4th of July Sangria!

I typically always drink red wine – it seems to be as a person with type 1 diabetes, just about the only thing I can drink that a) I enjoy the flavor and variety, but more importantly b) it has zero impact on my blood sugar. Bonus, it goes well with cooking and Frank πŸ˜‰

This 4th of July we had friends over, played yard games (dubbed the 1st annual Swanson yard game olympics), grilled (read: grazed on food allllllll day) and drank. It was such a fun day!

Because I didn’t want to drink red wine all day – too “heavy” and it was warm and slightly humid, I decided to try and make a more minimal-to-none, diabetes blood sugar spiking version. I’m also not a huge fan of sugary drinks in general, they give me crazy headaches and make me feel puffy and gross (especially the day after). I googled all sorts of recipes and didn’t care for any of them, so I ventured out on my own. The result was a light, refreshing, flavorful sangria that I loved and our guests did as well! Plus I got a new sangria pitcher out of it πŸ™‚


  • 1 bottle merlot
  • 1 bottle raspberry road (Carlos Creek Winery – wine tasted here recently)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup quartered strawberries
  • 2 sliced oranges
  • Club soda

Combine everything above except the club soda into a pitcher and refrigerate for at least 6 hours (overnight would be fine). When ready to enjoy, pour into a sangria pitcher and add 4 (mini) 10 oz bottles of club soda. My family recently wine tasted at Carlos Creek Winery in Minnesota, so I picked up a bottle of their raspberry road for this recipe, but I think any fruitier flavored wine would work. [Disclaimer: I almost added some raw honey, but decided before I did to let the fruit sit in the wine and see how it tasted = result, no honey needed].

Light, refreshing, flavorful and especially on a warm summer day πŸ™‚


Thursday Thoughts

Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.

–Richard Bach

Thursday Thoughts

Everyone suffers at least one bad betrayal in their lifetime. It’s what unites us. The trick is not to let it destroy your trust in others when that happens. Don’t let them take that from you.

–Sherrilyn Kenyon

Thursday Thoughts

I’ve been absent the last week or so-I had an injury to my lower right forearm, which also happens to be my dominant arm. Typing, writing, mousing, have been painful at best, with me walking around with my arm raised in the air so blood doesn’t pool. There was a little cause for concern, when my body was encountering difficulty fighting the visible infection. I actually asked for friends and family to send extra love my way because I needed it! It’s times like these that I realize I am surrounded by awesome individuals that care about me and my well-being, and all I need to do in my time of need, is ask.

Why don’t I ever ask? Why don’t I put myself first? Also, how did I get so lucky as to have all of these people in my life?

Then, there are those individuals that reached out that I haven’t heard from in years to find out what was going on, I shared with them, and then I never heard from them again. This naturally has me thinking. Why don’t I hear from you regularly, or at least every now and then? Why do you only reach out in my (rare) time of need and then disappear again once you find out? Do you actually care? So, my thoughts to you this Thursday as I start this August off blogging again now that typing isn’t too painful, are this: is it you, or is it them?

“When nobody around you seems to measure up, it’s time to check your yardstick.”

–Bill Lemley