Sunday, November 10, 2013

Fall Sangria and Back Porch Pavers

I have to admit.. I am sounding like such a DIY housewife lately.
Do I have y'all fooled yet?
I SWEAR I'm not as domesticated as it appears. The only thing I can cook is
pasta and I literally have to force myself to do any crafting cuteness.
Basically, unless it's cupcakes or cocktails (I foresee a themed holiday party to that effect)
..I'm practically useless.
I'm giving cupcakes the weekend off so I present to you... TA-DA!

Back up, back up, back up a second there. 
I won't even try and act like this was a quick casual
foodie photo shoot. No, no. I was in my backyard for almost 
45 minutes hovering over my picnic table with my Canon 
like a total freak until Bryan came outside and said,
"Uhhh, what's going on out here?" 
I am so not a skilled photographer so let's all just take
this somewhat visually pleasing picture in for a moment, shall we?

Annddddd done.
Moving right along.

So I had a ridiculously painful looking to do list the other day..
We're planning on setting up a sangria and champagne station
at our cocktail hour and sangria, my friends, is an easy thing to screw up.
I didn't want to wait the week before our wedding to toy around with recipes
so I took this fabulous weather as an opportunity to start getting creative.

Fall Sangria
1 bottle dry red wine (I used cab)
2 cups pomegranate juice
2/3 cup Brandy
1/2 cup orange juice
1 can Sprite
1 sliced Granny Smith apple
1 sliced orange
1 sliced lemon

Now stick a straw in that puppy and drink up.

Now put it down... 'cause we're not done here yet.
Bryan, being the back porch loving grill master that he is, decided
we needed pavers in our new home stat.
We had been weighing out a few different options for the past few
weeks and just decided to have it all done professionally since we got a great deal.
You know how there are just some things that should NOT be DIY?
In this household, pavers and weddings are one of them.
Now if Florida would just get a leeeeettle bit cooler we
could get a fire going. Throw in some adirondack chairs and we will be 2 happy people.

I have a couple other porch projects to work on.. including hanging all of these
babies that my mom made for our engagement party.

Happy Weekend :)


  1. That looks delicious! And the photos turned out great ;) I definitely cracked up while reading your honest details.. haha! :)

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