10 Festive Cocktails Guaranteed to Make Your Christmas Merry and Bright

10 Festive Cocktails Guaranteed to Make Your Christmas Merry and Bright

(Odyssey Article 22)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, everything was lit, from the tree to your spouse.

Ah, Christmas…

Except for the cold, it is my favorite time of year. During the holidays, so many cool events take place, people have lifted spirits, and the air just seems a little lighter.

But do you know what else lifts spirits and makes the air lighter? Alcohol!

Check out these ten fabulous cocktails assured to knock your stockings off! (See what I did there?)

1. Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Mimosas

Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Mimosas

Mimosas aren’t just for brunch, y’all.

2. Apple Cider Moscow Mules

Apple Cider Moscow Mules

Time to break out the copper mugs!

3. Cranberry Orange Margaritas

Cranberry Orange Margaritas

Feliz Navidad!

4. Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria

Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria

We tried this recipe last year. It was delicious!

5. Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer

Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer

No reindeer games with this one.

6. Salted Caramel White Russian

Salted Caramel White Russian

As sweet and salty as retail workers on Christmas Eve.

7. RumChata Egg Nog Cocktail

RumChata Egg Nog Cocktail

As surprisingly tasty as your head sewn to the carpet.

8. Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

I love wine. Wine is my favorite.

9. Poinsettia Punch

Poinsettia Spritz Punch

As boozy as it is beautiful.

10. Silent Night Martini

Silent Night Martini

Even Santa can’t keep quiet after a few of these!

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays! Enjoy!

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50 Things I Enjoy More Than Cold Weather

50 Things I Enjoy More Than Cold Weather

(Odyssey Article 21)

*crying frozen tears*

This arctic air is definitely a sign winter is right around the corner, and as I much as I love this time of year and the holidays, one thing about late fall and winter I despise more than anything else… the cold.

Just so you guys really understand where I’m coming from, here are 50 (unpleasant) things I enjoy more than cold weather.

  1. Losing all my money at the casino
  2. Brain freeze
  3. Stubbing my toe
  4. Burning my hand on my straightener
  5. Traffic
  6. Slow walkers
  7. Hitting every red light
  8. Black coffee
  9. My phone dying at 12:00 PM
  10. Swimsuit shopping
  11. Blisters
  12. Bugs
  13. Boob sweat
  14. Rude people
  15. Being late
  16. Chanel West Coast’s laugh
  17. Crusty feet
  18. Porto-potties
  19. Getting a text back hours later
  20. Burnett’s vodka
  21. Hang nails
  22. Dieting
  23. Children shrieking
  24. Stepping in dog poop
  25. Rain with no umbrella
  26. Donald Trump’s hair
  27. Breaking my last ponytail holder
  28. A 10-hour loop of Hotline Bling
  29. Being sick
  30. Cereal with orange juice
  31. Commercials
  32. Slow wifi
  33. A shower with no water pressure
  34. Mixed match clothing
  35. Smacking
  36. Washing dishes
  37. Drunk crying
  38. Unscratchable itches
  39. Losing my train of thought
  40. Waiting 15 minutes in line at the drive-thru
  41. Speeding tickets
  42. PMS
  43. Wet socks
  44. Bad grammar
  45. Small talk
  46. Paper gowns
  47. Getting hit in the heels with a shopping cart
  48. Cardio
  49. Burned popcorn
  50. Cleaning the shower drain

Put me in the Sahara Desert with no shoes, and I’m happier than I am right now in this soon to be snowglobe. I know the weather change is inevitable, but I will never be ready!

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The Bedlam Experience 2016

The Bedlam Experience 2016

(Odyssey Article 20)

Once again, it’s a great year to be a Sooner!

It all came down to this…

Between early losses, explosive wins, and a questionable ranking system, the #9 University of Oklahoma Sooners took on the #10 Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Bedlam match-up of the decade.

This game not only decided the winner of the state rivalry; it also crowned the Big 12 conference champion and named the team headed south to compete in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

However, with both teams 9-2 going into the big game, it was a red dirt toss up who walked out with the Bedlam bragging rights, the double-digit win, the conference championship, and the ticket to New Orleans.

When you woke up, and it was Bedlam time…

Baker Mayfield Dancing

When it was time to go into the stadium…

Trey Millard Running

When you watched pre-game and Bob said, “There’s only one”…

Excited OU Fans

When it was time for kick off…

Number One Finger

When OSU scored first…

J.R. Shaking Head

When Dede ran it in to take the lead…

OSU Fan in Winter

When Baker let it fly…

OSU Fans in Disgust

When Joe left everyone behind…

OSU Fan in Shock

When Samaje took a knee…

OSU Fan in Denial

When we knew we had it in the bag…

Baker Mayfield Celebrating

When we won the Big XII Title…

Ten Fingers for Ten Big 12 Championships

Ahmad Thomas Carrying Big 12 Trophy

Big 12 Championship Trophy

Group Photo of 2016 Big 12 Champions

We’re going to New Orleans! Boomer Sooner!

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The Best Thing(s) I Ate Thanksgiving Weekend

The Best Thing(s) I Ate Thanksgiving Weekend

[Odyssey Article 19]

Just living the foodie dream.

Y’all know by now I’m a foodie through and through. I love food, and I love sharing my “foodventures” with you guys. Needless to say, and apparent in my previous article, the holiday season is a foodie’s favorite time of year, and this year’s Thanksgiving goodies did not disappoint.

I’m from Norman, Oklahoma, but I always spend Thanksgiving with family who live out of town. Most years, we travel south to my aunt’s house just north of the Oklahoma-Texas border; however, with my parents recently moving from Tennessee to Missouri, I spent Thanksgiving this year in the Springfield area.

My mom made Thanksgiving dinner, and she stuck to the traditional dishes, as usual. We had turkey, cornbread stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, Hawaiian sweet rolls, a simple gravy, and the star of the show – my crispy, crunchy green bean casserole. (All the fried onions…)

For dessert, she made a no-bake cherry cheesecake (which my fiance inhaled) and our family’s gelatin salad recipe. The gelatin salad isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing dessert, but it tastes great, and it’s special to me because my mom only makes it this time of year, and it reminds me of all the holidays growing up.

We spent Friday at Silver Dollar City in Branson, and if you aren’t there to ride rides (we weren’t), it’s a foodie’s paradise. I had two types of succotash: a harvest skillet [country ham with a green bean and carrot base] and a southwest skillet [seasoned chicken with a corn and okra base]. However, my mom and I kicked ourselves because the succotash we really wanted hid in the back by the barbecue restaurant, and we were too full by the time we got there. It had brisket with a drool-worthy skillet potato and onion base.

Aside from the skillets, I indulged in some of the best apple cider I ever had (but their wassail is better), various types of fruit butters including blackberry and cherry, the flaky goodness that was a caramel apple turnover, a caramel apple with nuts, house-made fudge and peanut brittle, a ranch burger and fries, and my favorite treat of the day… a giant s’more.

Let me tell you guys about this s’more though… First and foremost, you can get a combo with a large hot chocolate. (It was cold, so I was all over that.) However, the real magic is the s’more itself. They make it with two, thick chocolate chip cookies inside of graham crackers, and then you get to roast your own marshmallows!

Saturday, we bummed it on the couch and watched football games all day, but my mom still made a fabulous beef stew for lunch (one of my favorites), as well as an easy Velvetta queso with chips.

Yet, without question, Sunday gave our stomachs the true test…

We ate a light breakfast (eggs, bacon, Texas toast with fruit butter), and then we had early dinner at Lambert’s Cafe in Ozark, and you never leave there hungry.

They serve stick-to-your-ribs country classics in huge portions, but they’re most famous for their table to table appetizers or “pass arounds” [black eyed peas, fried potatoes and onions, macaroni and tomatoes, fried okra, sorghum, and apple butter] and their “thrown rolls”. (Yes, they literally throw them at you.)

I ordered the roast beef with mashed potatoes, green beans, and corn, and then I sampled some fried potatoes and onions, fried okra, and (of course) the hot rolls.

I honestly didn’t think I could down one more bite… until I remembered they had blackberry cobbler with ice cream (a.k.a. our kryptonite). However, I was glad my dessert stomach came through because it could honestly be the best I ever had.

(Not sure if you guys are as much of cobbler connoisseurs as I am, but the crust is what makes a good cobbler, and this cobbler had the perfect crust.)

My sweet tooth is huge, so it’s no surprise the desserts topped my list, but fried things always come in a close second (tied with wine spritzers and mimosas). All in all, my stomach and I are pleased with the holiday weekend. Nothing is better than family, football, and festive food.

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