Month: November 2014

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria #poplizclink #recipe

If you’re anything like me, when fall arrives, that means it’s cider time. And especially now that we’re coming up on Thanksgiving, it’s just the perfect time of year for this sweet and spicy treat. The only thing (in my book, anyway) that can make cider even better – adding a bit of sparkle. Here’s how to make a tasty (and beautiful)ย Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser for your friends and family this holiday season.

ingredients for the Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria #poplizclinkHonest Company fruit and veggie wash #poplizclink

First, clean the fruit. There’s nothing simpler and cleaner (I’m talking no toxic chemicals kind of clean) than The Honest Company’s fruit and veggie wash.

cut apples and pears #poplizclink

Chop two apples (I’ve used different kinds before, Pink Ladies and Honeycrisps are both good options) and two pears.

cut the apples and pears #poplizclinkadd apples and pears into pitcher #poplizclink

Put the fruit into a pitcher. Mine is from Crate & Barrel.

add the white wine #poplizclink

Add a bottle of white wine. Pinot Grigio is my favorite, so that’s what I used.

add the cider to the sparkling sangria #poplizclink

Now, add 2-3 cups of apple cider. I just used a box cider kit, but feel free to get crazy by making your own from scratch. My cousin Liza over at Paperback Wanderings assures me this is a good homemade cider recipe (and she would know, y’all).

add the brandy #poplizclink

Add a half a cup of brandy. Then, refrigerate the pitcher for at least an hour.

pop the champagne! #poplizclink

When you’re ready to serve, it’s time to pop the bubbly! I literally only picked this brand because I thought the bottle was pretty. Just being honest. It was yummy though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Adding the sparkle to the Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria #poplizclink #recipe

Add about a cup or so of sparkling wine. Just enough to give the sangria a little bite.

mix it all together #poplizclink

Then, mix it all up and serve.

sparkling apple cider sangria recipe #poplizclink #champagne

I told you it wasย pretty!

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria recipe #poplizclink

I got these wine glasses off my wedding registry several years ago, and I still love them just as much today as I did then.

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria recipe #poplizclink

Ingredients:ย 

  • 1 bottle white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
  • 2-3 cups apple cider (here’s a homemade cider recipe, but feel free to use a box like me)
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 apples chopped
  • 2 pears chopped
  • 1 cup sparkling wine (can substitute soda if bubbly isn’t your thing)

Directions:

  1. Chop fruit and add to pitcher.
  2. Add all liquid ingredients (except the sparkling wine) and stir.
  3. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Add sparkling wine immediately before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

Cheers!

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P.S. I would love to celebrate with yโ€™all, so be sure to share with me your own champagne experiences using the hashtag #poplizclink on social media.

These pictures were taken by the lovely and talented Jessica Scott.ย 

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Join the No Sugar Challenge

join in on the "no sugar challenge"

Ah it’s that time of year. The time of year where Americans everywhere are feasting during the holiday season. All those extra calories pile up, and if you’re anything like me, you’re feeling pretty large by the time New Year’s Eve is approaching. So, this year I’m doing something about it, and I wanted to invite my readers to joinย me.

Pure Austin Gym is hosting their 2nd annual “No Sugar Challenge” which isย 21 days long and runs from December 2nd through December 23rd. The cost is only $21 if you purchase prior to Thanksgiving (after Thanksgiving the cost goes up to $31). Even if you’re not in Austin, you’re welcome to join as everything will be done either via phone or online.

The rules? No added sugar for 21 days. That includes artificial sweeteners including honey, stevia, and agave (and all the others out there) but does NOT include fruit, vegetables, or any foods that come directly from the earth.

You can see all the details and join us here.

Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season!

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GNO at Langford Market Wrap-Up

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Thanks so much to everyone who came and joined me and Lee Anne (over at Life in ATX blog) at Langford Market last week. We had such a fun time with you ladies and loved helping you pick out some great items. We had champagne and we had pie, so pretty much it was the perfect girly evening. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you missed it, we missed you!

XOXO,

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Lightweight Turtleneck & Plaid Flats

lightweight turtleneck, destroyed denim, michael kors bag #fashion Michael Kors bag, plaid flats #shoesJ Crew plaid flatslightweight turtleneck, destroyed denim, plaid flats #fashionsparkly statement earrings #fashion #jewelryMichael Kors bag, J Crew plaid flats #fashionKate Spade watch, David Yurman Bracelet, sparkly bracelet from Mindy Mae's Market #fashion #jewelrylightweight turtleneck, tan belt #fashionlightweight turtleneck, destroyed denim, michael kors bag #fashion plaid J Crew flats, AG destroyed jeans #fashionlightweight turtleneck, destroyed denim, michael kors bag #fashion Turtleneck: J. Crew (on sale) // Jeans: AG // Flats: J. Crew (exact style no longer available, similar on sale here, I also like these and these) // Belt: Gap // Bag: Michael Kors // Earrings: J. Crew (exact style no longer available, extremely similar here) // Bracelets: David Yurman and Stella and Dot // Watch: Kate Spade // Triple Ring Set: Kohl’s (on sale)


As a child, I hated turtlenecks. I know I’m not alone in this! I just remember being forced into them for church activities, feeling so uncomfortable, and constantly pulling on my collar. But, I’m happy to say, I’ve moved on. Lately I am loving turtlencks – they’re so warm and cozy, and you really can find options that aren’t bothersome.

The one I am wearing here from J. Crew is a great option, and it’s on sale. It’s really flattering as far as sweaters go and comes in a wide range of color options. The other thing about this casual look that I love are those plaid loafers. Unfortunately, my exact style sold out very quickly, but here is a pair that is extremely similar and are on sale.

Happy Hump Day!

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