So, I think I mentioned a few months ago that Matt and I bought a house...with a fenced in backyard. We have 2 dogs...2 very low to the ground, not so agile, afraid of their own shadows dogs. Well. they really do enjoy being outside, and with all this nice weather, Matt and I are trying to leave them outside whenever possible. Penny is always happy inside the house, snoozing in her bed (she's 7), but Murph has to be in his crate right now because he has proven that he is not to be trusted with anything. Not lamp cords, not window sills, not expensive Italian leather. You see, he is a puppy, and he is quite naughty. I always catch myself telling Matt while shaking my head, "Penny was NEVER like this". It makes me feel like a real parent. So anyway, the reason I mentioned all of this is that this week we have had like 3 65 degree days, so we left Penny and Murph out for one of them (they chase the next door neighbor's dog along the fenceline for hours...it is funny to watch). We want them to have a great day! What do we get in return? Without fail, every single time that we leave them outside they come back coated in dirt. It is like they spend the entire time they are in the backyard just rolling around on the ground. They do not do this when we are at home. They only do this when they know that we are not home. So, every single time that they are outside for any amount of time where we are not home, they are filthy and they need a bath (new carpets...and new furniture...). They do not like baths. They look at you with those big sad eyes like, "don't make me get into this tub", and you look at them with eyes that say, "you did this to yourself!". Thank goodness our guest bathroom shower has one of those removable shower head wand thingies because doing this with a cup or a bucket would be a real pain. I've decided to share a photo of the 2 rascals for your enjoyment:
They knew they were bad!
Now that I have explained to you how I spent my Thursday night after arriving home from work, we can move on....to Shaina's mulled wine recipe! You may have noticed that on our website we have a new and different product called Winter Mulling Merlot. Yes! It is the same wine as our Summer Picnic Merlot. It is winter(ish) now, so I can't very well be talking about sangria and barbeques! With the holiday's coming up and with a forecasted super snowy winter, we decided we should give you guys a great recipe for mulled wine.
Shaina has tested and retested this recipe to perfection. She's simmered so many cinnamon sticks that her hair smells of cinnamon constantly. Just kidding. She has tested this recipe though, and it is great.
Shaina's Perfect Mulled Wine
2 medium lemons
2 medium oranges
10 whole cloves
5 cardamom pods
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups water
6 cinnamon sticks (1 for the pot then 1 per person)
2 bottles of Karamoor Winter Mulling Merlot
1/2 cup brandy
Directions per Shaina (....so if it doesn't turn out, blame her): Zest the citrus, and then slice it. Crush the Cardamom with mortar and pestle then place in the cheesecloth with the zest, cloves, and 1 cinnamon stick- tie together using the Butcher’s twine and give it a big loop. In a pan, add the sugar and water- heat on high until everything starts to simmer. Reduce heat and cook the liquid until the mixture reduces by about half...make sure that you keep stirring the mixture or it could burn! Once it is reduced, add Karamoor’s Winter Mulling Merlot and the brandy into a pot, along with the fruit slices. Put your spice bag in the pot and tie to the pot handle so you can easily remove it before serving. The longer you leave it, the stronger the spice flavor. Serve warm with a cinnamon stick in a mug!!!
I don't think that it is going to get cold enough to need this recipe this weekend, but I wanted you to have it prior to Thanksgiving. BY THE WAY! Friendsgiving turned out great. The food was fab, the friends were even better. Definitely started a new tradition within our group of friends.
This weekend Matt and I are getting our engagement photos done. Better late than never, that's what I always say. That should be...interesting. Neither of us enjoy posing for photos. Hopefully our photographer will have the patience of a saint! I hope that you have equally as (or more...) exciting plans than we do. Enjoy the last of the beautiful weather! Until next time...