Remember my excitement from last week about our fun mini trip up north? Yea, that didn’t happen. Anything that could have gone wrong last weekend pretty much did. I am not going to explain everything that went down because this post would turn into a novel. What I do want to talk about though is how much our outlook and attitude about unforeseen circumstances can change the situation for the good or the bad.
As my dreams of sitting on a beach drinking cocktails were slowly fading away I had two choices. I could sulk, pout and be pissy about it or I could try and make the best of the situation. Well, I did both. I was extremely disappointed when I learned our fun weekend on Madeline Island was a no go. I got mad about the situation I put all of us in, I was annoyed that it was happening and I was frustrated that I couldn’t fix it. These thoughts and feelings did me and the rest of the group absolutely no good. My piss poor attitude was bringing everyone else down. I just said enough is enough. I realized that complaining about the situation was not making for a fun filled weekend like we planned. It was time to turn my attitude around and make some damn lemonade out of lemons.
We sipped on some cocktails, came up with a new plan and put the plan into action. Was I disappointed that my weekend plans that I was looking forward to for months weren’t happening? You betcha. Was I happy that I still got to spend a weekend with friends and family enjoying the sun and water? Absolutely! It didn’t matter where we ended up or what we ended up doing. I had my friends, I had my family and we still had a damn good weekend.
The next time you get mad at a situation because it isn’t going your way, think to yourself if that will change the situation for the good. There is always an upside to any downside. If you decide to just be mad well then, you’re probably going to have a horrible experience. If you look on the bright side of things and find the good of the situation, I bet you will fully enjoy the new experience you were able to create by making lemonade out of lemons.
There is a restaurant where I live that started serving homemade sweet potato fries and OMFG they are the best things I have ever tasted. I was determined to recreate them. These sweet potato wedges came pretty dang close to the ones at the restaurant and will be making an appearance in the Kiss by Brooke household often.
- 2 large sweet potatoes, skin on and cut into wedges
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ tsp salt, black pepper and garlic powder
- 1 tbsp fresh ground parsley
- 2 tbsp fresh ground thyme
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a small bowl combine garlic, salt and pepper, garlic powder, parsley, and thyme.
- Place the sweet potato wedges in a 1 gallon Ziploc bag, toss in the spice mixture, add the coconut oil and seal the bag. Shake the bag until the sweet potato wedges are fully coated.
- Spread out on a baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes. Toss or flip the sweet potato wedges and cook for another 15 minutes.