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Summer Peach Sangria and Dave Matthews

This past weekend, I headed to the Dave Matthews Band concert and hung out with some friends. We have been planning on going to the concert for months and it ended our month of wedding craziness and traveling. The past month has been such a whirlwind that it really felt like the first time we could just sit back and relax.

Normally, I would have spent some time trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to bring to the tailgate, but this time it was a really last minute decision. I decided to make a Peach Sangria that was light, cooling and refreshing. And that is exactly what it turned out being. Summer Peach Sangria

 

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon Minced Ginger 1 750mL Bottle Pinot Grigio
1 Cup Peach Liquer 1 750mL Bottle Prosecco
Frozen Peaches and Frozen Strawberries

Directions:

1. Mull the minced ginger and add in the pinot grigio and the peach liquor. Then add the frozen fruit and refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. Prior to serving, top it off with the prosecco.

I used Barefoot Pinot Grigio and Cupcake Prosecco. The drink turned out to be the perfect balance of sweet and refreshing. I am not a big fan of sweet drinks.

Instead of making a pitcher of the sangria, I decided to fill up 10 mason jars, and a separate pitcher. I felt like  a single pitcher wouldn’t last very long and everyone would be lucky to even get one drink. The mason jars worked out PERFECTLY. Everyone got their fill of the sangria and the mason jars acted as a great glass to drink from.

Just for the fun of it, I put cupcake liners on the top of the jars and stuck the straws in there. Pinterest has such wonderful ideas! Got to love it!

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The concert ended up being so much fun. I hadn’t been to one in such a long time and it really just makes me want to enjoy those summer nights with friends and line up a few more concerts. DSC00283

 

Who’s ready to BBQ?!

Happy Summer!

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What are you most looking forward to this summer?

It’s definitely being outside and enjoying the nice weather. You really can’t beat it.

Cantaloupe Smoothie

My AC DIED! I’m not kidding. When I was making my panini yesterday the kitchen was starting to get really hot. But I figured it was just because I had an open griddler actively heating up the kitchen. Well, I’m sitting at my computer, on the other side of the house, sweating. Legitimate sweat. I checked on the temp in the place, sweltering 90 degrees. I literally just heated up my house with an open griddler to an seriously uncomfortable temperature. I also only have one smaller fan that I’ve just been carrying around the house with me.

The AC guy is supposed to come fix this sucker at 10 this morning, it’s now 11. Obviously. So my original plan of an little twist on the traditional oatmeal, will have to wait. The only real option was a smoothie. And the creamy, deliciously COLD cantaloupe smoothie was born.

I really do recommend this to people. I had some cantaloupe already chopped in the fridge just begging to be used, and it was a perfect fruit to add because it’s so light and refreshing. It was extremely refreshing and FILLING!

Ingredients:

2 Full Bananas (Frozen)                                               1/2 Cantaloupe, Chopped

1 Tablespoon Honey                                                       1 Cup Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

4 Tablespoons Orange Juice                                       2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 Tablespoons of Fat Free-Milk

Directions:

1. Put all ingredients into a blender.

2. Pour into a glass and Drink Up!

My bananas were not frozen, so I just added about 10 cubes of ice to make the drink more frozen. You don’t want to add too many ice cubes because you will end up changing the texture of the smoothie and this is a very creamy smoothie.

Brent and I both had two healthy glasses and there was still leftovers. Perfect for an afternoon snack. store practically all of my leftovers for ANYTHING in a MASON jar. They are air sealed and allow everything to be stored for a much longer period of time. You would be amazed at how long you can get fresh vegetables to last in one of these things. There are all different sizes, and they cost just about 10 bucks for 10 of them at Target. Much cheaper than Tupperware.

Also, when your food, especially the health food, is in clear containers that are right in the front of the fridge, you are more likely to pick up that item than the ice cream behind it. It just looks more delicious! True life.

Happy Eating!