Classic Moscow Mule Recipe (Only 3 Ingredients!)

The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail that has withstood the test of time for good reason! The spicy ginger beer paired with vodka (and a splash of lime) has been delighting fans for decades.

And while there are many ways to put a twist on this iconic drink, the classic is still a winner every time.

The drink was invented back in the 1940s in America when John Martin wanted to sell Smirnoff vodka through his distribution company.

It was not a popular liquor at the time, and coincidentally, bar owner Jack Morgan was trying to sell off the ginger beer at his Cock ‘n’ Bull pub. So, they added them together with a little lime and made cocktail magic.

Do you have to use a copper mug for this drink? Not at all! While it does add to the tradition and fun aspect of a Moscow Mule, the

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Snowman Cheese Ball – Christmas Appetizer

When I arrive to a party, the first thing I look for is the cheese plate. And I love a holiday cheese ball.

If you’ve never had a cheese ball before, it’s like a creamy cheese dip that you shape into a ball. Then, you can use either a cheese knife or crackers to dip and spread with.

This Christmas appetizer is easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. And shaping this snowman cheese ball is like a little craft project! It’s fun for any host or as a little project you could do with kids.

Related: Easy Holiday Cheese Ball Wreath – for more flavor ideas

Cheese Ball Ingredients:

How to Make a Cheese Ball:

Mix the seasoning blend in with the cream cheese. Form balls and wrap in plastic wrap to refrigerate. Once you’re ready to serve, roll the balls in the Parmesan cheese and decorate

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Holiday Pajamas – A Beautiful Mess

This time of year, I love to live in pajamas and loungewear. My favorite thing to do is spread out all our holiday activities like wrapping gifts, decorating, and making cookies into mini sessions so there’s a little magic in every day.

This post is partnered with Walmart. They are a great source for pajamas, slippers and so much more!

Trimming the Tree

I love collecting ornaments and holiday decor. Every year, I add a little more to our home. There’s nothing better than a cozy day at home decorating (while wearing slippers, of course).

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Hot Chocolate

Recently, I’ve been working on a hot chocolate bar for my children, and you know what? I’m really into it as well! I love all the cozy beverages this time of year, like hot chocolate, apple cider, mulled wine and spiced tea.

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Episode #162: Holidays Traditions List


This week, we’re chatting about the holiday traditions we enjoy doing with our families and our top movies to comfort-watch during November and December. 

We’re also sharing some mindset tips for renovating and cooking for the first time!

You can find the podcast posts archive here.

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Show Notes:

Download your holiday bucket list here.

Our Holiday Bucket List:

Elsie – Hot chocolate bar, have a kids’ gingerbread house party, big tipping, and matching Christmas pajamas.

Emma – Christmas stockings, looking at Christmas lights, and having a soup party.

Here’s a photo of the stockings, and Emma’s gift from Elsie’s daughter—a Frozen dress! Haha.


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Holiday Gift Guides (for Everyone on Your List!)

I’m typically super early with my gift shopping, but this year I’ve barely gotten started. The good news is we made some really unique gift guides filled with items you don’t see on every list.

I hope they are helpful to you as you do your holiday shopping! I made sure to include your most requested hard-to-shop-for people as well. OK, let’s shop!

Gift Ideas for a Friend:

Links: Holy Ficus Candle / Gold Huggie Earrings / Ice Roller / Lip Sleeping Mask / Eye Masks / Glossier Perfume / Golden Girls Mug / Jewel Huggie Earrings / Pink Sunglasses

Gifts Ideas for a Home Cook:

Links: Air Fryer / Travel Mug / Set of Bowls / Smeg Toaster / Taco Holder / Always Pan / Tea Kettle / Cookware Set / Spoon Rest / Martini Glass / Egg Shop Cookbook

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