When you get lemons, you try to make lemonade and I make Limoncello. With everything going on in my personal life, I’m choosing to get in the spirit of the season with a special holiday cocktail I like to enjoy–Cranberry Limoncello. My colleague’s hosting her annual holiday party and I’m bringing the Limoncello with my favorite Skyy Vodka–yummy!

I prepare now because it takes ten days for the lemon peels to be infused in the Skyy Vodka. I take the peels of ten lemons and pour Skyy Vodka into my glass container. I let the peels sit and only stir once daily. On the tenth day, I remove the lemon peels. Then, I boil water and sugar then pour it into the Limoncello. I let it chill in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Afterwards, I pour Limoncello, Skyy Vodka, and cranberry juice over ice and top it with a few fresh cranberries. You can add a mint leaf if you’d like. This Cranberry Limoncello cocktail has been the hit of several holiday parties. And I can’t wait to get started.

Grace, I’m getting started right now.

Guiding Lesson: Eve, the Limoncello drink does sound good. I didn’t realize that it took ten days to make.  That is a lot of work so I hope it tastes really good.

When life gives you lemons, what does it take to make something better than what you have been given?  Life is not always fair and throws many unexpected things your way that you can’t throw back.  So what are the secret ingredients of refusing to be stuck with sour lemons?

Well, Eve, I believe you have the secret sauce and it is not the recipe for Limoncello. Eve, it’s your ability to see the solution within the problem. You do this because the problem is not seen as something that is more powerful than you. You see it as another opportunity to use your God-given talents to solve and create a new outcome, a bridge that leads you to a new and better tomorrow. It’s like making Limoncello. The sour lemons are key to making an exciting holiday drinks that you enjoy.  Without the lemons, Limoncello could not exist.

Now this does not mean that you see life through rose-colored glasses because this is not reality. It means that you see the issue, you feel the emotions, but you don’t allow yourself to get stuck in it. You rise up, when you’ve exhausted the emotion and move forward into co-creating a new way of life with God.  It is said that wisdom is found in the very messy and chaotic places of life.  For if you didn’t have the mess and chaos, there would be no need for Wisdom to grace you. Enjoy some Limoncello for me.

Grace

 

Posted by Marisol Barrios as MissGuided Mom's "Eve"

After 12 years of marriage, I found myself suddenly divorced with two sons to raise. Inspired by life's events, I decided to create "Eve" and tell her story, a story that will resonate with many women. "Eve" will take you through the good, the bad, and the ugly of marriage, motherhood, career and divorce. After numerous delicate situations, she decides to surrender her life to a higher being and welcomes her guardian angel who teaches her life lessons. Join "Eve," her guardian angel, and friends as she takes you through an unimaginable journey of self-discovery. (Pictured: Caterina Clarke as MissGuided Mom's Guardian Angel "Grace" and Marisol Barrios as MissGuided Mom's "Eve")

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