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We were nervous that our parties wouldn’t be as much fun as anymore. We really really REALLY really were.
Jared and I talked about the big old boat and our small old house. It was oh so convenient to trot through the backyard and get right on the boat. Like this:

People show up.
They get on the boat.
Parties happen.
They get off the boat.
Parties happen for longer inside.
They die down.
People sleep, then wake up and get back on the boat to start all over again.
red wine-brandy-lemon juice
We sold that boat. We sold that house (pending home inspection…fingers crossed. You too, k? Thanks.)

We bought a new boat and a new house. We opted for smaller (faster) boat, bigger (BIGGER) house. We were having an opposite day. It happens. 
sliced fruit
We were concerned that the lack of instant access to water might hinder our ability to enjoy a sidesplitting good time. That maybe we wouldn’t have enough to do or as much fun as we did at the old house. We were wrong.

It all started with delicious red wine sangria on Friday night and progressed to a weekend full of good food, bluff hikes, plenty of beverages and even a little time zooming about the Mississippi River.
wine pour
Red wine sangria is one of my favorite summer beverages. There’s no going wrong with a base of red wine. Try to find a real life application where that’s not true. You won’t get there.

Antioxidants in red wine, such as flavonoids or a substance called reservatrol might have heart-healthy benefits

Now before we all go out and haul casks home by the truckload, the thing I’m supposed to remind you here is that moderation is key. And that no doctor is out there saying to drink wine to cure heart issues. They’re more about imbibing one glass per day for pure enjoyment and relaxation.

We might have gone with a smidge more than one glass per day last weekend, but we’ll keep that our little secret.
Sure, there may have been a dropped iPad, a broken glass, a man-tantrum and someone sneakily drinking all of the mimosa champagne after the girls went to bed, but really, we had a great time. One of our favorite parties. Ever. Thank you, good friends!

Red Wine Sangria

adapted from

  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1 peach, sliced into slivers
  • 8 maraschino cherries

In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together red wine, triple sec, brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate and orange juice.

Float slices of lemon, orange, lime, peach and maraschino cherries in the mixture.

Refrigerate overnight for best flavor, or at least four hours before commencing par-tay.

For even better results, double the recipe (thank goodness for a little foresight). Also, if you’re lucky enough to have friends that make wine, give them credit for contributing to the deliciousness. Thank you, Paul and Betty!

  • Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen

    This looks so good and your boating looks like so much fun!

  • Foyetoy really “the Foyboy”

    I want some on my boat when you come back to pt. charlotte! Umm.