Sunday Blessings – Drinks for the Holidays

Hey there! I know everyone else is getting just as anxious as I am for Thanksgiving this week. The food always gets the most attention, but I am really just excited to see my family. My mom, step dad Thom, Brooke and grandparents will be coming to have Thanksgiving with me in Charleston.

This Bible verse makes me happy too:

“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad.”
-Ecclesiastes 8:15

As I always say, moderation is key to just about everything in life. While sometimes I do feel like eating and drinking (and my occasional obsessiveness about what I’m eating and drinking) can get in the way of my relationship with God, I think this verse helps put it in perspective. I don’t want to ever seem like I worship food, although I admit I do give it a little too much love at times. But when it comes down to it, God wants us to enjoy life. And eating and drinking really can be so enjoyable. Remember this? What about these? And THIS!?

The important thing is to make sure we take the time to thank Him for the food that he has put in front of us that we indulge ourselves in. It is easy to remember this during the holidays, but I am challenging myself to take more time out of each day to tell Him thank you. I know I can definitely afford to spend a little more time on my relationship with God than my relationship with food.

So before I tell you about how “glad” I am because of certain food and drinks, I just want to say I am so thankful and blessed to have a God to provide me with these things.

Now, have you heard of this?

I have heard of it, but I haven’t actually tried it yet. I bought this handle yesterday and can’t wait to try it. The cashier told me it is great in orange juice and tastes like a creamsicle! Yes please. I also have seen all kinds of recipes using it in hot chocolate, root beer/root beer floats and fruit-flavored soda. I will be taste-testing later today and coming up with a great drink to show off to my family during Thanksgiving this week! If you have any suggestions, send them my way please 🙂
Another fun purchase I made yesterday was this Skinny Peppermint Mocha from no other than Starbucks. Or “S-bucks” as we like to call it around here. Ok, Greg actually bought it for me, but he needed me to order one becauseeee…..

Starbucks is running a promotion through today for their holiday drinks. From 2-5pm their holiday drinks are buy one, get one free! The menu is limited to Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulee and Eggnog lattes. I am always a freak when it comes to checking calories of these drinks before I order, because I know some of them are reee-diculous. I was happy I could get the Peppermint Mocha in “skinny” mode to make it only 130 cals in a grande! Now go get yourself a holiday treat before this deal is over!
Skipping ahead to this morning: We went to church then picked up some groceries for lunch.

I made myself a turkey sandwich on Italian bread with lettuce, banana peppers and some red pepper hummus. No day is complete for me without an apple, so I sliced one to have on the side. 

I will be spending my Day of Rest putting finishing touches on our Thanksgiving menu planning! I have some exciting things in store 🙂

Have a good one!