Easy Trader Joe’s Holiday Punch

The past few years, my family has made a festive punch on Christmas eve. It’s usually a last minute decision, so it’s always pretty simple. Red and green is a given. This easy punch recipe hits the mark and looks great too!

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Ingredients:

  1. 64 oz. Trader Joe’s winter wassail
  2. 2 liters club soda
  3. sparkling wine
  4. Pomegranate seeds
  5. Ice
  6. Lime slices or orange slices

Instructions:

  1. To make ice ring, put pomegranate seeds in bundt pan and cover with ice cubes. Then add water and freeze around 3 – 4 hours.
  2. In a large punch bowl, combine winter wassail, club soda and sparkling wine.
  3. Add ice ring and lime/orange slices.

Notes:

I wouldn’t worry too much about measuring here, as long as it tastes good to you. Throughout the night, we ended up using a little less than two bottles of winter wassail (it has a strong taste), two bottles of club soda and three bottles of sparkling wine (oops!). You could also use vodka instead of sparkling wine.

 

If you make this, let me know how it goes. Enjoy!

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Friday Antics

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  1. 16 breathtaking restaurants to add to your bucket list.
  2. A dark look into Mast chocolate: great taste or great marketing?
  3. This puts life into perspective, and the takeaways are brutal, but important.
  4. Recommendations for Wilmington, NC restaurants from a local! Me and L are heading to Sunset Beach for New Year’s (so over the typical crazy bar scene for New Year’s) and will probably spend a day exploring Wilmington and Southport.
  5. Shipping deadlines are upon us – check out all my gift guides, quick!
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Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

As shipping deadlines quickly approach, now is the time to place last minute holiday orders! If you’re still filling stockings, here are 7 easy stocking stuffer ideas.

Opening my stocking has always one of my favorite parts of Christmas morning. When I was younger, I would wake up in the middle of the night, go downstairs and look at my stocking to get a “preview” of my gifts. Did anyone else do this? Then in the morning, me and my brothers would open our stockings first (all hurriedly and at the same time), before opening our gifts under the tree, one at a time.

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needlepoint key fob, $28.50

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city travel guide, $17.50

(cities include: Charleston, Brooklyn, New Orleans, Detroit,

San Francisco, Austin and Nashville)

 

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kiehl’s facial fuel, $35

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pennant, $20 – made in the US!

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monogram mug, $6

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iphone charger cable, $13

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fleece ear warmers, $30

 

Check out my other holiday gift guides:

  1. My favorites that I own
  2. Under $100 for her
  3. The LK wish list
  4. 10 books for everyone on your list
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Holiday Gift Guide: Book Edition

This year, I made a conscious effort to read more. After years of not reading much, it was fun to get back into it and read some really great books. This gift guide has a book for everyone! For more of my all time favorite books, click here.

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The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada, $26

For: the weekend traveler

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Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman, $15

For: the bored office worker

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed, $9

For: the adventure seeker

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After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story by Michael Hainey, $15 

For: the mystery lover

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Bossy Pants by Tina Fey, $6

For: the pop culture enthusiast

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Service Included by Phoebe Damrosch, $12

For: the food snob

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, $12

For: the long-time friend

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This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, $11

For: the friend in need of a laugh

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Delancey by Molly Wizenberg, $12

For: the foodie, the wannabe restauranteur

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, $11

For: the one who loves surprises

Check out my other holiday gift guides:

  1. My favorites that I own
  2. Under $100 for her
  3. The LK wish list
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Holiday Gift Guide: The LK Wish List

So far, I’ve shared two holiday gift guides: my favorites that I own and under $100 for her. Now, here’s the LK Wish List – the gifts I’d like to find under the tree this year.

 

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The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada, $26

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italian leather gloves, $125

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 Myles shorts, $58 – made in the US!

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tassel loafers, $298 – my gift to myself

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plaid Southern Proper hat, $28

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Harry’s shaving set, $30

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stainless steel water bottle, $31

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needlepoint pillow, $135

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leather watch, $199

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Holiday Gift Guide: Under $100 Gifts for Her

Earlier this week, I shared my first holiday gift guide: 5 of my favorite items I own. Today, I put together a holiday gift guide for her, all under $100. I hope it’s useful, whether you’re shopping for your girlfriend, sister, friend, wife etc…

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2016 planner, $56

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reversible tote, $48 – bought this for L’s birthday (in black/cognac)

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sailor’s knot studs, $48

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scalloped oxford, $98 – made in the US!

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framed instagram art, $39

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yoga pants, $48 – made in the US!

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Gray Malin beach towel, $99

candle, $28 – made in the US!

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plaid scarf, $29

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needlepoint hat, $35

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Dear Zachary Documentary

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This is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a long time. It will probably bring you to tears. It’s incredibly sad, but uplifting in it’s own way. The end is a complete twist.

Shortly after Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered, his ex-girlfriend gave birth to their child, Zachary. One of Andrew’s close friends created Dear Zachary, compiling interviews with friends and family, to serve as a cinematic scrapbook for his son to watch when he’s older.

That’s all I’ll say about the plot. Don’t read more online – just watch it (available on netflix)! I went into it not knowing anything about it, and I’m glad I did.

AFTER you’ve watched the documentary, check out this short video to see how the movie was made and what happened after it was released. Pretty interesting.

I always enjoy watching a good documentary. Let me know if you have any good suggestions! For my 36 in 365 challenge, I set out to watch at least three, so I still need to watch two more…

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