Sunday, January 26, 2014

Week 3 Sunday (1/26/14)

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Cherry Limeade
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
                           Pages 114-115      Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 190 calories per serving, if 12 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         Ree picked a great name because there is a general debate online about if this should be called a kiddie cocktail or a Shirley Temple. The Minnesota fans call it a Kiddie Cocktail, but New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arkansas, and even Nova Scotia call it a Shirley Temple.  Way to avoid the drama and be creative, Ree! 
         I actually liked this drink but it was a little sweet for me.  I am really a Diet Coke girl and would rarely choose a sweet drink, unless it had ice cream floating in it.

Today’s critics: 

         Brandy:  “Pink Punch Cocktail - DELICIOUS! I loved it, want more, want to put alcohol in it! Nick loved it too. That was a sassy little punch!”
         The Serpicos thought it was too sweet.  Nicole suggested that she would nix all the sugar.  There is enough in the pop, or soda if you prefer and the cherry juice.

Trivial Triffles

         Today I was thinking about how we handle aging.  I read some quotes from people over 100 years old and they all seemed to say that you need an active mind and body. They also discussed that you need to have a reason to get up each day.
         I never thought of it that way. Our minds and bodies need us to stay in touch, tuned in, and active to sustain life. What have you done that was interesting today?

Memory Musings

         If I could aspire to be like anyone in the world, it would be my Grandma Ehrhardt.  She was such a happy, caring woman.  I loved going to spend time with her at her home in Aurora. My grandparents lived in a modest saltbox house and were very happy.  She loved to garden, and I remember helping her pick rubarb and weed her little backyard garden. 
         Her greatest quality was that she was kind.  I never heard her speak ill of anyone. She must have had some of those thoughts, but kept them to herself. All she shared was encouragement and praise. My Grandfather had health issues, but I never heard her complain or whine about her lot in life. She looked for the best in everyone and every situation.  She was kind and generous and volunteered her time.
         I treasure the letters she wrote to me while I was in college.  She had her own style.  She always began with the weather, including the temperature, and then filled me in on what was happening while I was away at school.  I loved getting the mail because she wrote to me a lot.
         I am so blessed to have known and loved this special woman! I thank the Lord for giving me a wonderful role model.

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