Thursday, August 13, 2015

Summer Sparkling Peach and Blackberry Sangria

Oh my goodness!  So incredibly yummy, and unlike some other sangria recipes, this summer favorite wine cocktail is a snap to make and can be served right away.

Here's what you will need to serve 4-6 friends!
  • 2 to 3 fresh sliced peaches
  • 1/2 -1 cup fresh blackberries (I like more!)
  • 3/4 cup peach or apricot brandy
  • 1 bottle chilled Moscato wine
  • 1 liter chilled peach seltzer water

Tip: I love vintage canning jars for all kinds of things - perfect idea for "summer on the deck" cocktails!  
Add to a large pitcher,  3/4 of the sliced peaches and most of the blackberries. Then pour in the brandy and lightly muddle. Don't smash the peaches and blackberries if you can help it!

Add in the Moscato wine and peach seltzer water.  Stir gently with wooden spoon to mix. Pour into ice-filled glasses (or jars!)  and top with fresh peach slices and the reserved blackberries.

Tip: Use a little fresh lemon on the reserved peaches so that they do not turn brown before you have a chance to add them to your sangria.


Voila' Summer Perfection! 

A few notes:
Peaches courtesy of my dad's peach tree 
Vintage jars courtesy of my mom
Nautical stir-sticks - part of my dad's vast collection
Blackberries picked off wild vines on their beach!






Tuesday, August 11, 2015

More Blue and White Nautical Decorating Ideas!


Check it out! Caron's Beach House had three blue and white Nautical decorating products featured this summer in 425 Magazine!   Great collection to inspire some maritime updating, and great advice to not go "overboard" when decorating with a nautical theme.  Love how they grouped together these fun home decor items with a nautical, seafaring feel, sticking to just a few color shades.  

You also can't go wrong with adding a little rope, and a whale or two!


Here's a closer look at the products from our store that 425 chose:
 The Blue Cascade Woven BasketDesigned to keep clutter at bay, the bulb-shaped basket is set apart by a wave of blue ombre-inspired color that will blend beautifully with existing decor, whether your space is by land or sea.
The Serin Chunky Knit ThrowWatch storms, or enjoy a great novel while wrapped up in our new super soft, ultra Serin Chunky Knit Throw, with a beautiful modern pattern of nautical navy blue chevron stripes.



Newport Bay Striped Rug in Navy Classic, casual striped nautical home rug in navy and off white.  Super durable, woven of 100% cotton, and has two looks for the price of one! Wide stripes on one side and a smaller pattern of stripes on the reverse side.

Fun Magazine to read online or if you are a local "Washingtonian", full of places to see, things to do, Pacific Northwest recipes and so much more! We highly recommend checking it out - 425 Magazine


We were very excited to have the style editors pick a number of our products for their gorgeous lifestyle magazine out of Bellevue, Washington.   I do have to admit though,  I was more than a little homesick for my "Seattle" after getting our copy in the mail!



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