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9 Ways to Smash Out Your Feelings

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Let’s take a moment for some #realtalk: family is fun, friends are great, but the holidays can bubble up some—well—rage.

If you don’t have a significant other, “When are you getting a boy-/girlfriend?”
If you do, “When are you getting married?”
If you are, “When are you having babies?”
If you’re from a particularly tactless clan, “You’ve gotten a little heavier, haven’t you?”


The result: GABI ANGRY. GABI SMASH. Not that I speak from personal experience.

Grab a masher, mallet, or get ready to use your bare hands—here are some recipes for everyone who needs to join the Smash Club (™ pending) this holiday season.

Sage, Brown Butter & Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes by cynthia | two red bowls

Photo by cynthia | two red bowls

Banana Bread Blondies by Laura Dembowski

Photo by James Ransom

Smashed Pea Guacamole with Cilantro, Ginger and Lime by thechocolatefig

Photo by James Ransom

No-Gadget Falafel by Izy Hossack

Photo by Izy Hossack

Hard Squash Hummus by Modern Farmer

Photo by James Ransom

Orange Saffron Mashed Sweet Potatoes by Cara Eisenpress

Photo by Cara Eisenpress

And in case you'd like to pursue other meanings of "smashed"...

Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash by foxloveslemons

Photo by Mark Weinberg

Whiskey Peach Smash by Kenzi Wilbur

Photo by James Ransom

Concord Grape Smash by Erik Lombardo

Photo by James Ransom

How do you smush and mash out the holiday frustrations? We're ready to empathize in the comments.

Tags: family, smash, rage, feelings, stress