Irish Coffee – Doesn’t That Seem Like a Contradiction? Should It Rev You Up or Relax You?

Best laid plans that don’t come to pass are disappointing but seriously, it’s something we can live with, right?  I don’t have much of a choice.  Yesterday as I was getting busy  had the oddest bout of dizziness and nausea that left me feeling unsettled and a bit of shaky. It passed quickly, but I never felt quite right for most of the rest of the day.  I still managed to get a few loads of laundry done, got the food celebration prepared, made dinner and a few other things.  It didn’t really translate into checking off very many things off of my list. Every time this happens I find out that these undone things are waiting for me the next day, and eventually they do get done.


Verse of the Day

January 25, 2018

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

Our actions follow our thoughts like a heat seeking missile follows the exhaust of a jet fighter’s engine. So in a day when so much around us trains us to find the negative in life, we must aggressively think and pursue the character, the qualities, and the things of God’s goodness.

Food for Thought

Tomorrow is Friday.  Sort of puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?



A Room of One’s Own Day – This one was created by the folks at www.wellcat.comI understand the sentiment! Everyone needs a space to call their own and for many parents that isn’t something that is easy to come by.  While my kids were growing up I longed for a quiet place I could go, that I didn’t have to share with anyone else, to collect my thoughts, have my special things that I didn’t necessarily want to have all around the house.  Right now the room that is mine was the guest room, but is in the process of being turned into an office space.  If you could have any room, all to yourself, what would it look like?  Mine would look very much like this one, if I could plan it all for myself.  What would yours be like?


Macintosh Computer Day – On January 22 in 1984, in a Super Bowl ad, the Macintosh was introduced, and to the rest of the world via other media on January 24, 1984.  It went on sale to the public on January 25, 1984, which is why its birthday is celebrated today.


Opposite Day – do you remember as a child doing everything opposite of what your siblings said or did?  I remember doing it to my brother and him to me – though neither of us would have done it to our parents.  They would have only found it funny for a moment or two – with Mom being busy running a full daycare in our home, and Dad working at night – those sorts of games ran thin pretty quickly.  My kids did it to me though – and I admit – their fits of giggles were worth the annoyance of a few moments of everything opposite.  Yes, today is a topsy, turvy day where everything you say, do, see or hear are opposite.  If you say go left, you mean right, if you say up, it means down, and honestly it can get very confusing.  I suggest really only celebrating this one if you have young children and whatever you do, DON’T do it while driving!  Geesh! We don’t need chaos when we were only trying to have fun.  By the way, if you’re a single person looking for Mr. or Miss Right?  Keep in mind . . . Opposites Attract!


This Day in History

1924 – The first Winter Olympic Games began in Chamonix, France.

1949 – The first Emmy awards were given out.


Food Celebration of the Day

National Irish Coffee Day – Irish coffee is a strong, hot coffee with a nip of Irish whiskey and cream, combined in a way that it warms you up from the inside out.  We owe the cold, damp Atlantic weather and the creativity of a chef from Limerick to thank for inventing this drink.  If it hadn’t been for the chilly, wet weather, who knows if Joseph Sheridan would have thought up this sweet boozy drink and served it, or so the story goes, to warm chilled transatlantic travelers who ended up stuck when the weather got miserable.  It is said that the passengers arrived in the small airport in SW Ireland where Sheridan had a restaurant.  He wanted to lift their spirits and warm them up so he served the hot coffee beverage with a topper of whipped cream.  One of them asked if it was Brazilian coffee and he said no, it was Irish Coffee, and so it was born in 1942.  Such celebrities as Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe and her husband at the time, Arthur Miller, have been photographed in that spot sipping an Irish Coffee.  Even though Irish coffee started out in Ireland, it came the United States, and was introduced to San Francisco’s Buena Vista Café in 1952.  In the years since then Buena Vista has served more than 32 million Irish Coffees, and still whips up about 2,000 of them each day.  I have to laugh as I think about this though – seriously, I depend on my coffee to keep me awake on my way to work, but if I’m having an alcoholic beverage it generally relaxes me or makes me sleepy – this one could really confuse my system!

Try the classic or one of these other hot coffee treats today.  May be especially welcome back east and in the mid-west where everyone is so cold!

It is pretty simple to make this one low carb. I didn’t want one for myself, but I did make one for hubby.  I put a shot of whiskey in the bottom of the cup, poured hot coffee over the top and stirred it up a bit, then topped it off with whipped cream.  Some recipes say to add cinnamon, chocolate or other flavors, and you can do that, just make sure they are low carb options and you are good to go!

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