Important Holiday Check List

Through all the holiday “hustle and bustle” (which may include a few unfortunate shattered ornaments) I always make sure to do a few things.

Here is my Stay Sane Holiday Check List:

☐ Put on your slipper socks – the ones with the sticky bottoms

☐ Watch Love Actually

☐ Check doorstep for holiday shipment from Crate and Barrel

☐ Smell the pine (unless you opted for a fake tree*)

☐ Indulge in a handful of fancy dark chocolate covered almonds, like Amie’s of The Healthy Apple (or, a flute of bubbly and light Prosecco**)

☐ Connect with your spirituality, wherever you find it

☐ Make a wish/say a prayer for someone special

☐ Dress up (break out the bow ties and Carrie Bradshaw red lips)

☐ Order the After-Dinner Coffee Cocktail

☐ Toss three ugly ornaments (hey, you can use that extra storage space)

☐ Reminisce about past holiday blunders and successes

☐ Pamper yourself (you only get the excuse for spa treatments so often; guys – I am talking to you, too)

☐ Cook a colorful meal, like pizza with red sauce, spinach greens and fresh mozzarella (you could always order it in, too – wink)

☐ Listen to at least one Alvin and The Chipmunks holiday song

☐ Burn a batch of cookies (there is plenty more dough)

☐ Get at least 8 hours of sleep

☐ And don’t forget to shower (the dishes can wait)

☐ Do all things with a loving touch

☐ Give as much as you can to the local food pantry

☐ Discover wire ribbon. Trust us. (Family tip.)

☐ Call your grandparents, if you are fortunate enough to have them

☐ Arrive on time with a semi-full stomach and a hostess gift (you never know what the party food is going to be like)

☐ Kiss under the mistletoe. A lot. If you don’t have anyone to kiss, give yourself a hug. You deserve it.

☐ Pay the bills (you are still responsible for your rent, even though you’ve spent it all already)

☐ Find new places in your downtown community where you can celebrate and shop (I buy #MadeInUSA whenever possible)

☐ Visit with friends and family, whether nearby or by Skype

☐ Forgive someone, even if it’s just in your head

☐ Did I mention, watch Love Actually?

*Long story short, Kevin and I decided not to brave the Christmas tree bugs this year. We will never again take scented candles for granted.

**La Marca is one of our favorite, which is also completely affordable. (Note: Bottle is best when shared.)

What is your #1 Holiday Stay Sane Tip?

Pink Chocolate Popcorn for Movie Night with Tracey Rapisardi

Snuggling up on the sofa with a crunchy snack and an entertaining movie is one of the best ways to spend a quiet Sunday evening. Along with my good friend, Tracey of Tracey Rapisardi Design, and we experimented with some popcorn, pretzels and chocolate to make a scrumptious spread for movie night.

Naked Popcorn

Popping pure white popcorn is the first step to snack time success.

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Melt a Ghirardelli White Chocolate Premium Baking Bar in the microwave or in a double boiler. Add some red food coloring until you have achieved your desired shade of pink. (A touch of blue will tone down the pink.)

Insert amusement here, and have a ball pouring the warm chocolate over your popcorn. For best results, using a light hand, drizzle slowly and cover as evenly as possible.

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Using a rubber spatula, mix the popcorn and pink chocolate until you have achieved semi-evenly covered goodness.

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Transfer the popcorn to a large white ceramic bowl…make sure it’s roomy enough for you to fit your whole hand in!

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Drizzle with remaining non-tinted chocolate.

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If you are in the mood for toothache sweet, sprinkle with Classic White Chocolate Baking Chips and white non-pareils.

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If you have chocolate left over, why not dip some pretzels? Salty vs. Sweet. Who do you think will win the tastebud war?

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Don’t forget to put your pajamas on before you snuggle up on the couch! Now that you’ve got your snacks together, head on over to Tracey Rapisardi Style to see how she arranged our Sunday evening surroundings.

A special kudos to the talented Tracey for her wonderful styling and photography.