… said the resident Canadian, lucky enough to have been born in one great country, only to find herself living in another!
Hi Cuties! I hope you had a fabulous weekend – I know I did! I got in many hours of much needed girl and chat time.
My friend, Leslie, and I had been throwing around the idea of hosting a crafting party for ages and finally decided July 4th would be a great excuse to make it happen, what with all of the fun wreaths and crafts floating around the web these days. I put together a Pinterest board of crafting possibilities, including my swag wreath from last year, a quick supply list, and offered promises of oodles of support to our less crafty friends and even more promises of riveting and sparkling conversation. (ha!) Then I got to work watching Shay clean the house.. he was a Godsend this weekend figuring out what my choice of craft would be!
|Swag Wreath Tutorial from last year|
With a quick mouse click, an e-vite went out to a bunch of our favorite ladies. Leslie supplied the food, I supplied the drinks, our amazing husbands supplied the child care and we all supplied a constant buzz of conversation!
Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on how you look at it – not much crafting was done. The only project actually completed was this cutie, made by Leslie. We’re all living vicariously through her productivity.
We may have been craft less, but we sure got our word quota in, not to mention a bit of shopping.. my friend, Erin, hooked us up with the latest in Thirty-One! I’ve been promising Kyla a new lunch bag for about six months. She is so excited to finally be getting this one, in Parisian Pop!
To help put us in a festive mood, I threw together a pitcher of festive and refreshing sangria, with quite the kick, adapted from this yummy recipe by Lori Lange. As with a few other decorations, our cocktails were sporting the colors of the hour.. red, white and blue! The original recipe, along with more than a few others, was fabulous all on it’s own, I just like my sangria with a teeny bit of fizz, and I was too lazy to juice lemons out of lemons. It was super easy to make and received rave reviews.. Thanks to Lori for sharing it, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we all did! Happy Fourth! Because I like you all, I’ll spare you my rendition of the Star-spangled banner.
Red, white and blue Sangria
Serves: 8 to 10
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 bottles white wine (I used a good Pinot Grigio)
1 cup triple sec
1/2 cup orange-flavored vodka
1 cup lemonade concentrate
1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups hulled and sliced strawberries
2 cups ginger ale
1 cup raspberries
1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks
Boil 1/2 cup water and add 1/2 cup granulated white sugar. Turn heat to simmer and stir until dissolved, creating a simple syrup. Turn off the heat and let cool. When cool, combine simple syrup together with remaining ingredients, except for the ginger ale, in a large bowl or pitcher and stir well. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Add ginger ale just prior to serving. Serve well-chilled with a good scoop of fruit floating in each drink, over ice.
Be sure to use fresh fruit – frozen will not do for this one!