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Scuppernong Sangria

It’s Booze-day Tuesday!

A couple of weeks ago at our Farm to Table supper, I served a white scuppernong sangria, and I promised I would share the recipe with you.  So here we go!

This recipe is from The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen – one of my very favorite cookbooks.  See also: remember that time I got to meet Matt Lee and Ted Lee in Charleston?

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The Brothers call it “Muscadine Sangria,” but I grew up calling all muscadines scuppernongs instead (really, a scuppernong is just a type of muscadine), but mostly I just appreciate the alliteration.

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I froze about 6 gallons of scuppernongs/muscadines last summer that I picked at my parents’ house.  I’ve made some into jam, but I think this might be my new favorite use for them.

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Scuppernong Sangria Recipe
via The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen

ingredients

– 1 quart (1 1/4 pounds) ripe green or bronze muscadine/scuppernong grapes
– 1/2 cup purple muscadine/scuppernong grapes
– 2 pinches Kosher salt
– 1 lime, sliced into thin disks
– 1 quart ice cubes, plus more for serving
– 1 (750-ml) bottle dry, fruity white wine, such as pinto grigio, pinot gris, or sauvignon blanc
– 1 cup seltzer water

instructions

Pour 3 cups of the green or bronze grapes into a food processor, and process them just to a slurry, with four to five 3-second pulses.  Strain the grapes through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing the pulp with the back of a spoon or spatula to extract the juice.  Discard the remaining solids.

Slice the remaining grapes in half with a sharp knife.  Don’t worry about the seeds.
Sprinkle the salt into the bottom of a large pitcher.  Scatter one-third of the halved grapes and lime slices on top of the salt, then add one-third of the ice.  Continue to fill the pitcher, repeating the layers of fruit and ice, until it’s full.  Pour the reserved juice, white wine, and seltzer into the pitcher and stir.  Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for 20 minutes.

Pour into glasses over ice, garnishing with halves grapes and lime slices from the pitcher.

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We served ours in mason jars, but something with a wide mouth so you can pick out the fruit to eat would also be ideal. ;)

Speaking of fruit: I followed The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen recipe to a T.  However, if you only have one color available, or more of one than another, feel free to use any color muscadines you want in any proportion you want.

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This is the perfect light, bubbly sangria to serve in our sweltering Southern summers.  I know I’ll be making it again soon!

Until Next Time

Bloggers’ Favorite Things Giveaway

Okay, so (hopefully!) you’ve all heard about the AMAZING Bloggers’ Favorite Things Giveaway by now. But to refresh your memory, a bunch of us bloggers got together and all picked out our favorite things in the whole wide world.  And we’re going to give one extremely lucky winner a whole bunch of our favorite things!

Bloggers' Favorite Things

So without further adieu… Here are some of MY very favorite things!

Bloggers' Favorite Things

My Barbour Beadnell jacket: I got mine last year from J.Crew (Barbour for J.Crew).  It has a Liberty of London purple and white lining and I absolutely adore it.  It’s perfect for quail hunting, fire sitting, and is perfectly SoWeGa chic. ;)  Mine is no longer available, but there is still a plain Barbour for J.Crew Beadnell available.  Tip: Barbour doesn’t exactly go on sale very often… but J.Crew does!  I called to find my size in a store, and they allowed me to use the 25% promotion they had going after Christmas last year…
Anything Plaid: Like most other bloggers out there, I’m obsessed with plaid this year.  I am LOVING my new brown plaid scarf that Tana at Plum Classy gifted me.  Cream monogram + brown plaid = one happy girl!
The Laundress Cashmere & Wool Shampoo: This stuff is the jam.  It’s a wee bit pricey, but I purchased a bottle back in undergrad (over 4 years ago!) and it’s still going strong and saves me a fortune in dry cleaning.  Just turn your cashmere and wool sweaters and such inside out, hand wash or wash in your machine on the delicate cycle, dry flat, and be amazed at the softness.  Plus, it has cedar oil in it to make it smell wintery and run off moths.   They even have a blog where they dole out advice on how to remove stains and launder even the most delicate of clothes.  Do yourself a favor many times over and get this now.  The Laundress even sells a wool & cashmere gift bag that would be such an amazing gift for anyone with a quality sweater collection.
Living Proof No Frizz Styling Creme: I realize that I’ve already talked about this stuff, but seriously.  It’s the best goo I’ve ever put in my hair.  Just read the reviews and buy it and live without frizz and regret.
Sassy Wine Stoppers: This jingle bell wine stopper is from C. Wonder, but take your pick.  Attached to a bottle of wine, this is the perfect hostess gift that a lush wino gal like me will always appreciate.
Essie Carry On Nail Polish: The perfect deep burgundy nail polish for when you want to be festive, but also a little emo.
Sid Mashburn Oyster Shell Belt Buckle:  I realize that this is a dude’s belt buckle.  But there is nothing stopping me from purchasing it for myself.  This is the perfect gift for the Southern gentle person in your life, be he a man, or a woman (I hope someone out there gets the Anchorman reference there).
Cast Iron Skillets: no explanation really necessary, right?  They cook your food, but better.  Buy them old, buy them new, read my post on cast iron care, and cook like a boss.
Citizen Rocket High Rise Skinny Jeans: The best jeans.  Ever.  Once you go mom jeans, you never go back.  Really – I gave the rest of mine to Goodwill (and my shorter-torso-ed madre).
The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen Cookbook: (<– affiliate link!)  This has been a really fun cookbook not only to read like a novel, but also to cook from.  They adapt a lot of recipes from the famous Charleston Receipts for modern day kitchens, while explaining a lot of the history behind the recipes, too.  Scuppernong Sangria, anyone?
J.Crew Nightshirt: Super comfortable.  Super appropriate, too.  Which comes in handy during all of this Christmas-Holiday-Family-in-town madness.  Too cold?  Add leggings.  Heck, belt it and call it an outfit and a day.
Michael Kors Watch:  I feel like this is THE Pinterest watch of Christmas 2013.  Everybody wants it.  You know you do, too.
Shearling-Lined Bean Boots:  I got these for Christmas a few years ago, and they are crazy comfortable and warm.  You can fold them down to show some fur and be cute, or you can lace these bad boys up and hike some mountains or sludge through some snow.  So very versatile.
Georgia Cutting Board: I pulled this from one of my favorite shops in Thomasville – Firefly.  But they are all over the Etsy-verse too.  You can buy these in any state-shape you’d like.  With a pretty cheese knife or spreader, it would make an awesome gift.  Or for those of you shopping for yourself… just pick your favorite state and we’ll move on.
You would think I was done… but no.  Polyvore wouldn’t let me clip in some of my favorite things from more, ahem, obscure websites.  So in addition to those above, here are some of my other favorites:
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Remember my post on Marc and his amazing cutting boards? Well you guyssssss he got a website!!  So please go check it out.  His cutting boards are TDF and beautiful and wonderful and are one of my very favorite things ever.
UPDATE: Next Wednesday (December 11, 2013) is the last day to order anything from
Southern Restoration Furniture before Christmas.  Just in case anyone is using this as a gift guide. ;)
And not only is my cutting board one of my most favorite things, but so are Marc’s Nunya Beeswax products.  His chapstick is some of the best I’ve ever used, and his hand balm is awesome and perfect for tossing in your purse without worrying about spillage!  He makes them all with beeswax from his own bee hives.  Jack of all trades, he is.
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And the lucky giveaway winner is also going to get two Nunya Beeswax chapsticks and two hand balms!!  Thanks, Marc!
I first discovered GBCC on Instagram, where all good things happen.  Based out of Birmingham, Carmen hand pours all of these candles herself.  They are beautiful, smell amazing, and they are in wine bottles.  Another perfect gift for the lushes in your life who also like their house to smell nice.
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Even better news?  The Green Bottle Candle Company has generously donated a Green Bottle Candle to the giveaway!  So the winner will not only get Rachel’s favorite Capri Blue candle, the winner will also get a Green Bottle Candle in Holiday Pear, too!  Thank you so much, Carmen!
Seriously, y’all, the fabulousness of this giveaway is slaying me.  I’m dead.
And so finally… I’m sure you’re wondering what I’m giving away?  What will the winner get from Oysters & Pearls???
Well, that would be a cast iron skillet, of course.
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The winner will be receiving an antique 6 inch diameter cast iron skillet that was purchased for just such an occasion from the Antique Annex in Bainbridge, Georgia and seasoned by yours truly.  It’s in great shape and ready for cooking!  Oh, and future winner, just don’t forget to check out my post on how to care for cast iron once you get it!
All right.  If you want to win this skillet, the Green Bottle Candle Company Candle, lots of baking goodies, a Capri Blue Volcano candle, and much, much more…
Enter now.  Good luck and Happy Holidays!!

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Until Next Time