May 3, 2010

When Life Gives You Lemons....

....make lemonade!  We've all heard the saying.  Dale Carnegie, the writer, lecturer and author of "How to Win Friends and Influence People" coined the phrase many years ago albeit with slight differences (It is believed that the exact quote begins "When fate hands you a lemon, .....")  Nevertheless, I believe his intent was to tell us to get over ourselves and keep moving when life throws stink bombs.  I got that message loud and clear during this past particularly trying week when it began to feel like I was playing dodge ball with the devil.  I tried to move through the obstacles in a manner that honored his sentiment.  After recalling Carnegie's quote and since my words and actions tend to be very literal at times, I decided to drown my sorrows in, well, real lemonade. 

When I imagine this sweet/tart drink, visions of sandy beaches and warm breezes automatically come to mind and stress seems to dissolve into puddles at my feet.  Images of bright yellow slices of sunshine floating freely in sugary sweetness.  It's such a "happy" beverage.  The homemade Cucumber Lemonade I get from my local Espresso Bar is fantastic but I decided I wanted to try my hand at making my own for an impromptu Saturday night party where I could use my guests as guinea pigs.  Since I try to be a good hostess by accommodating the tastes of everyone and party drinks are commonly alcoholic, I wanted to find a fun recipe that would satisfy the non-drinkers, like myself as well as the imbibers. I searched cookbooks, Food Network TV shows and called friends who cook for a living for the perfect recipe and found this spicy variation of the traditional version from talk show host/chef Rachael Ray.

By the way, I'm inclined to believe a really good glass of lemonade, which ironically symbolizes life with it's precarious balance of the sweet and the sour, can help to resolve some of our biggest issues including relationship disputes, business strategy conflicts and world peace.  Sip, swallow, breathe, chill.

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