New Year's Rituals Around the World

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 12/31/2014

New Year's Rituals Around the WorldAround the world family, friends and loved ones come together on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to celebrate. In the United States we gather on New Year’s Eve to “ring out the old and ring in the new” by raising our glasses at midnight while sharing hugs and kisses and listening to, or reveling, Auld Lang Syne.

Featured Recipe: Silent Night

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 12/27/2014

During this time of the year, we spend a lot of time visiting with our loved ones and celebrating. No matter your culture or religion, most people have a holiday of importance during this season.

A Brief History of Hot Cocoa

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 12/26/2014

A Brief History of Hot CocoaAs I’ve mentioned before, hot cocoa is different than hot chocolate. Many people confuse the two. Hot chocolate is melted baker’s chocolate in melted in milk, cream and sugar; hot cocoa is prepared from cocoa powder. Cocoa powder is pressed from chocolate so as to remove the fat.

A Christmas Message to the Parents of the World

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 12/24/2014

As children around the world go to bed this Christmas Eve they leave cookies and cocoa for Santa as a treat for him, who, they hope, will, sometime during the night, fill their stocking and leave presents galore. These cookies and cocoa, most likely prepared by their parents, are a symbol of hope that Santa’s presents will bring happiness and joy to their child the next morning.

How A Company’s Core Values Impact Business

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 12/18/2014

How A Company’s Core Values Impact BusinessAny time you consider doing business with a company (whether on a personal or professional level), you should take a moment to research and consider their core values. The core values of a company reflect their internal identity, and are an integral reason for the company’s success. 

Managing a Family Run Business

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 12/16/2014

managing a family business“Never hire family.” I’ve heard that plenty of times and I’m sure you have too. Some believe that you should never mix your professional life with your family. I disagree. It doesn’t have to be a “pain” working alongside your family. In fact, I believe it can be exceptionally fulfilling. 

Career Advice for Graduating Accounting Majors

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 12/13/2014

career advice for graduating accounting majorsKnowing that I have had a successful career in accounting and finance, I have often been asked to mentor children of employees, neighbors and friends who will be graduating within a year, or who have just recently graduated, with majors in accounting about career paths in the field of accounting.

New York Talk

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 12/11/2014

new york talkAsk any person from New York City and they will tell you they grew up on the streets of the city. In growing up you develop a slang vocabulary that regardless of your subsequent formal education you find yourself using in conversation from time to time.

Pulotto - A Christmas Eve Game

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 12/10/2014

Pulotto - a family Christmas gameLate Christmas Eve... that magical moment in time when children around the world go to bed excited and dream about Santa. That moment in time that radiates deep into our inner soul and transcends the silence of the night into hope, joy and peace on earth. And yes, that moment in time when the adults gather around to play Pulotto.

6 Sure-Fire Ways to Shake the Cold From Your Bones

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 12/9/2014

warm up on a cold dayThe temperatures continue to drop and most of our bodies simply aren’t ready for it. Of course, we can start ‘layering” up more and more to stay warm, but there are plenty of other ways that can help. If you’re looking for some sure-fire ways to shake the cold out of your bones, try some of these suggestions:

Making Perfect Holiday Memories

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 12/8/2014

making holiday memoriesI began writing this blog with the intention of addressing making holiday memories. I was going to write about attending a play with your family (The Nutcracker or Messiah & Bach), or attending a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony, or if your truly daring, to go caroling. But then I stopped and thought, what truly have been the perfect holiday memories.

Featured Recipe: Norwegian Spruce

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 12/2/2014

Featured Recipe: Norwegian SpruceIt's the celebrating time of year, which means we'll all be inclined to enjoy an adult beverage from time to time. I like to add a bit of flavor to my drinks, so Sippity® hot cocoa mixes make the perfect compliment.



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