Saturday, December 5, and a recipe for a Christmas sangria!

I went out around 2.25 p.m. It was sunny and 49°F with a humidity of 59 percent and a dew point of 36°F.

I walked for 2 minutes;
ran for 28 minutes;
then walked home for a total of 33 minutes.

Run time: 28 minutes

Walk time: 5 minutes

I tried putting one of those Ace bandages on my foot to see if it would help, and I ended up stopping midway through my run to take it off! It seems like working on my posture and running form helps the best.

I haven’t made this (yet!), but I found a recipe for a Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria that looks divine!

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The “flying by the seat of your pants” wine spritzer

So, I spent the better part of the last night looking at (and pinning) recipes for wine spritzers and sangrias.

Why? I love a good bottle of wine, but unfortunately my taste runs in the $$$ dollar range. This isn’t very sustainable in the long run. Also, it’s summer! Who doesn’t enjoy a cool drink?

So, after perusing multiple recipes, I went to the store (both liquor and grocery!) and bought some moscato wine and pinot grigio. I kind of screwed up with the pinot grigio – I meant to get sauvignon blanc and forgot (this is what happens when you don’t have a list!). However, I’ll let you know if the pinot grigio works!

Then I went to the grocers and picked up some lemons, limes, strawberries, raspberries, mint, lemon seltzer, and lime seltzer. I went with the Polar brand of seltzer because there’s no sugar in it. When I got home, I put everything in the refrigerator so it would be nice and cold when I was ready.

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The ingredients

I got my glass and put a couple of ice cubes in. Then I sliced up part of a lemon, a strawberry, and some raspberries, and put them in. Cutting the raspberries in half allows the raspberry flavor to mingle with the liquid.

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Just add liquid!

I poured in half a glass of seltzer and half a glass of wine.

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Looking good!

Finally, I added a leaf of mint to be crazy!

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Yum yum!

Then I sat outside and tasted. Yummy! Too bad it was so hot and humid that I had to go inside about two minutes later!

Here’s a list of ingredients, in case you’re interested.

Ingredients

Lemon seltzer (preferably a brand without sugar)

Moscato wine

Strawberries

1/2 Lemon

Some raspberries

One mint leaf

Directions

Refrigerate ingredients until cold or chilled. Put a couple of ice cubes in a glass. Slice up the lemon and strawberry and put them in. Raspberries can go on the bottom or the top of the lemon/strawberries. Fill the glass 1/2 with seltzer and 1/2 with wine, and voilà! Enjoy!

Oracle of the Stars Pinotage 2013

I’ve been behind on posting about wine, which is why I’m doubling up! LOL

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This wine, from South Africa, is insanely good. What makes it good is its unique taste–you’ll either love it or hate it. It has notes of chocolate and coffee (although I hate saying “it has notes of….” for any wine, it’s true in this case). Unfortunately I could not find a URL at the vineyard’s website (Stellenbosch Vineyards) and the “wine of origin” is Western Cape. Maybe you’ll have more luck than I!

Saturday, September 21

I took another break yesterday–to explain: I commute over 2 hours a day to work. By Friday I’m usually exhausted. The traffic from the highway to my home seems to be getting more and more dense with cars. Frankly, I was more interested in going to the weekly wine tasting at the spirits store down the street than in running! I bought a nice bottle of white that I will post about later.

Anyways, I ran this morning. It was beautiful, and in the high 50s (Fahrenheit). I began with a 7 minute 15 second walk; ran for 7 minutes, 45 seconds; walked 3 minutes; ran for 7 minutes, 45 seconds; then walked home for a total of 30 minutes, 45 seconds.

Run time: 15.5 minutes

Walk time: 15.25 minutes

Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc (2013)

I tried this wine the other night, and all I can say is, wow! It’s such a nice citrus-y wine. You can read about the winery here–it’s very interesting. They are based in California, and the Australian winemaker travels to other countries and collaborates with other vineyards to create new wines. Cupcake also has a malbec that’s worth trying. Here is the link to the sauvignon blanc.