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Stress Free Holidays & Aggressive Sugared Rims

 This episode is our attempt at a stress free holiday guide. We're talking all about ways we're hoping to reduce stress this season, including some go-to gift suggestions, all while sipping on this twist on a classic cocktail.

Clove-Scented Sidecar (adapted slightly from Shutterbean)

makes 2 drinks

  • 6 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 lemon, cut into chunks
  • 1 orange
  • Ice
  • 3/4 cup whiskey

Mix 2 tbsp. sugar and ground cloves on a small plate. Rub one lemon chunk around the rims of two cocktail glasses. Turn rims in the clove sugar.

Cut orange into two slices about 1/4 in. thick; cut slices in half. Put lemon chunks, orange slices, and 4 tbsp. of the clove-sugar in a cocktail shaker. Using a wooden spoon, muddle together the fruit and sugar until fruit is broken up.

Add about 1 cup ice and whiskey to cocktail shaker. With lid securely fastened, shake vigorously to blend, then strain into the sugared glasses. 



For school-aged children: magna tiles, Snug as a Bug in a Rug board game, Press Here board game, Legos, stomp rocket, go fish game, subscription box like Little Passports, Tattly tattoos, Seeds for Birds game, Spot It
For husbands, dads and brothers:
For moms, sisters and girl friends:
Olive Yew jewelry (especially the tiny bar earrings), Lisa Leonard jewelry, personalized address stamp, Sephora gift card plus the promise to shop with her, a subscription to Remedy Quarterly, a gift of DIY gel nails kit plus a date to paint your nails together
For families:
a themed gift basket such as pancake mix, coffee and hot chocolate, a board game, gift box from Mouth Foods or Whimsy and Spice, or in lieu of a gift exchange how about hosting a beer + cookie exchange? 
For teachers and babysitters:
a heartfelt thank you card plus a gift card or something consumable/useful (lotion, edible something, etc.)
For co-workers:
Bake something to share with the group, ornament exchange paired with small gift card
On Kelsey's birthday & Christmas list:

 On Erica's birthday & Christmas list:

Leather handbag for hauling kid stuff (suggestions?), simple jewelry, Packer/Cardinal game tickets, Wusthof steak knives, Start Le Crueset collection