Friday, February 19, 2010

The End Of Life As We Know It

One of the great things about winter (and there are only a few from my perspective) is cuddling up with a hot toddie and a sappy movie. You know, the kind that would not normally be on the agenda if the sun were shining and there were pool parties to attend. A movie like P.S. I Love You.

It's a movie that reminds me, I am capable of feeling profound happiness and heartbreaking sadness. No matter how extreme the moment, perseverance is possible, because it's in those most wonderful moments and miserable times, (that feel they will never end) I realize that - good or bad - those are the moments worth having. That's why we're all here, right?

I suppose I like it when things are not "wrapped up in a bow" at the end. The usual "Hollywood Ending" just isn't much like reality most of the time. But it's nice to have hope; to know that in the most devastating times, something amazing can happen.

Ok, so movies that can warm my - oh so cold - heart, are one of the great things about winter. A few others:

Hot Chocolate;
Irish Cream (my recipe below);
A funny book;
Belted tunics with leggings;
Boots. Lots & lots of boots!

Jeez, I can't wait until warmer weather, but until then, I will thoroughly enjoy those few things I love about winter.

Mar-teez Irish Cream
1 1/4 c. Irish whiskey, bourbon, or rye whiskey (I like Irish whiskey best)
1 12 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 c of whipping cream (not whipped cream)
1 c of pasteurized egg substitute
2 Tbsp chocolate syrup
1/4 c brewed coffee

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix well. Will keep up to 3 months (mine never lasts that long!) in the refrigerator.

The thing I like best about the recipe, apart from it being delicious, is that it leaves room for creativity and experimentation. For instance, I've added creme de menthe to the recipe before. Lately, I don't think I've made to batches the same. Please let me know what delicious additions you've made to the recipe!


  1. You have a blog?!???? Yaaayyy!!! I'm glad I found it. I had the same reaction to that movie. It's one of those movies I continue to think about from time to time.

    P.S. I love your blog. You are a beautiful writer and I can't wait to read more!

  2. Thanks, Lindsey! Your blog inspired me to start my own. :-) No foolin'. I really enjoy following what Brady and you are up to!

    There's something to be said for movies that stick with you, eh? I could watch this movie over and over again. Every time, it will make me laugh and cry in the very same parts, as if I had never watched it before!