Tasty Cocktails For the Holidays

Thanksgiving is just days away and Christmas is only about one month away. What better way to celebrate the holidays than with some seasonal cocktails? From pumpkin martinis to a cocktail made with fig, you will be able to find a drink for everyone’s taste! Just remember to drink responsibly.Martini

Are you a martini lover? Mix together some vanilla vodka, pumpkin schnapps, a dash of cream and a little bit of nutmeg with some cinnamon along the rim and you have a yummy pumpkin pie martini. You can also make the consistency different if you would like by messing around with the ingredients and some ice and a blender. If you are more in the mood for apple pie, grab some butterscotch schnapps and green apple vodka. Mix the two in a shaker and pour over ice. You can decorate the glass with some caramel syrup and enjoy.

Remember those Red Hot candies? Well there is a cocktail that tastes just like those. The Gold & Spicy cocktail is delicious and full of alcohol. So you have to take your time with this drink and don’t drink too much because it is made with basically just tequila and Goldschlager.

Looking for a cocktail made with fig? Try a Fig and Bourbon Fizz. You will need to have some fig fruit spread, any bourbon of your choice and vanilla cream soda. Mix an ounce of the spread with 4 ounces cream soda and 1½ ounces of bourbon with ice. Make sure you really mix it so the fruit spread separates and goes well with the liquids.

Flaming Pumpkin

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For a cocktail to steal the show, the flaming pumpkin drink will for sure be a hit. Mix 1/3 ounce of Bailey’s Irish Cream with 1/3 ounce of Goldschlager and 1/3 ounce of Kahlua. Make sure to stir then light on fire and enjoy! It is like a Thanksgiving version of a flaming Dr. Pepper!

If you want a break from the cocktails and want to indulge in a shot, try a Pumpkin Bomb. Choose your favorite pumpkin beer and pour it in a pint glass. Mix ¾ of Pinnacle Whipped with ¼ of Goldschlager in a shot glass. Drop the shot glass in the glass of beer and chug away. They really taste like pumpkin pie and they are a lot of fun to drink.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Sports Fans

It is that time of year again. Christmas is about one month away and that means you better start your shopping now. You never want to wait until the last minute because then you might not be able to find the right gift.

We all know a sports fan and they are actually the easiest person to shop for. Every sports fan wants a gift representing their team like a jersey or some type of apparel or accessories. Or you could go for the ultimate gift, tickets to a sporting event.

Jersey

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In case you are having problems coming up with ideas for your sports fanatic, check out these great ideas that every sports fan will love.

Stylish Apparel
What Arizona Cardinals fan doesn’t want to sport a Larry Fitzgerald jersey? Or what Miami Heat lover doesn’t want to wear a cool Heat shirt? No matter whom you are buying for, you will be able to find some type of apparel with their favorite sports team. For guys, you can always get them a team t-shirt, a jersey of their favorite player, a cool sweatshirt with their favorite sports team logo or even gym shorts with their team’s logo. If you are shopping for a woman, they have really cute feminine shirts in every sports team and also very nice fitting sweatshirts. You can also find comfy fuzzy socks that every woman would love to keep their feet warm.

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Fun Accessories
There are so many different types of accessories for every sports team that it is actually pretty crazy. They have steering wheel covers in pretty much every team, trash cans, pillows, wall clocks, calendars, mugs, key chains, the list just goes on. They even have cell phone covers in teams like Notre Dame, USC and more. If you are shopping for a man, you can get a New England Patriots mug or a Kansas City Royal’s trash can. They also have some really neat team beanies and blankets. If you want to get a woman a gift, they have key chains with sparkly gems in teams like ASU, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Yankees. Or you can get a cute Oakland Raiders necklace or a Green Bay Packers bracelet. There really is something for everyone and their favorite team.

Sporting Event
Of course if you can, then definitely get your sports fan tickets to a sporting event. You don’t have to worry about not being able to get tickets now, you can always make a coupon or voucher saying that you will get tickets for a certain game or for a game of their choice. There are a few different ways you can do something this. Or you can always get basketball tickets for this season or if you are lucky, land some last minute football tickets. It is really up to you on how to do it, just make sure to go big if you are going to all that trouble.

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The Best Pubs Around London

Over the last several years, London has hosted a handful on NFL games. Now London has a pretty big fan base, but it is also the spot where rugby and cricket started plus it has been called the unofficial home of soccer. So it is no surprise that London is home to some of the greatest sports pubs in the world. These pubs are the best spot to grab some drinks and watch your favorite sporting event.

The Alexandra

The Alexandra has been serving great food for over 150 years and it still has that rustic charm. Over the years, the pub has earned itself the title of being the best spot to watch sports while throwing back a few cold ones. It happens to be a pretty tiny pub, but the atmosphere is awesome and the food is delicious. The pub is made of dark wood and red brick and it has a large selection of televisions.

Euston Flyer

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Euston Flyer is a traditional English pub and is a very popular spot for city workers since it is so close to two train stations. But it is also a terrific place for fans to come to check out a game and eat the pub’s tasty fish and chips. The pub is complete with large television screens throughout the place so every seat has a great view. Plus, they also offer free Wi-Fi.

The Temperance

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If you are looking to watch every type of sport like soccer, rugby, golf and the grand prix, then The Temperance is the place to be. It pretty large and every week the pub puts out a viewing schedule on their website of upcoming sporting events that they are airing that week. They also cook up great food that is always made with fresh ingredients.

Elk Bar

Elk Bar

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Elk Bar is every meat lover’s dream offering seven different burgers on their menu along with three different types of chicken, three different versions of wings and much more. The pub also has one of the best varieties of craft beer on tap and also a wide variety of cocktails including their mouthwatering mojitos. The place is complete with giant televisions that play a variety of sports like rugby, soccer, cricket, tennis and more. They also have a cool HD projector and a 3D screen to really enhance your viewing.

A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

It is hard to think that Thanksgiving is next week. That means it is time to start preparing your Thanksgiving dinner menu. If you are looking for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, these foods are exactly what you will need!

Of course your main dish needs to be turkey. There are several different ways you can prepare it like cooking it the oven or even deep-frying it. Either way, just make sure that it is juicy and delicious. Stuffing is also another must have to compliment the turkey.

The sides are just as important as the turkey. You can’t go wrong with a ton of mashed potatoes and homemade gravy. Add salt and pepper to them with some butter and they will be a big hit. Staying with potatoes, you also have to have sweet potatoes. My favorite is sweet potato casserole, which is complete with walnuts, marshmallows and plenty of brown sugar and butter.

Another perfect casserole for Thanksgiving is green bean casserole. Just don’t forget the seasoning of your choice, fried onions and lots of cream. Cranberry sauce, if made right, is also a really tasty side to have.

I always have a glass of water to wash down my meal, but I also like to pair it with my favorite wine. I have had cranberry wine before that was really good and is ideal on Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to have some fresh baked delicious rolls to go along with everything too!

Pumpkin Pie

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And who could forget quite possibly the best part? Dessert! I always enjoy a variety of pies and that might be a lot for one person to bake, so ask guests to bring their own favorite pie to share with everyone. You must always make sure to have at least apple pie, pecan pie and pumpkin pie.

What does your Thanksgiving menu look like this year?

Rousey Finally Gets Knocked Out

The UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title took place this weekend in Australia and the end results were quite surprising. Ronda Rousey has taken the fight world by storm and the defending champion was hoping to keep her undefeated record, but Holly Holm had other plans for Rousey.

Holly Holm took on Rousey during the fight and surprisingly won. Rousey is known to kickass every time she enters the octagon, but this wasn’t her best fight. On the other hand, Holm is also an impressive MMA fighter, but hasn’t been too good when it comes to UFC. But this weekend was different as she finally handed Rousey her first lost.

Rousey

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Starting off the fight Rousey came in with a lot of punches, but Holm gave her a bloody nose and a pretty hard hit to the jaw. Holm went in and just started pounding on Rousey, but Rousey still was able to get a nice hook in. Both fighters really showed how tough they were in the first round and just kept fighting hard.

But Holm ended up delivering a head kick and knocked out Rousey in the second round. It was really awesome to see Holm take down Rousey and I am glad it was her because she proved she is a really great fighter and really has a lot of class.

Holm

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Some could say Rousey deserved it after she rudely refused to touch gloves with her opponent at the beginning of the match. I don’t think a lot of people saw it coming, but it is pretty crazy that after all of the shit Rousey talked this year, she ends up getting knocked on her ass. I do feel a rematch coming in the next year though…

Suffering From an Arm Injury? These Workouts are Safe!

Arm InjuryWe did a post not long ago about workouts that were safe to do when you have a leg injury. As humans, we tend to favor some parts of our body, so when we have an injury, this gives us an opportunity to focus on parts of the body that we aren’t used to working out. If you happen to be suffering from any of these upper body injuries, don’t stay out of the gym just do these following exercises.

Broken Arm
Breaking an arm sucks. You feel like there are so many things you cannot do when you have a broken arm. Depending on the location of the break, there are still some great exercises you can do to help make your upper body stronger. If you happen to break your arm closer to your hand, then you can do weighted squats with the assistance of a safety squat bar. The bar helps to make sure your arm, hand and elbow are not in a bad spot while doing the squats.

Tennis or Golfers Elbow
Frequent tennis and golfers can suffer from elbow injuries very easily. This can make playing tennis or golf or doing some workouts very painful. You can still work on strengthening your upper body by doing push-ups without putting a lot of pressure on your elbows. To help with this, use two dumbbells and place your hands on them a few inches outside of your shoulders and turn out 45 degrees. Or even try a push-up using the downward dog position.

Injured Rotator Cuff
It really depends on how bad your injury really is, because if it is minor, you are still able to get your cardio in. But you want to make sure to not put any unnecessary strain on your injury. When you injure your rotator cuff, you can still try to do the elliptical by holding on to the handles. Or you can try some rows with low weight. Just make sure to do a higher amount of reps.

Holiday Traveling Tips

Traveling for Thanksgiving and Christmas can be quite the hassle, but sometimes it is inevitable. Traveling always increases around the holidays and that causes crowded airports and longer lines. But there are some things you can do to make the most out of traveling around the holidays.

AirportThere is some good news this year when it comes to fares. Airlines have been offering competitive prices all year so it looks like flying around the holidays in 2015 will be cheaper than it has been in recent years. Passengers can look to save around 23 percent on some flights this year.

Still don’t wait too long to book your flights. During this time of year, it is common for the price to go up a little each day and it usually doesn’t drop back down. Definitely try to book well before 10 days in advance, because that is when you will see the biggest increase in prices.

Thanksgiving and Christmas happen to be the busiest times to travel in the nation so at least you will be a little prepared for the crowded airports. The best thing you can do is to go along your merry way with that Christmas cheer. Just keep in mind that not everyone is going to be in that Christmas spirit, so keep calm and do your best to get through it.

If you just want to try to avoid the crowds all together, but still need to try to travel during the holidays, be flexible with your schedule and even consider flying on December 25th. The airports are usually a lot less busy on Christmas Day, plus flights seem to be cheaper. Or you can also always look at smaller airports near your destination.

These are just some tips to help you get through traveling during the holidays. It is usually just a good idea to avoid traveling at all, but if you need to, just remember to arrive early and be prepared for delays.

Interesting Origins of Famous Childhood Songs

Growing up there were plenty of songs that we all sang throughout our childhood. But some of those famous childhood songs actually have some pretty twisted meanings. Do you remember singing these songs as a kid?

Ring around the Rosie

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Ring Around the Rosie, 1881
Ring Around the Rosie might be one of the most popular childhood songs that we all grew up with. It dates back to 1881 and there are a couple theories of how the song came about. Some say the song is in reference to the 1665 Great Plague of London and “the rosie” means the rash and “a pocket full of posies” means the attempt of covering up the smell. About 15 percent of London’s population was killed during the plague so the end of the song, “ashes! ashes! We all fall down” could be an interpretation of all of the deaths.

But others argue that the song is really about the 19th century religious ban on dancing with Protestants. They say that the song was made up to become a way for kids to get around the ban on dancing by playing along to this song.

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, 1744
Little did I know, contrary is a word that could describe a murder. So this song is actually about Queen Mary I of England, also referred to as Bloody Mary. While she was queen, she executed hundreds and so people say this song is about her murderous ways.

Old Mother Hubbard, 1805
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey is known for refusing to give King Henry VIII an annulment so he couldn’t marry Anne Boleyn. This caused King Henry’s political downfall and some say the famous song Old Mother Hubbard is actually about this incident.

Rock-a-Bye Baby, 1765
Many people believe that King James II and Mary of Modena’s son wasn’t actually their son. There is a rumor that a baby was brought in to be passed off as their child to make sure that a Roman Catholic was next in line for the throne. Because of this story, many think that the lullaby is about this child.

Towns with the Most Holiday Cheer

The holidays are right around the corner and there is just something so special about this time of year. Some towns across the nation really know how to get into the holiday spirit and make this time of year even more magical. Next time you plan a holiday vacation, make sure to check out these cities.

Nantucket, MA

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A lot of cities on the east coast really know how to celebrate the holidays, but the small island town of Nantucket in Massachusetts has been going all out for the holidays since the 1970s. Every year, the town holds a Christmas Stroll. This annual event allows guests to walk downtown and shop along dozens of seven-foot Christmas trees that are decorated perfectly. Guests can also enjoy wine tastings, home tours and ghost walks. A lot of the local shops are a great place to find gifts and the entire city is covered in holiday cheer. You also have to check out The Whale Museum, which features 80 decorated trees designed by local merchants, artists and even kids.

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

If you are looking for a warmer place to visit during the holidays, head on down to Santa Rosa Beach in Florida. The beach is always a great vacation spot for the whole family, especially during the holiday season. There are tons of shops to find great gifts for everyone on your list. The town also holds the Winter Solstice Run, which takes place on December 19th. The 40-mile run takes participants along beaches, lakes and forests.

Vail, CO

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Vail, Colorado is a winter wonderland and a beautiful place to visit for the holidays. Every December, the town hosts Snowdaze, which brings live concerts every evening in the snow. They also host Holidaze, which features the tree lighting in the village during the winter solstice. Plus, the hotels and local bars are always serving up the best winter cocktails and hot chocolate to help keep you warm.

Park City, UT

Park City

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Park City in Utah hosts the Electric Parade every year in late November and cars, trucks and bicycles decorated in sparkling lights light up the mountain town. The parade is held on the town’s Main Street and the bright-lit displays go down the street to classic holiday music. Christmas Eve is a lot of fun and you can catch Santa skiing the slopes all day and then leading a parade down the PayDay trail. The city really knows how to celebrate the holidays and it just has a really cozy feel.

 

The Country’s Best Sushi Spots

Just like with most things, when you are looking for the best sushi, always look for the best quality, which will lead to the best taste. Sushi is a popular item on a lot of menus, but only some spots are known to serve up the best and freshest sushi in the country.

Masa, New York City

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Sushi god Masa Takayama is known to be extremely calm, precise and will only work with the best raw fish available. So we all knew when he started Masa in New York City, that it would be one of the best places to grab some sushi. This place is so popular that if you do not cancel your reservation in 48 hours, there will be a charge of $200 per person! But Masa is definitely worth the bill of around $450 per person. The best choices on the menu include the toro stuffed maki rolls, fugu sashimi, caviar and of course any dish that contains fish.

Naoe, Miami

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Sushi lovers are known to flock to this place in Miami and it is actually a really tiny bar that is lead by sushi chef Kevin Cory. A lot of diners have compared this restaurant to high-end sushi joints in Japan. They only serve the freshest raw fish, which is what it makes it the closes thing you will get to sushi in Japan in the United States.

Nobu, Las Vegas

Nobu Matsuhisa actually has two restaurants in Las Vegas. You can find the original Nobu at the Hard Rock Hotel, but the newer one inside Caesar’s Palace is out of this world. David Rockwell designed the restaurants and the ambience is just as great as the food. Some of the best choices on the menu include rock shrimp tempura, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, black cod miso and a ton of other selections of delicious sushi. Matsuhisa is always so creative when displaying his spectacular sushi so it is a lot of fun to see all of the different presentations.

Sushi Zo, Los Angeles

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Dining at Sushi Zo is really an interactive experience. Located in west Los Angeles, there is another location in downtown that is just called ZO. Both restaurants have been called a temple for sushi. Everything is so fresh and always cut perfectly. The presentations are beautiful and each course is as amazing as the next. These spots have also been known to serve sushi that is pretty close to what you will find in Japan.