Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Acquainted with the finer things

Today was the kids' first day at VBS-and they had fun!  Mary Claire liked that the saint of the day was Clare (not her spelling, but she loved it anyway).  The word was Trust-and she wore her little trust bracelet around-precious.  Clay had mostly a boy class-and was having so much fun!  I'm glad they are excited to go back. : )  They got t-shirts (hers blue, his purple: color-coded by age level), and are supposed to wear them every day.  Um..that would be the same bow every day for a week!
I got ready to make a new one that matched perfectly, but got sidetracked a couple times (a little too normal for me..), so I quit.  She can wear the nearly-perfect one tomorrow.

Ok, so I won't rattle on about my day-but today here are the highlights:
One-Ethan spilled chocolate milk all down his shirt/shorts at the Target "diner", and we had to get back in a cart (not me, just him) to go get some new clothes-I wish I'd taken a picture.  It was really bad.  (It all came out in the wash today though-hooray!)

Two-Krispy Kreme! and I got a dozen, and have some left.  Not.  Good.  Must get rid of them.

Three-Lori came to get the teaching stuff-my garage is 7% cleaner!  Yay!  And I got to see her-even better! : )

Four-We had to go get my sangria supplies for Bunko tomorrow, so..we loaded up and all went out tonight.  We went to Benton County (DRY!) Sam's, so we stopped by Macadoodles (Washington County-woo-hoo!) on the way home for the alcohol.    So..I took anyone who wanted to go inside.  That would be all three kids.  Again.
Anywho-it was anxiety-causing (why don't I say no?  I already told you.)  since there tends to be lots of glass in a liquor store.  And, I didn't know what I was looking for or where to find it.  I got help immediately.  I needed limes, pineapples (they didn't have them), triple-sec, and some more red wine. (Yes, Ethan and I already picked out a pretty bottle earlier today!  Such a lovely white label with pink swirly things-looked like toile!  Who cares what it tastes like.  It's beautiful.)  So..while I'm following two sommeliers around, the older two are reading shot glasses.  Souvenir-ish shot glasses.  Mary Claire comes to me and asks what one says.  "Royal _itch" and it rhymes with witch.  Umm..ok, so this is why people don't take their kids in.  They also want to know why there are so many pictures of things (frogs, people, etc.) smoking and drinking.  (Try explaining that one!)  They found one that said, "Catholic School Survivor" and something about "I'm not as think as I drunk" (Clay thought that was great).
So.  Lesson learned.  They know their way around, have no anxiety, and will have decent memories (of me explaining the language they learned).  Clay asked that I talk about it with daddy after he goes to bed.  He was embarrassed, and I'm glad to say-that's great!
Anyway, I made my sangria, and it's "letting the flavors get acquainted overnight".  Those flavors are gonna par-tee tomorrow! : )

ps-here's my recipe.
Best Party Sangria Recipe 
  • 1 Bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 Orange cut into wedges
  • 1 Lime cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • Splash of orange juice or lemonade
  • 2 Shots of gin or triple sec (optional)
  • 1 Cup of raspberries or strawberries (may use thawed or frozen)
  • 1 Small can of diced pineapples (with juice)
  • 4 Cups ginger ale


Pour wine into a large pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon, orange and lime into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and pineapple then add sugar, orange juice and gin. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale, berries and ice just before serving. If you'd like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice. However, remember that the best Sangrias are chilled around 24 hours in the frig. - allowing the flavors to really marinate into each other.

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