Moms Gone Zen 2012 Must Have Holiday Kitchen & Gadgets List
Ok party people… your family and friends are going to be thanking you all year long for the amazing gifts that you’re going to buy for them! If you’re the last minute procrastinator like I am, you’ll be happy to hear that everything on this list guarantees delivery by December 22nd so you still have time… and they’re all pretty amazing. So amazing in fact that while you’re at it, you should pick up a few of these things for yourself!
So what are you waiting for…start clicking… time’s-a-ticking!!! Happy Shopping!
THE WINE ENTHUSIAST
This is actually a really thoughtful gift for someone that is into wine. Most moms I know are really into wine. Corkcicle maintains chilled white wines and cools room temperature reds. Simple to use, all you have to do is freeze it and place in bottle. It’s made from BPA-free plastic and non-toxic freeze gel, which is always a plus and it eliminates the need for an ice bucket. Read more »
Looking for a little mood-alteration to de-stress this week… skip the hash and drink some green! It’s tea-packed with theanine, which increases the brain’s output of relaxation-inducing alpha waves and reduces the output of tension-making beta waves. Trippy, right?
This recipe comes courtesy of a good friend of ours that lives here in town near us. Interactive baking. We LOVE it! Now this is what we call fun in the kitchen!!!
Vodka Christmas Cake Recipe
1 cup sugar, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 cup water, 1 tsp. salt , 1 cup brown sugar, Lemon juice, 4 large eggs, Nuts, 1 bottle Vodka, 2 cups dried fruit.
Sample a cup of Vodka to check quality.
Take a large bowl, check the Vodka again to be sure it is of the highest quality then repeat.
Turn on the electric mixer…Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point, it is best to make sure the Vodka is still OK. Try another cup just in case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 eegs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Pick the fruit up off the floor, wash it and put it in the bowl a piece at a time trying to count it. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit getas stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a drewscriver Sample the Vodka to test for Read more »
This holiday season if you’re hosting a holiday party, don’t get sucked into the traditional Peppermint, Baileys, Mocha, heavy sit on your stomach, I just ate a drink that tastes like Mrs. Claus just made for me kinda cocktail!
Keep it light… keep it crisp… keep it fresh!
You know we’re always about your health (even when drinking) over here at Moms Gone Zen… that’s why we are loving the fresh GINGER in this recipe! It adds a kick that’s a little spicy and unexpected! Plus, ginger is crazy good for you too! Not to mention the fresh lemon juice is a serious body cleanser! So in actuality you’re doing something pretty great for you, and your guests!
Ok, raise your hand if you remember sex before kids? I’m talking that hot – lasted more than 6.5 minutes – don’t have to worry about screaming YES! YES! YES! in ecstasy without worrying that the kids are walking in on you kinda sex! Better yet, tell me the last time your man laid in bed next to you and you couldn’t wait to jump his bones and get your legs wrapped around him.
Oh, I’m sorry is that crickets I’m hearing from the blaring silence of the resounding “Can’t remember when?” that you’re telling me? Read more »
FEATURING: Linda’s Lively Libation
Sweet and tropical with unique floral and citrus notes. Share with a friend or relax, rejuvenate and fall in love with lavender, lychee and lemon. Learn to make this lively libation at home.
Some of these ingredients might be far out there but it’s completely worth it!
Lavender Lychee Lemon Cocktail
- 1.5oz TRU Organic Lemon Vodka
- 1.0oz Lychee Puree (Any fruit puree)
- 0.5oz Home Made Lavender Syrup (Use a simple sugar syrup recipe and infuse dried lavender in it from the health food store or fresh from your backyard)
- 0.5oz Fresh Squeezed Citrus (Lemon or Orange)
- Lavender infused Maui Honey (yeah, cause that’s in our pantry! If you’re really dedicated to try this, you can find it here. Otherwise, a drizzle of honey will do!)
- Maui Brown Sugar in the Raw (or Sugar in the Raw)
- Sprinkle of Love (We are Moms! We have a ton of that to sprinkle!)
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Day after Thanksgiving. You’ve eaten almost three times your weight in food. You feel sick. You feel bloated. You feel like you would like to ex-communicate yourself from certain family members… specifically Aunt Marge (I know no one who has an Aunt Marge, so this will not be offensive to anyone I know) who made that ridiculously delicious Apple Crumble dessert that you could literally taste the 4 sticks of butter that went into it, but didn’t care because it was so good. Let’s face it… you’re a few pounds heavier for the wear thanks to that all “Thankful” day! More like NO-THANK-ful day!!
You’re in need of a little detox… you’re in need of a Peau-Pay tea. pronounced: [poo-pee]
Thanksgiving is literally biting me in my ass at this point. The stress of knowing that I will be responsible for feeding 40 of our “closest” is no small feat. I’m lucky that I actually like most of my family members. (Note to family members, please do not ask if you are part of the most list)
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What says fall more than apple cider? What says cozy comfy mommy and daddy on a couch snuggling after the kids go to bed more than a cup of Spicked Spiced Apple Cider?
Give this one a try and sleep like a baby tonight or make one.
Spiked Spiced Apple Cider
- 1 Gallon Apple Cider
- 3 Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 Tablespoons Light-Brown Sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons Allspice
- 4 Whole Cloves
- ½ A Vanilla Bean, split in half or ¼ tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
- ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
- If you want this to be just for the adults add ½ cup Calvados (Apple Brandy) or Brandy into the pot.
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