Sparkling Margaritas

Served this at my first book club meeting. It was a hit.

Sparkling Margaritas by Joanna Weir, compliments of Better Homes and Gardens

1 C blanco (white) tequila
2/3 C lime juice
1/3 C agave nectar (Check the natural isle at your local grocery store.)(In a pinch, you could substitute sugar, but you'll need to use a little bit more because agave is sweeter.)
sparkling wine or champagne (about 1 1/2 C)
lime peel strips or very thin lime slices

Combing half of the tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker with lots of ice. Shake & strain into 3 glasses. Repeat, filling 6 glasses. Top each glass with sparkling wine. Garnish with lime.
Makes 6 servings, 188 calories, 0g fat, 1mg sodium, 1g fiber



A perfect trench

Ah, to be a princess.
The hat is (insert British accent here) quite lovely, but how gorgeous is that coat?
Anwar Hussein/ WireImage

Here's a version more suitable for those of us without royal connections........but with huge wallets.


Though I adore this Burberry trench, it's not realistic for a frugal New Englander like myself to spend that kind of money on a coat, so
let's go cheaper, shall we? 

OK, and cheaper still! Bow-tie Trench

Hopefully you've found something stylish to protect you from these gloomy rains.

I heart Coldplay

A new favorite:

quick rainy day workout

If you're not a flower, rain sucks.

Here's a three and a half minute workout you can do in your house when the rain foils your outdoor running plans. All you need is a set of stairs.

First, warm up (I do some of those Tracy Anderson webisodes from earlier posts).

1. Run up your stairs (single steps)
2. Do 10 jumping jacks
3. Run down the stairs (single steps-  so you won't trip and break something)
4. Repeat step 1.
5. Do 9 jumping jacks.
6. Repeat step 3.
7. Repeat step 1, then step 2 but reduce the number of jumping jacks each time. Repeat step 3.

*Do the whole cycle three times in a workout if you're feeling strong, but interweave circuits of sit ups and arm exercises.

You'll be tired. I promise.