Get Groovy With Hippie Juice: Cocktail Recipes for Spring

Cocktail Recipes

One of the Mama Kat prompts this week involves cocktail recipes:

Refreshments anyone? Prepare a drink for us and share the recipe!

Since I aim to please (and because I had all the ingredients since I made this recipe for a party in April), I bring you: Hippie Juice!

I discovered Hippie Juice on Pinterest and read about different variations on this blog. It’s perfect for a spring get-together or a beach outing. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A clean “Simply” brand juice container
  • Country Time Pink Lemonade powder mix
  • 1 cup Smirnoff Watermelon Vodka
  • 1/3 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/3 cup Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 4 strawberries

Measure out enough lemonade powder mix for two quarts (the lid of the container has a line for two quarts). Add the vodka, the triple sec, and the coconut rum. Mix it all together and put it in the Simply container. Add cold water to the neck of the Simply container.

Rinse the strawberries and cut straight across with a knife to remove the stem. Then place the strawberries upside down on the cutting board and slice evenly into 4 pieces using two motions forming a cross.

Drop the strawberries into the drink mixture, add water to the top, cap and shake gently to mix. Refrigerate.

Enjoy!

Cocktail Recipes

 Cocktail Recipes

2013: Getting Out Of The Box Sooner

I have seen some interesting prompts for 2013 goal setting and visioning.

I have seen several suggestions that we create a “word for the year” such as this post and any number of boards on Pinterest, such as this one from Mary Nelson-Huffman, whose word is “grow.”

The image most representative to me of my 2012 is my square wreath:

cropped wreath

It’s square because it sat in the box (the wreaths are sent to us every year on behalf of my in laws) for three weeks before anyone liberated it and hung it.  A three weeks where I thought hubs was going to do it because he said, on a day when he was industriously doing yard work, “get out the hook so the wreath can be hung” (said hook was dutifully gotten out). A three weeks where my teenager who was dying to have the house Christmas-y was “doing homework” and didn’t want to hang the wreath (not that homework isn’t important). A three weeks where hubs (about a week into the three) said, “seems like if you wanted it Christmas-y you would have hung the wreath.” Eventually he hung it and said, “the wreath is square.” Indeed.

It has been a year where I did not achieve my only written-down goal of running a 5K in less than 30 minutes, but adopted a new goal in February of running a half marathon for Autism Speaks. The half marathon has been run (in September). The 5K goal is getting transferred to 2013 (not the first transfer of this goal) and the wreath is square.

I don’t regret the delay in reaching the 5K goal that resulted from the training change-up involved in working toward the half marathon goal. I do regret the square edges on the wreath and the multitude of other things that I have let go over the year. The cluttered house; the cluttered office; the Executive Director who kept poking his head in, looking at the clutter (I moved offices right before vacation and came back to many fires to put out) with what I interpreted as “why can’t she get her sh*t together” disdain; the failure to delegate what could be delegated and to just handle what couldn’t as opposed to procrastinating.

If it’s true that “outer order brings inner calm,” then I have nowhere to go but up.

To digress a bit, the best “framing your 2013 resolutions” post I saw was (not surprisingly) from Leadership Freak. Entitled, “Beyond Typical S.M.A.R.T. Goals in 2013,” Dan Rockwell in his typically insightful way asked:

How do you want to think and feel about yourself when 2013 slips away?

– Does your behavior and attitude make you proud of yourself?

– How can you enhance your strengths and minimize your weaknesses?

– What can you do for you?

– How can you help others?

What contribution will you make to the way others think and feel about themselves?

– What can you do to make the future bright?

– How will you bolster self-confidence [for others]?

– How will you let others know they matter?

– How will you make others feel they belong?

– How will you help others work with others?

I can’t tackle all of these questions tonight in one post. But I’m going to let them simmer. I’m going to hope they give you some food for thought as your 2013 gets underway.

Honestly, if I had any guts at all I would share the “kayak” dream with all of you. It’s super-personal and airing it via my blog could hurt me professionally. (But I’m more than happy to share one on one/privately.) In brief, the “kayak” dream told me I’ve missed one particular boat in my life. And that leaves me the challenge of choosing the next boat, the next trip, the next destination.

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And maybe that does leave me with a word of for 2013: direction.

A word, direction, and a plan to hang a round wreath for Christmas 2013.

Now “Board”ing (A Mama Kat Writing Prompt)

Usually, I let random.org “choose” a Mama Kat prompt for me. This week, I am choosing the Pinterest-themed prompt because a) it’s easy and b) it’s the one I want to do! Here’s the prompt: Are you on Pinterest? Share the last five items you pinned, choose one and let it inspire a blog post.

These are the last five items I had pinned as of the time the prompt was published:

These penguin appetizers:

These delicious-looking cupcakes:

These red whoopie pies:

These yoga gingerbread cookies:

(don’t try to click to enlarge though!)
And this dollar tree:

And here I must diverge from Kat’s original instructions….instead of choosing one of those pins and using it to inspire me to do a blog post, I just must focus on what my boards say about me. You get default boards when you start Pinterest, and then you can create your own (boards are “themes” where you can put pins that relate to each other).

My “Products I Love” board has three random pins. My “Favorite Spaces and Places” board has one pin. My “Books Worth Reading” board has one pin. My “My Style Pinboard” has two random pins. My “For the Home” board has zero pins. My “Stuff to Make When I Have Time – i.e. 2025” has nine pins (one of which I have actually MADE!!). My “Miscellaneous” board has two random pins. My “Images From My Life!” board has eight pins. My “Recipes” board has 17 pins, none of which I have made but gosh the cake batter adult drink is practically calling my name. My “Food Art” board has three pins (two of which I made a long time ago). My “Smarties Creations” Board has three pins (two of which I made).

My boards are disorganized and hard to follow. I think the main conclusion I draw is that a) despite the fact that it is a huge breath of fresh air to walk into a clean, well-decorated home, that’s just not where my attention goes; b) if it’s something I may be able to make and blog about someday, it gets pinned; c) I like to make stuff …. or dream about making stuff.

Maybe I’ll make myself a cake batter adult drink and try to “pin something down” that brings logic to my boards.

In the meantime, I can’t close this post without sharing Kat’s brilliant Pinterest guide:

A link to the Mama Kat’s Losin’ It Pinterest Guide can be found here.

                                         

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