Monday, July 24, 2017

White Wine Berry Sangria Spritzer

Looking for a refreshing, easy to make adult beverage??  Look no further than this delicious white wine berry sangria spritzer! I had all of the ingredients on-hand, and hoped for the best and it turned out really delicious!

You will need:
  • One bottle Pinot Grigio (or your preferred white wine)
  • Three cups Simply Lemonade with Blueberry
  • One can Berry La Croix sparkling water
  • One cup frozen, pitted cherries (I bought them from Target - they are also delicious in smoothies!)
  • Any other fruit (fresh or frozen) that you have on hand - I had two meyer lemons, and about a half a cup of frozen pineapple 
  • A handful of fresh berries (I used blackberries, but any berry would be great!)

Simply pour all of your ingredients (except fresh berries) into a large pitcher and refrigerate at least one hour. Mine was in the fridge just about three hours, and the flavors were great!

Just before serving pop three or so fresh berries into the bottom of your drinking glass, and lightly muddle them.

Pour your liquid over the muddled berries:

 And enjoy!

This white wine berry sangria spritzer goes SO perfectly with a big, green salad including my always requested poppy seed salad, which I'll share the recipe for soon ;)

Photos by Hi Plus Hello Photography.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

HG's Book Club {Summer 2017 Edition}

I have loved reading for as long as I can remember! Be it a magazine, an article online, or a good old fashioned book, I LOVE reading! I had a slight book-buying addiction that I've put the kebash on, and have been instead relying on our local library (which is awesome!) and sharing with friends. I've been sharing what I've been reading on Instagram, with the hashtags #hgreads and #hgsbookclub but I realize not everyone is on Instagram.

I've decided that I'll sporadically share my favorite reads, here on the blog, and this is the first installment. (Don't worry, no book spoilers!)

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. This was a great book that kept my attention from the very first page. While I enjoyed The Woman in Cabin 10 the book ended with me wanting more of an explanation of how things ended the way they did. I finished and literally went "HUH!?" Still a great read.

The Vactioners by Emma Straub. This was such a wonderful book, about a two-week vacation to Mallorca with a family, and friends. Secrets come out, and people are changed. The character Franny totally reminded me of Ina Garten ;) Emma Straub writes so beautifully that I instantly picked up her next book as soon as I finished this one.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub. I'm telling you, I loved her writing! This book is about two best friends, their spouses and their kids, their college band, and everything that's happened in between. A quick, wonderful read!

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand. So, apparently I am SUPER late to the Elin Hilderbrand train, because according to the comments on this Instagram post everyone loves all of her books! I honestly don't know if I could have loved this book more! Elin Hilderbrand created such beautiful, flawed characters that you couldn't help but root for. I'll be picking up a bunch more of EH's books!

The After Party by Anton DiSclafani. This was a good book, but not one of my favorites. Set back and forth between two main characters childhoods, and 1957 in Houston, Texas. I like the way this author described the characters, and she set the scenes well, but there was an underlying sadness (or something!) that made me just like, and not love this book.

What have YOU been reading this summer?!

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