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Weekly Recap

Happy end of 4th of July weekend, y’all!  This weekend completely flew by for me!  Was it really 3 days?  Because it only felt like one.  Guess what I did today!  I made my award-winning peanut butter pie again, this time for my mom.  She’s having her ladies over for their monthly garden club meeting tomorrow and she wanted me to make it for them.  I promise I will share it with you soon!

How was your July 4th?  I spent mine with family.  My family always gets together for a big party at someone’s house.  This year it was at my cousin’s.  One of the highlights was homemade ice cream!

Homemade ice cream churning

Homemade ice cream churning

Not only was it a busy weekend for me, it was a busy week on the blog, too.  Here’s what I posted, in case you missed it:

  • I shared my friend Vicky’s company, RUNway Gear and opened up my giveaway for one of her headbands in RUNway Gear and Giveaway.  By the way, there’s still time to enter.  Today is the last day so, hurry!

    One lucky ready will win this headband from RUNway Gear.

    One lucky ready will win this headband from RUNway Gear.

  • I posted about how I’ve been feeling like the year is slipping away in Year Half Gone or Half Remaining?
  • I shared my July Goals.
  • Finally, I gave y’all my recipe for a slush, perfect for a hot day in Independence Day Slush.

    Yummy slush!

    Yummy slush!

With next week’s update, I also plan to start updating y’all on how I’m doing toward my goals.  It’s all about accountability!

Have a great week!

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Independence Day Slush

Happy July 4th, everyone!  I don’t know about you, but I’m thrilled to have a 3 day weekend!  I’m also super thrilled with the weather!  It’s July.  In the south.  And there’s actually a chill in the air.  Ahhhhh, bliss!  That’s a far cry from 2 years ago when we were melting with over 100 degree temps!  No matter what the weather is, though, more than anything I’m just so happy to live in a free country where we can celebrate the hard work and dedication our forefathers put into securing our freedom.

Now getting back to that 100+ degree Independence Day 2 years ago, I made up a great slush recipe for that day and I wanted to share it with you.  But first, a little back story.  Here in Memphis, we have a Spring Market every year.  Do you have anything like that where you live?  It’s where vendors can buy booth space to sell merchandise.  It’s mostly clothes, jewelry, monogrammed gifts, dip mixes and the like.  Patrons pay admission to get in and shop.  Yep!  We pay money to spend money.  Capitalism at its finest!  That year, I had bought this drink mix called Wine-a-Rita.  You put the powder in a blender, mix it with wine, vodka or tequila, fill the blender with ice and you have a quick adult frozen concoction.  Instructions on the side of the box also said it could be mixed with Sprite or ginger ale for a non-alcoholic version.  I had bought some of it to take to the beach that year.  When I made it up for the first time, I realized it was really very similar to powdered drink mix like Kool Aid, and the wheels in my head got to turning.

This plus ice is all you need for a quick, frozen slushie drink.

This plus ice is all you need for a quick, frozen slushie drink.

I made a few modifications and the result was the most perfect frozen slushy drink!  I made these for our family July 4 party and they were such I hit that I couldn’t keep enough of them made up!  It’s so simple and you might even already have the ingredients to make it at home.  So, here’s the recipe

Independence Day Slush

1/2 cup powdered drink mix (like Kool Aid or Countrytime)

1 can Sprite or Ginger Ale

Ice to fill blender

Place the drink mix and soda in the blender and blend until drink mix is dissolved.  Add ice, at least double in quantity to amount of liquid in blender.  Blend until the ice is completely broken up and drink is slushy.  Add more ice according to your desired thickness.

The blender blending

The blender blending

 

Just add ice.

Just add ice.

Blend a little more.

Blend a little more.

Just a few moments later you have this.

Just a few moments later you have this.

Yes, that’s it!  I like mine to be pretty thick and frozen so I usually end up filling the blender almost all the way with ice.  However, I add it in stages to help it incorporate better.  I will often use sugar-free soda to reduce the amount of sugar in the slush.  You could probably even try it with sugar-free drink mixes to keep it from having any sugar.  I’ve never tested it that way, so I’m not sure what the quantity of drink mix would be for that, though.  If you give this a try, let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July!

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July Goals

Yesterday I shared with you about how I’m feeling a bit like time is getting away from me this year.  I decided to set goals for the remaining months.  Since this is the 3rd day in July, it’s time to get started on that! 

July Goals

  • Running:  4o miles
  • Other Fitness:  Princess Posse July Plank and Squat Challenge and 2 days per week of T25
  • Weight Loss:  5 pounds
  • Home Organization:  Completely clean out fridge and organize 2 areas of my bedroom.
  • Financial:  Set up the Etsy shop I’ve had in my head for months.

Remember I said this was going to be bite-sized pieces?  This is about as bite-sized as I know how to make it.  I hope I actually get more than this accomplished but I will be very happy with this.

Do you set monthly goals?  Please share them by commenting below.

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Year Half Gone or Half Remaining?

It’s July!  How did that happen?  More importantly WHEN did that happen?  Half the year is already gone! 

I really try to always be a glass half full kind of person.  That being said, with the year already half over, I’m having a very hard time seeing the year as half remaining instead of half gone.  I’ve never really been a New Year’s resolution maker, but I did set some goals for myself this year.  As I look back on what they were, it’s hard to face the fact that I’ve accomplished nothing. 

I wanted to PR all of my running distances (5K, 10k, 10 miler and half marathon).  So far, I haven’t even run a 5k or 10 miler this year (Navy was 10 nautical miles, not land miles).  I have done a 10k and a half marathon but they were nowhere near PRs.  In fact, they were PWs (personal worsts).  Having to take my first DNS (did not start) for a half marathon by missing Rock and Roll Nashville doesn’t make me feel any better about this, either.  So, while I still might accomplish part of it, this goal is likely not going to be met. 

There were also a number of home projects I wanted to get done.  How many of those have I done?  You guessed it!  Nothing!  And realistically, nothing much will get done towards that specific list by the end of the year, either.

I did get this monstrosity of a bush cut down and back under control but it wasn't on my initial "to do" list.

I did get this monstrosity of a bush cut down and back under control but it wasn’t on my initial “to do” list.

Another thing contributing towards my year half gone feeling is that to me, the last half of the year always goes by much more quickly than the first half.  So, by the time I get to mid-year, it feels like I might as well start decorating for Christmas. 

I know I need an attitude adjustment about this but how do I do that?  I’ll start by focusing on what I HAVE done, that may not have even been on the list to start with. 

I did complete a spur of the moment trail half marathon in January.  It was my first trail race, so technically we could call that a trail half PR, right?

I finished!

I finished!

Since the Navy 10 Nautical Miler was a new distance for me, I can call that a PR, too.

I was thrilled to earn my anchor!

I was thrilled to earn my anchor!

I’ve had a great travel year so far!  I took a semi last-minute trip to New York City, my first time going! 

NYC trip in January

NYC trip in January

I’ve yet to tell you all about it, but that’s coming.  I’ve been to Walt Disney World twice this year and got to participate in some really fun experiences. 

Marathon Volunteer Jacket and Credential

Marathon Volunteer Jacket and Credential

I also have 2 more great trips on the horizon, one for later this year, and one for next year, if nothing happens to prevent them.

I also finally did something about the nagging foot pain I’ve been having, and while it’s not 100% perfect, it’s probably as close to perfect as it’s going to be.

So, all in all, it really hasn’t been a bad year so far, and all the important things are still going well.  I’m healthy, and my family is healthy, as far as I know.  However, I do feel the need to make better use of the time I have.  I can make excuses all day long for why things don’t get done but that doesn’t make things all of a sudden get accomplished.  Life, like my career, needs a plan for reaching goals.  Unfortunately, it’s not always enough just to set them. 

With the remaining 6 months of 2014, I’m going to start setting monthly goals for myself, bite-sized pieces.  At the beginning of each month, I’ll take a really hard look at what I think I can realistically accomplish personally in that 30 or 31 days.  Then at the end of the month, I’ll re-evaluate and see how I did. 

I have 6 whole (almost) months to do this!  So, the year really is half remaining.

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