Category Archives: Holidays

Fun Ways To Wear Your Green

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Like many Americans, I have a wee bit o’ Irish blood flowing through my veins–on both sides. And I’m pretty proud of it too! Seeing as how everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day, I decided to make a list of a few alternatives to drinking green beer (which totally turns your teeth green, by the way…ewwww). 

Show your Irish pride…..

ON YOUR EARS 

My sparkly green peridot studs are from Ice.com

IN THE KITCHEN

Arguably, there’s nothing more Irish than potatoes! My choice for this year was some homemade potato soup…

WittyBizGal’s Irish Potato Soup

3 Large Potatoes, Skin On, Diced

1 Cup Chopped Onion

2 Cups Chicken Broth

3 Tbsp Butter or Margarine

3 Tbsp Flour

2 1/2 – 3 Cups Milk

1 Tbsp Parsley

1 Carrot, Chopped

1 Tsp Salt

3/4 Tsp Pepper

1 Cup Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese

In a small saucepan, combine melted butter and flour–stir well. Gradually add milk and parsley and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Set aside. In a larger saucepan, combine broth, potatoes, onion, carrot, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until potatoes and carrots can be pierced with a fork. Gradually add milk and flour mixture, stir, and cook until combined and smooth. Remove from heat and add cheese, stirring until melted and combined. 

WITH YOUR STEREO

ON YOUR NAILS

My festive hue is “Ivy League”, from Sally Hansen

WITH YOUR CLOTHES

My kelly green t-shirt is Faded Glory, from WalMart...St Paddy’s Day pins are ancient, but from Hallmark, years ago…

AT THE BAR

(Photo shamelessly lifted from the Buena Vista website)

I highly recommend that you try an authentic Irish Coffee–either at your local watering hole, or by making one yourself at home. When I lived in California, I had the opportunity to have one at the San Francisco bar where the Irish Coffee was born–The Buena Vista. It was amazing and, I daresay, is the real San Francisco Treat…:-) If it’s not made the way they make them at the Buena Vista, it’s not an Irish Coffee! Click here to visit the Buena Vista website to read the Irish Coffee Story & get their stellar recipe: I WANT TO MAKE AN AUTHENTIC IRISH COFFEE

Last but not least, Dear Readers….

May you be in heaven a full half hour before the devil knows you’re dead…Happy St Patrick’s Day! 

Pretentious Like Oprah; A Few Of My Favorite Things

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The Original Diva Who Told You All About Her Favorite Things

While there is always a lot to be annoyed with and stressed out over during the holiday season, there are those aspects of Christmastime/Holidaytime that I truly look forward to every year. And, if Oprah Winfrey can hold her head high and publish lists of things she simply cannot live without and simultaneously assert that you shouldn’t either, why can’t I? 🙂 So here is my list…be it ever so humble…

FESTIVE CHAMPAGNE ON ORDINARY DAYS

Around Thanksgiving, I start to crave champagne, so I drink it all month instead of whatever else I’d normally drink like wine, beer, and the occasional shot of my beloved Jack Daniels. Hey, I gotta support my home state of Tennessee! 😉 Champagne is festive…it tickles your nose…and it feels fancy. And Korbel Brut is, hands down, the best lower priced champagne substitute on the market. Because, as all the year round fancy people will tell you, it’s not really champagne unless it comes from Champagne, France. But, truth be told, I’ve tried Dom–once. And I wasn’t convinced that it was any better than this.

FUNNY CHRISTMAS MOVIES

You know the ones…those Holiday themed gems that make you laugh every time, no matter how many times you’ve watched them. A Christmas Story and Home Alone top my list….

SPECIAL HOLIDAY MAKEUP PALETTES

They always come out this time of year, just in time for wallet emptying. And they’re always too beautifully packaged and marketed to resist. This year, being a huge fan of Bare Minerals makeup, the Ready collection eyeshadow compact in “Playlist” got me. But, luckily, it was worth every penny!

MERRY TUNES

I think we all have a favorite holiday song that always makes us sing along…mine is Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

CHRISTMAS MOVIES THAT HELP YOU GO ON

When the season gets you down, like it does so many of us, these are the movies that you watch to get the inspiration to rock around the Christmas tree another day….

My two favorites are It’s a Wonderful Life and, of course, the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, that has been done by literally everybody….




AND…AN OLD FASHIONED GUMDROP TREE….

These are nearly impossible to find now (the good ones anyway), but I got one from Signals a few years ago. If you want to find this kind (chrome plated) just search Google with those terms “chrome plated gumdrop tree”. Retailers will fleece you for one nowadays, but I daresay it’ll be worth it. I looked around for the history of them, but couldn’t find it. If you can, please post a link in the comment section. I seem to remember that they gained popularity during WWII. Anyway, what a fun holiday decoration! You simply decorate them with a package of multicolored gumdrops, also known as “spice drops”, and you’ll have a really great, apparently highly unique Christmas decoration. Oh, you’d better buy a few packages of drops, because they tend to get emptied pretty fast. 🙂

So, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Winter Solstice to all! Because, however you celebrate it…however you feel it in your heart, you ought to be able to say it and wish it to others without an eyeroll, or a citation from the PC Police, or offending anybody. And I’ll leave you with that thought this year–please let people wish you good cheer in the way that makes them feel good. Because at this time of year, of all times, we all really need to lose the militant, uptight ‘tude over what is correct and is or is not “offensive” and just try to be happy…

Until next time…

America And Me; Independence Day 2011

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When I was growing up, I was encouraged to be grateful that I was born in the United States, and to be proud to be an American. Nobody ever told me my country was perfect, or beyond reproach…they just said that I should thank my lucky stars that I live here and can speak my mind, be free to become whoever and whatever I want to be, and vote to have my views represented as closely as possible. In other words, I grew up thinking and feeling that being patriotic was a good thing.  I’m not sure what has happened over the last 45, nearly 46 years but nowadays if you’re patriotic you’re encouraged to hide it, or at least tone it down, lest you subject yourself to all manner of ridicule and whispers behind your back. This year, I have a blog, and I have absolutely no intention of toning anything down for anybody online or anywhere. As always, this year I’ll…

Try To Learn All About Independence Day So I’ll Understand Exactly What I Have To Be Grateful For… (Click the link to visit The History Channel’s Website, the 4th of July Section–Lots of great articles and multimedia)

Wear My American Pride

Get  Crazy Crafty With Silk Flowers and Sparklers…

And Be An American, Head to Toe, No Apologies…

HAPPY 4th of JULY 2011