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Peach, Strawberry and Baby Plum Sangria

I hope you guys enjoyed all the guest posts last week. I am so grateful to have such good friends willing to offer up their hard work to fill in. That’s really what life is about, isn’t it? Good friends, there for you during the tough times.

One thing about going home to San Antonio in late July that I should have been prepared for, was just how dang hot it is! I haven’t been home in late July since probably 2004, and I think I just plumb forgot the deep, dark heat that wafts its way through the city at that time of year.

As only a foodie will understand, I threw the best darn party/wake/remembrance for my Nanny that you can imagine. It was just like a party she would have thrown when she was alive – full bellies, lots of laughter, music, and because Nan never turned down a good cocktail – drinking.

It really helped to dive into all that hands-on work, and especially so in her kitchen. When you’ve got the ugly green bowl she’s used since before you were born in your hands, full of party dip to be mixed, suddenly things come into perspective.

To quote the poem the pastor read to us at the graveside, “You can remember her and only that she’s gone or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.”

Well guys, that’s what I’m going to do. And Nan would definitely approve of this Sangria. She adored plums in any fashion. A few weeks ago, James and I were at the farmers market, and my favorite farmer says to me, “Would you like my last pint of sugar plums? They’re super sweet,” something inspired me to say yes. I don’t normally gravitate toward plums, though I always enjoy them.

Then started a search for “sugar plum” recipes, which only resulted in cookie recipes. I was so confused! Luckily, I know that crazy smart foodie over at Good.Food.Stories. Casey to the rescue, she asked a few friends, and we realized that they were in fact, baby plums.

During that trip I had also purchased peaches to make Amanda’s Peach Bread, and a pint of organically grown strawberries that were the sweetest I’ve tasted yet outside of Poteet. Of course, ever over enthusiastic, especially when it comes to peaches, I’d bought way more than Amanda’s peach bread called for.

I decided I should use the peaches and plums together. And wouldn’t it be rude not to invite strawberries to the party?

The wonderful thing about Sangria is you can add any sort of fruit you’d like to it, especially white wine sangria. We also added limes, a little ginger beer, and a bit of Pimm’s to liven things up. If you can’t find Pimm’s, it can be left out.

Please excuse the butter and spare corn in this shot! Post barbecue, I was full of good food and good sangria, and for some reason, thought it was arty!

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Elizabeth Ennis

Monday 29th of August 2011

This was my first experience with Pimms. At the liquor store everyone was quite surprised to hear I was making sangria with Pimms but to my benefit this was an amazing recipe! I added apples and soaked the fruit over night! Scrumptious on a hot nashville day!


Friday 29th of July 2011

Yes! I guess all Nanny's approve of cocktail hour! I approve of the arty shot. It's not just a pretty picture, but a memory, and those are the best pics of all!

So here's to Nanny's and smiling at the good times. For always loving the ladies who would buy the eight-hundred dollar dishwasher, because it's "said to be able to wash a car if it could" only to wash every dish before putting it in there!

Gorgeous sangria, my friend! Off to SA this weekend. I'll be thinking of you! Tell us where to EAT!


Thursday 28th of July 2011

looks utterly delicious...yummm first time ur space.. very interesting recipe collection ...with excellent clicks.. Am your happy subscriber now..:) do stop by mine sometime.. Tasty Appetite


Thursday 28th of July 2011

Thanks, Jay! I will!

Melissa @ Baking For The Boys

Wednesday 27th of July 2011

Isn't wonderful to have food memories. As I was shucking corn yesterday I thought back to my late grandfather's farm and eating corn straight off the cob during harvest. It was so sweet and delicious.

Its nice to have those tiny flashes of the past to relive those special moments with the ones no longer with us.

Here's to you and your Nan.


Thursday 28th of July 2011

I love that story, Melissa. Thank you so much.


Wednesday 27th of July 2011

Think I will make this for our party at the weekend, this looks delish.


Thursday 28th of July 2011

That's so kind, Michelle! Let me know how everyone likes it.