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NFL’s Chargers Are Staying In San Diego, For Now

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As if there was any real doubt, but the San Diego Chargers are staying in San Diego! The football team announced last night that they have no intention of going to Los Angeles, at least for the 2015 season. But, between you and me, if San Diego wants to keep the Chargers as part of the Southern California Lifestyle, they should start thinking of ways to get a new stadium.

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Statement of Mark Fabiani

Special Counsel to the President of the San Diego Chargers

December 16, 2014

On February 1st of every year since 2007, the Chargers have been eligible to terminate the team’s lease for Qualcomm Stadium. And each year since 2007, the Chargers have announced that the team will not exercise the termination clause and instead continue to work toward a permanent stadium solution in San Diego.

Today, the Chargers are making the same announcement that the team has made each year since 2007: The team will not be exercising the lease termination clause and will keep working to find a publicly acceptable way to build a Super-Bowl quality stadium in San Diego. Calendar year 2015 will constitute the team’s fourteenth year of work on a San Diego stadium solution.

(Chargers.com)

14 YEARS of looking for a solution. That is crazy. I must admit that Jack Murphy Stadium, now Qualcomm, holds a special place in my memory, and it is not a terrible stadium, but come on now, 14 years is way too long to sit around wand wait for change. Get it together San Diego!

The Chargers have been in San Diego for almost all of their existence, and with so many season ticket holders here in Southern California it is nice to see that the Chargers want to stay, at least for now.

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Holiday Entertaining: Appetizer Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer Recipe.  Enjoy this mushroom appetizer recipe before a sit down dinner, with cocktails, or as part of a casual dinner with friends this holiday season

Holiday Appetizer Recipe

This season is full of parties, get togethers and late night snacking. BusyBeeBlogger has the perfect appetizer recipe for your parties. This stuffed mushrooms appetizer recipe is an especially tasty finger food that can be served prior to a a sit down dinner or as part of wine night with friends paired with other appetizers.

Stuffed Mushrooms Appetizer

Ingredients
12 large mushrooms
3 cups stuffing
½ cup green beans (chopped)
¼ cup onion (chopped)
1 tsp garlic (finely minced)
1 tsp parsley (chopped)
1 cup Just Mayo™
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
½ cup panko breadcrumbs

Directions -
Preheat oven to 375˚F Lightly grease a sheet tray. Remove stems from mushrooms and hollow out using a damp paper towel. Pat dry and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix vegetables, stuffing, and Just Mayo™. Then add in spices and seasoning.
Scoop mixture into hollowed out mushrooms, ensuring they are rounded out over the tops.
Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the mushroom stuffing to create a crispy texture.
Bake mushrooms for 10-12 minutes, until tops are golden brown.

We love mushrooms here at BusyBeeBlogger, and this appetizer is perfect for the Christmas and holiday season. You can serve this mushroom recipe before a dinner, or paired together with an assortment of other appetizers as a very casual dinner with friends. Pop in a copy of “White Christmas” and serve these mushroom appetizers with wine, a cheese plate with fruit and meat and you will have instant casual entertaining.

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Gift Guide: Modern Cocktail Lover

Pinup Girl checking her Christmas presents in wrapped packages in front of the fireplace does not know her nightgown is now see through.

This cocktail Thursday is all about the gift giving this year. You are sure to make your cocktail appreciating friend smile with any of these tasteful gifts this holiday season.

Stir and Shake cocktail calendar makes a great gift for the cocktail lover on your list.

Stir and Shake Cocktail Calendar - This calendar is more contemporary art than it is for tracking your daily appointments. The drawings on this cocktail calendar display a favorite drink recipe: Bloody Mary, Rosemary Ginger Hot Toddy, Blood Orange Sidecar, Mojito, Agave Margarita, Garden Sangria, Cucumber Mint Gin + Tonic, Blackberry Smash, Dark + Stormy, Vodka Dirty Martini, Old Fashioned, French 75. Your friends could even frame each month after it passes and keep it as art around the house, office or their own lounge at home. Beautifully done.

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Booze For Babes- You heard me talk about this book on the radio show Bruja on Books, and I still love it. Do not let the name on the cover fool you , this book is perfect for anyone that wants to learn more about the spirits in their cocktails. This would be especially great for someone just getting into their love of cocktails.

The Rox Ice Ball form helps to add some cool to your chilled cocktails with globes of ice
Rox Ice Ball Maker- These ice balls are the newest must have for all of the cocktail crowd. More form than new function these globes of ice add a little cool to your chilled drinks.

Solid Copper Moscow Mule Mugs make the perfect Christmas gift for the cocktail lover
Solid Copper Mugs - There are the MUST HAVE cocktail gift of the year. Last Christmas you could not find these on the shelves anywhere, but this year the stores are ready and this is the year to get them without breaking the bank. These “Moscow Mule” mugs can be used for a variety of cocktails, including the Moscow Mule, Mint Juleps, Cuba Libres, and diet soda. Your friends will sure to enjoy these beautiful copper cocktail mugs all year long.

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La Costa Resort Gingerbread Festival and Tree Lighting Tonight VIDEO

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Tonight, 12-5-2014, Southern California’s own Omni La Costa Resort and Spa will be hosting its 1st annual gingerbread house festival. North San Diego County really is starting to get the hang of this holiday season thing.

Omni La Costa challenges San Diego bakers and holiday enthusiasts to create a signature Gingerbread house for chance to win $1,000 in cash & prizes, a $1,000 donation to the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club in their name! (LaCosta.com)

The Gingerbread Houses have all been judged and they will be announcing the winner of the contest tonight at the La Costa Resort and Spa from December 5th – January 5th.
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Cocktail Thursday: Candy Cane Cooler

The Candy Cane Cocktail brings the iconic flavors of the Christmas Holiday season to your new favorite drink.  Peppermint candy cane in cocktail form.

Christmas Holiday Cocktail Recipe

This holiday season just begs for its own line of cocktails. Nothing pronounces winter and the holiday season louder than the candy cane. The peppermint flavor and iconic red and white stripes bring to mind of happy holiday memories. This Christmas season cocktail is full of tastes and colors for the holiday. With vodka, brandy and creme de menthe the winter cocktail brings a very adult version of the candy cane to your next party for everyone to enjoy.

Candy Cane Cooler Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tbs crushed soft peppermint candy
1½ fl oz vodka
splash of white creme de menthe
¼ fl oz brandy
½ fl oz half-and-half
Crushed ice
Peppermint stick for garnish
Mint sprig for garnish

Directions:
Combine the vodka and crushed peppermint. Stir to dissolve. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and garnish.

These would look lovely in a low tumbler or even in copper mugs usually reserved for Cuba libres or Moscow mules. Especially with the sprig of mint of the peppermint candy cane sticking out of the top. Be sure to have all of the copper mugs or glass tumblers out displayed for everyone to see when they come into the party. I just think they look so pretty all in a row together, especially the shiny copper mugs. You do not need to have the cocktails pre-made but having the glasses in a row on a table or counter top adds a bit of a decorative touch to your affair.

What are you favorite flavors of the holiday season? Do you add creme de menthe to any other classic cocktails during Christmas time, or do you stick to the classics?

This cocktail recipe was originally developed by NoMaSocial in New Rochelle, New York.

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