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Aging and My Mid-Life Crisis

I can't believe that I am now 40. It sounds SO OLD. But I don't feel like I should be THAT old. Its depressing. I think I'm having a harder time accepting this then I did for when I turned 30.

It's scary. To be frank and a little macabre, you have to start planning for end of life stuff. There is a lot I have yet to do with my life. But to be planning old people stuff, its scary.

How much longer am I going to live? How can I do this the healthiest that I possibly can? Should I buy life insurance for my other half and I? How can I increase our retirement savings. (Going on a cruise a couple times a year is not helping with that savings.) At what age should I sign up for AARP?

I had one friend die of Pancreatic cancer this past year. It hit him hard and sadly fast. I had another friend in November pass due to complications with pneumonia and his diabetes. I seen him in the store a week or two before he passed and he was out of it. I googled both their names when I did n…

The Best Summer Sangrias

The Best Summer Sangrias

Nothing says summer quite like a tall pitcher of sweetly refreshing, delightfully fruity sangria. In the lead-up to our 2016 Dream Vacation to Barcelona, we’ve been craving this Spanish cocktail in all of its delicious forms. Perfect for BBQs, picnics, and parties, this easygoing drink has seemingly endless combinations. Experiment with different wines and fruit, or take note of a few of our favorite sangria recipes:

Orange & Pomegranate Sangria

¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 bottle red dry table wine
½ cup brandy
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 whole apple, sliced
1 whole orange, sliced
1 cup strawberries, sliced
WINE RECOMMENDATION: Table Red Wine, Broadmoore 2014 Red Trails
Add sugar and water to a small saucepan. Over medium high heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Cook until sugar is fully dissolved. Allow to cool. Add red wine, brandy, pomegranate juice, apples, oranges, and strawberries to a large pitcher. Add in cooled simple syrup to taste and stir. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or for best results, overnight.

Summer Sangrias

Tropical White Wine Sangria

3 cups pineapple juice
1 bottle dry white wine, such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, chilled
1 cup brandy (pear brandy or apricot brandy)
1 ripe pineapple, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup pineapple soda
1 bunch fresh mint, roughly chopped
1 orange, sliced
WINE RECOMMENDATION: Moderna 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, McKenna 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
In a pitcher, combine pineapple juice, wine, brandy, pineapple, and soda with ice and stir. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Pour into wineglasses and garnish with the mint and orange.

Summer Sangrias

Black Rosé Sangria

1 pint fresh blackberries, plus 12 extra berries for garnish
Handful of blueberries, for garnish
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 bottle dry rosé wine, chilled
9 ounces vodka, chilled
6 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 9 medium limes), chilled
12 thinly sliced lime slices, for garnish
WINE RECOMMENDATION: Monarch 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir
Add sugar and water to a small saucepan. Over medium high heat bring the mixture to a boil. Cook until sugar is fully dissolved. Allow to cool. Place the pint of blackberries and simple syrup (to taste) in a large pitcher and muddle until the fruit is crushed, but not completely pulverized. Add the wine, vodka and lime juice and stir to combine.
Place a fine-mesh strainer over a punch bowl and strain the mixture into the bowl, discarding all solids. Serve with ice. Garnish each drink with a blackberries, blueberries and a lime slice.

Summer sangria's? Yay or nay? 


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