Scheming and Pipe-Dreaming

Mondays are truly the worst! After a relaxing weekend of mimosa sipping and t.v. watching, having to get up, get dressed, and put on a bra is just too much to ask sometimes. Yesterday was no exception.  Continue reading “Scheming and Pipe-Dreaming”

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Red Wine Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake is one of my favorite cakes. It’s quite possibly my favorite cake, but I have a hard time picking favorites. Thank God I’m not having kids! That would be an awkward conversation. Anyway, I am always trying new recipes and looking for alternatives to adding the red coloring. I don’t mind using red food coloring, but if I can avoid it, I would like to. Which is why I am super excited to try Smitten Kitchen’s Red Wine Chocolate Cake.

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I ordered this cookbook a few months ago from Amazon. Every now and then I go on cookbook binges and seek out as many new and different ones I can find. As one would know, cookbooks be expensive. But this one is worth the list price. Dishes for every occasion and non-occasion can be found between the covers. So it seems fitting that I use this recipe to help me celebrate turning 30 this year.

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Most people may dread turning 30. I honestly do not care about it that much. I am always happy to turn the page and start a new chapter. I get restless and I’m always anticipating what’s going to happen in the next phase of my life. Turning 30 will just be the next part of me moving towards who I’m supposed to be in this life. I have a lovely apartment now, and I am starting grad school in the fall. I feel as though I am finally starting to settle into my bones.

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Now, back to this delicious cake. I love the fact that I get to not only eat one of my favorite cakes, but also add one of my favorite red wines to it as well! I used Layer Cake’s Shiraz. I love Layer Cake wine and I could also see using the Malbec in this recipe as well. This dreamy cake is paired with a simple mascarpone cheese topping.

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For my 30th, I decided to act fancy and bourgeois. I am serving this cake along with a lovely chilled champagne. Turning milestones should be done in style and with flair. I am thrilled to get another year to do better, learn more, and embrace everything that comes my way.

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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!