How to have a Stella-r Snow Day

At long last, we have been blessed with the possibility of an actual snowstorm- Snowstorm Stella.  Winter 2016/2017 has been one of the mildest winters on record, but alas! March 2017 is proving to be the most fickle month ever. I have become accustomed to not putting too much faith into previous winter’s behavior. Every year we get hotter and hotter and the seasons become less and less. Continue reading “How to have a Stella-r Snow Day”

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Sweet Bourbon Tea

It’s been one of those weeks where the slightest thing bothers me. I’m not sure why this happens, but it usually coincides with a four-day weekend.

It’s Wednesday evening and I’m sitting on my living room floor with my half eaten dinner in front of me. My apartment is small and doesn’t have a dining room or eat in kitchen, so my coffee table is where I eat at night.

My desk in the corner technically doubles as a dining table, but who has the time or energy to pull that bad boy out every night?  Maybe when I have a dinner party I’ll drag it out and make use of it’s proper form. Maybe.

Despite the 90-degree heat wave we’re currently experiencing in Baltimore, I’m craving fall. This could’ve been a bourbon cider post, but I had some tea bags remaining and borderline overripe fruit, so I figured, why not?

This tea is not too sweet and helps you get rid of farmer’s market fruit that will quickly go bad before you can pack it in your lunch bag.

Sweet Bourbon Tea
2 peaches

2 clementines

1 pitcher of tea (homemade or store bought, your call)

1 cup of bourbon

1 lemonata San Pellegrino

Splash of triple sec

Muddle the fruit and place in the pitcher. Refrigerate the pitcher of fruit while you make the tea. If you bought your tea, simply pour it into the pitcher over the muddled fruit.

Add in your bourbon and top off with the San Pellegrino. Taste and add the triple sec if you please. I added a splash because I made my tea slightly bitter due to the addition of the ripe fruit.

Pour into your glass. Sip and repeat.

It’s not a Sprinkle without sangria

So, one of my dearest, closest friends is having another baby. Her baby boy will be here in September and to ensure that she has everything she needs for her second bundle of joy we’re all gathering for a “Sprinkle”! For those of you who don’t know, a shower is when you have your first baby. Guests literally shower you with gifts, diapers, and Baby Magic body wash. Should you choose to have another baby, your friends may opt to throw you a sprinkle. Instead of getting towers of diapers and random onesies that say “The Ladies Love Me” or “Suri ain’t got Nothin on Me”, your friends may opt to get you ear plugs or a wine of the month membership. Your mom will still get you that diaper tower though, no worries. 

I know that I am of that age where procreation is running rampant, but I can barely imagine having a baby. Honestly. I mean think about it; no coffee, sushi, wine, coffee, deli meat, salmon… and did I mention no coffee!?!?!?! I just….I just can’t.  Just thinking about makes me reach for my wineglass. Luckily, my wine glass is full of sangria. What’s that you say? You want sangria too? Oh, I got you honey. Now sit back and drink up. Pass that onesie over here….yes, it is adorable.

Makea’s Sprinkle Sangria

1 bottle of sauvignon blanc
1 bottle of moscato
1/2 cup of peach schnapps
1/2 cup of grand marnier
2 cups of fresh cut fruit (strawberries, grapes, apples, oranges)

Soak the fruit in the Grand Marnier and Peach Schnapps for 4-6 hours. In a pitcher, combine the sauvignon blanc and moscato wines. Stir in the marinated fruit. Now you can add just the fruit, but why would you do that?  Go ahead and pour it all in the wine. Mix in some ice cubes and drink up ladies….It’s a party!

Pomegranate Margarita

What do you get when you mix two of my favorite things: pomegranate juice and tequila? A good ass margarita, that’s what. Introducing your next afternoon delight.

What you need:
1 3/4 cups chilled pomegranate juice
Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups silver tequila
1 cup triple sec
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
Ice cubes
lime wheels, for garnish

What you do:
Rim glass with Kosher salt and mix pomegranate juice, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice together in a pitcher. Stir in ice and pour in your glass.

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You’re welcome.