Happy New Year!
Another New Year and for that I am grateful…I would like to wish all my readers old and new a Very Happy New Year!
I hope it is a peaceful, productive and healthy New Year…I am making no New Year Resolutions as most are broken before the month of January is out…I will be going back to healthy eating as December and most of last year has been months of excesses depending on my moods…
I will strive to be less wasteful and to be kind…kind to myself and others…
Welcome to Monday Musings…which could be anything that has happened throughout the last week, something I have read or watched, could be a pet peeve or almost anything.. welcome to my world!
National Drinking straw day…US
Way back in the day drinking straws were made from Ryegrass…
Inventor Marvin C. Stone became especially frustrated by the straws’ shortcomings, as the taste of the rye mixed with that of his drink, gave it a grassy taste. He then patented the modern drinking straw in 1888. The first straw Stone made was just paper wound around a pencil to make a thin tube, and he then slid the pencil out from one end and applied glue between the strips.
Another great way to celebrate this holiday would be to learn to make the drink that inspired Marvin Stone to create a new kind of straw in the first place: the mint julep. Then, sit back, sipping your drink through a straw that is environmentally friendly and be grateful it does not taste like ryegrass!
Mint Julep Recipe
Makes 2 cocktails
- 10 mint sprigs
- 1-ounce simple syrup OR 4 sugar cubes OR 4 teaspoons of sugar
- 5 ounces of your favourite bourbon whiskey
- Mint sprigs for garnish
Place half of the mint and simple syrup or sugar into one special julep cup, or double old-fashioned glass, and the other half of the mint and sugar/syrup into another. Muddle the mint well with a spoon to dissolve the sugar and to release the oil and aroma of the mint. Pour half of the bourbon into one glass, and the rest into the other. Then, fill both glasses with crushed ice and stir quite energetically, until the glass becomes frosty. Garnish with the mint sprigs and enjoy!
If a Mint Julep is not for you, another drink that needs to be enjoyed with a straw is a frozen Margarita. The Margarita is a classic cocktail, which consists of triple sec, tequila and lemon or lime juice. It is traditionally served with a salt glass rim and a piece of lime.
The time has come for YOU to do your bit for the planet...and ditch your plastic straws on this date (if you have any!). Instead, opt for a metal straw, glass straw, bamboo straw, wheat straw all of which can be used again and again. There are quite a few options even edible straws on the market now …SEA is a new category of materials made from seaweed—a regenerative and carbon-sequestering input. It outperforms carbon-intensive paper products and bioplastics…
I have been inundated by spam for the last few months somedays it has hit 400-500…not funny as sometimes my regular readers get caught in spam and with so many, I cannot check… it has been driving me mad…The happiness engineers just told me that it didn’t affect my blog so to just leave them be…I don’t want them there….have you tried deleting 1000 spam comments… it takes time…
The solution (found) quite by chance…takes just 4 steps…the result was immediate ..Spam is now in single figures or a 0…Yeah!
Note: I am on the Premium Plan.
- On the left-hand sidebar click “Jetpack”
- CLICK Akismet Anti Spam(4th) one down.
- Page down and click “Strictness
- Save Changes.
The results were instantaneous…
I love his videos as much as Mark loves his food…this video was filmed in the north Thailand in a Christian Village where they celebrate Christmas…I love authentic Thai food and this video shows you just that…I loved watching it and could relate to much of the food which is eaten here…not all by me but like Mark, we always have a lot of fresh vegetables at every meal…
I have been to our families village where they have catered on mass just like this for many people and it is fascinating to watch the preparations and cooking…I do hope you enjoy it …it is far away from the tourist areas Mark normally takes us away from the tourist areas where authentic Thai food is cooked and eaten…
January 3rd 1988…Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night premieres on Cinemax; concert performance includes James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang
This is fabulous I have had it playing in the background whilst writing…some great guitar and keyboard plus the unmistakable voice of Roy Orbison and Friends…
That’s all for today…Thank you for joining me I look forward to your comments…Happy New Year xx