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I just wanted to say thank-you to all who come to my blog. It is such a joy for me to write this blog and it is thrilling to think that anyone would want to come and hear my ramblings. There are sooo many wonderful blogs out there, more then anyone can read. So I am so blessed that you would chose my blog as one you would take time out of your day to read. I do hope you are inspired to play !! xoxoxoxo Thank you all again.
I realized that I did not share my other secret to strawberry shortcake. It is in the strawberries. An hour or two before I serve them I mix the berries with a couple of spoonfuls of sugar and 2 TBLS of rose water. You do not want to have a strong rose taste, so do not use to much. It should be a back note. But I find that the rose water enhances the strawberries. I also adore strawberries with lavender !! So if you bought that bottle of rose water, now you have another use for it. It would also be good in the sangria or lemonade.
I thought these patriotic irons for shirts would be a fun thing to do for the 4th. I hope to get some white tees this weekend.
Sangria. I ADORE sangria. Maybe because it is pink and fruity. The same has been said about me. Then there was the sangria incident but us CM ladies will not speak about that ;- )
I usually just take a bunch of ripe fruit cover it with rose wine (although you can use white or a light red or yumm champagne) and let it sit a day, but  not ifyou are using champange. It is better to let it sit and let the fruit juices macerate. You can eat the fruit too but be careful. It packs a punch.
Here are several recipes, recipes 2, recipes 3 !!!!
1 small, seedless watermelon
2 cups raspberries
2 cups strawberries
1 cup blueberries
mint leaves
super fine sugar to taste
1 vanilla bean
1 orange sliced a bottle of rose wine
1. Rinse the berries. Cut the strawberries in half or quarters depending on their size. Place on towels to dry.

2. Squeeze the orange. Cut the mint leaves.

3. In a bowl, gently mix the fruit with the wine, orange juice, sugar, and the chopped mint.

4. Cut the vanilla bean in half, lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds. Scrape the seeds into the wine/berry mixture.

5. Cut a small slice off the bottom of the watermelon, so that it will stand upright. Cut the watermelon in two.

6. From one half of the watermelon, scoop out the flesh, cutting it into small pieces. Add some of the pieces to the wine/berry mixture. Reserve the rest for another use
Lastly I have a new computer scrapbook. As you can see for the picture above I am having fun playing with it. Center image is from allposters


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Aha!! Here's the culprit!!


The Sangria incident. lol You made me giggle with that remark and also the one concerning you being pink and fruity. hehehe Your blog is so nice. It's like a very nice book that one wishes to crawl inside of. :)


These recipes are lovely...making me dream of long summer days and nights *grin*


I was "passing by" and found your blog...it is so charming! Thank you for the wonderful summertime recipes!
I'm very new to blogging but please stop by anytime!


Goodness Clarice, everytime I drop by you have more wonderful ideas to share! That sangria recipe sounds marvelous. I would never have thought to use vanilla bean. I'm going to try it...maybe with champagne. Or maybe not...the bubbles would disappear. I guess I could try making one of each...red and white, then see which one I like best!
Thanks for the tip about using rose water on strawberries...I'm going to try that too.
Great job with the scrapbooking program!


I wondered how that non-alcoholic wine would be? You scrapbook picture looks great. Do you use lavender buds? Mom

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