December 2010

Christmas Fun Facts & Recipes

Author: Special To C2 Magazine

CH2 STAFF PICKS…CHRISTMAS MOVIES!
There is nothing better than a bit of holiday eggnog and a good movie during these (slightly) chilly winter months. Here’s a few that we think are the BEST of the bunch.

Morgan’s Pick:
A Christmas Story
Ralphie’s brother falling down in the snow and not being able to get back up because of all the layers of clothing his mom put on him…
Reo Ryder BB gun…
Story based out of Indiana!! (My hometown!)

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Stan’s Pick:
It’s a Wonderful Life
I like this movie because it reminds me of Christmas’s when I was younger. And it’s about making it through the tough times with love. A great movie for 2010 because everyone is BROKE! (Ha! Ha!)

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Ashton’s Pick:
Christmas Vacation It’s a classic and a family tradition in my family to watch it over the holidays. Aunt Bethany wrapping the cat gives me the giggles every time!

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Kelly’s Pick:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I loved Whoville and the Who’s! Not only are they cute and make you smile, but it is a good feeling movie with a great lesson. I love how they were always so happy, no matter how hard the Grinch tried to ruin their Christmas. He took away everything and they sang and celebrated anyway. Ahh… wish i was in Whoville now!

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Catherine’s Pick:
Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer
Outside of the fact that the “misfits gang” kicks serious a** and has and will always be the coolest posse, it just always meant that Christmas was right around the corner. Kinda like Cadbury eggs and Easter!

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Maggie’s Pick:
Meet Me in St. Louis
I’m not sure if this is “officially” a Christmas movie but they play it a lot around the holidays so I’m going with it. I just love Tootie, the mischievous little sister of Judy Garland’s character, who handily steals every scene she appears in. My favorite part is when Tootie is sitting on the ice wagon with the Ice Man (Mr. Neely) and she tells him that her doll, Margaretha, is on her death bed.

Tootie: “Poor Margaretha. I’ve never seen her look so pale.”
Mr. Neely: “Sun ought to do her some good.”
Tootie: “I expect she won’t live through the night. She has FOUR fatal diseases.”
Mr. Neely: “And it only takes one.”
Tootie: “Oh but she is going to have a wonderful funeral. In a cigar box, my papa gave me, all wrapped in silver paper.”
Mr. Neely: “That’s the way to go…if you have to go.”
Tootie: “Oh, she has to go.”

Poor Margaretha soon joined all the other dolls in the cemetery in the back yard.

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SANTA’S FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Make sure you save some for the BIG guy!

Ingredients
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups peanut butter chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, stir into the creamed mixture. Finally, fold in the peanut butter chips. Drop cookies by heaping teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.

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BUTTER COOKIE COCKTAIL
Compliments of Jason Carlen, Sommelier at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff

Ingredients
1 ½ ounces Malibu Rum
1 ½ ounce Buttermilk
1 ½ ounce Half & Half
½ ounce Egg Whites
½ ounce Simple Sugar
¼ spoon of vanilla extract

Directions
Combine all ingredients into a shaker and shake rigorously until egg whites become frothy and ingredients are combined. Add ice and shake until the contents are fully chilled. Strain the contents of the shaker into a martini glass. For a garnish, sprinkle a few toasted coconut flakes on top of the martini.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until set. Cool on wire racks.

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DID YOU KNOW?
The average person spends between $700 and $900** on Christmas Presents.

A Few things you could get for between $700 and $900… – A Great Dane Puppy (skateboard not included)

- An iPad

- A 1941 Red Baron Pedal Biplane (www.hammacher.com)

- The Best “Man” DVD Collection in the WORLD (The Godfather Trilogy, 007 James Bond Ultimate Collector’s Set & The John Wayne DVD Collection)

- The UGGS (size 7) that Sandra Bullock wore in The Blindside. ($799.99 for a pair of USED Uggs?)

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