Archive | December, 2013

Peppermint Vodka

27 Dec

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This Christmas post is a delightful homemade treat my sister introduced me to this year: Peppermint Vodka.
This isn’t some mass produced flavoured liquor you find in every supermarket.This is hand and homemade with care and its very good. It can be made in large amounts for a yultide shindig, in smaller amounts for an intimate gathering or made and packaged as Christmas gifts.

This also falls under handmade presents, something I am a huge advocate of. It shows real thought and dedication. Now the controversial question every poor party girl must ask is:” Are these handmade items actually cheaper than commercially produced ones?” The answer is :”not always” or “it all depends”.

I say if you want to do hand/home made and you are looking to save, you need to do alot of one thing e.g all cupcakes or all christmas ecorations. That way you buy raw materials in bulk and save there. Apart from that alot of crafty items can be pretty expensive when you add it all up.


WHAT YOU NEED:
1) Bag of peppermints or candy canes (peppermints are cheaper)

2) Bottle of Vodka

3) 2 days
As mentioned, it is Kristine my sister who made this moorish treat. She said she saw it various places online (cannot recall where) and she actually laughed when I asked for measurements. She just rolls with it.

WHAT TO DO
1) Add 1 cup of peppermint candy to a medium sized mason jar (it holds approximately 400mls) then pour vodka over it.

2)Let it stand for 2 days or until all the candy has dissolved.

3)Chill and serve
I’m not sure where she came up with these measurements but they were just right.

This drink comes out creamy and smooth but not milky. Strong but not overpowering . It has just enough peppermint flavour and of course it smells DEEE-lish! I reccomend it to everyone.

My sister, two friends and I had this along with ham and turkey sandwiches after midnight mass this year while we watched television:Family Guy (Christmas episode) and Beyonce’s new album’s music videos. We had a blast!

Kristine also decided to gift a bottle of it (in a mason jar) to our cousin with a candy cane on top as pictured above.

My sister has soaked other candies in vodka before, not with as much success (the gummi bear vodka of March 2013) but this is a winner.

Have a go at it all you DIY’ers, you won’t regret it.

Have an awesome day!

Christmas Wishlist

27 Dec

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Hello all! A Merry Christmas 2013 to everyone. I have not blogged for 6 months. 6 MONTHS! This occurred for a myriad of reasons….. no time, no energy, sometimes no desire. I have certainly had a very interesting last 6 months and not all pleasant. However that has past and now I am ready to move forward. I can’t think of a better time to return to the world of blogging than Christmas so here goes.

This post is dedicated to composing a Christmas Wishlist. Now I am well aware that I am writing this one day after Christmas when presumably all gifts have been bought,wrapped,unwrapped and in some cases ready to be returned/exchanged. That said, if you are anything like myself and my friends many gifts have not even been thought about far less anything else.

WISHLIST

Before proceeding let me clarify. When I say  wishlist I am simply referring to a list of items one is interested in receiving as a gift.

WHY?

The idea is that those persons doing the giving can have an idea as to what the recepient likes/wants to reduce the anxiety of thinking of something as well as the embarassment of making a bad selection. Also the recipient gets what she actually wants.

WHO?

Who does one send a wishlist to? The million dollar question…… The answer is NOT your 500+ FB friends or every contact on your email or whatsapp or BBM acount. I say, send this list to all those persons who you know are in the habit of giving you gifts and so were probably planning to give you one again i.e close friends and relatives.

WHAT?

This is the 2 million dollar question……..

This is a Christmas wishlist not a wedding registry.It’s the time of year when people are trying to make money really stretch. When they have to look to find something for everyone at the same time! That is hard on your pocket, take it from this poor party girl. Don’t abuse this opportunity to make gift giving easier by requesting a bunch of expensive fantastic items that you normally wouldn’t want or need in everyday life. So think twice or even 3 times before asking for that Movado watch and La Creuset Tagine (a dream of mine) and maybe settle for a much needed makeup brush (one of my actual wishlist items) novelty kitchen items or phone/laptop accessories.

That being said you need to know your crowd. For some of us our friends can drop hundreds and hundreds on one gift and not bat an eyelash. If that is the case, carry on smartly you lucky bastard!

HOW MUCH/MANY?

How many items should be on your wishlist? Well I think there should be at least one item per person being sent the list. So say you are sending this list to 15 friends/family, you shoud have at least 15 items on it. I say go a little over however maybe 20 or so to give more options and increase the element of surprise on your part.

HOW?

How do you compose this wishlist? What EXACTLY should go on it and after that how do you distribute it?

Well I can’t say there is one answer for either of those questions. I will tell you what I did. I downloaded a wishlist app (addwish.com). There are quite a few to choose from and they make it very easy. you literally just have to type in the items and it will pull the image from online and then when you are done type who you want the list to be sent to. The app I used allowed me to both email and send to selected FB contacts. Easy Peasy!

If you like hard work then you can use Microsoft Word or whatever your laptop uses and Copy and Paste images and write descriptions next to them , then email them as attatchments to your recipients. Either way will work.

The plus side to the app is that when someone decides what they want to buy they reserve the item so double purchases aren’t made.

To answer exactly how to compose this list you consider the following:

1) Price: As mentioned before, be reasonable. No sense asking for a bunch of big ticket items when you know no one can afford them.

I recommend a range as some persons might be able to afford more than others. Consider that so maybe have items ranging from $10-$50 or whatever works for you.

2)Variety: Not just in price but in items. Have something for everyone. There are so many sides to you as a person and your wishlist should reflect that. For me, my list went from novels to perfumes to small kitchen utensils. I know some of my friends would be intimidated by having to select a perfume (even if I said exactly which one) but would be way more comfortable buying me a book.

I hope something I said has been helpful. This past year a number of friends used wishlists for their birthdays and I found it made finding a gift easier so why not try it for Christmas. I hope to be blogging lots more soon so until then continue to enjoy your holidays (Kwanza,Hanukkah,Christmas,Festivus,Winter Solstice or other) and be safe.

Have an awesome day!

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