Hello friends! Can you believe it’s September already? While most people are starting to say goodbye to Summer I cant wait stop hibernating (due to the hot summer months) and I’m more than ready to being outdoors. The real grilling season will start in a few weeks for us. You know, the kind of grilling where you can actually sit outside to eat while enjoying the nice weather? Yeah that kind.
I really cannot wait to enjoy the outdoors again!! That will probably start happening in about another month or so. For now, I hope the rest of the country enjoys the last 3 weeks of summer.
What about you? How are things on your side of the world? What do you look forward to in the next few months? Besides the Holidays of course 🙂
To tell you the truth I was envisioning a different type of setting for these photos. I wanted to shoot outdoors applying a beautiful backlight setting to these glasses….. but my dreams came crushing down when the weather report said we were going to hit 110 degrees. We actually hit 112 degrees in my part of town!!! No way in h.e. double toothpicks (literally lol) was I going to shoot outdoors especially when it involved a cold recipe. I don’t think the ice would have lasted more than one second in the glass! Plan B involved shooting indoors in the same ‘ol setting.
We had a family gathering yesterday for Labor Day and I served this delicious Sangria…. it was a hit! I can’t wait to make it again. Did you know that you can freeze watermelon? Yup, you can freeze it in chunks or just juice it and have it ready to serve later when watermelons are out of season. Freeze some strawberries while you’re at it ;). I used my blender to make the juice but you can use your preferred method for juicing. There are sooo many options available these days which I think it’s a good problem to have 😀
Speaking of freezing watermelon juice, I have my eyes set on this Juicer from Williams-Sonoma and I’m pretty sure this will be the next gadget I buy (shhh, my hubby doesn’t know it yet :)). They have so many kinds of juicers though so I’m not set on that one. Do you have a preference from this link?
If you’re like me, you can only eat so many vegetables! The idea of drinking vegetable/fruit juice to meet my daily requirements sound very attractive to me. I also think juicing is the perfect way to enjoy summer fruits/vegetables year round.
Just juice & enjoy!
- 4 cups of fresh seedless watermelon chunks (about a small watermelon)
- 1 pound strawberries, sliced, 1 cup reserved for garnish
- 1 cup vodka
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 bottle of cold rose wine
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- Place the watermelon, strawberries & 1/4 cup vodka in a blender; blend on high until very smooth. Strain the juice through a mesh strainer into a large pitcher.
- Pour the wine, remaining of vodka, and orange juice into the pitcher. Add the orange and lime slices and mix well to combine. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.
- Right before serving add the reserved strawberries. Serve over ice.