Hump Day of a Holiday Week.  Does that make Hump Day sound any better?  Nah.  Not really.  So what’s happening in your world?  Are you wrapping presents like a banchee?  Or baking up a storm?  Speaking of baking, so glad you enjoyed Shannon Marie’s holiday high raw all vegan dessert recipes yesterday!  Everything from Cinnamon Mocha Crinkles 

Cinnamon Mocha Crinkles on black and white plate
To Raw Nog Creams
Raw Nog Creams on white blue plate
To Raw Ginger Creams
Raw Ginger Creams topped and in clear container
Shannon Marie of Raw Dorable is a creative baker like no other!  
Plate full of various cookies
As the super lovely PB & Jenny said, she needs her own Food Network show, and I totally agree!   

Thanks again, Shannon Marie for guest posting…muah!!!!!

But let’s move onto what I’ve been up to in Aruba.  We actually went out for a Sunset Drink! 

Patio with palm trees next to pool

Except check out this drink menu.  It was soooo extensive…

The Vodkas

Vodka drink list

Specialty martinis
Specialty martini drink list
I ordered a couple bottles of Veuve.   Kidding.

 Champagne & Sparkling Wine drink list

But the Lover looked good

Mixed drink list

And so did the Milky Way Martini

Mixed drink mix with descriptions

And so did the Milky Way Blended Drink.  Move over Frappucinos, there’s a new blended Oreo Sheriff in town!

Mixed drink list with descriptions

Then there were the Top Shelf Options.  I’m all about pimpin’ up my ride drinks Cadillac style.

Top Shelf Margarita List

In the end, the choices overwhelmed me.   So I didn’t even order.  I know, lame, huh??!!!  You may recall me talking here about why I haven’t drank in four years I really want to break my dry spell.  But I am kinda scared to even drink!  I hate that hungover feeling, that next day what-was-I-thinking-feeling, and I know that one drink will hardly send me over the edgebut then again, after being squeaky clean for four years, ya never know!

I lived vicariously through Scott’s drink.  A Madras Tini.   

Mixed drink drink list with descriptions

 And they don’t skimp.  There was a flask brought for seconds.

Cocktail shaker with a glass of pink liquor with orange slice

And Skylar got into the the mixed nuts.

Young girl eating a jar of mixed nuts

A chick on a mission for her salted nuts.  Do not get in her way! 

Close up of mixed nuts in jar with young girl in background

Here’s some pictures of Skylar and I at the Radisson.  Damn sunset lighting.  I thought sunset lighting was supposed to be flattering according to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Photographers….But it’s dark!  Sorry bout that!

Woman and young girl standing in front of pool at dusk
Woman and young girl at dusk standing in front of pool

A little brighter

Woman and young girl standing in front of shrubs
Woman standing and smiling in front of pool

The Radisson had their open-air lobby decked out with a holiday sceneCuteness!  They must have known we were coming.

Young girl in open air lobby decorated in Christmas Theme

And after all that non-drinking, I came home and made appetizers.  You can see I really slaved over these.  Mary’s Crackers in Black Pepper flavor that I brought with me

 Hand holding Mary's Crackers in Black Pepper flavor

and some pineapple salsa I found.  I hate salsa’s that are loaded with sodium!!!  Spicy is cool, salty is not.  This one is perfect!

Mrs. Renfro's Pineapple Salsa jar

And you may recall that I mentioned it was Scott’s Birthday a few days ago?  Well, he ordered baked ziti and some chicken parm from an Italian restaurant like I mentioned he would be.  $25 bucks for that pasta & chicken parm.  He said it was fine, but like a 6/10 fineI added the salad.  It totally makes $$ sense to cook rather than go out, if you can!

Baked Ziti with Chicken Parmesan and side salad
Closeup of chicken parmesan and pasta

For my dinner and Skylar’s too, kale, brock, cauli, cukes, and sugar snap peas with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing.

Kale and vegetable salad with homemade Slaw Dressing

Never. Get. Sick. Of. This. Meal. 

Close up of Kale Salad with Dressing

Hope you’re not yet either.

Kale Salad with Dressing in white dish

For Dessert, I broke into this Lindt Swiss Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Bar that I found on one of my many Island Grocery Store Runs

Unwrapped Lindt Swiss Bittersweet Chocolate bar

Smooth, and the perfect barely sweet with a little bitterness.   Nice.

Squares of the Lindt chocolate bar

Yoga Today is Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose, or the full splits).  A wonderful hip opener and way to stretch our your hammies, quads, and hip flexors.

Woman doing Hanumanasana yoga pose

Tip of the Day:

What’s your favorite drink?  You can say water.  You can say Coca-Cola.  Do I hear coffee from the peanut gallery?  Or, based on the drink menu pics above, what drink would you order?

Do you drink alcohol?  Why or why not?  Would love to hear your take and stance on the libations!  I mentioned some of my choices and rationale here, and the Cliff’s Notes version is that between being pregnant, extended nursing, taking care of a small child with a hangover not sounding fun, and knowing my body operates and runs smoother and cleaner when the strongest stuff I put in it is coffee, that’s kept me away from drinking.  But a Pina Colada is sounding mighty good about now!   Lots of you chimed in before, but I would love to hear what your New Year’s Eve, or Christmas Eve/Christmas, plans are regarding indulging in some bubbly, wine, or something a little stronger.  Do tell!

Stay Tuned For Some Cool Guest Posts, the Give Away Winner on Friday and Trip pics (unless you’re sick of ’em and please tell me!)…

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