A Blueberry Rum Day Recipe

Today is National Rum Day, a day celebrated to help quench your thirst with your favorite rum drink. Rum is made by distilling by products of sugarcane, such as molasses or sugarcane juice, and is then aged in oak barrels. A majority of rum is produced in the Caribbean and in Latin American nations and territories.

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About Rum Day:

While the precursors of rum date back thousands of years, tradition suggests that rum didn’t originate until sometime in the 1600′s on the island of Barbados. The drink quickly became a favorite of the locals. It didn’t take long for the drink to make its way to the colonies, and in 1664 the first distillery was built at what is now Staten Island. Three years later a distillery was constructed in Boston and rum quickly became Colonial New England’s largest and most prosperous industry. Perhaps the most famous part of rums history though, is its association with piracy. The relationship began after the trading of rum boomed in the mid 1600′s when the Royal Navy captured the island of Jamaica. The sailors quickly fell in love with the taste of rum, and the rest is history.

Recipe:

The Blueberry Rum Smash makes 1 cocktail blueberry_rum_1_rect540

Fresh (or frozen) blueberries
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 ounces rum
Ginger ale

Cover the bottom of a mason jar with blueberries. (If you’re using a smaller glass, make a double layer.) Add the brown sugar, lemon juice & muddle until the sugar is melted. The idea is to break the skins of the blueberries, but not to mash them into a pulp. Fill the glass with crushed ice & then add the rum. Top with ginger ale and stir.

 

Relaxation for the Mind, Body, & Soul

relaxation day- the lil spa roomHappy National Relaxation Day! Whether you are looking for physical or spiritual relaxation, here are a few tips to relax your body, soul & mind.

•Get comfortable: To be able to calm & relax, remove your shoes, undo your tie or neck button, loosen your belt, unclasp your bra, slip into something comfortable.

• Enjoy some Fresh air: Open the windows & breathe in the fresh air.

• Mother Nature: Instead of hanging in a busy part of town, take a couple of minutes outdoors to slow down. Nature has its own way of calming your mind.

•Silence: Find a place in silence; treasure it, absorb it, immerse yourself in it, hang on to it as long as you can.

happiness- the lil spa room• Deep Breaths: Straighten up and take a deep slow breath through your nose, deep into your tummy, do not let the chest rise, relax your shoulders – then release the breath slowly through your mouth.

•New Age Music: Play some relaxing music with nature sounds and wind chimes to set up a more relaxing mood. This goes well with open windows.

•Reject stress: Reorganize your priorities. Reject anything that will put pressure on you. Learn to say no and become more positive and energetic.

•Influence your subconscious: To reinforce messages to your subconscious, like “I am calm and can cope with this situation”, there is no way like this: repeat, repeat, repeat.

•Visualization: Go to sleep with a picture in your mind how you would like to be. (Positive things of course) Do this again and again, every night. Try to wake up with this picture in your mind.

•Concentrate on the task at hand: If you immerse yourself totally in a task, so that you achieve the very best result you are capable of (this can be anything at all, for example washing the dishes, ironing, driving a car or mowing the lawn), you will find that task becomes like a meditation in itself. Time flies, you derive satisfaction from your efforts and you spend at least this time completely in the here and now, not worrying about past or future.

  • Lastly, get a massage or better yet get a facial. Not only will you escape into pampering bliss, you’ll go home with great skin.

And if you are home, make yourself a refreshing margarita or pour yourself a glass of serve wine to enhance that relaxation. 😉

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