Bringing In the Holidays Right

Thanksgivings is over and now is the time we all prepare for Christmas. What better way is there to bring in the New Year, than to bring it in with a buzz? Here are my top six Christmas inspired drinks to help you make your Christmas merry.

1)Santa’s Sleigh Cocktail:

 

For all of the eggnog lovers this is the drink for you.

 

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White sugar crystals, preferably coarse

2 cups store-bought eggnog, chilled

1/2 cup brandy

1/2 cup amaretto liqueur

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

4 cinnamon sticks

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/santas-sleigh-cocktail-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

2) Candy Cane Cocktail:

Instead of decorating your tree with candy canes, decorate your drink with them. If you are a fan of mint, this is your drink.

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1 shot vanilla rum

1 shot white chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva)

1 shot peppermint schnapps

Candy cane, garnish

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/candy-cane-cocktail-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

3) Rudolph’s Cranberry Antlers Cocktail:

For those cocktail connoisseurs out there, the Rudolph Cranberry Antlers Cocktail is a match made in heaven. With a sweet and savory twist, it is sure to elevate your palette.

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5 cranberries

3 sprigs fresh rosemary

3/4 ounce maple syrup

2 ounces gin

3/4 ounce cranberry juice

3/4 ounce sweet vermouth

Splash Champagne

1 marshmallow

2 cloves

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/geoffrey-zakarian/rudolphs-cranberry-antlers-cocktail.html?oc=linkback

 

4) Christmas in a Glass:

For those of you who love a great buzz but your bartending skills definitely aren’t up to par, this drink is your best choice. It’s so simple to make, but you get such a big taste.

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1 bottle Prosecco, or other sparkling dry white wine, well chilled

1 bottle gingerbread flavored syrup (or cranberry flavored syrup)

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/nigella-lawson/christmas-in-a-glass-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

5) Frosty Cocktail:

Frosty has come to town. For those who prefer a blended cocktail, this is the perfect choice.

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1 shot vodka (recommended: Blue Ice)

1 shot blue fruit- and cognac- liqueur (recommended: Envy)

1/2 shot orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Cointreau)

1 cup ice cubes

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/frosty-cocktail-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

6) Poinsettia Cocktail:

For an elegant drink there is no better choice.

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1/4 cup vodka

1/4 cup Champagne

1/2 cup cranberry juice

Crushed ice

2 strips orange zest, each about 1/4-inch wide and 2 inches long

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/poinsettia-cocktail.html?oc=linkback

 

 

Season’s Eating

The holidays are here and so are the fabulous holiday dinners. Sadly, along with the holiday dinners comes the holiday weight. The problem is we want to enjoy our holiday ham without ending up looking like one. I have put together the perfect solution to enjoy a holiday feast without in taking so many calories that come along with it. Below I have laid out a low calorie 5 course meal (complete with beverage)  for you and your family to enjoy. These items are under 330 calories; whereas, most of holiday dishes can be more than 500 calories easily!

The Appetizer:

Eggplant Ricotta Bites (243 Calories)

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1 medium eggplant

Kosher salt

All-purpose flour, for dredging

2 large eggs

3/4 cup breadcrumbs

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra- virgin olive oil, plus more as needed

2 large plum tomatoes, diced

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1 cup ricotta cheese

Shredded fresh basil, for topping

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/eggplant-ricotta-bites-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

The Entre:

Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin(323 Calories)

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5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

4 slices bacon, chopped

8 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon breadcrumbs

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 pork tenderloins (2 to 2 1/2 pounds total), trimmed

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/mushroom-stuffed-pork-tenderloin-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

The Side of Vegetables:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pomegranate and Hazelnuts (295 Calories)

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1 1/4 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

2 tablespoons canola oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

Seeds from 1 pomegranate

1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts

Finely grated zest of 1 lime

1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/roasted-brussels-sprouts-with-pomegranate-and-hazelnuts-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

The Side of Starch:

Curried Sweet Potato Puree (178 Calories)

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4 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 3/4 pounds)

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

4 thin slices peeled fresh ginger

Kosher salt

1/2 lime

Toasted sliced almonds, for garnish, optional

Chopped cilantro, for garnish, optional

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/curried-sweet-potato-puree-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

The Dessert:

Low-Fat Chocolate Pudding (228 Calories)

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1/3 cup agave nectar or packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Pinch of salt

2 12 -ounce cans fat-free evaporated milk

2 large egg whites, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons white chocolate chips

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips, plus more for topping

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/low-fat-chocolate-pudding-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

The Beverage:

Low-Fat Eggnog (90 Calories)

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2 cups nonfat milk

2 large strips orange and/or lemon zest

1 vanilla bean

2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cornstarch

White rum or bourbon (optional)

Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

 

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/low-fat-eggnog-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

Fall Fashion Must Haves

The cold has finally started to onset in Louisville. The highs are in the 60s and the lows have been in the 30s. Now is the time to put away your flip flops and tank tops. While you tuck away your short shorts you need to take the time to read my top articles of clothing to get you through this fall in style.

1) The Leather Jacket


Every girl needs a leather jacket. I my is the perfect staple item to bring any look together. Leather jackets are a timeless article of clothing. They are also unisex and can be quite feminine or masculine. The basic black leather jacket is perfect for a classic look, but if you prefer something with a little more edge try a red leather jacket for that extra pow..

2) Knee/Thigh High Boots


Ok girls, now is the time we have all been waiting for- boot seasons. Ankle boots and booties are nice, but to really put some ump in your look get yourself a pair of thigh highs! For those of us who love to wear dresses, but fear the cold, will become best friends with these boots. The thigh high boot indeed comes up to the thigh, which will protect these body parts from the cold. Thigh high boots are the perfect tool for fall showcase your sexuality.

3) UGGS


You can never go wrong with UGGS. Some days you just don’t want to dress up or wear high heels. UGGS are some of the most comfortable, stylish shoes on the market. They are the perfect way to dress up a dressed down look. UGGS bring a touch of Lux to any outfit- even sweats!

4) Wool Leggings


Wool leggings are a big necessity. They keep you warm and are very comfortable. These leggings can be worn under clothing –such as shorts or dresses- which can enhance your outfit. Wool leggings can also be worn as pants without the fear of your undergarments showing through like thinner leggings. These leggings hug your body in the right places and compliment bottoms of all sorts.

Tasty Cakes

This Summer there has been a lot of businesses popping up over Germantown in Louisville, Ky. Primarily they have been a lot of businesses opening up on Goss Ave. One business in particular sticks out among the rest. JB Cakes is a quaint little cake shop located on 1101 Goss Ave.Louisville, KY 40217.

JB Cakes sells a variety of baked goods, but their most well know for their cupcakes.

The process starts by choosing a flavor of cupcake that vary in flavors from peanut butter to Oreo and from peach to apple pie.


Next you pick the icing flavor you want to top your tasty little cake. You can choice from cream cheese to whip cream icings, and flavors of white chocolate, peanuts butter, caramel, etc…


Lastly you pics your toppings. You can decorate your pastry with syrups of chocolate, strawberry, and even raspberry. Other toppings you can drizzle on top of your cupcake consists of shredded coconut, brown sugar, chocolate sprinkles, marshmallows, etc.

Cupcakes

REGULAR SIZED

Individually$2

One dozen (or more)$1.75ea or $21/dz

Two dozen (or more)$1.50ea or $36/2dz

MINI SIZED

Individually$9/dz

CUPCAKE EXTRAS*

Iced toppers$0.20/ea

Fondant toppers$0.45/ea

Fruit toppers$.025/ea
Bakery Treats

Gooey Bars$2.25

Iced Brownies$2.25

Rice Crisp Bars$1.75

Chocolate Chip Cookies$1.25

Seasonal Royal Iced Cookies $2.75

Hours of Operation

Mon & Tue : CLOSED

Wed – Sat : 10am-10pm

Sun : 12pm-6pm

Little House of Horror

Come one come all, before time runs out! If you haven’t been to a haunted house yet now is the time to go before it’s too late.

I’m going to share with you my top 5 haunted houses in Louisville that you really need to check out- if you have the guts, that is.

 

  • 1) Waverly Hills Sanatorium Haunted House

Each year, one of the SCARIEST places on earth opens its doors for their haunted house fundraiser. Waverly Hills a place like no other you have ever experienced. Simply standing outside the building is terrifying in itself. Then, you make your way inside through the labyrinth of corridors surrounded by the spirits of those that haunt the halls of Waverly. To add to that, they host their annual fundraiser haunted house that you can experience a haunted attraction within the confines of fear itself. All proceeds from the haunt are utilized for the restoration of this incredible building.

The VIP ticket includes a 30 minute Mini Tour of the upper floors of the building where you will learn the history of Waverly Hills, experience the paranormal and then be dropped into our Haunted House skipping the wait outside.

Location: 4400 Paralee Ln, Louisville, KY

Dates: Fri & Sat, Sept 23 – Oct 29, 2016

Price: $20, Parking $5, VIP $60

 

  • 2) The Devil’s Attic

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The Devil’s Attic haunted house is becoming a beacon of fear in the Louisville area. As the story goes, since the dawn of time the Devil has been collecting evil souls….souls that have brought terror to us all. The Attic is where he has chosen to keep them locked away for centuries. They have been waiting…..waiting to unleash their hellish fury! Go prepared to face pure evil as they welcome you……to The Devils Attic!

 

The Devils Attic haunted house is a collection of the true elements that make up many classic horror films. They have taken these elements and integrated them into a VERY interactive and detailed environment within the walls of this haunted attraction. Within the realms of The Devils Attic you will encounter many of your childhood demons as well as a slight horrific twist on some of the classic monsters of Hallows Eve. The result of many years of planning and passion is sure to frighten even the bravest of souls.

Location: 647 West Hill St Louisville, KY

Dates: Sept 16 – Oct 31, 2016

Price: $20

 

  • 3) Nightmare Forest Hauntpark

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The legendary Nightmare Forest Haunt Park is a haunted attraction park in Louisville that is known for miles around. Nightmare Forest haunted event is known for bringing the movies to life and they have always lived up to that motto. It has featured such movies at Halloween, Jurassic Park, Alien, and much more. This year it features Halloween, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the Conjuring and many more! It is a haunt to be feared and Nightmare Forest has returned to Otter Creek Park with a vengeance. However, not only do you get one frightening trail, you also get the Trail of Terror, Dead End Hotel, Nightmare Harvest and Hawthorne’s Circus Bizarre! It is an ENORMOUS Haunt Park with 5 attractions in 1 location for 1 price!

Location: Otter Creek Park near Fort Knox

Dates: Sept 16 – Oct 29, 2016

Price: $20 for 5 attractions

 

  • 4) Haunted Hotel

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The Haunted Hotel is celebrating 26 Years of continuous terror in 2016! Starting out with an elevator that takes you on a nightmarish ride to the 13th floor for an encounter with Gustav, the creepiest elevator operator on Earth. The Haunted Hotel is known for its extreme scares, blood curdling effects, and gruesome scenery. Definitely one of the goriest haunts in the Ville and one of the top haunted houses in the city. This year, the Haunted Hotel crew has been busy tearing down and completely renovating most of the exterior scenes of the haunt to give guests something special new for 2016!

Location: 3000 S Fourth St Louisville, KY

Dates: Sept 2 – Oct 31, 2016

Price: $25, VIP $35

 

  • 5) The 7th Street Haunt

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The 7th Street Haunt is an award winning haunted attraction and one of the BIGGEST haunted houses in Kentucky. With its old school approach to scaring, the 7th Street Haunt is revitalizing what it truly means to be frightened. It features 2 different haunted houses under 1 roof. You can experience the “old school” thrills of Ft Harmony’s Revenge and the “high tech” props and animatronic chills of The Experiment. Your ticket grants you access to one of these haunted houses. During your visit, you can upgrade to include both haunts!

Location: 2900 S. 7th Street Rd Louisville, KY

Dates: Sept 9 – Oct 30, 2016

Price: $20

 

“Intoxicating” Fall Drinks

Tis the season to drink plenty! Fall is here and so are all of its trends. However, the trend of all trends is the beverage trend- no I’m not talking about pumpkin spice lattes, sorry. I am taking about the 21 and up drinks- COCKTAILS!

Seasonal cocktails are a must to keep in your repertoire- especially when having guest. Not only are these drinks delectable, they are low in calories. There are 140 calories in a single can of Coke (12 Oz.) with 39g of sugars total, while most seasonal cocktails range from 90 to 130 calories.

The following are five must-try seasonal cocktails pertaining to the fall:

 

CHAI TODDY

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One part chai tea concentrate
One part whole milk
1 star anise
1 oz. cognac/brandy
1 oz. DeKuyper Buttershots liqueur or butterscotch schnapps
1/2 graham cracker, crushed and powdered

Pumpkin Pie Martini

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1/2 oz. Stoli Vanilla (optional to give it kick)
1 oz. Pumpkin Spice liqueur (such as Hiram Walker)
1/2 oz. Kahlua
1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 oz. half-and-half
Crushed graham crackers
Cinnamon stick (garnish)

Cranberry Kir Royale

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2 cups frozen cranberries, plus 1/2 cup for garnish
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 bottle Champagne
 

For you beer lovers:

Star Anise and Cinnamon Beer

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1 cup sugar

1 cup water

4 star anise pods

4 cinnamon sticks

3 (12-ounce) bottles lager beer, chilled (recommended: Heineken)

 

Get the party started with Holiday Party Punch

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4 cups cranberry juice
1 bottle sparkling cider
1 liter ginger ale
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 2 lemons
12 ounces vodka, optional
1 orange, sliced

All of the recipes were taken from –and can be found on- foodnetwork.com

California Swag Comes to Louisville

What’s New in the NuLu area? The new clothing store 43industries. It is located on 811 east market street Louisville, Ky. The co-owners, Philip Garber and Adam Sharp, are working on rebranding the building to have a simple boutique style yet industrial.

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Mr. Garber says they are “opening it because Louisville needs it. Because, if any person -in the downtown or highlands area- wants to buy California style, hip clothing and it’s not a boutique style women’s stuff you have to go the St. Matthews Mall. So we want somewhere cool for people to go to.”

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They will cater to both men and women and even kids. They will be selling sun glasses, hats, jeans, sweatshirts, t-shirts, skateboards, snow boards, longboards, necklaces, and earrings.

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They will also be collaborating with local people. So if a local person makes jewelry they will pick out some stuff and work with them to help make profit for them both.

For those off you looking for employment, be on the lookout. Since they are freshly starting their business, they will be working a lot of the hours, but they plan to have someone fill in hourly to help out. They want rad, cool people that are extroverted and outgoing people who love to smile and help people.

They grand opening is mid-November, but until then you can check them out at 43industries.com.

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In the future Mr. Garber hopes to have multiple store locations in Louisville.