Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Hostess gets minty!


Hey everyone, it's Christmas! That means pumpkin spice is replaced with peppermint, and there's pine trees and snowflakes on every package. Keep on going and read about 700 words about minty snacks that usually aren't minty.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's Christmas Eve!

It's hard to believe, but Christmas Eve is already here. Chelsea and I both had to work this morning, and I ended up making a last minute trek to Wal-Mart for a couple of things. In the process of walking around the store, I learned a couple of very important lessons: 1. If I haven't gotten it by Christmas Eve, it can wait until next year. 2. I should never go shopping on an empty stomach. Actually, I should never do anything on an empty stomach, since I turn into a shorter, skinnier version of the Hulk. I honestly think I could flip a car over if I got angry enough. Thankfully, I made it home without any Chris SMASHING, since that would have ruined everyone's holiday.


The tree has been trimmed and the presents are wrapped. They're just sitting there waiting for the moment when we free them from their decorated paper prisons. I rather like how the tree came out this year, I feel like it's one of the best ones yet. Growing up, all we had were artificial trees, and as much as I miss the convenience, there really is no competing with a real tree. Well, except for falling needles and dripping sap. Fake trees have them beat there. Still, I'd be lying if I said I didn't like the smell of fresh pine throughout the house.


Chelsea also set up what I like to call our guest tree, for all the gifts that go to everyone else. The past two years it's been made up to look like a snowman. Next year, I want to make a yeti tree. What can I say, I want a little Halloween in my Cringle.


The stockings are hung, though I'm not sure if it was done with care. This is the first year I haven't heard them come crashing down on top of the gas stove. I used to neglect the stockings, but over the years, some of my favorite gifts have come from them. Plus, they're usually filled with candy, the perfect Christmas morning breakfast.


So now we're just sitting here waiting for Chelsea's parents, my future in-laws, to arrive. In the meantime, there's holiday sangria in the fridge, a cake baking in the oven,cookies in the jars, and Christmas specials on the TV.

You couldn't ask for a much better Christmas Eve.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Punisher Holiday Special!

There are so many classic Christmas stories out there. You have the story of Ralphie and his wish for the elusive Red Ryder BB gun, the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge through the Ghosts of Christmas, and the story of how Clark W. Griswold and his family were almost arrested for kidnapping. However, none of them are as epic as the time the Punisher had to take on a bunch of goons in a shopping mall on Christmas Eve. This is going to be a long one, so grab some snacks and a cup of your favorite hot beverage while Mr. Stunt Zombie reads you a Christmas story.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thomas' Cranberry English Muffins



I'll admit, cranberries are rarely my first choice when it comes to small spherical fruits.That honor almost always goes to blueberries. Still, I can buy foods stuffed with blueberries any day of the week. Cranberry infused baked goods aren't exactly common, so I couldn't help myself when I stumbled across the Thomas' Limited Edition Cranberry English Muffins.


The packaging on Thomas' English Muffins never had much real estate, so they had to get creative in order to stand out from all the other packs of baked hockey pucks. I actually love everything about this tray, from the cranberry laden muffin half, to the fruit bunch just under it. Speaking of that bunch of cranberries on the side there, at first glance I thought it was the top of a Christmas tree. It wasn't until I got them home that I realized it was just a cluster of berries. Look at it from the corner of your eye and tell me you don't see a Christmas tree there. I love how the writing reminds me of the title of a DVD of a straight to Hallmark Channel Christmas movie. Actually, I wouldn't be that  surprised to learn  Limited Edition: Cranberry was the name of an actual Hallmark movie. It could be about two people that get together due to their mutual love for seasonal holiday foods. Starring Harry Connick Jr. and Lauren Holly, probably.

Also, I have to mention that the entire package is the same color as eggnog. Thomas' covered all of their subliminal bases with this packaging.




As with all foods, Thomas' Cranberry English Muffins aren't nearly as beautiful as they are on the box. The muffins may not look pretty, but there's no denying that they are just loaded full of cranberries. Open the package, and you'll think you just stepped into the middle of a cranberry bog. There's a hint of citrus that brings back memories of the Panettone my parents used to buy from a local Italian eatery. I really don't like raisins hiding in my bread, but if you substituted cranberries in there, I would probably devour the whole thing. I'll be the first to admit, Thomas' English Muffins look rather unappetizing right out of the box. Sure, you could eat them untoasted, but what kind of savage are you? No, to properly enjoy them, they need some toaster time..


Now that's gorgeous. A couple minutes in the toaster, and they go from being pale and chewy to crispy golden brown discs of deliciousness. Even the nooks and crannies seem to open up, allowing them to really hold on to all that butter you are going to slather on top. I don't know if it's from being cooked in a toaster, but the cranberries seem fresh, rather than dried. The muffins have a slightly citrus-y flavor, without the sourness I usually expect from cranberries. If you're the type that likes some fruit on top of your muffins, you can probably hold the jelly with these. Speaking of toppings..


It's not exactly Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner leftovers, but it's close enough. Throw some leftover turkey on there, with some stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and you have the makings of a mini holiday feast. There's just enough cranberry flavor in the muffins that you can leave off the cranberry sauce, and save yourself some mess.

So go out and get yourself a pack of Thomas' Cranberry English Muffins. They're the only way you'll be able to enjoy a McThanksgiving.
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