dark n stormy

Ginger Beer + Dark Rum

A post to a new chapter in my life~

I decided in my mid 30 something age that it was time to change careers for me. Some think I may be crazy to want to leave my current job of 16 years with great benefits and all…but it is time. I “landed” my current job on accident when I was 19 and did not intend to still be here 16 years late. It’s not what I wanted to do for my career… I need something more challenging, something I can use my artistic abilities  for, a job that I can look forward to go to everyday, one that satisfies my little soul!  Interior Design……….

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I did not get the chance to go to college after high school, other responsibilities were more important at that time. So here I am, in my 2nd week of spring term, I am now a college student while working full time at my current job!! Yikes! Just reading that sentence sounds crazy to me! The whole process has been a roller coaster, and I know I’m just at the beginning. My days start at 5am and usually end around 10pm. My family at home has been amazingly supportive in this huge transition! My son asked me the other night, ” So mom, how was school? Oh that’s so weird asking you that” he says…. yes, very funny to him! He is in his junior year and all I keep saying to him is, go to college right after high school! I really think it’s easier to do it when you are younger and with less responsibilities! Ahhh to be young again and full of endless energy!

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I have always welcomed a challenge though, bring it on I say! Work, school, blogging,being mom,  and still making time for my workouts and bike riding….it can be done! We have learned to cook ahead on Sunday’s so I can take dinner with me to school right after work, and the guys in the house have something easy to grab. My sweetie is an amazing chef, that’s for sure, but he has long days at his job too!

So to ring in the next chapter of my life, we are drinking Dark N Stormys… made with home made Ginger Beer from my last post and some dark rum, oh yes! The perfect cocktail to a crazy, hectic, long week with many more to come! The bite of the ginger with the smooth dark rum and hint of lime, makes all the worries go away, at least for now. If you don’t have home made ginger beer, feel free to use any ginger beer.

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Although we may not be sipping these rum and ginger drinks on a beach in the Caribbean, they still take you to your own paradise. Forget all the deadlines, meetings, and hectic schedules and make a batch of these on your Friday night to start off your weekend right. And remember…no one is ever to OLD to go back to school! Cheers~

Dark N Stormy


  • 1 shot of Dark Rum, I like Goslings Black Seal
  • 4 oz of ginger beer
  • fresh squeezed lime juice


  1. In a rocks glass, pour ginger beer over ice.
  2. slowly pour a shot of rum over the top
  3. stir to combine, top with fresh lime juice
  4. Makes 1 cocktail