The 12 DVDs of Christmas

Baby it’s cold outside – don’t resist the siren call of those flannel reindeer pjs. Cozy up with our favorite holiday movies.

Elf


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An ungainly elf heads to the Big Apple to find his biological family. Or, Will Ferrell at his funniest in yellow tights and an overabundance of holiday cheer. So many quotes, so little time.

 

The Christmas Story

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It’s a classic. Only Scrooges haven’t seen it. Side note: Whodathunk leg lamps would become commonplace holiday décor?

 

You’ve Got Mail

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Spoiler Alert! Tom and Meg end up together in the end. Sawry. But this ode to love in the new digital era is adorably lighthearted and romantic.

 

Love Actually

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I had to go with the movie poster as the image for this one, because there are so many characters and vignettes that are completely fall-in-love worthy you can’t sum it up with just one scene. I think if pressed, I’d have to pick Liam Neeson and his adorable stepson. “C’mon dad. Let’s do it. Let’s go get the shit kicked out of us by love.” Cutest kid ever.

 

Scrooged

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It’s okay to admit it. You had a massive ‘90’s crush on Bill Murray that still lingers. We share your sentiment, and heart him the mostest in this holiday gem.

 

Gremlins

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Haven’t seen it? Hand over your 80’s card now, along with your sweat bands and your hair krimper.

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

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Got the weary dreary weather blues? Let a beautiful angel show you what life would be like had you never existed (hint: the world is better off with you!)

 

Batman Returns

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Random fact: What does Michelle Pfeiffer have in common with the star of Elf? When Will Farrell originally tried out for SNL, his monologue included no words. He came with a ball of yarn and played with it like a cat for the entirety of his audition. Probably not in Michelle Pfeiffer’s slinky ways, but we wouldn’t put it past him.

 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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Get all sentimental with the Griswolds’ yuletide classic. Make some eggnog, light a fire, and relish in the all-American semi-functional family.

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Little Cindy Loo Who melts the old miser’s heart, and ours. I would love to live in Who-ville, if only they had spiked egg nog happy hours.

 

The Polar Express

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A really cool choo choo, one big pajama party, and travel to exotic destinations. Sign me up.

 

Miracle on 34th Street

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I’ve never actually seen this one, but someone told me it will make even adults believe in the big man in the red suit. It’s at the top of my list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn Thanksgiving Leftovers into Brunch Heaven

We know youve got Thanksgiving dinner down pat, but what about the morning after? Turn T-Day leftovers into a delicious brunch, pleasing lingering house guests and extending the fruits of your labor. While others are freezing in line for a half priced toaster, you’ll be tucking into a holiday-worthy feast. Boom.

 

Turkey Hash with Sunny-Side-Up Eggs

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Turkey replaces corned beef in this healthy twist on a delish hash, perfect for large or small groups (and for large or small hangovers.)

 

 

Mashed Potato Cakes

From Sara Moulton of FoodNetwork.com

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Just when you thought a good thing couldn’t get any better, someone goes and fries it. Be still my beating heart.

 

Cranberry Sweet Potato Muffins Recipe

From Taste of Home

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I first these muffins in July, just cause they sounded so delicious. And they were. Being mid-summer, I popped open a can of cranberry sauce and added that instead of the real stuff, but no one complained. Their mouths were too full. The moistness of these is unrivalled, and like most baked goods, they freeze beautifully.

 

Pear Bellinis

From Food and Style

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Ok, so you might not have leftover pears and pear juice… But it’s worth stocking up pre-Thanksgiving so you can pretend you’re just cleaning out the fridge. Really we should all start every day with one of these, but since we’re responsible, mature citizens, we’ll limit ourselves to special occasions.

 

 

Thanksgivukkah 2013: Gobble Tov

Oy! 2013 brings a crazy mashup of two distinct holidays: Chanukah and Thanksgiving. Not since November 29, 1888 have the two collided (Whoa!) and they won’t again for several thousand (yep, thousand) years.

Despite a small minority of Thanksgivukkah scrooges (Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert angrily protested, “Pretty soon school kids will think Thanksgiving started when the Wampanoags sat down with the Maccabees and the yams lasted for eight nights”) chefs and family cooks across the land are excited for delicious recipes that celebrate both traditions.

 

Wanna add a Chanukkah flair to your Thanksgiving table? We’ve rounded up the best ideas from the web to help you create a once in a millenia-worthy feast.

 

Sweet Potato Latkes with Sour Cream and Cranberry Sauce

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Martha Stewart’s at it again, this time combining seasonal harvest flavors with a traditional Hebrew twist. Add even more Thanksgiving flavor with a cranberry compote instead of applesauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challah Slow Cooker Stuffing

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The Shiksa in the Kitchen fills her home with the aromatic, herby smell of ridiculous goodness via her Challah Slow Cooker Stuffing. As she states, “When cubed and toasted, this eggy bread becomes the perfect sponge for savory chicken broth and herbs.”

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Tsimmes

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Accompany heavier holiday dishes with a simple, yet delicious, roast of brussel sprouts, carrots, persimmon, pumpkin and more, brought to you by Jennie Schacht of Fork and Swoon

 

 

 

 

 

Maneschewitz-Brined Roast Turkey

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The BuzzFeed thought up this ingenious holiday mashup recipe that puts a Chanukkah flair on the star of the Thanksgiving table: the turkey. The sweetness from the Maneschewitz offers the perfect replacement for the traditional addition of granulated sugar in most brines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horseradish and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

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Tyler Florence whips up this Thanksgiving staple with the classic Chanukkah flavors of horseradish and chives.  Pass the gravy, please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Cranberry Cake with Gelt Glaze

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Finish your feast with What Jew Wanna Eat’s delicious Star of David shaped Chocolate Cranberry Cake with Gelt Glaze,  a rich, tart chocolate dessert too delicious to only eat once a century.

Support Our Vets

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Veteran’s Day isn’t just about great sales. How can you say thanks to the veterans in your community? We rounded up five simple ways to pay tribute to our nation’s heroes.

 

  1. Wear a yellow ribbon to show support for both veteran and active duty service members.
  2. Organize a care-package packing party. Check out these tips and ideas for putting together a great care package. You can contact the USO or Blue Star Moms to identify troops in need.
  3. Check this online map to find the veterans’ hospital nearest you. Visiting elderly or injured veterans will leave you with fascinating stories, plus you’ll likely make someone’s day.
  4. Show your gratitude, trust, and patriotism by supporting veteran businesses. Find nearby examples at www.buyveteran.com.
  5. Just say thanks. Anytime you see someone in uniform, take a moment to express your gratitude. After all, they’re putting their life on the line for yours.

 

Fall Back is Here!

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Why do we fall back? Daylight Savings Time helps us save energy year round. The practice was implemented across the nation during the 1970s energy crisis. What does it mean for you? Evenings will have more daylight and the morning sun will have a little more of a lie-in.

Enjoy your “extra” hour this Sunday. Stay out a little later at your Saturday night Halloween party. Unless you have toddlers. They don’t get the memo.

Top 10 Halloween Costumes of 2013

Once again, 2013 celebs, movies, and politicians gave us more than enough fodder for fun, topical Halloween costumes. We rounded up the ten you’re most likely to see at any party this year.

10. The Most Interesting Man in the World

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9. Kanye and Kim (and a compass)


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8. Gatsby flappers
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7. Breaking Bad Toxic Suit

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6. Daenerys Targaryen

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5. Duck Dynasty stars

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4. Despicable Me minions

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3. Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Royal Baby Prince George

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2. Miley Cyrus Twerk or Treat

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1. The Fox from “What Does the Fox Say?”

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Perfect Pumpkins – Send Us Yours!

For your Pumpk-inspiration, look no further than the World Wide Web! We’ve rounded up some of best of the best, both easy to implement and sure to impress. Grab a gourd, seize your saw, and wow your block.

Have a pumpkin you’re especially proud of? Send us your creations and we’ll feature the best on our blog!

 

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Handy with the ginsu knives? All it takes is a paring knife or wood gouge to create these beautiful, floral-inspired porch ornaments.

 

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Not all pumpkins need a knife. They needn’t even be orange, as Project Queen’s ode to Breast Cancer Awareness indicates. Honor a loved one with this perfectly pink tribute.

 

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Snag a fancy look with Martha’s collection of free downloadable templates.

 

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The wicked witch is back, along with some striped stockings and hemstitched bows. Find more pumpkins with personality at Just Ask Jill.

 

 

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Mom 4 Real thought of a clever way to divulge their family’s new addition, perfect for gender reveals too!

 

Have a pumpkin you’re especially proud of? Send us your creations and we’ll feature the best on our blog!

How To Throw a Throwdown Tailgate

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The American Tailgater, a flourishing breed of barrel-chested, red-blooded, high-fiving homo sapiens, known to emerge from hibernation each August with great fanfare, only to sink back into quietude in early January.

You’re all grown up now, with (somewhat) cultivated tastes, bills to pay, maybe even a kid or two. Your tailgate’s matured too, from the keg guzzling, hot dog chompfest to a sophisticated gathering of seasoned ‘gaters (don’t worry, you can still break out your funnel.)

Here’s three easy tips to make your tailgate the envy of the lot.

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Team colors are a must. How else will you be able to tell your true friends from your enemies? If you want to really go all out, check out the DIY-friendly inspiration st Amy’s Party blog.

Game Day Grub

Burgers, dogs, brats, dips and chips are football staples, but each can be done to gastronomical new heights. Wake up taste buds with Food Network’s gourmet twists on game day faves. There’s a place for fancy schmancy cocktails, and it’s not at a tailgate. Stick to beer, but offer guests a wide variety to keep it interesting. Men’s Fitness online rounded up their favorite eight fall microbrews to liven the party.

Park It

Turn lot into home with all the frills. Make sure you include napkins, coozies, a tent, cups, trash bags, utensils, chairs and tables, coolers, and a tv or radio in your supplies. This is your opportunity to make a one-of-a-kind, pop-up mancave. Don’t disappoint your fans.

Make This And Your Kiddo Will Ask For More… And More!

Veggies2-210x300The best practices of eating with your children, offering a variety of healthy foods, curbing excess snacking, avoiding calorie-laden drinks, cooking together, and planning and scheduling meals are the best guidelines for helping your kiddo learn to love food.
 
With that in mind, it’s also important to make food taste, well, great! Especially when your audience is convinced Goldfish are a food pyramid category. We rounded up five delicious recipes from our favorite family food websites.
 
Happy cooking!

 

Chicken Fingers (Great with fish too!)

From Weelicious.com
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon leaves
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, separated
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 pound chicken cutlets (4 cutlets)

Directions

1. In a shallow dish, stir together the mustard, tarragon, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

2. Place the panko in a separate shallow dish.

3. Dip the chicken cutlets in the mustard sauce to coat well and let excess drip off. Then press the chicken cutlets in the panko breadcrumbs to thoroughly coat.

4. In a large sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Cook the cutlets until browned and cooked through, Turning once, about 6-8 minutes total (3-4 minutes per side). Add more oil if necessary to cook all cutlets.

 

Sweet Potato Pancakes

From Yours Truly

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Pancakes are a kid’s natural favorite, but my two year old grows like a weed, and needs more than a pan fried floury mix to keep him chugging along happily all morning. An easy solution? Add mashed sweet potato to your Aunt Jemima Whole Wheat blend mix, and voila, these pancakes are sure to stick to his ribs. For a really fast version, just stick a sweet potato in the ‘wave or toaster oven until done, then scoop out and mash the insides with a fork. Yum-yum!

Basil Pesto

From 100 Days of Real Food

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Ingredients

      • 1 loosely packed cup of fresh basil leaves removed from stem
      • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
      • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
      • 1 whole clove of fresh garlic
      • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small food processor or mini chopper. Process until all ingredients are blended together. Leftover pesto can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to one week. In addition to the salad above, pesto can also be used as a pasta sauce or topping for crackers (with or without a slice of cheese).

 

 Chicken Tikka Masala

From Annabel Karmel.com

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Ingredients:

For the marinade

        • 6 tbsp natural yoghurt
        • ½ tsp grated ginger
        • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
        • ½ tsp mild curry powder
        • 2 chicken breasts (approx 300g) cut into 2 cm (1 inch cubes)

Sauce

        • 15g butter
        • 1 medium onion chopped (100g)
        • 1 tsp garam masala
        • ¼ tsp ground coriander
        • ¼ tsp fresh grated ginger
        • 1 tbsp tomato puree
        • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
        • 200ml chicken stock
        • 1 tbsp clear honey
        • 150 ml double cream
        • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions

  1. For the marinade, mix together the yoghurt, ginger, garlic and curry powder. Add the chicken and mix to coat. Cover and put in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
  2. To make the sauce, melt the butter and sauté the onion for 5 minutes. Add the garam masala, coriander and ginger and sauté for 5 more minutes until the onion is soft and the spices are fragrant
  3. Add the tomato puree, tomatoes, stock, honey and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the cream and simmer for 10 more minutes until thick.
  5. Line a baking tray with foil and arrange the marinated chicken cubes on it. Grill under a preheated grill for 8 to 10 minutes, turning halfway, until cooked through.
  6. Add cooked chicken and lemon juice to the sauce. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. Serve with boiled rice, naan or poppadums.

 

Eda-Mommy Spread

From RealSimple.com

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Ingredients

Directions

    1. Cook the edamame according to the package directions.
    2. Puree the edamame, avocado, basil, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, ¼ cup water, and ½ teaspoon salt in a food processor until smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Serve with crostini or vegetables. Store the dip in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

A Heart-To-Heart with The Bert Show’s Newest Starlet

bert_showWe sat down with one of the hottest up-and-comers on the radio scene, Kristin Klingshirn of “The Bert Show”, a multi-award winning morning show from Atlanta’s Q100, now syndicated in Nashville, Washington D.C., Indianapolis, Birmingham, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lubbock, Texas, Amarillo, Texas, and Brunswick, Georgia. We found out what just makes Kristin tick (and what she really thinks about those early wake-up-calls!) You can find out more about her and all the members of The Bert Show at TheBertShow.com.

Welcome! Give us the 411 on Kristin.

I’ve been in Atlanta for almost 2 years.  I’m originally from Lexington, Kentucky.  I’ve been in radio for 10 years and have worked in Lexington, Cincinnati, Raleigh, and now Atlanta is my home.  I hope to be here for awhile.  I love this city and love the show I’m on.

It’s Sunday FunDay. What are you most likely doing?

Sleeping!  I’m sleep deprived during the week, so I catch up on the weekends.  If I’m not sleeping I’m enjoying quality time with my boyfriend or I might be working a Braves game as this season I’m the Atlanta Braves Pre-Game Host.

What’s the best deal you’ve ever bought on SweetJack?

I just scored a pretty sweet deal on Hot Yoga.  I’ve always been curious, and this deal was too good to pass up.

What’s your favorite thing about being a radio personality?

Laughing.  I get paid to hang out with my friends and have a good time. It doesn’t get much better than that. And the highlight of my year is definitely Bert’s Big Adventure. Thanks to The Bert Show, I get to meet the most inspirational kids and families.

What’s your least favorite thing about being a radio personality?

Setting the alarm for 4:15 am.  I’m not a morning person, which makes zero sense considering what I do for a living.

What object or person could you not live without and why?

Object, I’d have to go with my iPhone.  I have mini panic attacks when I can’t find it.  As far as person, there’s no way possible I could narrow it down to just one.  I have an incredibly supportive family, and my boyfriend is quite possibly the most understanding man I’ve ever met.

What’s the best movie you’ve seen or book you’ve read this year?

Nothing worth mentioning, but I am putting all my money on Anchorman 2 coming out in December. I may have set my expectations unreasonably high for this one.

To hear the award-winning Bert Show from anywhere, check out their streamlined audio on www.iheartradio.com