Dust off your punch bowl, we’re making Holiday Rum Punch for a crowd!
This punch is inspired by one of the drinks I had on my trip to Jamaica for the Click Retreat last month. It’s totally tropical but deceptively holiday-ish with the orange and the cranberry garnishes. If you make this at a holiday party people will be like…oooooh and then ahhhhhhhh.
Mixed with this:
A hint of:
and a side of this:
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After this holiday season, we all could use one!
This punch is a real crowd pleaser with rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, ginger beer and sparkling water. If you want to serve this during warmer times, just garnish with maraschino cherries instead of cranberries.
Gift giving changes a lot as we get older. We’re not children huddled around the tree waiting (impatiently) for their turn to open presents. We’re adults managing more than we’ve ever had to while figuring out how to muster up a satisfactory amount of holiday magic and sparkle during the home stretch of another exhaustingly full year.
It means that you were thinking of someone else. You were putting energy into make someone feel happy and special. You were taking a moment to be thoughtful and spread cheer. You gave the gift of your time.
What it really comes down to, and what my parents said to us kids when we got gifts like Miss Piggy bow biters from my Auntie Toni:
It’s the thought that counts.
Sometimes we don’t give gifts because we don’t have enough time.
Time can be carved out if you’re thoughtful enough.
This Jasmine Tea Infused Vodka is one of the simplest ways to show you’re thinking of your friend or family member who appreciates spirits as gifts. If you’ve gotta see someone in the afternoon or evening, all you have to do is let jasmine tea steep in vodka for about 2-3 hours in the morning, strain it and package it up and you’re good to go! Just put effort into the wrapping + packaging. That’s a gift in itself!
What have I done for the holidays so far? Hmmmm. Let’s see. I’ve decorated half of our tree because the cats are getting into EVERYTHING. I found out that my cat can open up a tupperware container with her paws. COOOOOOOL. I’m just starting to organize my brain re: homemade gifts. Are you making anything fun for gifts this holiday season? If you’re stumped/looking for ideas let’s dip into the Shutterbean archives and HOOK YOU UP!
I ate so much during the Thanksgiving break that my body was like SALAAAAAAAD NOW PLEAAAAAAAAAASE. I had my mom’s green salad a few times this week but without avocados cuz they’re all so bad right now. I haven’t had a good avocado in months. The other day I was at the grocery store trying to find an avocado that wasn’t wickedly overripe. They all were so mushy on the inside. YOU KNOW THAT CAN’T TASTE GOOD. I looked at the sign and was like 2 for $1??? Please. They should be free. So yeah, I’m back into eating green things. Just not avocado. Gonna put this reset button salad back in the rotation soon! There’s also a national avocado shortage, right??!
My yoga classes. I’ve been taking a couple yoga classes weekly since the beginning of November. I really hope that I can keep this routine since it helps me get my bearings in the day. It’s great for stress relief and I’m hoping that I’ll find a good tribe through the process.
Casey was gone for a whole week this month and I was in Jamaica so we didn’t see each other a lot While he was away, I started watching the show- Casual on Hulu. I really like the writing and the characters intrigue me. My brother is one of my best friends so it’s neat to see the brother/sister dynamic on screen. I think the daughter looks way too old to be in high school and that bugs me but other than that, I’m into it.
We finished the second season of Red Oaks on Amazon this week. Casey was super excited to see that the new season was out, so we had ourselves a nice little binge. It’s one of his favorite shows. It kinda reminds me of Caddyshack but way less goofy. I love the 80s vibe…but sometimes I get distracted by Jennifer Grey’s character. They make her look way too cute to be an 80s mom. Makes me want to watch Dirty Dancing and see what her old nose used to look like.
Started Search Party last night! We are two episodes in. Her friends bug me but I LOOOOOOOOOOVE Alia Shawkat. I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops. It really makes me miss Bored to Death (another one of my favorites).
Been reading this book that I found the communal bookstore in Bolinas called Active Dreaming. I should say the book found me. Books have a way of popping out at me….I think the lion on the cover spoke to me first. I’ve had a bunch of things happen recently…signs…synchronicity…really weird coincidences. The book talks about signs and how they’re part of active dreaming…and how we dream while awake. It’s just the right amount of woo-woo for me (thus far).
Also, I’ve been doing some research/reading on Mother Teresa right now. Picked this book up at the bookstore the other day and have been reading it off & on. I remember being really fascinated by her when I was a kid, so reading about her as an adult has been really interesting.
I have this on the wall of my workspace:
The holidays. This is the last day of November and then WOOOOOP! It’s December. Christmas stuff kicks into full gear. We have our tree up, but there are no ornaments or decorations are on it. I found out that I am not hosting Christmas this year. It makes me kinda bummed that we’re not gonna be sitting around the tree at my house, so I suppose I’m not super motivated to decorate it right now. I also have to order my holiday cards and I’m behind on that. Is this the year we don’t do cards? I can’t break an 8 year streak can I?? Don’t worry. I’ll power through.
Missy Elliot. My instructor in dance class (also another thing I tried this month!!) played this song this week and we did this arm/shoulder/fist pump/squat/booty shake move and I WAS IN THE ZONE.
Cooper and I have been listening to the Stranger Things Original Music soundtrack on the way to school. Sometimes it’s super creepy. We’ve been discussing sound design (did you know I used to work in a recording studio in my 20s?!) and how you can play with emotions through sounds.
I love our conversations in the car. They’re the best.
Takes place mostly in Oregon and sometimes in upstate New York? There’s still a summer camp/hotel vibe to my dreams. Did you know that I want to organize a Summer camp (for adults) one day? That’s one of my dreams. That’s where that book comes into play….cuz I literally have been dreaming about camp life for the past year and a half.
We finished the Thanksgiving leftovers. HOORAY! I’ve been on a salami sandwich kick for the past week. It goes something like this:
toasted sourdough bread
Maybe I just really want a hot dog.
La Croix– Passionfruit is my new jam. Have you had that one? What are you favorite flavors? I’m mostly a Lime and Grapefruit kinda gal. Honestly though, I’m not drinking enough water. Gotta do something about that. Especially during this DRYYYYYYYY time of year.
How are you? What’s up with you??!!
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