Pulp of lime, Red Vines and good conversation …

Despite the craziness of life, Audi and I recently made a point to get together to catch up. We threw out tons of ideas … lunch, shopping, crafting, cooking, etc.. All fun ideas – but being our usual, indecisive selves – we couldn’t make up our mind. So, we met up for lunch and then sat on my front porch doing absolutely nothing but talking and sipping on a frozen, nonalcoholic (for our pregnant friend), strawberry/lime beverage. The drink was delicious and the conversation was spectacular. We seriously could have sat there until the wee hours of the morning…

I confirmed three key things that day …

1. Don’t be afraid to be a kid.
Of course, there is always the right time and place for such a thing. All and all, don’t be afraid to act silly or get so caught up or worried about what others may think/say about you. Enjoy the simple things in life – playing in the rain, swinging on the swings or whatever else wakes your inner child.  After picking up a package of our favorite licorice, we couldn’t help but relive our childhood silliness by using a Red Vine as a straw. Note: You can sip a frozen beverage through a Red Vine, but it gets hard, fast.

2. You learn something new every day.
I’ve used lime JUICE in plenty of recipes – even lime zest, but never just the pulp. Call us amateurs, but we didn’t know what the heck we were doing. In our defense, it didn’t help the recipe was pretty vague. Thankfully, after some help from our friend Google, we now know how to remove the pulp from lime the proper way. To save you the hassle, here’s a more detailed link to the strawberry/lime drink recipe as well. Before jumping in, make sure you read the “Notes from Kitchen” on the bottom of the page … our batch was pretty tart as well. We’d recommend tweaking the recipe slightly … especially for kids!

3. Getting together doesn’t just happen…
…especially with family, kids, work, community and other commitments. Everyone is busy… crazy busy in fact. But don’t use that as an excuse to put off visiting with an old friend or family. Trust me, I’m fully aware I’m guilty of this too. Ultimately, we all need to make an effort to keep in touch, take time to laugh, and do a better job of balancing our lives between work, family, friends, etc.

Given the 4th of July is right around the corner, I’ll sum up my thoughts with this wonderful quote …

Laughter is the fireworks of the soul.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe Independence Day!

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