Monday, December 28, 2009

Holiday or Anyday Medication

I ignore my children. Sometimes when they are really going at each other, I do my best to not notice it's happening at all.
I hide from my children. When they are completely making me crazy with their bickering and my husband is super impatient with them, I curl up on the couch in my office between the throw pillows and hope no one notices where I am.
Of course, there are times when I can neither ignore them nor hide from them. That's when medication is in order. I prefer red wine or even a nice stiff drink like the one Karyn made on Christmas to battle the insanity of a holiday filled with multiple personalities all in the same family. Right around the hour when the children begin running around the house and generally acting like they had been raised by wolves, the teenagers become even more sullen and mopey and the husbands seem completely devoid of any helpful behavior, that's when it's time to reach for the shot glass and the shaker. Karyn and I clear the decks and make our drinking glasses ready for the restorative elixir. We say, "Salut" or "Bottoms UP!" and send the magic potion down our throats until all is right in the world or at least we are better able to deal with it otherwise.

Karyn's Holiday "Nog"
(makes 1 large drink)
2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
2 oz Creme de Cocoa (white)
3 oz vodka
Place ice in shaker and pour all ingredients over the ice. Cover and shake until your fingers stick to the outside of the shaker. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with some kind of good chocolate you have on hand and are hiding from your husband and children.(The good stuff i.e. dark chocolate Lindt balls)

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