keto Cranberry cosmopolitan

keto Cranberry Cosmopolitan

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Unsweetened cranberry juice gives this tangy-sweet tipple its signature pretty-in-pink color and bright flavor for a fraction of the carbs and calories of the standard cocktail.


Directions

In an ice-filled shaker, mix 1 1/2 ounce vodka, 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon each lime juice and sugar substitute, 2 teaspoon unsweetened cranberry juice and 2 drops orange extract. Shake well; strain into a glass.

vacation time

I just got done taking some much needed vacation time with my daughter and grand daughter at Tybee Island, GA. We had perfect weather.

Vacation never seems to last long enough. One of the main things though is to make sure you enjoy every moment. We celebrated each day with bike rides and beach time, good food and, of course, Leopold’s famous ice cream.

Covid has definitely brought about different ways for us to vacation together. It seems that we are happier doing the simple things in life. We took bike rides around the neighborhood and Ms. Catherine is getting so good. When they were here in March, she couldn’t even ride without training wheels and now she doesn’t need any help at all.

Her mom and I both love the outdoors so I loved this vacation. We did eat out a couple of times at places that had out door seating – North Beach Grill and the Crab Shack. Yummy on both counts.

We did a little shopping at Tanger outlet and wore masks. Life is definitely different than it was before Covid 19.

Food is one thing that we all love. My kids don’t do keto so we compromised and I did some of their food and they did some of mine – like Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese. Oh my it is so good. We like the Buffalo Chicken Dip from Publix and I just ate mine with celery instead of crackers or pretzels.

Don’t get me wrong, I cheated – had some watermelon and honey dew melon since those are two of Catherines’ favorites. But it was vacation and I’m not worried about what I ate. We exercised each day and wore ourselves out playing in the ocean and riding bikes. Life is too short to stress out about food for a week.

My suggestion to you is play things by ear, enjoy the outdoors and don’t stress about a vacation. Enjoy life to the fullest each day. Be grateful for your loved ones and your friends and all you have in life. Vacation doesn’t have to be a hotel away from home, it can be a staycation. Fortunately I live fairly close to the beach so our staycation was wonderful.

I am so thankful that travel restrictions were lifted so my girls could come see me. Have a blessed week.

Happy memorial day!!!

As we celebrate this Memorial Day 2020 – there are lots of things that are soooooo different about this year, but one thing that isn’t different is that we need to remember those who died in the service of our country so that we could live.

Many thanks go out to all the current and past veterans who are still living that dedicated their lives, whether for a short time or a long time, to making sure that we can live each day with the freedoms that we have in life.

Enjoy your day, but don’t forget why we are celebrating and be grateful and thankful for what we have in our lives. I am blessed with so many things during this time – a job, a home, a car, family who love me and friends of all kinds. Please be thankful today and every day for what you have in your life.

Have a safe and blessed day.

Happiness

Are you known for being a happy person? Or a crazy person? Or are you the one that everyone wants to go away because you’re so negative?

Happiness is something that is inside of you. We all have trials and tribulations that affect our lives – a death in the family, a divorce, loss of job, floods, hurricane, tornados and yes even a pandemic. Can you control any of those things? NO!

But you can control how you react to them! Though it may not be easy, we all have the power within us to take that situation and review it and find one good thing that can come out of it. Just like with this pandemic, one of the best things that I can think of to come out of it – is cleaner air! OMG it is amazing.

Plus I think by slowing down we have all had an opportunity to figure out some of the important things in our lives. It isn’t always having to be doing something or buying something. Sometimes it is to just take a minute and breathe!

Let the creative juices start flowing and see what you can come up with. Maybe you will be building your first garden or doing some handy work around the house for the first time in years, because you have time. Maybe its pulling out the sewing machine to make clothes or masks!

We have to learn to be happy with whatever our circumstances and then if we don’t like those circumstances change them. You are in control and you have the power within you to make those changes.

I challenge you today to be happy in your own skin, with your own family and with your sate of mind. Make HAPPINESS HAPPEN TODAY!

normalcy???

Have you thought about what your definition of Normalcy is? With all the changes that have taken place in the last few weeks, I can say that my definition has changed for sure.

My day to day of going to work and back hasn’t changed. I continued to work during all the shut downs. For which I am so grateful. But my life after work has definitely changed. Not getting to see my kids, not being able to take off and drive wherever I want, not being able to even go to the park of my choice!

My kids are old enough I didn’t have to teach them from home, but they had to teach from home and work from home. And for the ones of us who are social beings and love to be around people, it is a whole new definition of social media.

Thank goodness for Zoom, and Marco Polo, and Facetime and all those other aps that allow us to see each other.

I’m one of those people who is a hugger and I can say that this has been hard not being able to give hugs or get hugs. I’m waiting for the day that I can hug people again and not worry about where they have been or who’ve they’ve been in contact with. Cause I know where I’ve been!

One more thing that I miss when being in public is giving and getting smiles. It is pretty difficult to have anyone recognize that smile you are giving under that mask.

“A smile is your greatest social asset.” – Zig Ziglar So as we move forward with how our lives have changed, let’s be grateful for what we have, smile every day and pass them around and just be nice to each other.

Our planet has been given a rest from all the negative things that have been affecting it. Now that we’ve had time to give ourselves a rest – let’s remember the little things and live life to the fullest.

Disposition vs circumstances!

“I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.” Martha Washington

There are a lot of people out there who can’t understand why they are miserable and unhappy. You do know that you are what you think!

Thinking good things and happy thoughts means that you are happy. Thinking about all the negative things and being miserable just leads to more unhappiness and miserableness.

But guess what – you are the only one who can control that! You have to make you happy, and if you think you are a miserable person and unhappy – you can change that. It only takes a second.

I’ve been listening to the book “The Secret” on audible. i listen to it actually for about 15 minutes every morning before I get my day started. It reminds me that I control my own destiny when it comes to happiness and everything else in life.

It also lets me know that I am normal! We have over 60,000 thoughts a day. When you catch yourself thinking something negative or talking bad about someone – you have the choice to change your thinking and you can walk away. Pull yourself away from the conversation if possible. Or change the subject.

I try very hard to have an awesome attitude every day when I get up. About 95% of the time I can stay in that awesome attitude. Life is too short to be miserable and unhappy. An attitude of gratitude also helps. When you’re thankful for what you have in life – even if it’s just $10 extra in your pocket, you will be amazed at how that will help to change your attitude around.

One of the other things that I’ve been trying to do is to give more. Whether it is my time – making masks and donating to a local hospital or $5 to a homeless guy standing along the street or paying for the person’s meal behind me in line – it always makes me feel better that I was able to give something to someone else. You never know when that little bit of kindness can make someone else’s day be brighter.

My daughter once asked me why I gave a homeless person $5. She was concerned that they would use it for something they shouldn’t or that they were just taking advantage of me! My answer back was that – that is on them. I give because I can and because of how it makes me feel. Whatever their circumstances are – I don’t worry about it. I’ve done more for myself by giving than worrying what they are going to use it for.

So as we move through these changing times – stop and smell the roses, look at the things you already have and be grateful, be excited about life and what it has to offer you, bless others with a little gift, and live life to the fullest every day.

“The ultimate source of happiness is our mental attitude.” Dalai Lama