged on homemade apple cinnamon pancakes and sausage. Yum. Yum. Yum.

Bring on the Christmas burger bar!

Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree

This year we debated whether or not we should get a Christmas tree. We are going to drive up to Seattle the day before Christmas Eve and probably won’t come home until New Year’s Eve, so we wouldn’t really be home much to enjoy it. But I’ve always liked having a tree so I decided I’d get us at least a small one. The problem is, I like big trees. And we have high ceilings so a small tree looks even smaller in our living room. Luckily I found a very special tree that is perfect for what we wanted. It’s nice and tall, standing 7 feet, but it’s uniquely compact.

I love this Christmas tree! #perfect

One of the main reasons I like having a Christmas tree is because I like to put up the ornaments I’ve been collecting over the years on my travels. I thought it’d be fun to share some photos of my ornaments.

World of Coca Cola, Atlanta

Paris, France

The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito

I can't remember. Mexico? Arizona?

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Yosemite National Park

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Maui, Hawaii

Sydney, Australia

CNN Center, Atlanta

We will be sure to pick up a new ornament or two on the road trip to Seattle over our break. Happy holidays!