Monthly Archives: November 2013

apple cider sangria

sangria glass
First of all, apple beverages are delicious.  Let’s get that clear.  Apple juice, apple wine, apple cider.  LOVE, love, love.  So, naturally, upon discovering this autumn apple cider champagne sangria recipe on the beautiful blog kirantarun, it had to be made!

Confession:  I totally made this for Thanksgiving last year, but was lazy about sharing it with the blogosphere.  However, the good news is I loved it so much that I am making it again and choosing to be less lazy. 🙂

My days journey toward sangria began with a LOT of apples.  I started by making cider, which basically equates to cutting up said lot of apples and boiling them for hours.  Then, the liquid gets separated from the rest of the apple remains through a process I have not quite mastered, as it takes me about 3 different strainers and at least that many bowls and pitchers to accomplish.  So worth it though.  And don’t worry about the non-liquid part of that apple boil because that got turned into apple butter!  Also takes several hours of boiling. Also so worth it!
a LOT of apples
I could talk more about the cider and butter, but right now, this is about sangria.  (However, if you have the time to make cider and/or butter and have your house smell like apples and cinnamon all day long, I highly recommend it)
Back to the sangria…delicious, crisp fall holiday feeling, spicy fig and cranberry soaked sangria.  Yum.

sangriaIngredients:
3 apples, sliced (I used a couple different types…honey crisp are great!)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup halved dried figs
1 cup fruity red wine (I used Merlot)
3 cups apple cider
4 whole cinnamon sticks
1/2 tbsp whole cloves
1/8 tsp grated nutmeg

something bubbly or sparkly like champagne (I use a sparkling muscat from a local winery for this)

Directions:
Super simple.
1. Combine the ingredients (less the sparkly) and let them soak together (overnight, if possible).
2. When ready to drink, pour into glass and top off with whatever type of bubbles or sparkles you choose.
3. Enjoy!

Again, this was totally inspired by this post.  (thank you)

I will post more pics later.  🙂

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

ode to joy indeed

Recently, I saw this video and was totally inspired.  It is a musical flashmob that took place as part of a celebration in Sabadell, Spain.
Last night, I watched Brandi Carlile perform with the Oregon Symphony and was also totally inspired.  During the performance last night, I was wishing that everyone I knew could be there for the experience and was also reminded and moved to share this video.
Music has so much power to inspire.  In fact, it is indescribable, which is why there really isn’t much else I can say here.
Enjoy!

tiny beautiful things

“You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.”
―Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

I have not read Wild (yet). I have a note in my journal from January that says, “read Wild“. There is even a copy sitting in the house.  I will read it.  But the first book I ever read by Cheryl Strayed will always be tiny beautiful things.

On the surface, this book is simply a collection of advice column letters and answers.  But, if your heart is open, it is so much more than that.

This is the sort of stuff that makes my heart want.  It is people.  It is stories.  It is real.  It is all three combined.  And then those real people are brave enough to reach out by writing in to an advice column.  In return, this beautiful writer, then known only as “Sugar”, reaches back with such raw emotion, both delicate and passionate, woven into words that address real life in a way that made me want to laugh and scream and cry all at once.

Read it if you are a human that lives in the real world and wants to embrace real life.

pinspiration

It is a rainy and rare lazy Saturday afternoon and pinterest has me rather inspired by some cozy ideas that seem to match my mood.  Since I am in a bloggy mood as well, here are a few of my favorite new pins from today…

1. Coffee Aroma Candles
Seriously, how simple and fabulous is this?
Candle holder + coffee beans + tea light = house smells like a coffee shop.

2. Dresser Bench
I am super inspired by this.  It would be a fun project and would make such a great item for an entry, bedroom or guest room!


I would normally link this to original site,
but this was on etsy and is no longer available
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3. Pumpkin Bread Pudding
I read these seven words in the description of this and was sold:
cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin, spiced, bourbon soaked raisins
Can’t wait to try it!

4. Cozy Knit Scarf
I want to put this on right now.  I love the mood of it.  I love the color.  I love the style.
Also, I have had this theory that I am going to break out the knitting supplies and this might be the inspiration that causes me to actually follow through!

things i never needed

Take a long hard look at my face
Take away the things I can’t replace
Take my heart, go on take it away
I’ve got nothing to say

Take away this sense of regret
Take the things I need to forget
Take the mistakes I haven’t made yet
They’re all I have left

I don’t want to be the one who lets you down
All I did was run myself around
I wish I could have seen through your eyes
Maybe then I would have realized
I’m the only one who’s bleeding
For the things I never needed
The things I never needed

Take a good long look at yourself
Take the weight off everyone else
Take the hardest blow that was dealt
It’s all on your shoulders

I don’t want to be the one who lets you down
All I did was run myself around
I wish I could have seen through your eyes
Maybe then I would have realized
I’m the only one who’s bleeding
For the things I never needed
The things I never needed

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