A very warm holiday hello to you all!
Really. A too-warm hello. Bah humbug
Really. A too-warm hello. Bah humbug
on this horrible, unseasonably warm weather.
At least it's fun for golf.
Maybe I should try some outdoor sewing
like I did in late spring last year?
Amazingly, it's again time to join in
--one last time [for me] this year!--
I have finishes to share!
Hudson Valley Palisades is quilted!
I'd still like to get the binding on it by Christmas
but with no deadline, I'm not going to push.
And next, my grandson's quilt is completed!
These, along with ALL the other gifts, are wrapped and
under the tree! Christmas miracles abound!
And lastly, I want to share a great sangria recipe that's a
little miraculous--I finally found one that I really like!
In fact, my whole family likes it so you could say
7 out of 7 people gave it thumbs up. Maybe I can save
someone else out there all the trouble and waste I've
gone to in researching sangria recipes.
And I'll also save you the humbling I received
by telling you a little story:
Hubs and I feel like we know at least a little about wine.
Well, hubs does; I tend to forget most of what I learn
these days. If you put my fabric shopping up against
his wine shopping, he might even beat me--ha!
Anyhoo, in I walked to our favorite store and set about
looking for "Lambrusco" in what I thought were good
spots until I finally gave up and asked.
You know what it is?
Riunite. Plain ol' Riunite.
(Thank you, Food&Wine mag for making me look clueless
because you were too snooty to just write "Riunite".)
And now, every time I write or say Lambrusco, it's with
a fake, snooty flair...and then I laugh. But all that aside,
when you're at the store, buy two. You'll want to double it
and if you're going to be embarrassed, it's best to get it
over with all in one shot, right? <wink>
We polished one batch off before dinner was even over.
~I found persimmons at Trader Joe's.
~Use POM brand pomegranate juice. It's pricey but it
makes all the difference. (Trader Joe's doesn't cut it.)
~Unless it's a whiskey/bourbon, I do not like ice
watering down my drink so I omitted it.
Just chill everything and you're good to go.
~I failed to buy pears the first time so I used apples.
It was still super yummy.
~No sewing recommended after that second glass!
Sparkling Citrus-Pomegranate Sangria
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c water
Pinch of fine sea salt
3 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
3 c 100% pomegranate juice (ie, POM)
3/4 c brandy
1 small Anjou pear, cored & thinly sliced
1 small orange, cut into 1/4" slices and quartered
1 small lime, cut cross-wise into 1/4" slices
1/2 c pomegranate arils
1 (750ml) bottle Lambrusco, divided
Combine sugar, 1/2 c water, cinnamon sticks, sea salt
in a small pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring
occasionally, until the cinnamon is infused--about 5 mins.
Remove from heat and let mixture steep as it cools, about
1 hour. Remove and discard cinnamon sticks.
Whisk together pomegranate juice, brandy, and 1/4 c
cinnamon syrup in a large pitcher. Stir in pear, persimmon,
orange, lime, and pomegranate arils. Chill until flavors
combine--at least 4 hours and up to 12 hours.
Stir about 2 1/2 c Lambrusco <snort> into chilled
pomegranate juice mixture. Divide sangria with fruit
evenly among [opt ice-filled] glasses. Top each with
about 1 tablespoon of remaining Lambrusco.
Sláinte! Salut! Prost! Cheers!
A couple housekeeping notes:
I've been doing my best to keep up on all you to-do'ers!
I just haven't had time for much commenting but
I'm hoping this changes after the holidays.
Also, I do reply to every comment to my posts;
if you do not receive a reply, it's likely you
are a no-reply blogger. I would love to visit
if you are up for changing that!
Merry Christmas and happy quilting!
See ya next year!