holidays

My Favorite Christmas Drink.

Obviously my favorite drink in general is wine…preferably red. BUT I have decided to venture out, broaden my horizons, and try something new. In my taste tests and mixology experiments at home with my boyfriend and I, we have come across the perfect Christmas Eve/Christmas Day cocktail to have with friends and family.

The White Russian. It’s simple, classy, creamy, and sweet. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 part Vodka (your choice, I used Tito’s)
  • 1 part Kahlua
  • 1 part milk (I used 2 percent)
  • ice cubes
  • cinnamon

Add ice cubes to a glass, pour Kahlua and Vodka over the ice. Add the milk, and give it a good stir. Then, I like to sprinkle some cinnamon on top for garnish and a little extra flavor. Add more Kahlua as you see fit-if you like it on the sweet side.

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This is the PERFECT drink to sit by the fire, around the Christmas tree, and just relax- and it is SO simple to make!

*Note: the recipe did call for light cream, but milk works just as well and it cuts the calories! šŸ™‚

Get the recipeĀ here.

Photo cred: googleimages.

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DIY Rustic Winter Decor.

This is a very simple and easy tutorial for those who are ballin’ on a budget and want to make your little apartment (or big house!) a wintery wonderland. Frist step- put on Christmas music and pour yourself a glass of wine or eggnog. Then you’re ready to start.

Personally, I’m not very crafty and have a hard time when it comes to decorating and being creative and quite honestly I just don’t have the patience or time for it. Thank god for my mom, and Pinterest of course.

If you’re like me and don’t have an eye for art or craftyness, start by visiting Etsy.comĀ and looking for some rustic wall decor (I prefer mason jars). I got mine fromĀ TeddysRoom. She has the cutest selection of rustic decor for all seasons and what I love about the mounted mason jars that I bought from her shop is that I can decorate them for every season of the year. If you ARE crafty and feel as if you can make these yourself, go for it! Etsy can get a little expensive and shipping is out of control. The only reason I don’t make them myself is because they would come out looking like a 5 year old attempted it.

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(this is exactly what I ordered)Ā Photocred

Once you have your mounted mason jars, it’s time to put the winter decor inside. I used REAL holly, winter berry, and greens from my parent’s yard. I just like the idea of using real decor and it looks super authentic (obviously). Also, it’s free and artificial greens and flowers can get pricey. If you don’t have access to this, you can buy some artificial holly and winter berry online. Get itĀ here.

Now, hang them on the wall. I chose to hang mine over an antique table with other xmas/winter decorations on it and I also hung lights to really get into the spirit. Don’t be afraid to make it your own and personalize it- add different plants and decorations!

Happy decorating.

P.S.- the main picture isĀ a closeup of the mason jars! Below is the entire display.

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