Tuesday, August 2, 2011

used to be one of the rotten ones

On Saturday, some of my friends from work and I had a potluck barbecue at Karlee's beautiful house. Her dad likes to garden and he did a great job! So, once I got off work I stopped by the store to get things to make lumpiang shanghai (a skinny Filipino eggroll made with ground pork and carrots), and summer sangria (my own recipe below), which is sort of my specialty, even though I've only made it twice but it always comes out magnificent if I do say so myself! We had a lot of fun making all of the things in the kitchen together.

Here's a video of us as I man the grill making burgers and hot dogs and everyone else sets the table for a homemade feast of Filipino lumpia, vegetarian Vietnamese spring rolls made with tofu, deviled eggs, chips, dip, salsa, bean salad, sangria and cherry Coke. Set to a beautiful song, "Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl" by Broken Social Scene. (I was commissioned to put my iPod on shuffle.)

Accidental outfit coordination, part 1

Woodland fairies.

Karlee had never bbq'd before so I showed her the ropes.

Accidental outfit coordination, part 2.

Nature's table! Our thighs were burning from squatting :)

Apples to Apples by lamplight!

Summer Sangria
1 small jug of Carlo Rossi sangria (you can use 2 bottles of red wine if you like it stronger, but for summer I like it less wine-y)
2 large oranges
2 lemons
2 limes
3/4 cup strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup chilled ginger ale
double (or triple) shot of cherry rum

Pour sangria/wine into large pitcher. Cut one orange in half and squeeze the juice from the half. Cut the rest of the orange into circle slices. Do the same with the lemons and limes. Add sliced strawberries, sugar, and rum (I threw in a few blueberries too). Put in fridge for at least two hours to let the flavors marinate :). The chilled ginger ale should be added right before serving so it's still fizzy.
(If you don't like red wine, use white wine, still use oranges/lemons/limes, but try different fruit additionally, like peaches, apples, grape juice. Fruit selection is really up to you!)

Cleaning up to "Absolutely Cuckoo" by the Magnetic Fields

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  1. What a lovely BBQ <3 Wish I was there! Sadly, not a bunch of my friends are into get together's like this :( but I still love them! lol

  2. Also, all this talk about lumpia is making me hungry haha!

  3. That's the first time ever I see sangrĂ­a with lime :D . I do it with orange, lemon and peach. And you forgot the most important ingredient: lots of sugar, to give it that sweet flavour!



  4. wow I would kill to have a garden picnic just like this! You girls look so perfect and ethereal.
    I just ADORE this!

    Definitely following you!:)

  5. I love your outfits, especially yours!! you girls are adorable.

  6. you're right! i only put half a cup of sugar though :) edited. thanks!

  7. What fun pictures! You all look great!


  8. thanks so much lovely for following my blog! :) i'm now following yours as well. and you all are so chic, i love all the photos, super cute!! and aw, i love Dylana too! :) keep inspiring lovely, lovin your blog..am off to check out your closet sale ;).

    <3, Kathleen.

  9. 2 of my face things in 1 post - gardens & sangria!
    Looks like fun day :)

  10. Nice photos - looks a lot of fun. (Just found your blog - it's great!) :)

  11. Looks like a great day full of friends, food and laughs :)

    -Laura x

  12. Looks like a lovely day! these are the sorts of BBQs that i always plan in my head and never happen; full of gorgeous weather, cute outfits, good music. Alas. xXx



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