“There's a reason why forty, fifty, and sixty don't look the way they used to, and it's not because of feminism or better living through exercise. It's because of ..
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hair dye. In the 1950s only 7 percent of American women dyed their hair; today there are parts of Manhattan and Los Angeles where there are no gray-haired women at all.” ~ Nora Ephron
Nearly nine months had passed, and I'd missed them
This funny (and wise!) group of women who spend their lunch-hours water-walking in the lazy river; all while soaking up the sunshine and chatting about life. I love hanging out with them and always head home with a big smile and warm heart
They're a treasure trove of stories, a wealth of great information, and such an inspiration for a life well lived
Most are in their 60s and 70s and go by the titles of mother, grandmother, and friend. They're so full of life and have spirits that are peaceful and content.
A few of their best tips from the summer of 2016?
Making a pie crust? Add vodka. Funniest name for a pet? Milkshake (the cat). The best potato salad? No to the Mayo, yes to Miracle Whip. It also has to be mustardy with eggs, onions, and a splash of pickle juice. Have you tried Ina Garten's? Why in the world would someone deviate?
And the books on their nightstand
Thought it might be fun to share a few of their funny tips and tricks that I've collected so far this summer. I hope they'll leave you with a smile as big as mine
In want of a good raisin? They claim there's nothing better than Dole. Although they've found themselves in a terrible quandary, they're nearly impossible to find in grocery stores and “There's no way I'll pay five dollars for a bag online(!)” Oh no, what's happened to the Dole Raisin?
The best beach towel? Turkish towels, they get softer with every washing and are dry in no time
In need of a good workout? They'll invite you to a morning class. But whatever you do, don't hide out in the back row. “It's reserved for the back-stander ladies. They've been going to the fitness center since the day it opened and the back row is their spot. Oh, and they won't let you turn on the fans(!)”
The less than $2 meal they all swear by? Arby's sliders. Every afternoon between 2 – 5 pm .. Arby's offers a Happy Hour of sorts. Everything on their slider menu is $1. I kid you not; yesterday they stocked their freezers with sliders for the month. “It's the perfect meal for one. Add a piece of fruit or a veggie and you're good to go.”
What does one do at home on a Sunday morning while eating spicy eggs with rice? Listen to crime and murder podcasts (of course!) A couple of their favorites? In the Dark .. My Favorite Murder .. and Crimetown
And if you're looking for a great read to tuck in your pool bag .. they've got you covered
Hillbilly Elegy – One of the best books when it comes to understanding where we are as a country. I've spent most of the last 2 days reading it and I can't stop thinking about it
Option B – Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant tell the stories of others — a painter who is deaf and blind, a woman who had a teenage pregnancy — who have triumphed over adversity. “Resilience is not a fixed personality trait,” they write “It’s a lifelong project”
The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy had it all until then she didn't. Then she wrote a book about it .. without any neat endings. It's messy and sometimes troubling but also sweet and exhilarating
Anything is Possible – Like her Pulitzer prize-winning book (and HBO miniseries) Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout’s new novel feels almost like a collection of short stories. Each chapter spotlights a different resident of Amgash, Illinois, a small town where everyone is connected to each other
Theft By Finding Diaries (1977-2002) – A collection of moments pulled from the diaries Sedaris wrote between 1977 and 2002. Certainly, he includes some of the bigger moments like the death of his mother or meeting his longtime partner Hugh. But most of the entries are quieter moments in which Sedaris writes about cleaning houses for a living, doing drugs and observing patrons at IHOP
And then there was this ice cream. A rich, decadent, ultimately satisfying dessert
This outrageously easy “ice cream” is just the sort of dessert to please everyone in the house .. the vegans .. the lactose-intolerant .. the paleo enthusiasts .. the picky children. Just toss four frozen bananas into a blender and give it a good whirl.
If you like soft-serve consistency, eat it right away (and adding a few tablespoons of milk or nut milk to the blender wouldn't hurt, but it isn't necessary). For more traditional scoops, freeze it in an airtight container and dole out as you would the Ben & Jerry's. Also, consider adding some different twists:
Strawberry/raspberry ice cream
Prepare as directed, except add 1/2 cup each, strawberries and raspberries and reduce the coconut milk to 2 Tbsp
Peanut Butter ice cream
Prepare as directed, except add 1/4 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter) and reduce the coconut milk to 2 Tbsp
Chocolate ice cream
Prepare as directed, except add 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder and reduce the coconut milk to 2 Tbsp. A few chopped almonds would also be a great addition
Banana Ice Cream - 4 Easy (and Delicious) Ways
- Banana Ice Cream
- 4 medium bananas peeled, sliced, and frozen
- ¼ cup refrigerated unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Banana Ice Cream
- In a blender (or food processor) add all of the ingredients and combine until smooth
- Serve immediately for soft-serve consistency, or freeze at least 4 hours for a scoopable ice cream