Weekend Wanderings 10.15

Meet Me Lakeside blog is about to go into its FOURTH year. It has been the motivating force behind many style changes around the lake cottage, both home improvement & self-improvement. I have given some thought this month, as I do every year in October, whether or not to continue blogging. I always reach the conclusion, “There are so many positives to blogging that seem out-weigh the negative of TIME spent each week to produce a post.” (spoiler alert…BUT…)

I have several other hobbies/passions, yet no time to develop any of them…if compared to a juggling act, sadly most of the time, ALL balls are on the floor.

I find it hard to focus on both maintaining old hobbies while nurturing new ones when time is so limited.

Then, yesterday I wandered upon a HuffPost review of a book, Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I had just read the book, and a light bulb went ON when I read this sentence in Ms Breen’s article.

“Life is a series of choices, when you pursue one passion, you let go of another.” (Galit Breen)

Yes, that’s it! “Something” sadly has to be Let Go, to make room (time) for the new. It is a ripple effect, as one passion leads into another, it fades away; but not really, the old passion just blends-in, allowing room for new growth.

I look forward to having TIME to continue to grow my new passions. I will continue posting MML two more times, (Oct. 18) Thanksgiving Tablescape 2017, and (Oct. 25) DIY Wooden Place Tray (as shown in the 10/18 tablescape). Then, MML will be Let Go as I Set Sail on a new journey.

I can’t end this post without Thanking my Readers, who have been with me through 3 years of my Blog trial & errors. Your kind comments have encouraged me to venture beyond my comfort zone. As a member of the Word Press blogger Community, the global Community has broadened my concept of how much more similar we ALL are, than different from each other. I hope, too, that some of what you’ve read here on MML has Inspired you to be a Maker and to try on new tool belts and where needed, update your style.

Are you willing to Let Go, to pursue a NEW Passion?

Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside – Keep it Simple & Fresh!

Photos in this post are from Pixabay.com

Halloween Cocktails at the Cottage

It’s such fun to welcome October guests to the lake cottage, by handing them a spooky cocktail as they walk through the door…or gate…or up from the dock – guests drop-by from many directions around here, sometimes even over the fence…so we try to be “ready” with a fun signature drink.

We convert the potting bench into a serving table & bar for the Holidays and concoct one or two specialty cocktails fitting for a particular month. My favorite part is to come-up an appropriate name for each cocktail. Surely, I’m not the only one who lays awake at night dreaming of a clever name to fit a special house brew.

This year I was working with pretty black-stemmed martini glasses (Home Goods) for our October cocktail, so we shook-up a blackberry-infused vodka martini and christened it the Black Widow.

I used a low temperature glue gun to attach a rubber spider to the glass rim and darkened the blackberry infused vodka with black food coloring, a little goes a long way, then I dropped a sweet cherry pepper into the glass. Adding a few small chunks of dry ice creates one smokin’ Halloween drink. By the time the glass is empty your guests won’t care that their lips are black, too.

Just add affordable spooky decorations from the Dollar store and Walmart, so you can spend more on the fixin’s. Remember last year’s Forgotten Bag from Target bargain bin? That is where I found the Apothecary jars and Lab glasses for the drink ingredients. A quick Google search landed me free Halloween apothecary labels from HERE and HERE. Wow!

The best cocktail for any season is a Bloody Mary, I love that it can be served any time of the day. Captain always makes a crazy-good Bloody Mary, so we keep the ingredients for that perfect cocktail always on-hand. Again, the fun is in re-naming it to fit the season, and to add personality to the swizzle stick. It doesn’t have to be a celery stick; this year’s Scary Mary sports a pickled okra, jalapeño stuffed olive, lemon, and a sweet cherry pepper, with a non-edible eyeball to top the swizzle.

Don’t forget to serve Bites during cocktail hour! We keep a few Simple choices in the pantry; jars of artichokes, olives, chips/dips and cheeses, popcorn and always bottled water so I don’t have guests to cook breakfast for the next morning.

Now that the party is rockin’, the moon is out, and the guests are not feeling inclined to “sail-on”…Hey, Whose ordering pizza delivered?

Do you have a “House” Signature drink?

Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside!

Weekend Wanderings 10.8

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My friend, Zora, gave me two packs of Trader Joe’s Pour-Over Coffee to test and enjoy, so I thought with cold weather upon us, I would share my Review of it on MML. First off, I love to shop at … Continue reading

DIY – Boho Wall Hanging

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I love layering Texture into my home decor, especially in the form of fabric. Recently, I was doing one of my Wandering for (Fall) Inspiration trips at Home Goods and came across an unusual throw blanket. I say “unusual” because … Continue reading

Weekend Wanderings 10.1

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Happy October! The weather here is incredible finally, PERFECT for patio entertaining. If you remember, when I made our potting bench (HERE) I had to first convince Captain that he would still be able to use the (table) space as his … Continue reading

Halloween Fireplace Mantel & Freebie Printable

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I don’t decorate very much for Halloween anymore since we are empty-nesters. However, I do like to add into my fall decorations, a few non-spooky touches. You know a little sprinkle here and there of candy corn(y) goes a long … Continue reading