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Red, Blue and White Sangria

I’m SUPER late on posting this, but since sangria is good anytime I thought it’s better late than never!

This year I volunteered to organize and host our family’s Independence Day party. Like most good party planners these days, I hopped on Pinterest and found the most amazing recipe for white sangria which can be found here.

The prep was fairly simple although I was a little nervous about two things: making the simple syrup and cutting up the pineapple.

Turns out that simple syrup lives up to its name! It’s very simple and quick too! Just heat up equal parts water and sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved! I know, not a big breakthrough but it was pretty cool to me.

Next was dealing with the pineapple. I wanted to cut little star shapes so buying pre-cut pineapple slices would have never worked. SO I had to buy a whole one. I was a bit of an overachiever so I also decided that I would try to propagate a pineapple plant too! I’m not sure it’s working but it was really fun to try. Basically you hack off the green part and put it in water!

Then I just hacked at the outside until I got to the yummy soft parts. I had a very sharp and fairly large knife so it was easy to cut up. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the best job ever but I’m real proud of it.

Afterward I used a small star-shaped cookie cutter I found at Hobby Lobby and punched out little stars. The strawberries were next to be sliced and the prep work was done!

Also while I was at Hobby Lobby I picked up a fun jar to hold my sangria. I clearly have zero concept on how much of something will fit in a container so to compensate I quadrupled the recipe. For most parties ONE recipe is enough. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that today there is STILL a ton of sangria in my fridge. I really need to find more people who will drink more…ANYway here’s the final result! It was delicious and I highly recommend it!


Nikki’s Café

If you are ever in theBeloit,WI area and looking for a place to eat, I have to recommend Nikki’s Café. It’s this small café right on the river which has a variety of yummy sandwiches, bakery items, coffee, tea and everything else you expect at an eating establishment which has “café” in the name. It has free WiFi, comfortable chairs and a sunroom if you want to feel like you’re eating outside and a patio if you feel like actually eating outside.

The café is named for the owners cat Nikki who is featured prominently in a large photograph behind the counter. Not sure if the guy working there was the owner or just an employee, but he was really laid back and an awesome waiter.

The only drawback is that if you’re in a hurry, you might want to choose somewhere else. There weren’t many customers and it took a little longer than expected to get served. Personally I’m okay with that because none of the food was premade and I really appreciate that. The lemonade was even made the moment I ordered it. He even asked me to test-taste it for my sweetness preference.

You’ll also find in this little café several quirky art pieces for sale made by local artists and mugs with the Nikki’s Café logo on them. The art seems fairly priced and the mugs cost the same as you could find anywhere and included is free coffee to fill your mug. Usually I get cream and sugar in my coffee but both me and the barista forgot to ask so I got their house blend with nothing in it and let me tell you, it was yummy!