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Nothing Says Summer Like Sangria

July 6th, 2014 · Wine

Yesterday, we did a day trip to the North Fork of Long Island to attend a friend’s pool party.  Gorgeous weather, beautiful landscapes and we passed vineyard after vineyard on our way there.  In addition to a strictly vegetarian feast, my friends served a delicious sangria. Feeling inspired, I  decided to make Rachel Ray’s white sangria today.   I used a spanish white wine, Rioja Muga 2013 and a Calvados (an apple brandy from lower Normandy in France).

Rioja Muga 2013

Rioja Muga 2013

Calvados

Calvados

White Sangria is served

White Sangria is served

Super easy to make. I chilled the sangria for a few hours. When it was ready to serve, I placed some raspberries and cut fruit from the pitcher in a glass and topped it off with a splash of sparkling water.  Even Big P gave it the thumbs up!  Nothing says summer like sangria. Please share your recipes in the comments section below. Cheers!

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Bottoms Up – A Sweet Gift for Your Summer House Host

July 3rd, 2014 · Random Things That Make Me Smile

Hello summer!  You may be heading to the Jersey Shore, the Hamptons, Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard  for a relaxing weekend with family or friends. Don’t arrive empty handed (or with two hands swinging – as my mom used to say).  I stumbled upon these textured, enormous beer mugs at Crate and Barrel.  I bought a set of four for Big P for $30.  I keep one or two in the freezer so he can enjoy his favorite frosty brew.  It’s also great for water, ice cold summer drinks and ice cream.

littala Krouvi beer mugs

littala Krouvi beer mugs

Cheers!

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Mothers and Wanderlust

May 12th, 2014 · Random Things That Make Me Smile

I’m emerging from my blue funk after the death of my mother last June.  I’ve been sad, angry, depressed and sullen.

Yesterday was my first mother’s day without my  mom.   It was a beautiful day in NYC and I filled it with activities from six in the morning until dusk.

 I went to church with Big P and the kids.  It was a touching sermon. I watched the minister wipe away her own tears as she talked about the women who had chosen to love and embrace her over the years.  Her words have been  in my head all day. “The best way to honor your mother is to live a good life.”  My mom was a god-fearing, generous and kind woman who loved to travel.  I inherited her wanderlust.

Sadness is exhausting.  Yesterday,  I booked tickets to Los Angeles and Hawaii.  I think of it as a small tribute to my mother.  I’m looking forward to my next journey.

xoxo

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