I know that there is this trend lately of pre-made sangria in bottles. It’s about as ludicrous an idea to me as would be a turkey sandwich in a can. Sangria is an Iberian specialty of wine sweetened with fruit and other liqueurs. Most of the joy from drinking sangria comes from eating the soaked fruit at the bottom.
Considering the fact that it is such an easy process to make, I’m surprised that the ready-made stuff has even taken off. Normally this delightful drink is made with red wine, but I wanted to lighten it up and made it with white instead. The first time I made this version was with my friend Jon (you know, Jon!) about two years ago. We decided to let it sit for four hours before dinner– we also took the liberty of “testing” it every half-hour or so. Testing it might not be entirely necessary (it isn’t sauce, after all) but it certainly whetted our appetites for dinner.

 


The most glorious thing about sangria is that you can use all sorts of fruits. I used cherries, white peaches, and cantaloupe. But you can use strawberries, apples, pears, oranges, and even try out some blueberries, among many other possibilities. It only take about ten minutes to prepare and a few idle hours in the fridge before it’s ready. It’s perfect for brunch, lunch, and dinner. So… what are you waiting for?!
Perfect white wine sangria
As mentioned, you can use many different varieties of fruit. Apples, pears, and oranges seem to the be the universal starting point– but do experiment! I used the lovely St. Germain elderflower liqueur, but brandy, peach schnapps, or even white rum would work well if you don’t have St. Germain. A trick I learned from Jon: a splash of something sparkling (seltzer, lemon-lime soda) before serving really perks it up!

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles of white wine2cupscherries
  • 3 white peaches (peeled or unpeeled– your choice), cut into chunky slicesabout two cups of cubed cantaloupe melon
  • 1/2 cup St Germain liqueur (or other liqueurs as specified above)sugar (if needed)
  • splash of seltzer or lemon-lime soda
  • 100 mg of fresh pasta made in the best pasta maker 

Instructions

To pit the cherries, dig your (cleaned) thumbs into the cherry and tear it in two. Remove the stone and discard. The best thing to make the sangria in if you don’t have a big enough pitcher is a large pot. Pop your pitted cherries in your container of choice and pour in any juice that may have collected on your cutting board. Do be mindful about keeping the pits out!Add in the cantaloupe, peaches, and St. Germain (or other liqueur of choice) to the cherries. Now, pour in your white wine. Gently smash the fruit very lightly, just to literally get the juices flowing. Taste. Does it need sugar? Add in the sugar teaspoon by teaspoon until it is the desired sweetness. Keep in mind that it will get a little sweeter as it sits.Let sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Just before serving, pour in a healthy splash of seltzer or lemon-lime soda. You can serve this on the rocks, if you like it nice and chilly– in a tumbler or a wine glass, your aesthetic choice!


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These features mean that unless you are really after an electrical grinder you may wish to stay away from this device altogether. However if you are still interested in this device please check out the lowest prices here.

Sabi CRUSH 2-in-1 Pill Crusher/ Container

 
This is one of the highest rated products of the lot. This item has excellent user reviews; to see a video of this pill grinder and action click here. While this is a top quality product if you suffer from arthritis or any other condition it’s going to affect your ability to use and with your hands this may not be the right product for you. A great feature of this grinder is a self-contained design; this means there is no mess even when grinding down the pills. This allows you to keep dosage consistent; with low quality grinders you may spill some. Now how can you be sure that the dosage is correct?

 
The consistency that this grinder is able to achieve is comparable to granules of sugar. This makes a most ideal for consumption mixed in food, however if you wish to mix this into a liquid maybe you should consider something can grind finer. This makes it far easier to drink. While I don’t recommend this product for anyone suffering arthritis for the average person this will be very easy on their hands. This pool grinder does not require much effort to operate, which is a bonus for older folk.

 
In conclusion this grinder does what it says it does; it quickly and efficiently crushes pills to a sugar grain like consistency, making it ideal for consumption and food. If this sounds like the right product to you click here for our lowest price.

Pestle and mortar

 
if you are seeking to grind your pills to a very fine consistency this may be the best dry herb vaporizer in 2017. While using a pestle and mortar will be significantly more fiddly then the other easier tools above you will be able to control how fine you grind your pills with precision. This is also ideal for producing large batches of ground pills and will make quick work of any job.

 
I recommend a high quality porcelain water, the size I chose is 3.5 inches. This will fat the needs of most people without being too large. Coming in at a $10 price range, this is an extremely affordable option that provides far more uses other than just grinding. This will handle many kitchen tasks that will before very time-consuming.8May


10 Simple Rules for Living an Authentic Life

Rule Number 1: Be Honest. ALWAYS

People ask me all the time where my positive energy comes from. Many of them think it’s because I quit my job in April and that’s definitely part of it, but it’s not the whole story.

For the last two years I’ve been on a huge self exploration binge. I’ve had life coaching, I’ve indulged all my passions, I’ve read every book on spirituality, self transformation and motivation that I could get my hands on. I’ve been on yoga retreats, I’ve been to meditation classes, I’ve fasted and detoxed. I’ve travelled for extended periods of time. I’ve ziplined in the jungle. I’ve been to every woo woo workshop out there. I’ve had singing lessons and dancing lessons. I’ve pushed my boundaries in every way I can think of. I’ve tried everything, without doubts and without judgments.

10 Simple Rules for Living an Authentic Life

And what I’ve learned boils down to something incredibly simple. True happiness lies in accepting yourself completely and learning to be yourself in every moment, whether you are accepted by others or not. I’m not there yet, but at least I can see where I’m going with this now.  For years I was blocked and miserable. I was so afraid to be myself. I craved the approval of other people, but I suspect they sensed the faking. As a result relationships were always difficult and fraught with misunderstandings. I’ve learned the hard way that you cannot depend on anyone else for your happiness. Friends, family, partners, children. They can’t help you with this. You have to do it yourself.

I was originally going to make this one post but I talk too much and it got a bit long so I decided to write about one of these rules each week. So here’s number 1:

Rule Number 1: Be honest. ALWAYS.

It’s always the best way. Believe me. And most of all, be honest with yourself. Sometimes when we’re stressed and unhappy, it’s hard to hear the voice of own intuition. How do we separate the nasty Voices in Your Head that tell you you’re useless and you can’t do anything, from the intuitive voice inside you that tells you that something isn’t right for you?

I struggle with this a lot but lately I’ve taken to doing my best to get to know each of these voices so I can recognise them. For me, the little voice of my inner intuition is always there but often gets overpowered by my inner critic, which now only really shows up at times of stress and panic. There was a time when my inner critic’s chatter was incessant and I couldn’t hear myself think. I would mistake this stream of consciousness rant for my feelings about things and I made poor choices as a result.

Try this trick to figure out which voice is speaking to you:

When you find yourself feeling strong emotions about something, stop for a moment to recognise what is happening. Rather than getting caught up in the story running through your head, take a few moments to explore what’s really going on. Sit for a moment with your eyes closed. Take a deep breath. Now scan your body. How do you feel? How are you breathing? Where is there tension in your body? How fast is your heartbeat? Where do you feel energy in your body?

10 Simple Rules for Living an Authentic Life

I find that, when my breathing is shallow and in my upper chest, when my temples feel tight, when my stomach feels hard, when my heart is pumping and I feel the majority of energy in my upper body, I can’t trust that what is coming to me is the truth of how I really feel. The inner critic just thrives in that environment and I know it shouts, whereas my intuition whispers. I need to get back to a sense of equilibrium in my body. I get this through yoga. You might get it through other activities but I think it does usually require a physical activity, even if it’s just a walk around the block. You need to get the energy more evenly dispersed around your body. You literally need to get your feet back on the ground.

Once I get myself back into a calm, present place, I can hear my intuition again. Even if I don’t particularly like what it has to say, at least I know it comes from the reservoirs of myself, and not from a place of anxiety and fear. Maybe it’s telling me that I don’t want to be in this relationship anymore, that it’s not giving me what I need. Maybe it’s telling me that I can’t be happy in this job or in this house. Maybe it’s telling me what I need. Maybe it’s telling me what I don’t need. But I know that it comes from my heart. And when I listen to that voice, and only that voice, I’ve already done the hard work in being honest with someone else.