Annika and I were just reminiscing about the Christmas of our younger years, and we agreed that the holiday has evolved for us, from revolving around anticipation and presents to focusing on family and thoughtful gestures. And the traditions have changed, too.
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Remember those gag gifts of singing bass fish on wooden plaques? Well, this is a ridiculous modification of that. Jingle Jugs are fashioned after a life-like set of boobs and shimmy-shake in rhythmic motion to the song “Titties & Beer.” They’re $10 on sale—imagine that, discounted already! Nothing like a little low-brow lewdness to wring out the last bits of the holiday season. [Spencer's] Keep reading »
Most of you Christmas celebrators have probably had your tree up for weeks. My family, however, must be full of procrastinators, because we like to wait until Christmas Eve to trim the tree. It started when a few of us went off to college, and my parents thought it would be nice to wait until everyone had returned before selecting an evergreen. Being the last one on the block with a tree in the window has worked out well for us; there are usually crazy discounts the day before since Christmas trees aren’t exactly useful after the fact.
If you’re late to the game like my family, why not add a popcorn garland to the tree this year? Plus, in the video above, I divulge my secret for making air-popped popcorn without having an air popper, which is all kinds of useful, even after Christmas. Keep reading »
As we get older, Christmas gifts have a tendency of getting more expensive and less whimsical. Barbie’s Dream House is replaced with four-inch Louboutin heels and it’s exciting, yes, but also a bit sad. I don’t remember the last time I received a gift that legitimately made me smile. That’s not to say that friends, family and sundry now-ex-boyfriends haven’t been thoughtful and generous. Because they have. The fault is more mine than anyone else’s. You see, I’m one of those conniving gift receivers that subtly lays the tracks for future presents weeks in advance. By the time the holiday finally arrives, I’ve subconsciously given people no other choice but to get me what I want. Devious though it may be, it’s a method I’ve perfected.
The thing is, this year I want a gift that’s almost impervious to my underhanded hinting and suggestions: ice skates. Keep reading »
Lest you think this Batman utility belt for grown-ass men is a joke, think again. The fact that this faux-leather ensemble costs a cool $279 and isn’t out until summer ’10 — yet they are already taking pre-orders — signifies that its makers are very, very serious indeed. [CNet] Keep reading »
This weekend, New York City got its first big blizzard of the winter and I was snowed in. I decided to take the opportunity to test a recipe I was noodling over for butternut squash soup. Typically, when I want to cook something new, I check out different versions of it on the web — usually FoodTV.com — mostly for cooking times and temps, and then adapt it to my own tastes. This butternut squash soup is dairy-free and you won’t miss the leche one bit — squash is super creamy and filling on its own and chicken stock (or vegetable, if you want to keep this totally vegetarian) is a great flavor-boosting liquid. Check out the full recipe after the jump. Keep reading »