It’s like we are getting married all over again. Except this time it’s with our relatives and friends that I haven’t seen in probably 10+ years. With our wedding in Jamaica, we didn’t really invite anybody. We barely invited any close family, I only ended up inviting my parents. So when my mom asked if she could throw us a wedding reception back here in Colorado, I gave in to make her happy. To me, our wedding was about us, that’s it. I would have been fine with eloping. BUT, I’ve never had a child, I don’t know what it feels like to want to show your friends and family how excited you are for your little grown up bundle of joy. So I let her throw a party. She used to make THE BEST birthday cakes ever back in the day, so I’m expecting a lot from her. I’m kidding…kind of.
Today Brian’s family starts shuffling into town and filling our home. Which means I need to clean up the house that is constantly filled with dirt from our dog and our new sewer line that has created constant mud in the backyard. It’s a never ending battle. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have kids. One 40 pound dog already creates enough of a mess. Anywho, our weekend is going to be based around some family time. BBQ, cocktails, time at the lake, more cocktails, then the reception.
I’ve decided that I want to try to get good at surfing behind the boat this year. Last year I could get up and surf without the rope, but I hang out with girls that can do 360’s and crazy little tricks. I want to be able to do that! Since I’m not training for anything and don’t have a fitness goal in mind other than having a better butt, I want my new goal to be better at surfing! Do you have a summer goal? Other than just drinking this cocktail?
It stinks I have to preface a recipe like this, but I always do. Alcohol is not good for you. It gives no nutritional value. Sure, you can come at me with studies about how red wine can be good for your health or how drinking alcohol makes you eat less and you eat more sugar when you don’t drink (definitely bullsh*t, that’s just sugar addiction), but at the end of the day, we don’t NEED alcohol to live and thrive. We need healthy protein, carbs and fat. Alcohol is sugar and sadly, sugar is bad for us. That being said, we also have to enjoy our lives. For me, paleo gave me the opportunity to understand what my body NEEDED while coming to terms with some of things it wanted. And I know many of you WANT alcohol in your lives still. So make your own drinks! Don’t go to restaurants and order their sketchy chemical and dye filled drinks, make your own with homemade ingredients. It’s much easier to regulate your sugar intake when you’re making your own!
So no, alcohol is not paleo, nor are many of the other things that fill your pantry. But you gotta live your life, you gotta enjoy the little moments, soak up the sun at the lake, go to a game with your friends, and make better decisions along the way. If you want to live a life filled with “I can’t have that” statements, then go out and be miserable. But over here I’ll be giving you “I can have that” recipes. It’s all about better choices and that’s what I’m bringing to the table!
- 2 cups diced seedless watermelon
- 1 cup chopped rhubarb
- 2 tablespoons honey
- zest of 1 lime
- juice of ½ lime
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups mineral water or club soda
- 6-8 ounces gin (I prefer Hendrick's)
- Place watermelon, rhubarb, honey, lime zest and juice, and vanilla extract in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Pour mixture through a sieve to remove the excess rhubarb.
- Pour mixture into a pitcher along with mineral water and gin. Mix to combine.
- Serve chilled over ice!
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