WOW what a fun session! In just over an hour, our #NUTS reached an audience of over 400K followers! If you missed the session, or if it just flew by too fast for you to keep up, here are some of the humorous and heartfelt responses we received to this week’s questions as well as some of the fun and lively after chat discussions.
Q1. Most unique dish you serve/eat at a holiday dinner #NUTS
Congratulations! @2happyright winner of “Stocking Stuffer” giveaway Fischer Nuts Cookbook from @fishernutsbrand #nuts
Vagabond3Live: we cook a huge pot of seafood gumbo- no ham or turkey at our house!
kymri: Tofurkey Roast. We’re vegetarian, and though we know lots of others, they all wuss out and eat turkey at Thanksgiving
travelerkate: Last year we had a Robert (my cousin) themed dinner. Everything we ate was an animal he shot. Isn’t that just so sweet?
GoApril: Prisnic – kind of like quiche
gomarwrites: A brie and cranberry pizza
FrancescaMaz: The lamb’s head thingy my Italian great-grandma used to make at Easter
NJDreaming: Most unique dish you serve/eat at a holiday dinner — mom’s cream cheese filled celery sprinkled w/ paprika
Banff_Squirrel: Gumdrop cake. It’s like Xmas cake, but sub gumdrops for fruit & nuts. Yummy & pretty!
Q2. Favorite “Festive” Cocktail or beverage #NUTS
Congratulations! @NJDreaming Winner of Q2 “Stocking Stuffer” giveaway Fischer Nuts Cookbook from @fishernutsbrand #nuts
pizzalogger: spiced eggnog
RickGriffin: Wine makes any event “Festive” 🙂
gomarwrites: Pomegranate martinis
FrancescaMaz: I serve homemade mojitos at Christmas Eve dinner. Lets me pretend I’m somewhere warmer than frigid Chicago.
Trybarefoot: Plain ole red vino – with a candycane on the side – 😉
EpsteinTravels: Mulled Wine, preferably while walking a Christmas Market in Europe
MamaRitaMary: I use peppermint pieces for brewing my coffee
2happyright: The Dirty Irishman combo Frangelico & a wee bit o’Bailey’s!!
ElizabethOnFood: the very retro but gorgeous Snowball
Q3. What is your favorite “go-to” food when unexpected guests show up? #NUTS
Congratulations!@Banff_Squirrel Winner Q3 “Stocking Stuffer” giveaway Fischer Nuts Cookbook from @fishernutsbrand #nuts
kymri: hummus and baba ganouj dips with pita – always seem to have a stash in fridge.
Trybarefoot: if they’re lucky they might get some of that gluug stuff! 😉
McMedia: Pasta a zillion different ways, quick & easy
WeekendInParis: Fav go-to foods are Chicken tenders & Au Gratin potatoes from Omaha Steaks. Pull ’em out of freezer & voila!
TheOtherEstevez: <– Alcohol
circulating: apple slices and pastry wrapped brie
RickGriffin: Cheese Whiz and Koolaid
travelblggr: I usually have a couple of bags of frozen bertolli in the freezer. Easy to stick in the oven and keep entertaining.
travelerkate: Bruschetta is always perfect for visitors. It makes the house smelly yummy and is super easy to make.
_Sue_Ross: Cocktail Weenies. ( I just like saying weenie with a straight face )
MagellanPR: Bruschetta with hint of garlic, tomato and mozzarella
BtrVacationRent: Try shrimp w piece jalapeno inside wrapped bacon-grilled! Dip in jalap/ranch
@LucieD_inthesky: cheese, crackers and wine are my go-to food/drink for drop ins
Q4. Best holiday appetizer? #NUTS
Congratulations! @familyfoodie Winner of Q4 “Stocking Stuffer” giveaway Ibarra Chocolate & Molinillo #nuts
@TravelMaestro: Always keep bags of polish mistakes ready in the freezer – yummy sausage n velveeta “pizzas” on cocktail bread
FrancescaMaz: My mamma’s cheeseball. It is delicious!
WriterChick47: I’ll camp out around bacon wrapped scallops
cruisebuzz: My favorite holiday appetizer is green sushi
gomarwrites: mini crabcakes and scallops wrapped in bacon – except I want to eat them all and not share. Not very festive 😉
MamaRitaMary: family always requests blackberry brandy meatballs! They are yummy!
sherryfetzer: I love baked oysters!!
CailinONeil: My famous layered dip or my moms homemade nuts-n-bolts yummmmm
nancyberk: clam dip!
ElizabethOnFood: Rudolps on horseback
Q5. What is your favorite Family Holiday Tradition? #NUTS
Congratulations! @MagellanPR Winner Q5 MidLife Road Trip Coffee Mug and Starbucks Gift Card #NUTS
WeekendInParis: A5 Making fun of my husband’s obsession w/Frank Sinatra Xmas music is the boys & mine fun tradition…LOL thinking of it!
GoApril: Going to my in laws for a HUGE x-mas Eve party!
WeekendInParis: A5 Santa lays the stockings at the foot of the bed in the middle of the night, even now that the boys are 16/19
TravelMaestro: A5 fave family tradition is driving thru the 3 mile Celebration in Lights display at the park
momsofamerica: Spending time together and sharing our lives…
BtrVacationRent: Baking cookies with my teenage girls.
FrancescaMaz: That’s easy. The feast of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve.
familyfoodie: Our favorite Holiday tradition is our meal: Always Crown Pork Roast and Italian Wedding Soup
KimRandall: Nothing says Happy Holidays like an argument in my family
pen4hire: We have an International Xmas.Tamales and Irish fish choweder on Xmas eve, Stollen on Xmas AM
MamaRitaMary: Every Christmas Eve we get together over a coffee table full of appetizers while opening presents, followed by mass together
Jodi_Kendall: A Christmas Eve fondue dinner w/ a showing of White Christmas.
Banff_Squirrel: Post-Xmas-dinner crokinole tournament
ehalvey: Watching A Christmas Story all day and quoting it word for word.
gomarwrites: Playing multiday marathon Risk and Monopoly games
travelerkate: Family games. Not board games, competitive ones, minute to win it style mixed with mind games. Intense!
AFarrell09: Always love to put up the Nativity Scene every year.
MagellanPR: Long walks before lunch before opening of mildly funny, always useless, cheap “table” presents over lunch!
CailinONeil: Family Lobster boil w/ a deep fried turkey and glazed ham on the side
@pen4hire: When my mother was alive, she always gave her two girls cans of olives in their stockings.
Q6. How do you deal with irritating house guests? #NUTS
Congratulations! @Trybarefoot Winner Q6 MidLife Road Trip Coffee Mug and Starbucks Gift Card #NUTS
GoApril: I don’t invite them!
@WriterChick47: Give them the wrong address & eliminate their arrival in the first place!
mobilelawyer: Solution…. I don’t have a house. No where for them to visit.
gomarwrites: Suggest they call the nice condo complex w/ daily rentals down the street
kymri: A6. absolutely nothing. I just let my neurotic sister do all the dishes and sweep and dust all through the holidays lol
CailinONeil: Turn the Christmas music up louder 2 drown them out / scare them away
travelblggr: A6. I send them out to run an errand =)
Trybarefoot: Serve them the left over peas pudding!
@sherryfetzer: I have a special stash of cookies that have ex-lax baked in to the recipe 😉
travelblggr: Don’t eat the cookies at Sherry’s
@BrooklynNomad: I drink until they’re entertaining.
ehalvey: I think I might *be* the guest you can’t get rid of. Not my fault I can’t drive in Ireland
GoApril: we have them show up at my in laws for the kids – my nephew gets on their roof and the whole shabang
artistatlarge: Give them a lot of chores to do to keep them busy
Trybarefoot: More red vino, more sarcasm and then a solo of “OH Holy Night”!
BtrVacationRent: Tell them to stay in a Vacation Rental of course!
MamaRitaMary: Giving them plenty to drink will either make them pass out or become funny enough not to be so irritating
EpsteinTravels: Best way to deal with irritating house guests is to challenge them to a Dance Off by saying: “It’s On, Bitches.
WeekendInParis: Ooooh, leave the phone number & address of the nearest Marriott on their bed…usually works.
FrancescaMaz: Since holidays are usually at my house, I “disappear” for a while. Only way to conserve whatever sanity I have left!
DoubleClickTech: I don’t invite them in the first place. We all know who is irritating before they come over…LOL
Q7. What is your favorite holiday dessert? #NUTS
Congratulations! @WeekendInParis Winner Q7 MidLife Road Trip Coffee Mug and Starbucks Gift Card #NUTS
gomarwrites: Barely baked cookie dough
WeekendInParis: Oooo, oooo, oooo I know this one! It’s sugar cookies!!!!!
AFarrell09: My 90 yr old godmother’s Bavarian cream pie.
TravelMaestro: Mom’s Apple Crisp!
gomarwrites: I hope someone is bringing that festive green jello salad with the marshmallows grandma used to make
ehalvey: A7. Ferrero Rocher chocolates, Christmas pudding, trifle, and Baileys.
Banff_Squirrel: Frozen chocolate marshmallow rolls covered in coconut – I call it a Drool Log
travelblggr: Just one dessert? Pumpkin cheesecake with gingerbread crust and bourbon cream
cookiesforakoz: Original chocolate chip… my mom’s recipe. 🙂
Trybarefoot: Figgy pudding <don’t ask!>
sherryfetzer: I LOVE Red Velvet cake!!
FrancescaMaz: If it’s chocolate, I like it.
dave_link: A6. Swedish Almond Bars! My grandfather’s old family recipe… like mini almond flavored pound cakes.
travelerkate: My grandmas Christmas cookies. To. Die. For.
CharlesMcCool: A7. Chocolate chip cookie pie (aka Tollhouse pie), warm with vanilla bean or caramel ice cream
wenphd: What is your favorite holiday dessert? A: Peppermint Bark or Pumpkin Pie. (Not at the same time.
@Seville_Writer: M&S Lemon Meringue Pie dessert cookies. Warm, with creme fraiche.
Q8. What is your favorite line from a holiday movie? #NUTS
Congratulations! @gomarwrites Winner Q8 One lb Chips Chocolate Factory Kansas City Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge http://bit.ly/h4nQ16 #NUTS
AFarrell09: Yes Virginia… there is a Santa Claus
sfBirdie: Home Alone: How can u give Kris Kringle a parking ticket on Christmas Eve?What’s next,rabies shots 4 the Easter Bunny?
WriterChick47: Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead? National Lampoon Christmas Vacation: Clark to cousin Eddie
kymri: “Whoever heard of a Charlie-in-the-Box? or But I want to be a dentist!”
sherryfetzer: I TRIPLE dog dare ya! (Christmas Story)
@WeekendInParis: “Everytime you hear a bell, an angel get’s its wings!” Makes me cry, the good cry every time!
ehalvey: He looks like a deranged Easter bunny.
CharlesMcCool: “I want my house to be seen from space.” Deck the Halls. Silly, I know. Or from ELF, “Do you have any syrup?”
FrancescaMaz: “Smiling’s my favorite!” -Elf
EpsteinTravels: Best line from Holiday movie “God Bless us…everyone!” because I can totally rock a Tiny Tim accent
travelerkate: Fra-gile. That must be Italian
gomarwrites: Love Actually: Without hope or agenda, just because it’s Christmas, and at Christmas you tell the truth, to me, you are perfect
katiecarroll1: “I hate Uncle Jamie!”
travelblggr: “It’s aaaah TOASTER!” from Scrooged
sosbetty: <La,la,la> sung to tune of jingle bells by Babe the pig. Same movie – duck saying <Christmas is carnage>
@MidlifeRoadTrip: “These toilets are Gianormous!” ~ Efl
wenphd: I’m Mr. Heat Miser…I’m Mr. Fun…(sing along…)
nancyberk: Feeling memory challenged w/ so many quoters.
FrancescaMaz: “Santa?! I know him!!” –Elf
momsofamerica: Cmas Day is N R grasp as long as we have hands 2 clasp. Xmas Day will always B, just as long as we have we. Dr Seuss
TheOtherEstevez: Merry Christmas, Shitter’s Full
_Sue_Ross: It’s a little nipply in here, uh nippy.- ‘ clark grizwald’
KimRandall: You stink. You smell like beef and cheese! You don’t smell like Santa. – Elf
@Vagabond3Live oh… I also love “I’m gonna lasso the moon”- Jimmy Stewart stole my heart at 9 yr
Q9. Best “restaurant” meal during the holidays #NUTS
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WriterChick47: A9: Any restaurant meal is appreciated since I don’t have to cook it!
ehalvey: Hopefully the tapas at Taller de Tapes in BCN on NYE.
nancyberk: Finally something I can answer! Fried clams!
MagellanPR: Usually something fishy – maybe fishcakes or cod dish – can’t cook good fish dishes at home to save my life!
kymri: A mug of starbucks coffee
travelblggr: Not a restaurant … but totally diggin the salted hot chocolate at Starbucks and Santa’s White Christmas at Barnies
WeekendInParis: This year, will be eating at The Peaks Hotel in Telluride –
ShannonOliviero: Anything from Flemings SteakHouse & WineBar
@Banff_Squirrel Any place that serves rice pudding with raisins & cinnamon – can never make it right
terraincognita: We like to recreate the Chinese restaurant scene in “A Christmas Story”
EpsteinTravels: Ever been to a Chinese Restaurant on Christmas Eve…more of my Jewish brethren there than in Tel Aviv
deniselao: Best “restaurant” meal during the holidays (and any time): Steak frites or Moules Frites or… I can’t decide =P
RickGriffin: . Anywhere the in-laws don’t want to go:)
momsofamerica: The Blue Iguana restaurant in VA!
gomarwrites: Chinese food taste great after traditional Christmas food. & just because my salt intake needs to catch up w/ sugar consumption
TheTrvlPrincess: Back in the day when i would ride in the back seat of my parents car…face plastered to the window….looking for Santa 🙂
ymri: Going way back….going to the beach to build a sandcastles since we didn’t have snow 🙁
Q10. Best Holiday Memory #NUTS
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travelblggr: A10. Blessed to have many. =)
@WriterChick47<- Well there was that one time we took my Dads scooter and jumped stacked beer cans! or My dad handing out the presents. With each present came a compliment. I miss that
ehalvey: Getting engaged on Christmas morning out on the in-laws’ lawn.
MagellanPR: Visiting Mamma Mia & entire family singing to Abba-Hysterical: especially as can’t sing
GoApril: First Christmas with my son when he got what x-mas was about!
BtrVacationRent: Thanksgiving on Maui. Snorkeled w/ turtles am, drank wine while cooking, & I thought it was my best ever The family did NOT agree
travelerkate: Seeing Santa left me a suitcase and Italian Rosetta Stone. It took me an embarrassingly long time to piece it together
kymri: . I may sound like a broken record for those who play #TNI, #TMOM, etc., but it has to be getting married in Africa on Thanksgiving #NUTS followed by getting engaged Christmas Eve in Buenos Aires
@TerraIncognita: The excitement of waiting for Santa when I was a kid. Magical. Nothing can ever compete with that!
traveldesigned: Eating dinner at a 5 star restaurant in DC with my pjs on under my clothes after seeing National Christmas trees
familyfoodie: . Best Holiday Memory: Holiday Dinners Around The Family Table
2happyright: yes I have many but kids knocking over tree I remember was a nightmare
@McMedia: A10 Santa putting the Tree up after we kids went to bed on Christmas Eve #Magical
Seville_Writer: smoking hashish on roof of houseboat on Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir
WeekendInParis: Waiting at the top of the stairs for the “all clear” that Santa had indeed come & then running like crazy to the family room
FrancescaMaz: . Last Christmas, my daughter’s first Christmas. Loved watching her open her presents!
RickGriffin: Setting up the video camera for my daughters to see if we could “catch” Santa
@sosbetty: the yr the dog unwrapped all the pressies overnight on Xmas eve & ate e’thing edible
pizzalogger: (as a child) Those furry christmas candies in the bottom of my red felt stocking and I still ate them
@HotelPRGuy: Raiding the minibar
traveldesigned: One year my GF watered down the liquor and we couldn’t get the bananas foster to flame-and we accidentally set fire to centerpiece
@LoriMoreno: This One! XO
theexplorateur: Stumbled across #NUTS- what is this!? I’m intrigued!
EpsteinTravels: 60 minutes of anadulterated awesomeness!
Banff_Squirrel: Woohoo! That’s love in a can!
LucieD_inthesky: I’m answering randomly and backwards,
EpsteinTravels: I may just copy your Twitter stream & insert awesomes and pretend it’s mine.
travelblggr: Bourbon & eggnog, bourbon cream topping on dessert, bourbon pudding, hot toddy bourbon .
EpsteinTravels: You ever do the tongue on poll? Admit it?
sherryfetzer: I stuck my tongue to my sled once…. it wasn’t pretty
@marciahoeck I do love the sweets over the holidays – why eat the real food?
WeekendInParis: …and to all a good night! Loved it!