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Coffee Break with Liz and Kate » Entries tagged with "christmas"

Liz’s rant: Santa’s coming!

Can you believe this is the week of Christmas? That in only a few days, Santa – the man in the big red suit – will be coming down the chimney? Maybe it’s just me but it seems like those last couple of weeks before the most wonderful time of the year always fly by. Sometimes, even that ritual visit to see Santa gets put off until the last minute. So this year, I figured I’d be one step ahead and actually plan the day for our visit. We headed to Lexington Green before 9 a.m. on Saturday. The plan was simple: I’d pick up a few things from the bookstore, and by the time we were done there, Santa would be arriving, Colton would divulge his wishlist, and we’d be … Read entire article »

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Merry Christmas from Liz and Kate – Our favorite Christmas songs

Well, here we are, Christmas Day, 2010. As you know, we’ve been offering up some of our favorite Christmas songs over the last few days. It’s difficult to imagine Christmas without music, so as you celebrate this day with family and friends, check out some of our favorite songs or pull out your own favorites. Just be sure to add some musical magic! “Let It Snow” by Doris Day “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Bare Naked Ladies Winter Wonderland by Eurythmics “The Christmas Song” by Johnny Mathis “Stille Nacht” by Mannheim Steamrollers Liz and Kate wish all of you the merriest of Christmases. May God bless you and the ones you love. … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades: Our favorite holiday music

It’s Christmas Eve, folks.  Rush, scurry, wrap, cook, clean, spend 5 minutes with us listening to some great Christmas tunes, then back for more rushing, scurrying, wrapping, cooking and cleaning. And don’t forget to ENJOY the wonders of this Christmas season. Happy Christmas Eve! “Hallelujah”, by Kathy Mattea “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams “Sleigh Ride” by the Boston Pops Orchestra “Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire” by Michael Buble Enjoy! What are your favorite Christmas Songs? Leave a comment below and tell us. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rants: Our favorite holiday music

Back by popular demand Kate and I bring you a few of our favorite songs of the season. We like a little bit of everything music-wise – old, new, sappy, peppy, traditional, edgy – you name it! And if truth be known, I suspect we’ve both been listening to Christmas music since waaay before Thanksgiving even arrived. Stop for a moment and try to imagine what the holidays would be like without Christmas music. So many of our traditions and memories are tied to the music of the season. With that in mind, we’ll be featuring a few of our all-time favorites, in no particular order, today through Christmas. And we are probably gonna think of another 3,000 favorites as soon as we post these. Nevertheless, here are a few … Read entire article »

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Christmas Craftdown, week 5

I guess you realize Christmas Day is days away. Well, not me. I’m in denial. Still a ton of things to do. Like craft some more creations. This week, we’re featuring five crafts or edible ideas so let’s get to it! Susan’s Chicken Tacos Holiday Wassail Candy Crackers Pine Crafts Bowls made from vinyl records m m My cousin Susan has been quite an asset to our craftdown. This week, she sent in a recipe that sounds great for those busy holiday nights. It’s perfect for the family, or a dinner party: Susan’s Chicken Tacos 1 cup frozen corn 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained 16-ounce jar mild salsa 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or 1 1/2 pounds) Place first 3 ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to combine.  Arrange chicken on top.  Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.  Remove … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – I’m a cotton-headed ninny-muggins.

Yep, that’s what I told myself over the weekend after I let my son convince me that we needed to try Buddy the Elf’s favorite delicacy, spaghetti with syrup. “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” ~Buddy the Elf Somehow last year I was able to avoid fulfilling the oft repeated request until the Christmas season was over and Buddy the Elf’s strange eating habits were lost in the shuffle of the New Year. This year I was not so lucky.  My son caught me at a weak moment, and before I even knew what had happened I was standing at the stove cooking some spaghetti noodles. He added some syrup and topped the dish off with a crumbled brown sugar poptart. Sounds … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The shelf elf

I wrote about this last Christmas, and since it is the season, let’s re-address it. Looking for a way to keep your kids in line year-round? Here’s a little trick you may want to consider (Liz says with a tinge of sarcasm): Get a shelf elf. That’s right. A shelf elf. Every night, when the kids go to bed, move the elf to a different spot in the house, making it appear that the elf sneaks off to the North Pole to report to Santa while your little angel sleeps, and returns to “spy” on another area of your home. When the kid gets into trouble, you present their options, for example: either take a time-out or go tell the shelf elf what you’ve done, so he can go tattle to the big … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: You’ll shoot your eye out!

Can you guess how our family kicked off the Christmas season? If you think it involved A Christmas Story, you’d be right! Except that we didn’t watch the movie. On Sunday afternoon, Colton and I, along with Mom, Dad, my brothers, sister-in-law and nephew, hit the road and headed to Actors Theatre in Louisville for the stage version of the story I consider a staple of the season – a classic Christmas story (ergo the name?) that’s a must-watch at least a dozen times between Turkey Day and Christmas. We were convinced that it would be a great afternoon, leaving us with plenty of Christmas spirit and even more to talk about. It didn’t hurt that our tickets were on the first, second and third rows, either. Most of us were … Read entire article »

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Craftdown to Christmas, week 4

Just when I’m ready to give up faith in humanity, you guys pull through with another splendid idea for the Christmas season. I knew I could count on you guys. This week’s fare features both edible and non-edible goodies. I recommend making the eats first, so you have something to munch on while completing the other project. A glass of that Cranberry Wine could be a nice touch, too. Anyway, on to the craftdown. My cousin Susan submitted this great idea for personalizing Christmas cards. Her idea reminds me of Sandra Lee’s cooking show – both of these fine ladies know the art of taking store-bought goods and making them their own. Thanks, Susan! Low Cost Christmas Cards To me a Christmas card without glitter is just not worth sending. Fancy glittered boxed … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Shop ’til ya drop

OK, people – it’s time to get serious. We’re T-minus 27 days until Christmas and I’ve not yet begun to shop. How many of you can relate? Maybe we should call it what it is for me. Procrastination. Avoiding the inevitable as long as possible. Because as my kids get older, I find it increasingly harder to stay within a reasonable budget. Which means I tend to put off spending the money. What if they change their minds on what they want? What if I find something on sale for a better price next week? Don’tcha just hate the what-ifs of life sometimes? Anywho, I started thinking about what the “big ticket” items were when I was a child versus the “big ticket” items of the 21st Century. My, how times have … Read entire article »

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Craftdown 2010 Week 2 – Mosaic Block

Chances are if you’ve ever been to a craft show, you’ve seen the various uses for glass blocks. For several years now, crafters have typically tied them with fancy ribbons and bows, then filled them with Christmas lights. So here’s a little different take on the glass block. Use sea glass or stained glass pieces to make your own work of art! What you’ll need: Glass block – available at arts and crafts stores and home improvement stores NOTE: if you purchase a a solid block, make sure you or someone you know can drill a hole in it, so you can get lights inside! Sea glass or stained glass pieces – available at craft stores Glass glue Small strand of holiday lights (I used a strand of 15 for this 6-inch block) How to assemble: Lay glass … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Validation of my Procrastination

I’ve been putting it off for over a week now. Procrastinating. Justifying. Ignoring. Avoiding. What is this thing that is so dreaded that I am putting so much energy into NOT doing it? This chore that I’m working so hard at forgetting? I’m talking about taking down the Christmas decorations, of course. Sure, they are all fun and exciting and sparkly in November, when I just can’t wait to crack open the red and green storage tubs to see my holiday treasures that have been hidden away for almost a year. But by the time the first week of January hits, those very same precious  snowmen, Santas and ornaments have become dusty, commonplace and overlooked. Suddenly they have evolved into one of my least favorite household duties. Every day for  the past week … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Our favorite holiday music

Liz and I have been talking (obviously – since we did announce our commemoration of Humbug Day on Monday). Stop for a moment and try to imagine what the holidays would be like without Christmas music. So many of our traditions and memories are tied to the music of the season. We thought you might enjoy a few days of our favorite Christmas songs. So we’ve decided to list 20 of our all-time favorites, in no particular order. And we are probably gonna think of another 3,000 favorites as soon as we post these. Nevertheless, here are a few of our “never get tired of” tunes that seem to get us through the season. We’ll be posting five a day, now through Christmas, providing you with some classics you’re sure to know, as … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Bah Humbug

Attention all Coffee Break readers. Kate and I have made an executive decision. We are going to   celebrate Humbug Day today. In fact, we are celebrating this one to the extent that you may wanna exercise a little caution in our presence. One wrong word and our heads just might spin off our necks. You’ve been warned. While we doubt many of our male readers will be celebrating with us, we’re betting on the fact that many of our female readers will be able to effortlessly relate. Regardless, consider today a day to share your rants if you’re as momentarily overwhelmed as us. We’d love to hear about it (misery loves company), and suspect it’ll do you some good to get your last-minute Christmas worries and frustrations off your chest. Until tomorrow – … Read entire article »

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Get your party on 12/20-12/26

Folks, we’re a little light on holidays this week. Well, not really. Friday is Christmas Day! But as I’m sure you’ve come to learn, we aren’t about traditional holidays, here. We’re about all the bizarre holidays that otherwise would go un-noticed and without celebration. There are weeks where that could be a blessing, but we’ll worry about that later. Dec. 21 is a day that I’m betting could come at several points during the month of December: it’s Humbug Day. Trust me when I tell you I’ve been there, done that, lately. Maybe you know the feeling. Time seems to fly, and the list of things to do just gets longer. And at some point, in an act of sheer desperation, you decide you will never accomplish everything you’d like, so why … Read entire article »

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