We have had one crazy month. Wow! I thought I should take a few minutes to get you caught up and explain why I have been missing on here and social media.
When we bought our house about five and a half years ago, it was in a great location for us. Both of us had about a 30 minute commute, it was in a good school district, the house was big, and we could easily visit my parents in about an hour. It continued to meet our needs until almost two years ago when my husband was laid off from his company. He worked in the education sector and with reduced funding to schools, less purchases were made with his product line. So, we found ourselves searching for a job. Thankfully, he had a job offer a week later, well two. He chose a job that was over an hour away from our house. He stayed there almost a year and last summer, he changed jobs to one that was slightly closer to where we lived.
In January, we decided to put our house on the market to move somewhere that was older with more character, potentially closer to where he worked and my parents’ home. We showed the house numerous times, frantically cleaning on a few occasions. During that time, the company that he left last summer contacted him and he subsequently went back to work there.
So, on June 14th, we moved out of our home of five years. We still do not have a house and are with my parents for the summer. Needless to say, we have been surprisingly busy. My mom opened a small hosta business. During the last month, we had a family reunion and on Saturday, we hosted 60 people on a bus tour for dinner in the garden.
We built the plant displays for under the pergola as well as labeled and organized the plants. This left very little relaxation or blog time. The bus tour turned out really well on Saturday after 14 hours of cooking.
So, yesterday was our first real day to relax. We used it to head back to Pittsburgh and visit the I Made It Market as well as to enjoy a few tacos. If you live in or around Pittsburgh, and have not tried Las Palmas, I highly recommend it.
After all of our busy days and nights, I wanted to share with you a delicious, refreshing cocktail made out of my favorite wine, rose. I like dry rose wine. Plus, I love sangria. When I was in college, I studied at La universidad de Salamanca in Spain and fell deeper in love with Spanish culture. I wanted to try a new twist on an old favorite, so combined rosado with sangria for a fresh, bright summer cocktail.
I like to make a pitcher of this the day before. I recommend choosing a rose that you would be happy to drink alone, as well as higher quality alcohol in order to enjoy a smoother flavor. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the summer with this light cocktail.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (6 glasses sangria)
- 1 bottle rose
- 3 ounces Gran Marnier
- 3 ounces Brandy
- Juice of 2 grapefruit
- 1 orange, diced
- 1/2 honeydew, diced
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator before serving. Serve over ice.