Episode 025 Dealing with Difficult People During the Holidays


The Christmas season is here and most of us are already busy trying to make this year perfect. We want to give the perfect gifts, make Pinterest worthy food, and create as many Instagramable moments as possible. Sometimes our good intentions can drive us to the brink of crazy. For the sake of our friends and family, my co-hosts and I have gathered to talk about the times we’ve been difficult during the holiday season, how we are planning to change that, and what you can do if you know people like us.

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  • 3 to 4 pounds fresh beef brisket or boneless beef chuck pot roast
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg or cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon instant minced onion
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup catsup
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 8 medium carrots, peeled and bias sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Trim fat from meat; discard fat. Coarsely crush cloves and allspice. Combine cracked cloves and allspice, salt, pepper and nutmeg or cinnamon. Rub over the surface of the meat.

Place an extra large plastic bag in a large bowl. Place meat in bag. Stir together instant minced onion, brown sugar, catsup, vinegar and 1/2 cup water. Pour over meat in bag. Close bag. Refrigerate overnight, turning bag occasionally to redistribute marinade.

Place meat and marinade in a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Cover and roast in a 325° oven for 2 hours. Add carrots and roast 1 hour longer or until meat is very tender and carrots are done. Remove meat to a serving platter. Cover to keep warm. Strain

JELLO FLUFF also known as Strawberry Fluff

  • 2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored Jell-O®
  • 1 (16 ounce) package cottage cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

In a mixing bowl, combine the gelatin mix, cottage cheese, whipped topping and pineapple. Mix together well, refrigerate until chilled and serve.


Gretchen Rubin’s list on 8 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Relatives During the Holidays

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