We just spent an entire, glorious week at the beach.
Nothing like ocean waves to wash away any stress that may have followed any of us there.
We stepped onto the beach as a family and basked for six days together in Atlantic sands and saltwater.
Do you know, it’s actually scientifically proven – through various studies I’m too lazy to look up – that spending time in nature truly does improve one’s health?
Our bodies relaxed, we laughed a lot, and our muscles got a workout in the waves.
I’m sure the multiple virgin frosty drinks, consumed by all, helped some too.
The kids discovered the marvels of age-appropriate Mudslides on the last day, and as they sat back on the under-water bench of the warm resort pool sipping their first tastes of the blended cream and chocolate, they looked at each other and said, “Oh man! Why did it take us until the last day to find these?!”
“Next time,” we all said, “It’s Mudslides all week”.
So I’ll just make a mini-suggestion for this week, because it’s summer – and we humans tend to spend more time outside in the summer anyway – that next time life starts to feel a little uptight and crazy a trip into nature is probably necessary.
It doesn’t have to be a big week-long ordeal. A day of hiking works, or even a quick walk in some fresh air does the trick – a nature recharge of any length can settle your soul.
Just keep it in mind.
And a little food shout-out in line with last week? KISS?
Buy a pack of drumsticks and do a little shakity-bakity with your favorite spice blend. I like to shake on some salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper. If you need an idea, maybe try a little of this little Magic Dust recipe.
My sister shared this technique with me. I’m not sure where she learned it – but whatever the case, it’s a little diamond in the kitchen.
You only need the grill at the end – to crisp up the skin – and if you don’t have a grill, or don’t want to go through the trouble, you can broil them instead.
If you like a spicy buffalo flavor, right when you throw them on the grill would be the time to brush on a little Frank’s Red Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce.
They’re good, simple, and inexpensive.
Really – what’s not to love?
So head outside my friends. Do a little shakity-baking,and maybe even sip a frosty Mudslide (virgin or otherwise), and take the afternoon to savor the sensation of unfurling muscles.