Tomorrow we will turn the page into Autumn officially. As my excitement grows towards what the new season will bring and all of the sights, smells and wonderful flavors that come along with it, I can't help but get a little nostalgic towards the summer we just had. Or better said, did not have.
I remember entering the summer months in a mindset of waiting out this whole COVID-19 thing so we could all move forward with our usual summertime plans. And waiting is all many people did because as far as I can see, we are not positioned any better today than we were back in June to resume our more normal way of life.
It seemed that significant events in the Pacific Northwest would never end this summer. Between COVID-19, the endless nights of protests with emotional temperatures running high and then being hit with the onslaught of wildfires that caused us to feel that the whole west coast was on fire, it's been difficult not to feel as though the world might actually be coming to end.
In times of chaos that I have experienced in my life, I have always found it calming and healing to look at the simple pleasures that are held more often than not, right in front of me. I'm talking about smells, sounds, images and things I know I appreciate at a deep level but could easily go unnoticed. Our souls need the break from chaos to find peace and this is something that helps that.
So with a grateful heart, here is my bow to our most recent summer and something I hope some of you can enjoy before you throw yourself completely into the pumpkin spice scented season of fall.
A fond memory from this summer comes from my back porch, on a quiet, sunny weekend afternoon. Just me and a close friend, a wedge of cheese and a pitcher of blackberry lime sangria. It's easy to enjoy a beautiful pitcher of sangria between two people. The recipe was as simple as the afternoon which made it perfect and addicting!
Blackberry Lime Sangria
3-4 fresh limes
1 pint of blackberries(or a bag of frozen works too if you don't have access to fresh ones)
1/4 cup of sugar
1 Cup of rum
1 bottle of red wine (a blend works good but my favorite to use is a Rioja)
1/2 cup orange juice
*Squeeze the limes into a pitcher
*Muddle in the pint of blackberries
*add the sugar and rum and mix well
*add the bottle of wine and orange juice and place in the refrigerator for at least one day
I always tell people to try and make your sangria a day in advance of when you plan on drinking it. This will give it time for all of the ingredients to interact and deepens the flavors together.
For a Spanish flare, serve with chips and salsa and add a small (I do mean small) piece of jalapeno to the pitcher after you have mixed everything else. The combination of smells is amazing and the hint of spice in your drink will make your lips tingle!
~love in abundance
Crystal @ Grazing Goddess Charcuterie