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Peach-Mango-Pineapple Sangria

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Lets be honest, momma likes to have a drink every now and then.  A beer after a day on the beach.  A cocktail with dinner.  A just because celebratory glass of champagne.  All good things in my book.  It’s taken me a while to appreciate  wine though.  I didn’t understand all the hubbub over wine until I entered my thirties.  Maybe it’s my taste buds maturing?  Who knows.  Even still, I can’t drink a dry wine.  Give me a sweet moscato though and I’m in heaven.  Mix that moscato with fruit and schnapps, and well, I’ll call that breakfast.  Just kidding.  Maybe. 😉

Me with my babies on Mother's Day.

Me with my babies on Mother’s Day.

I had the most amazing peach sangria on Mother’s Day this year at a Greek restaurant that’s been in business since the 1970’s, Hellas Restaurant and Bakery, located on the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, Florida.  If you’re ever in the area, stop here for an authentic Greek dining experience.  Absolutely delicious.  While there, be sure to browse the shops and learn a few things about the strong Greek community and the harvesting of sea sponges. You can even embark on sightseeing tours, where you can get the opportunity to look for dolphins, watch sponge diving exhibitions,  see the historic lighthouse, explore natural estuaries, and some boats even beach on an island where you can look for shells. It’s a great place to just stroll around and explore.

Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs Florida

Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs Florida

Since dining at Hellas I’ve had a slight obsession with Greek food and recreating some of my favorites.  Some recipes were definite misses, and some were big hits!  This Peach-Mango-Pineapple Sangria is one of the hits.  Sweet and fruity, it’s a great, refreshing drink to serve anytime of the day or night.

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery on the historic Sponge-Docks in Tarpon Springs, FL

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery on the historic Sponge-Docks in Tarpon Springs, FL

Another thing I love about sangria is that you can add almost any fruit to it.  All is fair in fruit and sangria.  Except bananas.  That would probably be really gross.  Save those for smoothies.  Have some lemon or lime slices leftover? Toss those in.  An abundance of berries?  Throw those in too. Why not?  It will only enhance the flavor.  Plus you can convince yourself that it’s healthier because you’re getting extra servings of fruit, right?  Maybe not, but who cares.

Light, refreshing, sweet, and fruity sangria

Light, refreshing, sweet, and fruity sangria

 

Peach-Mango-Pineapple Sangria

1.75L bottle Barefoot Moscato (or your favorite white wine)
2/3 cup peach schnapps
1/4 cup sugar
16 oz can chunk pineapple in it’s own juice
1 mango, cut into cubes (or frozen chunks)
Optional: Other fruit. I used peach, blueberries, and strawberries.

In large pitcher combine wine, schnapps, and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Add fruit and the juice from the pineapple can.
Chill. For best results, refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Overnight is better.

Peach-Mango-Pineapple Sangria

Peach-Mango-Pineapple Sangria

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Free Comic Book Day – review!

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I have a secret. I’m kind of a dork. My whole family is kind of dorky.  I’m completely O.K with that, we embrace it. This post caters to our dorky side.

The weekend of May 3 and 4th, 2014 has proven to be a pretty epic weekend. Between Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day  we were busy, busy, busy.

What IS Free Comic Book Day? Let me give you a brief history!

Beginning in 2002 the first Saturday in May was (unofficially) declared Free Comic Book Day. Its a day when specialty comic book shops around the world give away free comic books to anyone who visits their store. Comic books are a true American art form dating back to the 1930’s, when the “Golden Age” of comics began with none other than Superman. From the superheroes we know and love, to Japanese Manga, fantasy, romance, horror, even historical events – all have graced the pages of a comic book at one point and time. From young readers to adults, there is truly something for everyone at every age. Comics are a great way to get your children interested and excited about reading and may even inspire them to to write or draw their own.  Go here if you’re looking for more information about  Free Comic Book Day .

Yancy St. Comics

Yancy St. Comics

In celebration of Free Comic Book day we visited a local specialty comic shop, Yancy St. Comics. We arrived a couple hours after opening so many of the popular comics had already been snagged up by the mass number of people in attendance but there was still a table of free comics left.

Sissy was particularly excited about meeting the artists behind Realm Quest and receiving a signed print.
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There were over 15 comic book artists there sharing their amazing artwork, many selling sketches they drew right in front of you. Others were selling prints of various sizes of their original artwork.  They were more than happy to chat for a few minutes and let you snap pictures. We picked up a few free comic books, bought a beautiful Tommy Castillo print and zombified coloring book (not for the kids, obviously), checked out some of the people there for the costume contest, and spent some time browsing the shop and their awesome sale.

It took him 4 months to make this - it's his FIRST build.

It took him 4 months to make this – it’s his FIRST build.

The photo doesn't do this justice. The colors are beautiful.

The photo doesn’t do this justice. The colors are beautiful.

Tardis

Sheri and the Tardis

I, of course, had to have hubby snap a picture of me and The Tardis.

All in all, we had a pretty fun day. I wish we had gotten there earlier so we could check out more of the free comics because their supply was gone through pretty quickly. Next year we’ll go earlier. It does make me very happy to see so many people getting excited about comics, so I can’t complain too much.

Did you attend any Free Comic Book Day events? Have any suggestions on rad comic books I should check out? Let me know in the comments!

Buddy and Sissy on Free Comic Book Day

Buddy and Sissy on Free Comic Book Day

 

My Family, My Niche

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When I started thinking about starting a blog, a million thoughts invaded my brain.

  • What would I post about?
  • Who would read it?
  • Am I *really* that interesting?
  • How does one even write a successful blog?
  • What is a successful blog anyway?
  • Do I even have time for that anyway?

You get the drift, it just goes on from there. So in an attempt to answer my own questions, I turned to Google and simply searched “how to start your first successful blog”  and was bombarded with information. From the huge number of pages, blogs, and articles about it, I can tell I’m not the first (or last)  person that sought the same answers. Thank goodness you can’t see my browser history, its embarrassing how much I read.  One thing kept coming up within all of the pages; to start a successful blog I had to find a specific niche. Something I know a lot about. That I can speak confidently, freely, and intelligently about. Something that I enjoy.

“That should be easy!” I thought.

So I sat down to make a list of things I’m particularly good at or know a lot about…

and…
wait for it…

Nothing. My list had nothing on it. I spent hours thinking about it, talking to Hubby, trying to come up with ONE thing I was good at. Could that be though? Could I really not know enough about *one* thing to start a (successful) blog?  That’s when it hit me. I may not know a lot about one thing, but I know a little bit about a lot of things. I know my way around the kitchen well enough to feed my family, and I enjoy trying new recipes. I’m fairly crafty, or at least pretend to be. I like to fix things myself, and if I don’t know how I’ll figure it out. I like to try new things, go new places, re-purpose items some would find as garbage. Stretch our dollar so life doesn’t become just about working. Keeping schedules figured out, how to best utilize our time, sneaking learning moments into fun activities. All of this while making time for not only Sissy and Buddy, but Hubby, and hopefully myself.  It’s a balancing act that is ever-changing, as I’m sure this will be too.
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That’s how this blog was born. I suppose my niche as well, a place for me to share everything that helps us babystep through life.

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