Sunset Drinks & Trip Photos


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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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  1. I made your Vegan Peanut Butter bars for my boyfriend! He was looking for new snacks and is in LOVE with PB! I left off the vegan part when I told him about them.. but they were a huge hit! I added dried blueberries instead of rainsins and he added about 2xs the PB.. but they're fabulous! I've been reading your blog since you got back from vacation and love it! You're such a positive energy and your recipes are ones I can actually do myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Oh this is going to be a stellar party!! I remember having similar hats and party plates (but with Disney's Princesses) when I turned 20. Yep that's how I roll.
    Oh dear, I feel guilty. Green & Black's organic dark chocolate ice cream is my FAVOURITE! Too bad that I've only found them in WF in London so far.. Sigh.

  3. Sounds like it'll be a great birthday party. Hope it goes well.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one with a chewing gum addiction- I go through loads of the stuff. Always the mint and sugar-free variety though. x

  4. The yoga class with Dharma Mittra sounds like quite an experience. I'm really trying to work on being present in the moment. But it's hard…

    Hope Skylar is getting better! Being sick is no fun!

    Have fun planning the girly birthday party! I am a bit jealous… :)

    Have a great day! And thank you for the being grateful reminder. There is indeed lots to be grateful for in my life! :)

  5. poor skylar…i hope she feels better soon…and i hope she has a fabulous time at her girly girl party…how about a piñata? maybe shaped as a disney princess?? pin the crown on the disney princess? sorry, i don't have many suggestions, as i have never had to plan a party for any child…

    can't wait to make the protein bars…

    i was wondering if perhaps you could answer a question about yoga? how long do you stay in your poses?

    have a beautiful day…

  6. I hope little Skylar is feeling better in time for her birthday! How much fun is it to celebrate a little ones birthday! Oh, glorious times for the kiddos!

  7. Skylar is sooo cute, I hope she'll get better soon!

    And oh yeah one day I'll try your balls, and post them on my little blog, I promise to make another post in English ;-)

    I am grateful today for my lovely boyfriend who is so supporting, for the yoga class I'm going to be taking tonight, for all I have now and for what I will have, for my health, and I thank you for leaving comments on my blog :-)

  8. Nice groceries!! I LOVE my fruit- and ice cream… hah :) I'm a gum person too- always have been.. when I was swimming 3 hours a day it got me through.. Yup I would swim hundreds of laps with my trusty gummy friend!! I really like the brand 5- good minty gum :) I'm grateful for so much: my husband and family of course, my doggies, my friends- especially my bloggie friends! the ability to practice and teach yoga, the ability to run, play and just have fun!!! And Fruit.. and greens.. YUM! Skylar is such a happy kid- she's so adorable.. and I'm excited to see her birthday party pics :) What kind of cupcakes are you going with?

  9. I have had the Watermelon one and LOVED it!! I am a huge spearmint gum fan, though. Stride , baby;)

    I hope Skyler is feeling spry soon!! Good thing you bought lots of Berries!! She will be a happy girly with lots of vita C !! :) hehe

    Are oats easy to digest? Since they are gluten?..or , are they? I didnt know this about wheat and gluten being an inflamitory.. i should limit my intake on that.. (i have never had a happy tummy.. dairy, wheat, animal. etc)

  10. Gah, I keep forgetting to tell you that I have been nomming (is that a word) on the asian slaw dressing!! I have a big jar of it that I eat almost daily- thank you!

    I do have a fave gum. I can't think of it but it lasts and lasts and lasts. Sugarfree of course. When I remember i'll shout. (see you're not the only one)

    Funny the party favors look like the one I bought for the first Heabversary giveaway winner! :-)

    Hope your little gal feels better.

  11. hope skylar feels better before her bday party! and intimate celebrations are the best, esp for moms who won't have to be chasing down sugar-loaded kids all afternoon :). if the ice cream passed the extra-premium ice cream connoisseur's test, i'm sure i'd love it too! cherries and berries, i can't wait till summer gets here so i can enjoy all my fave fruits! your flexibility = crazy cool!

  12. aww give her a hug for me! and some B.S! =D just kidding.

    HAHHAA i know- we use our own like language and shorthand and people totally DON"T GET IT! =D

    porn stars. share the wealth. SERIOUSLY!

    and hey, if i'm beautiful, YOU"RE GORGEOUS!!! hot mama!

  13. looks like you are going to have the makings of a great party :) and i'm glad i'm not the only one wiht a minor gum obsession!!

  14. I don't chew gum anymore, but when I did I loved Grape Bubble Yum… I haven't seen it in ages! I also liked Big Red, it's cinnamon. I bet those products no longer exist though… sigh… I'm old. ;P

    Hope Skylar feels better soon! Yea for birthdays!

    I love ice cream, I will have to keep an eye out for that brand.

    I keep meaning to make your oat bars but then I eat up all the bananas… just got some bananas today… must.make.oat.bars! :)