I wanted to share some very interesting tips for accentuating drinks and food: I've experimented throughout the years and these are some ideas that have stuck with me. They may not all be the healthiest so use in moderation.
1.The best punch is one that has a powdered mix with soda and no water added. (You can drink water after).
2. Once I had no lemon for my tea so I had the great idea of putting one teaspoon of lemonade. (You will not need to add sugar).
3. When living abroad they had no BBQ sauce so I made one of ketchup, mustard and honey to cook and glaze the meat.
4. I will never buy french dressing again as the secret recipe is ........ketchup and mayonnaise. Mix to your own taste.
5. I will never buy tarter sauce again as it is mayonnaise and sweet relish. Mix to your own taste.
6. I learned that lemonade taste great with mint leaves in them. Let it stand for a while to absorb the flavor.
7. I love drinking tea from a clear glass mug with raisins, apples and other fruits on the bottom. (Even a cinnamon stick).
8. Once I ran out of bread for french toast and used the raisin bread that was there. Yum, Yum.
10. I use my own hero Italian bread when it gets hard. I place in a bag and crush it to make bread crumbs for breading chicken breast. Works just the same as store bought and I do not have to throw it away. I tried it with left over bagel but it did not work. It did work with left over croissants.
11. I enjoy drinking egg nogg in cereal for a nice change. You can dilute a little with milk if it is too egg noggie.
12. I love Pina Colada. In blender just mix pineapple juice with coconut water and ice Coconut water has become the new craze for health and hydration. I use coconut water with milk and put in my cereal as well.
13. Make your own Shirley Temples that cost $6 at a bar restaurant. On ice, mix Sprite with the cherry juice/syrup from the cherries in a jar.
14. My island makes great tea from choosing leaves in the backyard. If you can find a store that sells lemon grass, boil it with or without ginger for a refreshing taste. (There are other leaves but not sure what they are in U.S. In my country we call it "Bush Tea").
That's all I can think of for now. Happy cooking or should I say mixing.
From looking back, good
really came to me just for preserving. That family member who was negative about my future success, shows
regrets for ever treating me so poorly. I was never rude to them and
this must have been the sour in their milk. I feel so bad for them,
more like pity than anger. For the professor who inadvertently stated
I would not make a “fine clinician”, I graduated with a 3.75 GPA
regardless of his grade of a “D”. I eventually sought counseling
myself after I went through a mild despair for having to leave the
job that I loved, settle for a menial job and then be the only
student rejected from a program that would change the course of my
life. What did I do? The year the program started I paid for the
classes offered by the program. Because it just started, the courses
were not closed to the student population. The look on the professor's face
when they walked in and saw me sitting in the front seat, was priceless. The
professor walked to their desk and addressed me by saying, “Well
hello”. In my response, “Hello to you too.” After a year of
taking courses the student's thought I was one of them, accepted and
registered with the program. When they found out I wasn't in the program, a
few students started advocating for me. I applied the second year and
was excepted. I improved the menial job given to me after the State
said I could not keep my former job due to licensure requirements.
Upon leaving to come to Virginia, over the year in a half of looking for
work, I was able to start a non-profit even with a few naysayers. The
job I prayed for gave me great experience but there was a lot of
bias. I was stuck giving 100% with no way to advance compared to
other peer members in the agency. Then I had an interview that I wasn't going to attend because it was working for a new private practice that just
opened. All I kept hearing was the horrible words from the last
interview at that former private practice, “You are not private practice
material”. I mean, she would know, right? She would know what it
takes and maybe I did not have what it takes. I actually showed up
just for the practice of the interview, not expecting them to hire
me. Several months later, I was on a forum with the best of the best
in my field and there she was; the woman who said I would never work
for a private practice because I could not change a light bulb, I
mean I was not private practice material. She saw me and my name but I guess did
not have the nerve to approach me. All in all I have learned
sometimes love and passions have to be redirected. I also learned
that sometimes perseverance means “prove them wrong”. But lastly,
you will never be disappointed in the long run for
persevering and sticking to what you believe to be true and right. There
is always a good and sometimes refreshing pay off.
James 1:12 Blessed is
the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test,
that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised
to those who love him.
The Advisor, Talker,
Sensitive One, Fighter, Extrovert, Believer, Mother, Wife,
Perseverer, Ponderer, Survivor, Optimist, Human Being....
I have been learning a
lot about perseverance. As an attribute love, kindness and giving get
a lot of attention. Not many people speak about the attribution of
perseverance, as it is also an important construct as the last three.
Only now am I realizing how important a trait to persevere.
I had a family member
tell me growing up I will never succeed and I will be a nobody
compared to his daughter. What did I ever do to them at 12 years old.
I once had a professor write an email to my Neropychopharmocology class
stating he was not writing to be biased but “these are the results
of the grades. All those with A's will make fine clinicians one day”.
I got a “D”. In graduate school the program director started the
first Accredited Counseling School in the area. Twenty students
applied and all were excepted except me, the only one with actual
experience. I could only assume it was due to me being the oldest of
the group. My job at the time could not keep me in the position
without at least an enrollment into a program for future licensure.
So I was transferred to a less interesting job.
Four years later, I
moved to Virginia leaving the comfort of everything and everyone I
knew. It took a year and a half to find a job. During my job
interviews one in particular stood out. She read about my situation
and appeared nice enough to have me interview at her private
practice. The interview appeared to be going well. I spoke to her of
my experience in agency work when she said this is not the place for
you. I was surprised to say the least and asked her what she meant by
the statement. She continued to say in private practice you have to
be able to take on independent activities like change a light bulb.
In my mind I said “What?” Out loud I stated, “I can change a
light bulb and even buy the bulb in order to change it.” Then she
said the haunting sentence, which came out of her mouth in slow
motion...... “You are not private practice material”. The
interview pretty much ended there. I didn't mention all the
rejections of love and likes throughout life, relative to everyone
else' s experience of rejection. And later, the responsibility of
raising children with my best friend.
I was happy to start this blog as I am married myself and know how difficult married life can be. I also know many joys and experiencing a sense of oneness with my spouse. I am a counselor by profession with two Masters degrees and have counseled many couples with much success. I also have two adorable children who make my marriage even richer in love.