Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rain, rain, go away

What a dark and gloomy day! I don't know what it's like in your city, but Atlanta has been all sorts of rainy lately. And according to the 10-day forecast, we're going to have stormy weather for quite some time. Boo! Weather like this always bums me out…unless I have the ability to go home and curl up on my sofa with a good book and some hot cocoa. I guess I did have a bit of a sweet treat today, though. I made myself a sugar-free Caramel Latte this morning. Jealous? It's totally easy to make - check it out!

Ingredients:
2 packets SPLENDA® Flavors for Coffee, Caramel
1/4 cup brewed espresso
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup reduced fat milk

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients together in a microwaveable bowl or mug. Heat in a microwave 30 to 40 seconds or to desired temperature.
2. Blend in blender 15 to 20 seconds to create a frothy drink, if desired. Pour into serving cup and serve immediately.

Although I'm not liking the overcast skies, I guess the weather does match my mood this week. Like many in my age bracket, I've been pretty blue following the news of Patrick Swayze's death. And that sadness only grew this morning, when I discovered that Mary Travers had also passed away. And so the Summer of 2009 claims two more victims. To add to the chorus of grievers, I'll never forget the first time I watched Patrick Swayze on the screen...I was about 9 years old and saw Dirty Dancing at a friend's slumber party. I think we were all a little bit in love with "Johnny Castle" that year. And that adoration grew over the years, thanks to awesome movies like The Outsiders, Ghost, Point Break, Donnie Darko and the cheese-fest that is Road House. As for Mary - of Peter, Paul and Mary fame - the 72-year-old passed away last night after a five-year battle with leukemia. PP&M played a crucial role in helping the folk-music scene become a mass popular movement in the early 1960s. I'll never forget Mary's beautiful, expressive vocals on such classics as "If I Had A Hammer," "Blowing in the Wind," and "Puff the Magic Dragon."
I'd like to think that Mary is up there with Patrick right now, singing while he dances. RIP.



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