Easy Infused Cranberry Lime Vodka
Use decorative bottles to make great Christmas gifts…..
Pierce fresh cranberries with a knife, add some Lime peels, fill 3/4 of the way full then fill with Vodka.
Make sure lid is secure and let sit for at least 2 weeks or up to 2 months.
I use mine with a splash of Cranberry Juice and some Ginger Ale, it’s a great Holiday Cocktail!
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I love my hometown of Annapolis, so I surprised my husband this 4th of July with a 2 hour sail on the Woodwind. http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/
It was a beautiful day on the Bay!
The Woodwind sails from the Marriott dock near the Eastport bridge. (we found free parking just a few streets over the bridge, a short walk) Tickets were very reasonable $40.00 a person for 2 hours. Cash bar is available and they have some free snacks. The Woodwind boards right in front of Pusser’s, http://pussersusa.com/locations/annapolis-restaurant this was awesome, it gave us a chance for a couple of drinks before we boarded and to watch “Ego Alley” (boaters’ like to parade down this corridor toward the City Dock to strut their stuff).
The crew was amazing, friendly and quick to strike up conversation. They allowed for some hands on experiences for those that were interested. We however chose to relax and take in the view. The weather was perfect for sailing and the Bay was very crowded with boats of every size.
We got lucky and snagged a table at the outside bar at Pusser’s when we got back. Needless to say my over-indulgence yesterday is not helping my losing 20lbs. in 2 months quest.
Parking over the Eastport bridge ended up being a smart move on my part. The parade started at 6:30 near the dock area and there was a throng of people heading in to stake out a spot to watch the fireworks so we had an easy exit through the neighborhoods of Eastport. This lead me by one of my childhood houses……funny story.
This is a picture of my old house on Van Buren. I remember this house fondly, great family neighborhood. Lot’s of afternoons spent playing red light green light, tag, dodge ball. Staying out till dark and the echo of parents calling the kids in for dinner. My only bad memory of this house was getting an old-fashioned spanking for jumping over my mother’s new Magnolia tree and breaking it in half (I still swear to this day it wasn’t me). Well here is that house and TREE today!
Yep that’s the same tree, looks like it took the accidental pruning pretty well.
Ok Vacation booked…….I have 2 months……..
Being a middle-aged pre-menopausel….wino, (makes me sound like a crazy raving lunatic) has taken my body to new level of muffin topness.
My goal by throwing myself under the bus here is to shame me into holding myself accountable. Yea, yea, yea I know shaming myself is not the way to go, I need to create a healthy lifestyle and stick to it. Whatever ….tell that to my bathing suits that have not left the 4 walls of their dresser drawer in 2 years.
I am a generally happy camper, the usual social butterfly, love my job, my husband, my kids (when they aren’t driving me to drink) so the one area of my life that occupies too much of my time in a negative way is my struggle my weight. I don’t over indulge really, but I do like my wine of course and the Creme Brulee at dinner last night was to die for but I am not a junk food junkie, don’t drink soda, love fruit and veggies and can tolerate a protein smoothie now and then, oh and did I mention I rode my bike twice this week? Yea I admit I hate exercise…..BUT I am going to commit to make a concerted effort to get moving.
So here I go…..it’s July 1st let’s see what I can do! The good news is if I can shed some baggage here I won’t need to buy new clothes for vacation, I have a closet full of new “I am gonna save these for when I lose weight clothes” .
Sometimes we take for granted what is right in front of us…..
I catch myself constantly planning ahead, not really living in the moment.
Today I did some late Spring cleaning, had the carpets cleaned, did the windows, spruced up my little bedroom balcony only to realize that I never take the time to enjoy all that I have right in front of me.
So here is the view from my own backyard.
You can catch the slightest glimpse of the Choptank River from my little perch, why I have not taken advantage of watching the sunsets from here escapes me. Glass in hand tonight I took in the view ….I watched the sun sink below the horizon of the tallest corn field I have ever seen.
I hope to do this more often, take in my surroundings, finish reading one of the many books on my nook, lounge on my raft, have a heart to heart with my loyal companions (they actually listen without interrupting), ride my bike, coffee on the porch and enjoy…..my own backyard…..
As I sit drinking my coffee this morning and strolling through Facebook I am taken back to the hustle of the end of the school year I experienced with my own kids. Field Days, Award Ceremonies, Spring Concerts, Class Parties…….I see so many posts of the Joy of the last day and it puts me right back to the playground at Saints Peter & Paul waiting for my little blonde haired trio in navy blue shorts looking a bit more disheveled than their first day back in August to stroll out of their classes a little taller and hopefully a little wiser. I remember the relief of finishing another year, being so happy that there will be no more yelling to get out of bed tomorrow morning or scrounging up lunches and homework. Summer is not just a break for kids but a much-needed respite for Parents. I spent quite a bit of my kids Elementary years as a Single Mom and Summer was an extended vacation for me.
So as all you parents of young kids pick them up at the end of another year, enjoy your break…..sleep in….relish quiet mornings… REJUVENATE….trust me September will be here before you know it!!