Top 10 New Years Traditions

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Ring in the New Year with the most exciting traditions yet! Here are a few exciting New Year’s traditions you might want to try:

  • Visit Time’s Square – Each year one million people gather to watch the famous New Year’s Eve ball descends atop One Times Square. This is a must see to add to your bucket list to visit New Year’s Eve some year! This event is a farwell of the past year and a welcome of the new year.
  • Eat 12 grapes – In Spain, it’s a tradition eat 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight to celebrate the upcoming twelve months of the new year. You can make a wish for each grape you each for each month of the next year.
  • Burn the bad – Have a bonfire to burn all of the negativity from the past year. Make a list of any bad memories, habits, or anything you would like to forget. Then throw the list in the fire and get ready for a positive upcoming year!
  • Go to a casino – Aside from slot machines and cards, casinos often offer fun New Year’s Eve celebrations such as dinners, concerts, or comedians.
  • Find a local party – Many bars or clubs have special New Year’s parties. Find one close by and ring in the New Year in celebration!
  • Visit Las Vegas – Ring in the New Year in one of the most exciting cities in the nation! Whether you’re walking along the strip, in a casino or hotel, or ziplining across Freemont street, it’s guaranteed to be an adventure!
  • Mistletoe under the pillow – In Ireland, an old custom is for unmarried women to put mistletoe leaves under their pillow to hope for new love in this upcoming year.
  • Make a time capsule – Make a time capsule of the past year including event stubs, pictures, newspaper clippings, and anything exciting from the past year. Decide when you can open the time capsule again – whether that a year from now, five years, or even ten years! It’s fun to have the anticipation of looking back in the past!
  • Create yearly videos – Get out the camera and interview family members. By doing this each year, it’s a fun way to look back on the past year. These videos are especially fun with children in the household because you can see how they are truly growing up each year.
  • New Year’s Predictions – New Year’s Resolutions don’t usually last so instead make New Year’s Predictions! Predict what your family members, friends, and you accomplish in the next year. Take a look at your predictions next New Year’s Eve and see how many you got right!

Happy New Year’s Eve and have the best upcoming year yet! We’d love to hear about some of your favorite New Year’s traditions!

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Spooky Halloween Drinks

Halloween is always a fun time for children – dressing up, going trick or treating, and eating way too much candy, but who says Halloween is just for kids? With Halloween coming up, it’s a perfect time to make some fun holiday drinks because adults often have just as much fun celebrating Halloween. Whether it’s a Halloween party, going through a haunted house, or spending the evening with your family, the Halloween season can be a blast for the adults too! Halloween is the perfect time to concoct some spooktacular drinks for your guests!

  • Candy Corn Jell-O Shots – Add a Halloween twist to your typical Jell-O shots! The first step will be to make the first and last layer of the candy corn shot. Pour 1 cup of water into a small saucepan and pour two packets of unflavored gelatin into the water. Heat the water and gelatin over low heat and stir occasionally until the gelatin has dissolved. Remove from the heat and add ½ can of condensed milk to the mixture and stir then add ⅔ cups vanilla vodka. Cover and set aside half of mixture. Distribute the first half of the mixture into 20 shots, filling each no more than ⅓ full. Then put these in the refrigerator for half an hour or until firm.
  • After the first layer is firm, pour another 1 cup of water into your saucepan and add 1 packet of gelatin to the middle layer. Heat the water until gelatin dissolves and remove from heat then stir in the box of orange Jell-O until it is dissolved. Then you can add ⅓ cup of vanilla vodka and evenly distribute the orange layer on top of the white layer and refrigerate until chilled. After this layer is firm, grab the second half of the milk mixture and add a few drops of yellow food coloring. Distribute your yellow layer on top of the orange and put it back into the fridge until set. After all the layers are firm, you can serve these fun shots to your guests!
Ingredients
1 small box orange-flavored Jell-O (3oz)
3 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
7oz. sweetened condensed milk (1/2 of a 14 oz. can)
2 cups water
1 cup vanilla or cake vodka (add more if you like strong shots)
Yellow food coloring
20 shot glasses/cups
  • Caramel Apple Sangria – This fruity drink tastes so much like a caramel apple, but with a fun twist! Mix caramel vodka, sweet apple cider, and crisp pinot grigio. Serve it chilled over ice then add chopped apple to each individual glass.
Ingredients
1 750 ml bottle of pinot grigio (or your favorite mild white wine)
1 cup caramel flavored vodka
6 cups apple cider
2 medium apples, cored and chopped
  • Rumchata Pumpkin Pie Pudding Shots – Whisk together the milk, Rumchata, and instant pudding mix in a bowl until combined. Then add in cool whip slowly with a whisk. Scoop the pudding mixture into shot glasses or cups with lids. Freeze for two hours then they’re ready to enjoy!
Ingredients
1 small Pkg. pumpkin spice instant pudding
3/4 Cup Milk
3/4 Cup Rumchata
8oz tub Cool Whip
  • Frog in the blender – Add a twist to your typical vodka cranberry by adding a lime and giving it a whirl in the blender!
Ingredients
I cup of ice
2 oz. vodka
4 oz. cranberry juice
2 lime wheels
  • Black Devil Martini – Stir and strain the dark rum and dry vermouth into chilled martini glass rimmed with orange sugar, then garnish with black olives.
Ingredients
2 oz. dark rum
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
black olive
orange sugar

These are just a few of the fun Halloween alcoholic drinks. What’s your favorite spooky drink to serve during the Halloween season?

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An October Adventure to the Pumpkin Patch

As the leaves begin to change color along with the crisp autumn weather, many people love to go find the perfect pumpkin! A day full of wagon rides, corn mazes, and choosing the perfect pumpkin is a fun way to spend a fall October day!

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Check out a few exciting pumpkin patches around the world:

  • Roloff Farms (Hillsboro, OR) – This farm has been featured on TLC’s reality show, “Little People, Big World.” The farm is home to several unique structures that have become popular tour destinations during the fall. With pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, you’ll be sure to find the perfect one even giants, blue/pink pumpkins, and “Ghost” pumpkins! Don’t miss the food corner and be sure to grab some fresh kettle corn! There are also wagon tours, pony rides, face painting, and an adventure area for the kids.
  • Cool Patch Pumpkins (Dixon, CA) – Are you ready to visit the home of the World Record Corn Maze? Go explore the Cool Patch Pumpkins where you will find a pumpkin patch featuring edible and non-edible pumpkins, gourds, squash, and more. The Fun Zone is a fun time for all ages whether its the mini maze, corn bath, trikes, hay castle, hay ride, or pumpkin cannon!
  • Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express (Bryson City, NC) – The Peanuts characters have returned to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Pumpkin Patch! Don’t forget your costumes for this Halloween themed adventure! There will be a narration of Schulz’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” as the train travels to the pumpkin patch. Passengers will have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy! During the layover, some fun activities include: roasting marshmallows, coloring, getting temporary tattoos, trick or treating, jumping in the bouncy house, and going for hayrides! Each child will get to choose their own pumpkin from the Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. This is the perfect pumpkin patch trip for the young ones!

What’s your favorite fall tradition? Pumpkin patches and apple orchards are definitely top choices around the nation!

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Looking Back on State Fair Food

As many state fairs have recently come to a close, it’s fun to look back at some of the unique fair foods across the nation. State fairs are known for their unique food offerings especially deep fried food and food on a stick.

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Here are a few unique items at state fairs around the nation:

  • Spam sushi (Minnesota) – Grilled Spam, sushi rice, fried egg and wasabi are rolled in dried seaweed to create grilled Spam. The Spam Museum is in Austin, Minnesota, so this fair food ties well into the state’s Spam pride.
  • Spam curds (Minnesota) – The Minnesota State Fair has another unique Spam treat with Spam curds which are cubes of cheese-flavored Spam battered, deep-fried, and smothered in ranch dressing.
  • Fried Jelly beans (Massachusetts) – Jelly Belly beans are rolled in funnel cake batter and fried to create a unique sweet treat.
  • Alligator on a stick (Illinois) – This is a popular choice at the Illinois state fair. Alligator on a stick tastes like pork and has a similar texture to veal.
  • Deep Fried Scorpion (Arizona) – Scorpions are battered, fried, and served plain or dipped in chocolate.
  • Sautéed mealworms (Arizona) – Mealworms are cooked in olive oil, sautéed in garlic, and smothered in enough barbecue sauce to give a similar consistency to fried onions.
  • Fried Moon Pie (Texas) – This sugary treat includes a marshmallow and graham-cracker sandwich confection that’s deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  • Krispy Kreme Burgers (North Carolina) – A beef patty is sandwiched between two Krispy Kreme donuts with optional bacon and cheese to create a sweet and salty meal.
  • Hot Beef Sundae (Indiana) – A new type of sundae includes layered mashed potatoes, marinated beef, gravy, cheese, corn “sprinkles” and a cherry (tomato).
  • Deep fried butter (Texas) – You can even get some deep fried butter at the Texas state fair. Butter is battered and flash friend to create a warm biscuit with a buttery center.

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These are just a few of the unique food offerings at fairs around the nation this year. You can always find cheese curds, mini donuts, corn dogs, and the typical fair food, but it’s always fun to try something new.

Which fair food is your favorite and which unique fair food did you try this year?

8 Valentine’s Day Ideas that Both of You Will Appreciate

8 Valentine's Day Ideas

  1. Breakfast in Bed
    How often does anyone get to enjoy breakfast in bed? Not very often! But this is a great opportunity to impress him/her. Here are a few Valentine’s Breakfast ideas.
    Breakfast in Bed
  2. Surprise Him/Her with A Decorated Room!
    Surprises don’t have to be all out there, even small gestures, like decorating his/her room is as sweet as ever. And you don’t need to spend much on all the pink deco in the stores that you see, just make some yourself! Boost your imagination with these DIY Decor Ideas.
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  3. Make a Homemade Valentine’s Card
    Cards, flowers and chocolates hike up in prices over Valentine’s week. Although they are classic Valentine’s Day gifts, nothing shows how much you care more than a homemade card from the heart. Check out these simple card ideas to make beautiful cards with what you have at home.
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  4. Go for a Picnic
    Most people plan ahead for days and weeks for Valentines dinner, but most overlook lunch. Why not plan a picnic for lunch and be creative with your location choice! If it’s nice out, head to a park or to the zoo! If it’s rainy or too cold, you could even have a picnic indoors! Here are a few ideas for you if you need some inspiration for outdoor picnics or indoor picnics.
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  5. Spend the Afternoon Making Gifts for Each Other
    Instead of buying expensive presents for each other, how about spending the afternoon showing off your creativity and also getting to spend time with your significant other? It’ll be fun! Need some inspiration for crafty gifts? Click here.
    Make gifts for one another
  6. Cook a Wholesome Dinner Together
    It can be really difficult to get reservations for dinner on Valentine’s Day, and eating out can get pretty pricey too. This year, stay home and cook dinner together! That way, you both have more options and it’s a lot more fun than waiting for someone else to cook your food. Don’t cook very often? That’s okay! Check out this YouTube Playlist or this Recipe Menu for more ideas.
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  7. Take a Stroll Under the Stars
    Now that dinner is over, don’t go straight home; head outside for a walk under the pretty stars with your significant other! It’s good to walk a little after meals AND it’s definitely going to be a romantic time well spent together :)Take a stroll at night
  8. Send a Care Package
    In a long distance relationship or busy throughout some period on Valentine’s Day? Send over a care package to show them how much you love and miss them! You could pick & choose one from the options there are online OR you could make one on your own! Here are some Care Package ideas.
    Send a care package

That’s our list! You also need to check out this really cool Coke Valentine’s Vending Machine which only appears to couples :)

HAVE A WONDERFUL VALENTINES DAY :)

Happy Valentine's Day!