WTEW: Holiday Beverage Recipes

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Get your favorite mug out, my friend, and GET READY for some holiday beverage recipes. This week’s What to Eat Wednesday is all about the beverages that will make you smile this holiday season. I asked for fave recipes from my friends on Facebook last night. I also browsed the internet, Pinterest included, for some goodies. And, of course, Rachel Ray did not disappoint in her little magazine this month.

So, let’s hop to it. Here are some cheerful holiday beverage recipes to keep you merry all season long:

  • Old Fashioned Inspired Hot Chocolate from A Thought and a Half. All you have to do is click on the recipe name and you will be taken right to her chocolate greatness. Take one look at her pictures and you will want to make this ASAP.
  • Reindeer Martinis given to me from my friend, Erin. This is such a cute idea for a Christmas party.
    • Use about 1 bottle of vodka, a full container of cranberry juice, 6 packets of cider, and a few cinnamon sticks. Let it sit for a while in the fridge to chill, and share! Soo yummy, and you can garnish with a cherry, for the “red nose”.
  • Mulled Wine by Alton Brown. My cousin mentioned this last night so I HAD to find a tasty recipe. You can also make this in the crockpot. How is that for an easy holiday beverage?
  • Tom and Jerry from The Chow. My Uncle Tom mentioned this recipe and he gave it two thumbs up. There are quite a few ingredients in this one though so it isn’t an easy one to come up with on the fly.
  • Winter Chai Tea by SimpleVeda. I have been eyeing this for weeks now. Once I can get the ingredients together, I will be making this all winter long. Guaranteed. I love me some chai!
  • Mulled Punch in Rachel Ray Everyday. This serves 10 so share with others.
    • 3 bottles of white wine, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 22 cinnamon sticks, 4 star anise pods, juice & peel of 1 small orange, peel of 1 lemon, 2 mangoes (peeled & sliced), 2 apples (peeled & sliced), 1 pear (peeled & sliced), 1/2 pineapple (cubed), freshly ground nutmeg. In a saucepan, combine 1 bottle wine, the sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, the star anise, orange juice and peel, and the lemon peel. Bring to a boil and cook until syrupy, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining wine, mangoes, apples, pear and pineapple. Simmer over low 20 minutes. Strain. To serve, ladle warm punch into mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks and freshly ground nutmeg.
  • Orangesicle Smoothie Recipe from Sarah Halstead. I know some of you aren’t big fans of warm beverages so if you are up for a cold treat, dive on in to this recipe. You can make it more “holiday-esque” by adding a peppermint straw or putting it in a Christmas mug or cup!

Do you have a holiday beverage you have been eyeing? Do share!

My Favorite Fitness Accomplishments

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Happy Tuesday, dear friends! Hope your week is off to an AWESOME start! Mine has been busy (work is kicking my butt these days) so not sure I would use the word awesome for mine, but I did get a pedicure after work yesterday. I wanted a little Christmas on my toes so I may have had the lady paint a snowman on the big toes too. Perhaps that itself made my week off to an awesome start. Yeah, I will go with that. Screw busy work days… I have snowmen ON MY TOES!

Okay enough about that. Today is The Fit Dish link up with Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers. We are sharing our favorite fitness accomplishments OF ALL TIME! Oh boy, this will be fun. I have many favorites.

Let’s do this… in no particular order, here are my four favorite fitness accomplishments:

  1. Experiencing & completing the MS 150 with one of my best friends. This happened in 2007 when one of my best friends and I worked at Shell in Houston. Almost all of the oil companies sponsor the MS 150 so Shell had a team and we joined it. The MS 150 is a bike ride from Houston to Austin over 2 days to raise money and awareness for MS. The main reason this made my favorites list is because I have some hilarious memories from it. You really do get a little delirious riding on a bike for that many hours straight. I may have to share these memories in another blog post sometime because I am laughing just thinking about it.
  2. Teaching my very first group exercise class. I took a general group exercise course in college probably about 10 years ago. It was a course to gear you up for getting certified. I got certified a few years later when I finally decided to JUST DO IT (yes, like Nike). I taught my first class at a local country club gym. I was so nervous! The first class is always the hardest, but once you get that class out of the way you realize it AIN’T THAT BAD. And it becomes a hobby. I love it. I currently only teach Pure Barre, but have a feeling I will be teaching some type of group exercise class throughout my life.
  3. Running my first 10K. I had never ran anything past a 5K at the time, but I had a goal of completing a half marathon so used the 10K as a little milestone. It was my favorite run by far! It even beats the half. My older brother was by my side the whole time cheering me on and we were running on the weirdest terrain. It was all grass and hills. This was also a very small, local run in October so the drama department of the local high school dressed up like various dead people and acted their parts. I saw the twins from The Shining. Creeeeepy!
  4. Completing my first triathlon. I was a little more hardcore in Houston for some reason. I did the MS 150 and a triathlon in the same year. But, once I moved back to Dallas I hung up my swim trunks and bicycle shoes. No more crazy bike rides or tri’s. Maybe someday though. Anyway, my first triathlon makes my favorites list because of the transitions. I felt unstoppable being able to swim, bike, and then run. It was tough, but so worth it!

I have other fitness accomplishments, but what makes an accomplishment a FAVE for me is the experience. I find the most joy when I experience these milestones with others. That is the one constant in all of the above. I experienced the MS 150 with a best friend, my first group ex class with all of the gracious & patient participants, the 10K with my older brother, and the triathlon with a coworker. Cue the Beatles now… ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE! 😉

What about you? What is one of your favorite fitness accomplishments and why?

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