Workers Share Their Black Friday Horror Stories

RETAILERS slashed the price of clothes, technology and even flights for this year’s Black Friday, and shoppers rushed out to make the most of deals ahead of the festive season last week.

But the sales and estimated £4bn in profits have a price – the discount day is notorious in retail circles for being the worst time to work because of the bargain hunting mob’s ruthlessness.

Shop workers have taken to Reddit to express their frustrations about the annual Black Friday Sales in a bid to clue the public in on the shopping madness they have to deal with.

Asking workers to come forward, user catofthe_canals asked: “Retail workers of Reddit, what’s your Black Friday horror story?”

Not waiting for a second invitation, retail workers proceeded to share their shocking stories.

Kittykatie0629 said: “I work at the largest lingerie retailer in the country. We had a security guard last night for the beginning of black Friday.

“A mother decided she didn’t want to wait in a 50 person deep line and she would cut.

“Our security guard asked her multiple times to step to the back of the line or leave.

“She proceeded to ream him with every curse word in the book, and ended by threatening him with a gun she had in her bag. This will be my last holiday in retail.”

Worker Axx06 even claimed a group of impatient shoppers seriously injured him in their haste.

He said: “People running in pushed a shelf of TVs on me. Broke my leg.”

But police, violence and injury aren’t the only things shop workers have to deal with on Black Friday; technical difficulties also make the day unbearable.

Steelergrl2310 recounted her black Friday nightmare: “I worked for a golf superstore as a cashier. Black Friday customers come rushing in and the line starts.

“I proceed to scan the first item and nothing… the registers are completely down and the lines are growing fast. The only thing we could do is take every transaction manually.

“Write down SKU’s, calculate tax, and use the old credit card swipers for 3 hours. I never worked retail during Black Friday again.”

More impressed by inventive tactics than anything else, Reddit user VeryLazyLewis recounted a method one shopper used to get the goods: “Not so much a horror story but something I just couldn’t believe Black Friday at ASDA there was these microwaves like 70% off and the store and was so busy you couldn’t move.

“There was empty shelves all along the aisle up to these microwaves and a guy laid down on the shelf and army crawled along the shelves grabbed a microwave and army crawled back with it.”

The Benefits of Beach Workouts

good healthIf you have a balanced diet and work out on a regular basis then you probably think you have set yourself up for years of good health. This could be true; however, fitness experts say to obtain optimum results you have to pay close attention to where you are working out. In other words, its not just the performance that can lead you to good health; its the atmosphere.

A review of several fitness studies has determined that there are huge benefits to physical performance in a natural environment like the beach. In the cases that were looked at, working out in a natural setting proved to not only strengthen muscle tone and lead to weight loss, it provided mental benefits. A review, published in the journal, Environmental Science and Technology, looked at the impact of outdoor physical performance on both adults and children. The conclusion…that working out in green spaces was associated with feelings of increased energy, positive engagement, decreased depression, and decreased tension. Many participants reported that they were more likely to repeat the performance outside as opposed to inside.

Working Out on the Beach

The benefits of any physical activity seem to be supported by those who study vitamin deficiency. For example, reports published in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicate that one reason people may be vitamin D deficient is because they dont spend enough time outside doing outdoor activities. Some studies show that low vitamin D can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

We require about 5 minutes of sun exposure to our face, arms, back or legs twice a week. Since sunlight can lead to skin cancer, after a few minutes in the sun, sunscreen should be applied even if it is a hazy day. In the winter months, when people spend less time outdoors, nutritionists suggest vitamin D supplements.

Working out surfside

Some people consider working out as a chore or punishment, but add a beach to the mix and it hardly seems like something ominous. Orthopaedic surgeons will attest to the fact that the beach allows for great cross-training and strength building. Walking in soft sand, running along the waters edge, and swimming can all be part of your routine. The sandy surface is less jarring on joints and the swimming provides for a good cardio work-out. In some U.S cities, personal trainers will get their clients working out at the local beach.

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Simply walking on the beach in bare feet is considered working out. This is because the sand shifts, making traction more difficult. As a result your muscles are working harder as you are walking and trying to maintain your balance.

If you have recently injured a foot or leg, walking, running or jumping on beach sand is not a good option. The uneven surface will pose a risk for further muscle strain or other injuries.

Outdoor Safety While Working Out

When you are planning on taking your fitness performance outdoors, it is important to be prepared. Youll need sunscreen of course, but also plenty of water. Youll want to take a sip every 15 minutes on hot summer days. During peak heat, personal trainers suggest that you refrain from working out. You can lower your risk of problems and maintain good health if you avoid working out at the beach between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. when temperatures tend to be the hottest. Early morning or late afternoon is much safer.

Most people who work out on the beach have reported that time passes quickly; that they dont realize that their performance has gone on as long as it has. As a consequence, they tend to end up burning more calories than they would if they were working out at a gym or in their own homes. Many have also stated that they dont feel tired after working out, but revitalized instead.

If you are looking to shake-up your current work-out or even kick-start a routine, arm yourself with the outdoor safety tips above and hit the great outdoors for some fun and sun, it could just lead you to good health.

Skinny Teriyaki Pork Chops with Pineapple

Skinny Teriyaki Pork Chops with Pineapple

I’m sitting here on a Friday night, watching tv with no sound, because I’m dumb and don’t know anything about installing a sound system. The sound was working fine up until yesterday. Should have never shut my tv off? Surround sound is some complicated stuff if you don’t know how to use it or plug it in anywhere. Hopefully it will be back up and running tomorrow.

Does anybody have the mood to get outside and grill yet? Only 44 days left until Spring. I’m not quite there yet, but I know some people are probably just itching to get outside and start their grills up. Heck, why not, when it’s 25 to 35 degrees outside with no wind, the weather can be pretty nice. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I used my Cuisine art griddler to get those char marks on the side of the pork chops. Just marinade them in the pineapple and teriyaki mixture for a half and hour and pop these chops on the grill. George Foreman, griddler, stove top…; Your choice of grill is up to you. Use the force.

Skinny Teriyaki Pork Chops with Pineapple

Skinny Teriyaki Pork Chops with Pineapple

Skinny Teriyaki Pork Chops with Pineapple
Author: Jenna

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup Tropicana® Trop50® orange juice or canned pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons less-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 (4-ounce) boneless pork chops, trimmed of fat
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 thickly sliced fresh pineapple rings

Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ground ginger, onion powder, and garlic powder to make a marinade.
  2. Place the pork chops in a large resealable bag and add the marinade to coat. Seal the bag and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours up to overnight. If possible, turn the bag every hour or so to evenly cover the pork chops with the marinade.
  3. Transfer the pork chops to a shallow dish. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan.
  4. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch into 2 teaspoons of cold water to make a slurry. Place the saucepan of marinade over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the slurry. Cook, whisking, until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to use as a baste for the grilled pork chops and pineapple.
  5. Preheat an indoor grill, grill pan, or outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Lightly coat the grill rack of the indoor grill or grill pan with cooking spray.
  6. Place the pork chops on the grill and cook until the internal temperature reaches 145° F, 4 to 5 minutes per side, brushing often with the baste as you grill.
  7. Add the pineapple slices to the grill and cook for 1 to 2 minutes on both sides.
  8. Let the pork chops rest for 2 to 4 minutes before serving.
  9. To serve, place one grilled pineapple slice on top of each pork chop and serve with any remaining marinade sauce.

Notes
Recipe from Skinny Mom

SmartPoints: 5 (one pork chop and 1 pineapple ring)

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 Calories: 201 Fat: 6.74 Saturated fat: 2.3 Carbohydrates: 9.4 Sugar: 8 Fiber: .5 Protein: 25

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Night Time Workouts Have More Benefits

 weight lossDo you keep a regular schedule for workout? It may be interesting to think that there might be a specific time that is most beneficial for exercise, especially when ones goal for working out is to improve physical performance or to achieve weight loss. A recent medical report showed that the time of day one engages in exercise may also improve ones performance and chances for weight loss are higher when one works out in the evening.

In a recent medical report issued by researchers at Harvard University, the change in blood pressure was measured among 28 individuals with normal blood pressure for 240 hours using various daylight settings. The use of different daylight settings was based on the concept of the circadian rhythm, which is a biological regulator for specific physiological activities of the body that is mainly influenced by the duration of daylight and evening hours. For example, the body is programmed to sleep during the evenings and to be awake during the day. Changes in the circadian rhythm, which is often associated with nightshift jobs, are may be associated with poor performance at work because of the difficulty in sleeping during the day and adapting a new circadian rhythm.

More Weight Loss at Night?

The study showed that implementation of different daylight hours on the study participants did not result in changes in the blood pressure. Interestingly, the researchers observed that regardless of length of wakefulness, the blood pressure of the study participants was constantly higher at approximately 9:00 PM, suggesting that the circadian rhythm for blood pressure was quite robust. This may also serve as a mechanism for insomnia, or the abnormal sleeping pattern that results in shorter periods of rest and recharging of the body.

The results of the study may be useful in the design of exercise regimens for individuals who want to improve their physical performance or achieve weight loss. Most people who exercise possess the goal of preventing obesity, which involves the excessive gain in weight through the deposition of fat in various parts of the body. Exercise also serves as a preventative method against various medical diseases that are strongly linked with obesity, including diabetes and heart disease. Engaging in regular exercise is therefore a healthy choice for improving general health and performance and enhancing weight loss.

The Other Effects of Nighttime Exercise

The Harvard report showed that despite changes in the time of wakefulness, the blood pressure of the study participants was shown to be higher in the evenings. This observation may be adapted for exercise programs, wherein a higher blood pressure during an evening workout may help in burning more calories, thus facilitating weight loss and improving physical stamina and performance. The chances for weight loss also increases when an individual engages in more cardiovascular types of exercise that increase blood pressure, allowing better circulation of blood and oxygen across the body.

This timely report may be helpful to individuals leading a busy schedule, who often only find time to exercise in the evenings. For people with less hectic schedules, exercise is usually performed in the mornings and this may also be helpful in improving performance and assisting in weight loss. For other individuals, the time for working out may vary, depending on how busy a day may be and thus variable times for working out may be a concern for them in terms of chances for weight loss and enhancing performance.

The medical report thus banishes myths that it is better to work out in the morning than in the afternoon or evening. The scientific evidence provided by the report shows that in order to improve performance and achieve weight loss, the optimal time for working out is in the evenings, when the blood pressure of the body is higher and thus the chances of engaging in a cardiovascular workout is also more likely. This circadian increase in blood pressure may assist in burning more calories, possibly with a little less effort than working out in the morning. However, one does not have to change ones routine schedule to adapt this new discovery regarding circadian blood pressure fluctuations to enhance the effects of working out. As long as one exercises, better performance and weight loss may still be achieved.

Related Reading: Natural home remedies for weight loss

17 Most Expensive Celebrity Plastic Surgeries, Was it Worth it?

It is no secret that celebrities love to get plastic surgery; after all, they are defined by their looks and they want to stay looking young. It also does not help that they are expected to look perfect, and when something is a little off, the press will let them know. But even though the desire for plastic surgery can be understandable, these celebs took it just a little too far. Then again, for some of them, the high price tag might have been worth it to get the job done right.

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1. Jocelyn Wildenstein $2,000,000

We know what you’re thinking: all that money and it went horribly wrong. But the truth is that Jocelyn thinks the surgeries went right. Her goal was always to look like a cat. She claims it was because her husband wanted it that way, but he was the one that put in a clause that said she could not use any of the money she got in the divorce on plastic surgery.

Rebel Wilson Says She Hasn’t Been Offered Adele Role

Rebel Wilson has shot down reports suggesting she’ll be playing Adele in a new biopic.

Adele herself laughed off the rumors at a gig in London on Monday, telling fans, “Let’s see if that turns out to be true,” and now the Pitch Perfect star has weighed in on the speculation.

Wilson recently took to Twitter and revealed she has never been offered such a role.

But she admits she would consider the part, telling one curious fan her participation would “depend on the script.”

Adele seemed a little ticked off about the Wilson rumor during her show.

She told fans that filmmakers would “need my f**king permission” before making a start on a biopic.

Meanwhile, another quirky role Wilson has signed on for is that of sea witch Ursula in a staged retelling of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl this summer.

She’ll star alongside singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles and John Stamos.

Breakfast Egg Salad

You know what is up this morning? Egg salad. Yep, egg salad on crusty olive bread. It’s also what’s up for lunch and probably dinner.


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It’s a recipe from Andie Mitchell’s second book, but first cookbook Eating in the Middle.

You know, I’m going to tell you the book is awesome — I don’t do bad reviews, it’s not my thing. There are way too many good books to share — so yes, I’m going to insist you order it! You should also know, I’m going to tell you she is one of the loveliest people I’ve come across. Aside from the obvious of being stunningly gorgeous, she’s honest and genuine — the kind of person that immediately puts you at ease.


Eating in The Middle from Andie Mitchell | Bakers Royale

But back to the book and why I love it. Andie shows you healthy and thoughtful eating doesn’t have to resemble rabbit food. Her recipes are wholesome and full of flavor. The book takes you from breakfast to dinner with sides and recipes for gatherings in between and dessert to finish it off. Along the way you’ll find the same endearing person that resonated with some many of us for her honesty about finding balance in life and our relationship to food.


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There are so many great recipes, so I struggled a bit with finding which one to share, but I settled on the Breakfast Egg Salad, because the idea of having it for breakfast never occurred to me. Now that I have had it – its been on repeat for two days. The only slight change I made to the recipe was in replacing the red onions with radishes because my little guy doesn’t do raw onions.

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Breakfast Egg Salad

Yield: 2 cups | Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons full-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons plain 2 % Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onions (I subbed in radishes)
  • 1 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 pieces of whole grain bread, toasted

Directions:

Place eggs in a medium saucepan, cover with 1 inch of water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let stand for 12 minutes. Immediately transfer the eggs to an ice bath for 5 minutes. Peel and chop the eggs.

In a medium bowl combine the eggs, mayonnaise, yogurt mustard, bacon, red onion, chives, salt and pepper. Serve on toast. The egg salad will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 day.

“Adult” Worm and Dirt Parfaits

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Spring is here? Or so I think anyways?

It doesn’t want to make up it’s mind yet and still freezing at nights. I want to plant some veggies in my garden. Gardening made me think of that child hood dessert classic “worm and dirt” parfaits. Worm and dirt parfaits usually consist of chocolate pudding and crushed oreos. Crushed oreos are the dirt part and gummy worms are the worm. Could you imagine eating those two in real life? Gross.

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Anything gummy is a guilty pleasure of mine, especially Haribro gummy bears. Mmmm I could easily eat 2 or 3 of those bags in one night.

To make this dessert more “adult like” I subbed 1/2 cup of Baileys for the rest of the milk. Usually those instant pudding boxes make you use 2 cups of milk. 1/2 cup Baileys and 1 1/2 cups of milk. Top with crushed oreos and add in the gummy worms. I don’t have a preferance for brands when it comes to gummy worms. Eileens were pretty tasty and you can usually get those at Fleet Farm.

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“Adult” Worm and Dirt Parfaits
Author: Jenna

Ingredients
  • 1 box of instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • ½ cup of Baileys
  • 1½ cups of Milk
  • ½ cup of Cool Whip
  • 10 – 12 crushed oreos
  • 12 Gummy Worms

Instructions
  1. Do not follow the back of the pudding mix for this. Instead of 2 cups of milk use 1½ cups of milk and ½ cup of Baileys. Make like directed on the back of the box. Fold in the cool whip and chill in the fridge until set.
  2. Crush some oreos in a plastic bag until it resembles “dirt.”
  3. Find 4 of the same glasses and layer the pudding on the bottom until it almost reaches the top. Top the pudding with crushed oreos and place 3 gummy worms inside the dirt.

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The Wonders of Tai Chi for the Elderly

risk of obesityHave you ever considered using tai chi as your regular form of exercise? Tai chi originated from China in the 15th century by the Taoist priest, Zhang San Feng, for his practice of religion and philosophy. Two centuries later, tai chi evolved into an area of martial arts. Today, tai chi pertains to an exercise utilizing distinct movements that promote both physical, as well as psychological improvements. Tai chi is now used by millions of individuals around the world as a regular form of exercise to decrease the risk of obesity and to achieve weight loss.

According to a recent report published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the results of an extensive review of research reports showed that tai chi is an effective exercise for both body and mind. Tai chi teaches the mind to move energy across the body using distinct slow movements.

How Tai Chi Impacts Your Risk of Obesity

The report described that individuals engaged in tai chi have experienced improvements in their quality of life. In addition, these tai chi exercise participants have also shown an enhancement of their general health, including that of achieving weight loss and decreasing the risk of obesity. But how exactly does tai chi work result in weight loss if this type of exercise only involves slow physical movements of the body? Reports have described that although tai chi makes use of slow and low-impact movements, the principle of this exercise involves both the body and mind, thus inducing a relaxation and a deeper focus on inner energies of the body. The amount of energy and body movements in tai chi is therefore equivalent to repeated movements associated with Western aerobic exercise for weight loss and decrease in risk of obesity.

The relaxation of the body and mind that results from tai chi also improves the emotional condition of an individual, thus decreasing the chances of a person to overeat, which in turn lowers the risk of obesity. It is also important to realize that individuals who are emotionally unstable turn to binge eating for comfort, thus increasing their risk of obesity and making weight loss less likely. It is also more difficult to achieve weight loss when an individual is emotionally disturbed and makes use of sweet or sugar-rich food items in pacifying ones self during difficult times. This behavior has been strongly associated with a higher risk of obesity.

Better Mental Health and Weight Loss Benefits

Engaging in tai chi generally results in a stabilization of emotions and thus better mental health, significantly decreasing the risk of obesity and removing the need for weight loss. For other individuals using tai chi as exercise, the occurrence of body pain has also been shown to significantly decrease, thus increasing their mobility that may help in weight loss and lower the risk of obesity.

Improved hearing, reduced ringing, naturally?

Many doctors say hearing loss is a part of the aging process and you “have
to live with it.” They are wrong! Recent breakthrough research has uncovered
powerful ingredients that can improve and support hearing even if you”re 70,
80 or 90-years-old! These ingredients help boost circulation in the ears,
reduce ringing and improve hearing. The best part is, they can work in as
little as seven days! To know more about these ingredients, Click Here.

Can the elderly engage in tai chi exercise, too? The medical review showed that tai chi is so safe for use across various age groups that even the elderly may engage in this activity and still observe major improvements in their quality of life. The principles of tai chi are generally easy to perform, allowing children, adults, and the elderly to follow the slow body movements. In addition, the use of slow movements in tai chi renders this as a low-impact exercise regimen that may minimally inflict physical harm in the elderly. The movements associated with tai chi may also help in decreasing the risk of obesity and help in achieving weight loss even in the elderly.

The medical review also described the potential of tai chi in slowing down the process of aging among the elderly, mainly through the use of slow movements in improving both the physical and mental condition of a senior citizen. Having a better outlook in life, even during the senior years, may also help in decreasing the risk of obesity and assist in weight loss.

Tai chi presents a number of advantages for the improvement and maintenance of general health. This physical program is very simple, involving slow movements that could be easily followed by elderly individuals. In addition, the slow movements of tai chi allow elderly individuals to use this exercise despite their advanced age, even in the presence of cardiovascular diseases such as congenital heart disease and hypertension.

24 St. Patrick’s Day Dessert & Drink Recipes

Throwing a St. Patty’s Day party? We’ve got your covered with 24 great (and of course green) St. Patrick’s Day desserts and drinks.

1. Original Irish Coffee

Enjoy this original any time of day! Watch how easy it is to make and see the recipe details.

2. Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


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Want to have your drink and eat your dessert too? Plop a scoop into the original Irish coffee above. See recipe details.

3. Shamrock Sour Cocktail


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A St. Patty’s Day twist for the classic whiskey sour. See recipe details.

4. Leprechaun Hat S’mores


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“Easy enough for your little leprechauns to help make too.” See recipe details.

5. Shamrock Cookies


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Perfectly themed. Incredibly delicious. See recipe details.

6. Chocolate Beer Cupcakes with Whiskey Filling and Irish Cream Icing


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Why drink your alcohol when you can eat it inside a cupcake? See recipe details.

7. Shamrock Lime Sherbet Punch


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Green in color. Lime in flavor. Beautiful all around. See recipe details.

8. Lucky Charms Cupcakes


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Giving new meaning to “magically delicious.” See recipe details.

9. McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Copycat


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This counts as drinking my greens, right? See recipe details.

10. Irish Whiskey Chocolate Lava Cakes


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Bursting with whiskey and chocolate. What’s not to love? See recipe details.

11. Sparkling Green Sangria


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Make your St. Patrick’s Day sparkling and sophisticated. See recipe details.

12. St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow


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Perfect for munching on mid pub crawl. See recipe details.

13. Mint Chocolate Brownies


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Oh my! Each bite makes me want more! See recipe details.

14. Frozen Mudslide


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Keep cool and continue your buzz. See recipe details.

15. Leprechaun Hat Cake


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OK, this one is for you overachievers out there. See recipe details.

16. Lucky Leprechaun Cocktail


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Because we could all use a little liquid luck when conquering the bar scene. See recipe details.

17. Mint Chocolate Chip Pie


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Dreamy, minty, and delicious! See recipe details.

18. Bailey’s Coffee Ice Cream Float


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Personally, I wouldn’t mind bringing every day to a close with a Baily’s Ice Cream Float. See recipe details.

19. Coconut & Avocado Grasshopper Bars


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A healthier holiday treat option. See recipe details.

20. Irish Flag


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A drink that’s as easy as pour 1, pour 2, pour 3. See recipe details.

21. Irish Cream Truffle Fudge


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Irish Cream just makes everything so fudging good. See recipe details.

22. Mint Juleps


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A special St. Patty’d Day bonus goes out to anyone who garnishes with four-leaf clovers. See recipe details.

23. Rainbow Fruit Salad Parfaits


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A healthy way to eat the rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day. See recipe details.

24. Bailey’s Banana Colada


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Just one sip and you’ll think you’re celebrating St. Patty’s on a tropical island. See recipe details.

Cheers to happy, healthy, and safe St. Patrick’s Day!