New Year’s Eve is almost here, and most of us enjoy celebrating, however, some of us prefer non-alcoholic beverage choices. These “mocktail” recipes are special enough to wow your guests on New Year’s Eve, and the best part is they’re great for any age too! Enjoy!!
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1. Sparkling Raspberry Mocktail
Pair the grape juice with a few other ingredients and you have an elegant non alcoholic drink on your hands!
Something that makes this raspberry mocktail pretty and tasty are the ice cubes. Make them the day before or you can make them in the morning or early afternoon so that by evening they are definitely ready to go.
Enjoy These Refreshing Mocktail Recipes!
Happy New Year 2020 from Colorado Springs Over 50!
We are looking forward to a happy, healthy, and successful 2020 and wish the same for you and yours.
Here is a list of Quotes for the New Year by renowned people that will guide you as you traverse through the 365 days of 2020 – Enjoy!
1) “Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.” Charles Kettering
2) “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
3) “Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you have always wanted to do but could not find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you do not think you can keep. Walk tall, and smile more. You will look 10 years younger. Do not be afraid to say, I love you. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.” Ann Landers
4) “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.
5) “Glory to God in highest heaven, Who unto man His Son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth.” Martin Luther
6) “All of us every single year, we are a different person. I do not think we are the same person all our lives.” Steven Speilberg
7) “Be always at War with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you, a better person.” Benjamin Franklin
Happy New Year 2020 – Make It A Great Year!
Most people enjoy the holidays, because it’s generally a festive and fun time of the year! It’s also one of the busiest! There are lots of parties to attend, social events to plan, family get-togethers, shopping to be done, and cookies to be baked. Add seasonal weather to the mix, finances, cold and flu season and a super long “to-do” list and this time of year can also take a big toll on our health. With all the fun and celebrating it’s easy to forget ourselves sometimes, but it’s so important to remember to take good care of yourself and remain heart healthy during these stressful and busy weeks!
Here are some easy tips to lessen the stress, strengthen your heart and be heart healthy this holiday season.
1. Don’t sweat the small stuff (or the big stuff)
No doubt, all of us have long to-do lists this time of year. Sometimes you can plan way ahead and still not have things work out like you planned. It’s ok! Learn to be gentle on yourself, and when things get overwhelming, force yourself to simplify. Scale back your to-do list. Delegate some errands to your partner, children or friends. Space out your shopping and baking, and don’t overbook your schedule with events and social gatherings. Take deliberate time out of your day to relax and regroup. Force yourself to take a nap! What’s important is that you aren’t stressing yourself out needlessly. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that less is more!
2. Sneak in some exercise
Just because you’re “busy” doesn’t mean you’re staying active. Sometimes the cold weather keeps us from our regular exercise routines, and the stress of the holidays can also cause us to overeat and hibernate on the couch a little too long! Park a little farther when you’re out shopping to add some steps to your day. Walk around the mall a little longer than you have to. Dance in the kitchen to Christmas songs on the radio while doing the dishes. Stressful day? Pull out the yoga mat and do some deep breathing and stretching in the evening. Just be sure that you are mindful about moving your body through the Winter months. Your heart will thank you!
3. Be wise about portion control
We are literally surrounded this time of year by rich food and alcohol. Sometimes it’s easy to justify a little gluttony when you’re “celebrating”, but when you’ve been celebrating for 2 months, you can come out the other side 15 pounds heavier and with a higher cholesterol count if you’re not careful! Treating yourself is ok, but always make sure the bulk of your calories are coming from real, unprocessed foods. Fill up on the healthy stuff first, and you’ll feel less inclined to eat a sample of every dessert.
4. Make sure you’re getting enough rest
Insomnia and sleepless nights can take their toll on our bodies when we constantly have lists of things we need to do going through our brains. Sometimes it feels impossible to shut it off. One good tip is writing down everything you need to do the next day. If you have it on paper, sometimes it’s easier for the brain to let it go. Take time to relax each evening with a good book, a warm bath or a warm drink. Try to stay away from electronics in the late evening, and make sure you’re room isn’t too warm. These are helpful for a good night’s sleep. No matter how busy you are, always aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night. A well rested body is a healthy body and helps keep the heart healthy! According to Dr. Mercola, there are definitely consequences of not getting enough sleep!
5. A joyful heart is a happy heart
There’s a lot to be said about having a positive outlook and being of good cheer. Not only can a good attitude benefit those around us, but it can keep our blood pressure from rising and keep stress away too! There’s a direct correlation between mental and physical health, so keep your mind positive. Look for ways to serve others, and look for the good in every situation and your whole body will thank you!
Stay heart healthy and ‘heart happy’ during the holidays!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Enjoy this beautiful rendition of Carol of the Bells and Christmas Light Show!
Interesting facts about Christmas:
Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in countries around the world. This includes many whose populations are mostly non-Christian.
For Christians, participating in a religious service plays an important part in the recognition of the season. Christmas, along with Easter, is the period of highest annual church attendance.
The practice of putting up special decorations at Christmas has a long history.
The modern Christmas tree tradition is believed to have begun in Germany in the 18th century.
Since the 19th century, the poinsettia, a native plant from Mexico, has been associated with Christmas.
Traditionally, Christmas carols have often been based on medieval chord patterns. This is what gives them their uniquely characteristic musical sound.
Christmas carols such as, “Good King Wenceslas” and “The Holly and the Ivy” can be traced directly back to the Middle Ages.
Are you Ready? Santa Claus is coming to town.
You can track him coming into your city!
NORAD Deploys their NORAD Santa Tracker!
NORAD will be tracking Santa (like they do every year) so get on board and watch when and where Santa Claus arrives in various parts of the world.
Go to the NORAD Santa Tracker web page and watch Santa in real time:
The NORAD Tracks Santa program began as an annual event on December 24, 1955. According to legend, a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs, Colorado, newspaper which told children that they could place a call to Santa Claus. It included the number ME 2-6681. A call allegedly came through to Colorado Springs’ Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center as one digit was misprinted.
In some versions of the story, the calls were coming in to the “red telephone” hotline that connected CONAD directly to command authorities at the Strategic Air Command. Colonel Harry Shoup, who was a Crew Commander on duty, answered the first call and supposedly told his staff to give all children who called in later a “current location” for Santa Claus.
NORAD Santa Tracker, it’s Fun!
You will ‘wow’ your guests with this wonderful Cheese Christmas Tree.
It’s easy to make and is festive as well. It is made with different flavored cheese cubes.
For those limiting their fat intake, look for reduced-fat cheese, such as cheddars and light pepper Jack, which are as delicious as the regular cheddars.
Plus, you can make omelets or fondue with any leftovers!
•5 eight-ounce bars of different cheddars, plain and flavored (or substitute other semi-hard cheeses for variety)
•1 bundle fresh thyme sprigs
•Red grape or “teardrop” tomatoes (can substitute cherry tomatoes or olives)
•1 large white button mushroom
1. Cut each bar of cheese into 1-inch cubes.
2. On large platter or cutting board, arrange cubes in rows to form tree shape, using a different flavor for each row. Separate the rows of cheese with thyme or rosemary sprigs (rosemary looks like an evergreen twig) and rows of grape tomatoes and/or pimento-stuffed green olives.
3. For the star on top, peel the skin from the mushroom and carve a star pattern into it with point of knife.
4. Enjoy the compliments!
Make this Cheese Christmas Tree for your holiday parties!
It's that time of year and just after the holidays that you will need to get your tax paperwork together to file in April 2020. In all tax matters you should hire or consult with a qualified tax professional for advice or preparation. Pay attention to law restrictions and allowances.
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This is such a good depiction of the Expectations vs. Realities of Winter and what really happens in life. Don’t we all have great expectations of how things should be? And, then reality sets in but, hopefully, we can laugh and move on!
Can you identify with any of these?
The Expectations vs. Realities of Winter
It’s time to get a head start on your Christmas baking. You will love these Christmas cookies you can make now and freeze. What a great feeling to have that task done well before the holiday season!
These Santa-special treats can be in the freezer for up to three months. Make sure you wrap the cookies in plastic, stack in an airtight container, seal and freeze. Thaw wrapped cookies at room temperature before serving.
These cookies are also perfect for a Christmas Cookie Exchange event. Here is the bonus…these cookies are easy to make! Everyone will think you spent hours and hours making these unique, delicious holiday cookies!
Courtesy of BHG
Hot Cocoa Cookies
Courtesy of Pip and Ebby
Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies
Courtesy of BHG
Christmas Cookies to make now and freeze! How easy is that?
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