Saturday Small Talk

Hi, folks! It’s Saturday, and that’s fun. What are you up to this weekend? I’m running a triathlon this morning (YAY!), and enjoying a rest day tomorrow.

After this race, I’m looking forward to changing up my fitness routine a bit. I found a class I love at our Y on Friday mornings, and I’d like to start doing more weights and resistance training, less straight-up cardio. Any recommendations? Books or plans you’ve done and loved?

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Enjoy your weekend!

Watermelon Jolly Rancher Jello Shots

Did you have a good weekend? I hope so! We spent ours with friends at a cottage–a tradition 4 years’ running! We ate extremely well, swam in the lake, went tubing, watched the fireworks, and stayed up way past my bedtime chatting.

A fun addition to the weekend was a jello shot competition. I use the word “competition” very lightly, as no one actually won (unless you’re counting all of us, since we got to taste test to our hearts’ content). There were green apple, patriotic red/white/blue, pineapple upside down cake, and even mojito jello shots. Mmmmmm….good!

Jolly Rancher Jello Shots

For our contribution, we used the basics of a Johnny Vegas shot–tequila, watermelon liqueur, and red bull. To gel it up: watermelon jello. These shots are sweet. So sweet.  And rather strong. A little will go a long ways.

For the best results, make sure all of your liquid is cold–the tequila and liqueur should go in the freezer, and the red bull in the fridge. Leave it there for a few hours before you get going. They’ll gel better if you do.


Have you ever made jello shots? What’s your favorite flavor?

If you’re interested…a decadent Reese’s ice cream cake and shredded beef enchiladas.

Hot Whiskey Sling

This past weekend, I had a sinus infection. All of my sinus infections run the same course: 2 days of sore throat followed by 3 (or so) days of congestion. It’s a grand time (not). The moment I mentioned my sore throat for the first time, Bob offered a hot whiskey sling. Tastes good, soothes the throat, and is all natural. Yes, please. Feel free to bookmark this for your next sore throat/cold/cough. You can thank us later.


You’ll need:

  • 1 shot whiskey
  • 2 shots hot water
  • 1, 2, or 3 Tbs. honey (depending on your desired sweetness)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Dash nutmeg

1. In a microwavable mug, combine all ingredients, except the nutmeg. A note: 3 Tbs. of honey will make it really sweet–so sweet you can’t taste the whiskey. It’s up to you how much you want.

2. Stir to combine. Microwave for a minute. Sprinkle a dash of nutmeg on top.

3. Drink. And feel better soon! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA