This year I thought I was really on top of things, and then it happened.
Christmas totally snuck up on me!
I don't know if it was because Thanksgiving was so late, but I feel like it is way too soon for the holiday to be upon us. How is it only 3 days away?
I'm thinking this whole working thing is really starting to get in the way of my personal life. Too bad I only have, oh, about 40 more years to go.
Speaking of work, last weekend I hosted a brunch with my girlfriends from my first job out of college. Hard to believe that was almost 9 years ago already! We try to get together at least once a year around the holidays, and if possible once in the summer.
The weather was, shall we say festive... a pretty dusting of snow, that held off enough to allow for their safe travel from New York and North Jersey. We enjoyed a nice spread of coffee cake, pumpkin muffins, quiche, maple-coated bacon, and chopped greek salad. Not to mention cranberry sangria.
I'm not a big drinker but I am usually a sucker for a good margarita, and a good glass of sangria. I like that this one had cranberry for the holiday. Not too sweet or heavy, but it will still put a little jingle in your bells.
I totally could have used a glass (or three) of this a few weeks ago, when I was trying to get a photo of Mini for our family Christmas card.
This child does not sit still - not for one second. True definition of "Ants in the Pants."
I need one of those high-speed cameras just to have a prayer of getting a shot that is not a complete blur.
Somehow I managed to capture a few gems - but it certainly wasn't easy!
In any event, amidst all the craziness that often accompanies this season, I hope you can take some time to relax (preferably, with a glass of cranberry sangria.) Whatever you do - please, please, please just enjoy your holidays!!
- 1 bottle (750mL) dry red wine
- 1 C. cranberry juice
- 1 C. orange juice
- 1/4 C. brandy
- 1/3 C. Triple Sec
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- 1 lime, thinly sliced
- 1/3 C. fresh cranberries, some crushed
Combine all liquid ingredients in a large glass pitcher. Add fruit. Chill 2-8 hours before serving.
Recipe Adapted from the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.. "Cranberry Sangría" 31 August 2006. HowStuffWorks.com.