Can You Say, "Random?"

***  Part of this blog is a running blog and to be honest I haven't been running all that much.  For all the running blogs I do follow, I'm sorry I've been a bad bloggy friend.  I haven't been commenting because I haven't been reading because I haven't been running consistently.  And if I'm not running, I really don't want to read about you running.... which brings me to the point.... the running blogs I keep up with and read, you guys rock because you inspire me to run.  So, back to running! There really isn't a reason I haven't been running, I've just been lazy. 

My girl and I have been "kinda" training for the Mercedes Half again.  We've talked about it and we want to do it, even if we just walk a lot of it and we have been running on the weekends.  But then Monday happened..... she fell down some steps and sprained her ankle... bad.  Two days later and it's still swollen, but the pain isn't quite as bad.... it's been getting better every day.  I'm just bummed that with this next setback, she may not be ready to do this race with me.  So, if she's not going to run it, do I want to?  I can decide later, but I'm just bummed.

*** My mother-in-law had some surgery on Tuesday..... hopefully she'll get to go home today.  Please pray for her recuperation...... she really wants to be home for Christmas.  And she's still planning on hosting Christmas.... I know, don't start.... Hubs and I have already discussed it.  Because we start out our morning here at our house, then go to my mom's, then finish the day at my mother-in-laws, I am helping out.  I'm making my chocolate cake and bringing the bread..... not to mention that I gave her some Honey Baked Ham gift certificates to help her out with the ham she had already ordered.  Hopefully, this will take her mind of some of the things she thinks she has to do.

*** Three years ago today, I unexpectedly lost a very sweet friend.  Although we didn't see each other much, I loved her and miss her terribly.  She was one of my first friends at church, our girls are the same age.  She had this incredible faith and taught me so much.  She always made me laugh.

I still remember Christmas Eve three years ago when another friend called me to tell me she had passed away the previous night..... I came home and told Hubs, but just couldn't get the words out to tell my girl.  So, while we were at Mass, they announced her death during the prayers of the faithful and my girl looked up at me and asked it that was her friend's mom..... all I could do was nod my head.

So, I'm missing my friend, praying for her family and thanking God for the brief time I had with her.

***  Wow!  Sorry, this post has been such a downer...... didn't intend for it to be.... now back to the normal stuff.......

*** This made me laugh.......

..... Wine always makes the holidays more bearable.

*** And speaking of alcohol, I want to make this for Christmas Eve.....

Poinsettia Gimlet

Ingredients

1  (12-oz.) bottle sweetened lime juice

1  cup  gin

1/2  cup  pomegranate juice

1/4  cup  fresh lime juice

4  (12-oz.) cans lemon-lime soft drink, chilled

Garnish: lime slices

Preparation

Stir together sweetened lime juice, gin, pomegranate juice, and fresh lime juice. Chill 2 hours. Stir in lemon-lime soft drink. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime slices, if desired. Sounds delish, right?  I'm thinking about halfing the recipe just me Hubs and me.

***  Did you know today is Festivus?  What's Festivus?  Well, here you go......

.... and yes, we celebrate Festivus in our house..... just for fun, of course.

***  Lastly, if you need an easy and delicious appetizer for the holiday, here's your answer.......

Cranberry Relish

Ingredients

1 bag of cranberries

2-3 jalapeno peppers

1 lime (juiced)

1/4 cup of chopped cilantro

3/4 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of oil

Preparation

Finely chop the cranberries and jalapeno peppers in a food processor.... or by hand if you feel like Martha Stewart.  (I usually chop the berries in the processor and the peppers by hand)  Mix the cranberries and peppers with the lime juice, cilantro, sugar and oil in a bowl.  Cover and place in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. Serve by spooning the relish over a block of softened cream cheese.  Use  crackers to dip for a holiday appetizer.  (I like Wheat Thins because they don't break as easily.)

Merry Christmas!

Susan Ward writes SueMac on the Run

 

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