Saturday, November 22, 2014

...'tis the season.

...for holiday sangria!

It always feels like the holidays when I break out the tupperware pitcher, cut up fruit, add whole spices, and mix it up with some Cointreau and a big (cheap) bottle of red wine. Tomorrow, for brunch, I'll pour it into a pretty glass pitcher, add a bottle of good ginger ale (because I couldn't find ginger beer today)...and toast the beginning of the season.

I took these photos last December when I made a double batch for a girlfriend's birthday. You can see more of the process and the ingredients (and the ginger beer I managed to find then!)

Holiday Sangria
(originally inspired by Sprouted Kitchen)
Half an apple, thinly sliced (pear works well too...or a combination of both)
2 clementines, quartered
Half a lemon, sliced
(you can also add grapes, halved)
1 T whole cloves
1 T whole allspice
1 cinnamon stick
2/3 C Cointreau
1.5 liter bottle of not-so-nice dry red wine
12 oz ginger beer (or really ginger-y ginger ale)

Put the fruit into a pitcher, then add the spices, the Contreau and the wine. Refrigerate overnight. To serve, pour the whole mixture into a pretty glass pitcher and top with the ginger beer/ale.

Friday, November 21, 2014

FO Friday | Hats!!

...Katie and I braved the cold on Wednesday to photograph hats.

I even updated all the Ravelry details (clockwise from the upper left: Lush Rib Cap, Cream Nor'Easter, Cloud Watch, Sidewalk Pebble). Every one of these is quick and easy and warm. You might even have yarn on hand (I did buy the Pebble and the bulky cream for Nor'easter, but the other two used leftovers from previous projects).

I'm planning to give Sara her choice of these when she's here next week (I'd be delighted if she took all of them ... not that I need a reason to knit more, but I do have three more patterns and the yarn just waiting to go!)


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday | The Early Years.

...yesterday was our anniversary. Hard to believe it's been 31 years since we said "I do" and shared a very public kiss after two neat bites of wedding cake.

And maybe harder to believe we started dating when I was 16 years old! That's a lot of years together. I'm sure I have a photo from that first fall (but I'm not sure where it is), so instead I'll share this one. It was taken at Marc's sister's wedding, summer 1981.

Early years indeed!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Wallpaper | Two Months.

...y'all might remember my "hope" from Monday's currents was an updated Marmie/Charlie photo. Katie (and Charlie) indulged me a bit and I'm delighted with my new wallpaper.

(note that the wallpaper version doesn't include the bare legs...poor little guy - I really wanted him wearing the sweater I knit, but it was too hot in front of the fire for a sweater and pants!)

The bloopers are pretty fun too. His serious face is a really close second to his smile...and I have a feeling we're gonna see a lot more blur (the bottom row, second from the right) in the upcoming weeks.

After Katie finished with all those photos, I took the camera while she played with him. He's discovered his hands; and he's pretty delighted with them!

His two month checkup was this morning (happy to report all is well...mama and baby were troopers for three shots!) and the doctor said his next big thing would be rolling over. Stay tuned... I'm going to figure out how to film and post a video to celebrate that milestone.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ten on Tuesday | Play It Again.

...yikes, it's nearly 7pm already - I know where the day went (knitting, a walk, Costco, lunch with Katie, more knitting, a nap - last night was a late one!, another walk, laundry and dishes), but boy did it fly all the days seem to lately. Remember that scary numbers post from a few weeks back? yeah, it will be 2015 in just over six weeks. I wish I could slow the clock (and not only to give me more time to knit the Christmas gifts!).

And now you're probably wondering how that little tangent relates to today's topic. Carole's asked us to list ten musicians we'd like to bring back (from the dead). A few of the guys on my list died way too young. I'm not even sure they realized how quickly their time here would end. I hope they'd agree with me that even just a few more months could be time well-spent. Maybe they wouldn't make any new music, but knowing these guys, I think they would. And that would be such a gift.

The first names that popped into my head when I read the prompt were classical composers. I ended up limiting them to just four names. These are my favorites. I definitely think they could make it in the 21st century...and have fun with it!

1. Mozart

2. Bach

3. Vivaldi

4. Beethoven (I wonder if modern medicine could help him hear...and then I wonder if that would spoil his genious? and if he'd even like it?!)

then the John's

5. Johnny Cash

6. John Denver

7. John Lennon

and the rest

8. Elvis (from the 1960's)

9. Frank Sinatra (ditto)

10. Marvin Gaye (even after 31 years, this is still my very favorite date night music - for the next 31 years, it would be nice to have a few new songs!)

And now...back to knitting. I did get some great Charlie photos yesterday and I'll be sharing them soon, but if you don't want to wait that long, check out Katie's post (here).

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