The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.
~ Albert Einstein
When thinking of simple pleasures, there really is nothing better than a Friday afternoon.
Wherever you are, whatever the weather, there is always something to brighten the mood of you and those around you when the countdown to the weekend is inching to a close! It’s here!
My favorite thing to do on a Friday is to come home, drop the bags, the phone, all the noise of the week, and hit the outdoors.
Alternatively, if the weather is the way it was all this week (with rain and more rain), I love nothing more than to curl up on the couch with my grandmother’s afghan, my laptop or a book, and a hot cup of sweet honey lemon.
Growing up, my mom used to make it with boiled ginger (a few thumbs of fresh ginger in a boiling pot of water for 30 minutes), or simply as shown. We always had in our family kitchen a giant bucket of local honey from a beekeeper named Albert (as I recall that was his name). When we weren’t prying it open to steal spoonfuls, we used it as a seat to rest our tired legs.
I respect and admire all the reasons to avoid honey – every drop is a beautiful and sacred thing – and I am always sure to appreciate it and regard it as an extremely special and beautiful gift from the bees.
After all, without the bees we wouldn’t have these:
Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
They are a treasure, and so are the bees that pollinate our fruit. We enjoy honey and use it very sparingly, and with gratitude. Of course, hot honey-lemon can easily become hot maple-syrup-lemon, and both are yummy and extremely beneficial either way.
More lemony goodness means more cleansing vitamin C and healthy vitamins for your body. More soothing hot beverages means you can enjoy it over more time. More slow sipping means more slow living. More slowness is nice. So relax and enjoy, it’s Friday after all!
Less refined sugar sweetened lemon drinks means less of the white stuff in your clean water. Less coffee, tea and other sweet drinks means less calories, milk and all the other things that go with them. Less outsourced drinks means cheaper nourishment for you and less waste overall.
Hot Honey Lemon Drink:
- (1-2) organic lemons
- (2-3) tbsp local unpasteurized honey to taste (or maple syrup)
- (2-3) cups boiling water
- (1) favorite mug
- (1) sprinkle cayenne powder (optional)
Put up a kettle to boil of clean water. Squeeze the juice of your lemons in to your favorite mug, adding a few slices to crush inside. Crush your lemon slices with a spoon or fork until juicy and pulverized. Add honey to lemon juice and lemon slices and crush together. Add optional dash of cayenne powder.
When the water boils, pour directly into the cup and stir. Taste to see if sweetness is right (and add more honey if desired).
Grab a book or a bright corner with a window and enjoy the view. Breathe deep and enjoy….because you can. I call that a great way to start the weekend.
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
Whatever you choose to do this weekend, I hope you do it in style – after all it’s not the start of the weekend everyday!
Here’s a little shot of something that made me smile this week.
My daughter returned home from her grandparents house (my parents) with these shoes – my jazz shoes from the stone ages (I was about 12).
I was (just a little) overjoyed to see them as I had no idea they were still around. I was even more pleased to put them on, and believe it or not they still fit! (but if you must know my toes are popping out (just a little) a bit).
Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another.
So now when I talk about kitchen dancing, you can be pretty certain I might just have these on
- How are you planning to ring in April?
- What’s your favorite way to start the weekend?
- Are you a lemon drink fan too?
Thanks to all of you for reading this week and for my new IPOM followers!
I was beyond thrilled this week to receive comments from old friends, new friends, and family from afar – I just love to connect with you over food and sharing enthusiasm with you all just makes my day..
Next I’ll be sharing about those french lentils, a new breakfast bar, and a wonderful recipe sent to me by a fellow blogging buddy…;)
Cheers to Friday or whatever day it is in your part of the world!
Yours in Less,