White Christmas Sparkling Sangria

White Christmas Sparkling Sangria

Who says white wine is only good in the summertime? I’ve made this white sangria every holiday season for the last few years and it’s always a hit. I leave out brandy or heavy fruit juices (I just use orange juice) like you find in traditional sangrias, so it’s crisp and light, which is a nice change from heavier winter cocktails.

Sparkling Winter White Sangria

INGREDIENTS

1 bottle prosecco or champagne, chilled
1/2 cup orange juice
2-4 tablespoons sugar (depending on level of sweetness desired)
4-6 clementines, peeled and separated into segments
1 apple (we like Fuji), cut into small cubes
1 cup of fresh cranberries

Combine prosecco or champagne, orange juice, and sugar into a large pitcher. Stir until sugar is dissolved. (You can also make a simple syrup in advance to ensure sugar is melted.) Add clementines, apples, and cranberries, and let sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to one hour. Pour into glasses and top with a squeeze of fresh clementine juice.

Sparkling Winter White Sangria

If you try it, let me know what you think.

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Holiday Giveaway! $200 Gift Card to Gaia Conceptions Eco-Conscious Clothing

$  200 Gift Card to Gaia Conceptions Eco-Conscious Clothing

It’s the holiday season and I’m in the giving mood! So I’m getting together once again with our friends and long time Bubby and Bean partners Gaia Conceptions for happy holiday giveaway! One lucky Bubby and Bean reader will receive $ 200 to spend in Gaia’s online shop, which features endless styles of truly beautiful, completely customizable eco-friendly clothing made by hand in the USA.  As I’ve mentioned before, Essley and I are both proud owners of several their gorgeous clothing, and it makes me all sorts of happy to be able to gift one of you with some of your own.

GIVEAWAY! Win a $  150 Gift Card to Gaia Conceptions Eco Clothing


Use the form below, and/or, because the main methods of entering this giveaway (worth the most points) involve Instagram, you can also enter directly on IG, right here. There are several options for extra entries as well.

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This giveaway will run through this Friday (December 13, 2019), and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced here shortly after the end of the giveaway.

Thank you to Andrea and friends over at Gaia Conceptions for giving our readers the chance to win another gift card to their amazing shop. Good luck!

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Win GROOM Bathing Tablets & Get Your Dog Holiday Ready!

This giveaway is sponsored by and fulfilled by GROOM Bathing Tablets. The holidays are in full gear–and that means time for some howl-iday dog grooming. Whether you are planning to enjoy a meet…



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Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Happy December, friends. I know things have been quiet around here lately, especially for this time of year. It seems that most of my content lately has been on Instagram, but don’t be fooled; the blog is still the Bubby and Bean mothership, and if I have anything to do with it, always will be. We’ve also been very busy in real life, with our daughter performing in her first ever professional dance show, as a baby mouse in the Nutcracker. That combined with lots of work (mostly over on IG) and guests over Thanksgiving and the same chaotic holiday season the rest of you are likely experiencing as well, and my beloved Bubby and Bean blog as sort of fallen to the wayside. Thankfully I have lots to share here over the upcoming weeks, so keep checking back!

In the meantime, I wanted to share this ridiculously delicious peppermint hot chocolate recipe. You may remember this was last year, but we’ve given it some updates and just had to share the new and improved version.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
4 cups 2% milk (soy or almond milk is also delicious in this recipe!)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup sugar
4 candy canes, crushed
pinch of salt
marshmallows for garnish
candy canes for garnish

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk until hot. Stir in the cocoa powder and sugar, and mix until dissolved. Add chocolate chips and crushed candy canes, reduce heat to low, and mix until dissolved. Simmer for 3-4 minutes until hot chocolate slightly thickens. Pour into mugs, and top each one with marshmallows and a candy cane. 

Peppermint Hot Cocoa
Peppermint Hot Cocoa
Peppermint Hot Cocoa

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do. (It’s really good with a splash of brandy or rum too, FYI.) Happy holiday sipping!

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Today is National Mutt Day!

From the National Mutt Day website: National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige and is celebrated on both July 31st and December 2nd. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed … Continue reading Today is National Mutt Day!


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Festive Organic Cranberry Cucumber Vodka Spritzers

Cranberry Cucumber Vodka Spritzers

This post is sponsored by Prairie Organic Spirits, but all opinions are my own. 21+ Drink Responsibly.

Cranberry Cucumber Vodka Spritzers

Thanksgiving and the holiday season are upon us, my friends. I don’t like to rush things, but I’d be lying if I said there weren’t visions of sugarplums dancing in my head pretty much the second the clock strikes midnight on Halloween night. And by sugarplums, I mean the sheer delights of the food and drink that accompany this time of year.

Last year, I came up with a festive cranberry vodka spritzer that became my go-to cocktail for Thanksgiving and holiday entertaining. This year, I decided to change it up a little and add an ingredient usually reserved for my summer beverages: Prairie Cucumber Flavored Organic Vodka from Prairie Organic Spirits. Maybe this sounds unusual, but adding the crisp taste of cucumber to a cocktail normally reserved for the colder months gives it a delicious freshness that takes the spritzer to a whole new level. And, the spritzer is almost entirely organic! Try it and I think you’ll agree it’s pretty incredible.

Organic Cranberry Cucumber Vodka Spritzer
Servings: 1

1.5 fluid ounces Prairie Cucumber Flavored Organic Vodka
4 fluid ounces organic cranberry juice, chilled
1 ounce simple syrup (equal parts parts sugar and water; instructions below)
Splash of soda/sparkling water, chilled
Ice
Organic cucumber slice (for garnish)
Organic orange slice (for garnish)
Fresh organic mint sprig (for garnish)
Organic cranberries (for garnish)

To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a medium sauce pan. (I recommend one cup of each so you have more on hand than enough for just one spritzer). Bring to a boil, stirring consistently until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.

Combine Prairie Cucumber Flavored Organic Vodka, organic cranberry juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Fill a glass half way with ice cubes, and pour cocktail over ice. Top with a splash or two of soda. Garnish with a cucumber slice, an orange slice, a sprig of fresh mint, and few fresh cranberries. You can also easy quadruple this recipe to make a pitcher for guests.

It’s the combination of high quality, organic ingredients in this festive cocktail that make it exceptionally delicious, but the key ingredient for me is the the Prairie Cucumber Flavored Organic Vodka. You might already be familiar with my undying love for Prairie Organic Spirits from a yummy pineapple vodka refresher cocktail recipe I shared over the summer, but if not, allow me to gush for a minute. The company itself is fantastic for many reasons: they are Midwest made (in Minnesota), they have a passion for true craftsmanship and put great care into choosing their ingredients and making their spirits, they’re USDA certified organic, and they give 1% back to help more farmers go organic. And truly, their products speak for themselves. Prairie Cucumber Flavored Organic Vodka has a delightfully crisp taste that is refreshing, smooth, and distinctly delicious. (Did I mention that it’s gluten free?) I’m also a big fan of Prairie Organic Vodka and Prairie Organic Gin (makes the best martini you’ll ever have). It’s no wonder that Prairie Organic Spirits is the #1 Organic Spirit.

I can’t wait to hear what you guys think about this festive organic spritzer! Happy holiday sipping!

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Win A Set of Two Purple YUCKY PUPPY Bags!

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Sully Statue Premieres December 6th

From the Twitter feed of the George H.W. Bush Library: On Dec. 6, a bronze, life-size statue of Sully will be on display in the Fidelity corridor as a part of the memorial exhibit. Stop by and see the amazing work of Susan Bahary, provided by America’s VetDogs. @AmericasVetDogs In case you didn’t remember, Sully … Continue reading Sully Statue Premieres December 6th


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Our 2019 Family Holiday Cards

I share bits and pieces of my family here and on my social accounts, but I usually refrain from getting too personal (especially when it comes to my kids). One exception for me is our family holiday cards. And while sharing family holiday cards might not seem like a deep dive into our personal lives, there is something very intimate about them: they represent a year of our life, they’re shared with our closed friends and family, and they express love and gratitude. It’s a holiday tradition that I find incredibly endearing, and it makes me happy enough that I want to share them with you all too. 

After years of only sending cards that I designed for myself for my Bubby and Bean Art shop, I decided after Essley was born it was time for a change. First of all, I wanted to include a photo of her (my precious babe!) on the card. Second, I wanted a place that offered customization and would do the printing for me. Finally, I wanted a place that would, well, do all of the other work too. (Stuffing, sealing, addressing, stamping, and sending holiday cards is an incredibly time consuming task, let’s admit it.) After lots of research, I came across a company that not only had the coolest, most stylish cards around, they also offered everything else I was looking for (and then some). And here I am, five years later and still happily using my holiday card BFF, Postable.

While those first couple of paragraphs alone have probably already convinced you of Postable‘s awesomeness, I’m going to gush just a little more. But first, I want to add that I Postable hasn’t (and has never) paid me to review them. I just think they’re the best. For real. Anyway, Postable rules for many reasons, but their huge selection of truly hip, beautifully designed cards is the first thing that caught my eye way back when. (No cheesy holiday cards here!) I’m also a huge fan of the fact that they care about the environment (climate change is real, the end) and use 100% post-consumer recycled or tree-free 100% cotton in all their cards and envelopes. The quality of their cards is some of the best I’ve ever seen too. And the process itself is so quick and simple it’s like a holiday weight the size of Cousin Eddie’s RV is lifted from my shoulders every year. In ten minutes (maybe more like seven to be honest), I upload my photos, greetings, names, choose my font (so many options, but I found one that matches Robbie’s handwriting almost exactly so I can be sneaky and fool my posse into thinking we hand wrote them), click on the addresses saved in my address book, and hit order. A few days later, my loved ones have received our holiday cards in their mailboxes, and all I did was sit on my butt drinking spiked eggnog and tapping a few things on my computer.

As you can see above, Postable has such an incredible collection that I always end up ordering a bunch of samples because I just can’t freaking decide. This year, I ended up choosing one that embodies the things I think are most important to the season (peace and joy) and that I felt best displayed the photo I took of the kids. I also changed up the back this year to include three additional photos (including the infamous dolphin shot from our summer vacation where Emmett’s facial expression is absolutely meme-worthy) because with Postable, you can customize to your heart’s content). I’m so excited about them.

Thank you Postable for making the holiday season easier for me in so many ways. Did I mentioned that the people who work for the company are genuinely nice humans too? They’re so nice, in fact, that they are giving you 20% off your entire order with code BEAN19. Go use that awesomeness right now and then come back and tell me all about the cute cards you chose. I can’t wait to see them. And thank you for letting me share such a special part of our family holiday traditions with you. Happy holiday card giving!

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German Shepherds in the Snow

We got our first real snow of the year today.Ā  The German shepherds loved it. dare snow nose

Dare does the border collie stalk when playing firt pole.

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creeper

Fetching her kong wubba in the driving snow.

dare fetching the snow

fetching quest and tuna

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quest on the run

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tuna in the snow

quest snow fun

Tuna is half American/half West German show lines that we have co-own with Quest’s breeder. Pending health testing, she will be bred to Quest, a breeding that could produce puppies that could definitely be shown in the AKC ring.

If you see her posted on here, she might be hard to tell apart from Dare because they are both roughly the same coloration and have similar pedigrees. But dare is significantly larger is built in that way that triggers so many keyboard warriors, while Tuna is much more moderate. The genes that make the type are different in American showlines vs German showlines, so when you cross them, you get pretty moderate puppies. The genes are still there, though, so when you breed them back, you can get the type again.

These dogs really love the snow, more so than the other breeds with which I am familiar. They aren’t even from a particularly cold country in Europe, but they have nice, thick coats that are quite functional for harsh conditions. They aren’t arctic breeds, but they are good cold country dogs.

 

 

 

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