December 2015
Carla's thoughts for the month
In the spirit of the season, I want to suggest a cocktail allegedly originated by Miss Ima Hogg of Houston. It is called a Bayou Bender. The recipe comes courtesy from Lonn Taylor of Fort Davis, Texas. 
Bayou Bender recipe:  cover a large peeled orange with 1 Tbs. of honey and steep over a low heat in a double boiler for 8 or 10 minutes, then put them in a crock and cover with a fifth of bourbon for at least 12 hours but not more than 24 hours.  Remove the orange slices and use the bourbon to make the drinks.  A Bayou Bender consists of 2 jiggers of the flavored bourbon, a jigger of mixed orange and lemon juice, a dash of bitters, a dash of orange flower water, half an orange slice, and a stemmed cherry. The cherry is optional. This recipe inspired me to begin my own collection of infused liquors which I will elaborate on in January's issue. 
Also included this month is one of my blogs about my  dislike of office parties held in the evening. 

Here's wishing you and your loved ones a  joyous and safe holiday!

Blog By: Carla Cotropia

Maybe I am a Scrooge but office Christmas parties are out of style. I am not talking about parties for the kids. Christmas parties given by companies for families or kid Christmas parties are much appreciated by employees. What I am talking about is the office Christmas parties held in the evening, usually a Friday or Saturday night. Does anyone really want to go to office Christmas parties?

Best Of Luck
By: Brad Herzog
Illustration by: Tim McDonagh
Southwest Magazine

Why good fortune isn't just a game of chance.

** Opportunism - Optimism - Intuition - Resilience **

It Pays to Give Thanks at The Office

By: Janice Kaplan
Wall Street Journal
Illustration by: João Fazenda

It's rare to find gratitude around the workplace, but appreciation is an even better motivator than money.
In a 2013 survey of 2,000 Americans, some 80% agreed that receiving gratitude makes them work harder.

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