Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall Sangria

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Sangria so when it was decided that my med school friends and I were going to have an early Halloween party this past weekend I knew I wanted to create a delicious beverage for us to enjoy as we let off some steam. 

While the summer Sangria was a huge hit, the fruit for it isn't in season anymore so I needed to change things up. Enter this Fall Honeycrisp Sangria!
It would have been wonderful for me to have taken a picture of the final product but that was just asking too much. I'm just happy I was able to pull something tasty together as well as a DIY costume after a morning full of exams. Trust me when I say the drink looks very festive with all the fruit as the final product.
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Honeycrisp Apple Sangria
Recipe from here (with a few changes)
Prep Time: 15 min || Cook Time: 4 hours (or overnight)

  • 5 honeycrips apples, cored and cubed
  • 1 orange, quartered 
  • 2 lemons, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/3 cup orange blossom honey
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg & ginger
  • 1 cup peach schnapps
  • 2 750 ml bottles of Chardonnay 
  • 2 L club soda
  • Ice
Cut up fruit and place in large container with wine, peach schnapps, honey, spices and cinnamon sticks. Stir and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours. Add in club soda right before you're ready to start drinking. Serve in sugar rimmed glasses over ice. 
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In keeping with my drink of choice, it seems like I'm going to have to find a winter Sangria for the holidays now. I'm thinking something with cranberries and pomegranate? Maybe using champagne to give it a bit of bubbly? 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hello & Goodbye October

October lived up to what I thought it would be. My left eye has never twitched more in my entire life and I was faced with some lovely middle-school like acne that was just oh, so fun. Ahh the benefits of excess stress. 

Thankfully there have been a few moments that were worth documenting although every single one of them was taken with my iPhone because let's be honest, the real camera isn't coming out much lately. I'm just thankful I captured more than just white board, mind-map, nerves & arteries images because really, school kicked my rear over the last 30 days. 
The Great Pumpkin (aka my mom) made a festive visit // sweet puppy cuddles // my two loves // post-exam Angry Orchard
the first REAL snow of the season // adult bevis in buckets // new, extra healthy green smoothie breakfast
 breaking the rules and studying in bed // the worlds most complicated Bucks order // naps and more naps (he just follows me around as I study)
 study break with chocolate chips // J's newest obsession and a tasty machine // caffeine!!! // an empty, dark locker room because I was at school way too early
my favorite office buddy // yep, more caffeine // scenes from our very first Halloween party on my first free weekend all month 

Here's to the end of hell-month October and getting into a new groove in November. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Bring it on October!

October will undoubtedly be one of my more stressful and busy months for school with the addition of a new project I have to work on, on top of everything else. So things might be even quieter around here (if that's even still possible given the silence already).  Before I depart into the madness, here's a quick glimpse into what's been going on around these parts lately. 
 nights out with med school friends on a free weekend // bottles of wine, laughs and a ridiculous board game // absolutely enormous pumpkins // a fabulous breakfast date with my husband
 A.M. puppy cuddles, smiles and yawns // new HomeGoods art for the living room // our first dusting of snow // a warm study spot on an "eventful" Friday night
 J's new smoker, in our living room, ready for some meat // headed to anatomy lab on a Saturday // sweet pup who likes to watch bunnies in the cul-de-sac // loving my free Shutterfly mousepad with so many fabulous memories
oil changes as an excuse to get out of the house // his first successful smoking endeavor // freshly painted fall fingers and toes // a bit of Starbucks and some Broncos orange to finish off the weekend

Updating instagram is typically much easier for me so if you want to see what I'm up to follow me there. Otherwise, here's to hoping I sail into November alive, smarter and with all my hair! 

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