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Iced Coffee…with Teeth

Whew.  It was a serious scorcher today.

It’s been 90-95 degrees inside our apartment all day, which is actually a relief when you compare it to the heat index of 107 degrees outside.  Thank goodness for air conditioners, even when they can hardly keep up.

Needless to say, Fritz and I have both been studying our hineys off today, and I decided to make him a midday treat as a little pick-me-up with a simultaneous cool-me-down.

You know he’s been studying a minimum of four hours every day for the past two months for his dental Board exams, right?  He has to pass the Boards part 1 to be able to take the Boards part 2 in order to become a full-blown dentist.  It’s also a good idea to do really well on part 1 if you want to specialize, which Fritz does.  It’s quite a bit of pressure to handle when all you want to do is relax and have a summer break.

Iced coffee, it is. 

But not just any ice coffee.  Iced coffee with teeth in it.

Fritz’s parents gave him teeth ice-cube molds as a gag gift a while ago, and I unearthed them and secretly froze milk in them.  Milk, because it’s white and looks like teeth…ya know?  I stuck them in a freezer baggie and bode my time until the perfect moment.

For the iced coffee, I just double-brewed the coffee (double the amount of coffee with the same amount of water that you’d usually use for one cup), poured it over lots of ice, a little milk, and a teensy bit of sugar (we usually drink our coffee and tea without sugar, but we needed it today).

Then the teeth.

I put one icy set of choppers in each drink, and they floated perfectly on the top as they began to melt.

Fritz totally cracked up when he saw it–mission accomplished!

So many other amusing beverages can be made in the future.  We also have molds for dinosaur bones and hearts, so I see a lot of potential here.

And once my finals are over (or hey, maybe tomorrow)–hello, mixed drinks!

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White Summery Sangria

Happy Memorial Day!  It’s also my two-year anniversary with Fritz, and his sister Eber’s birthday.  A giant day of celebration all around.  Even though we are hundreds of miles apart, Fritz still managed to be his adorable self and texted me a picture of pancakes that he made “for me”, but sadly, had to eat alone.  Is that cute or what?

We are also celebrating around these parts by having a backyard summer BBQ–I made my standard summer picnic pasta salad which my family has never had before!  Weird, because I’ve been making it for years–just never made it around here, I guess.  Dad went fishing and brought home some lovely rainbow and brown trout this morning, and I made a tarragon/lemon/garlic mayonnaise to grill it with–you’ll see that tomorrow.  Most importantly, Mom and I decided to make a summery white sangria to celebrate.

It started off being red (cherry, strawberries), white (wine), and blue (blueberries) for Memorial Day, but we wanted to add some citrus, too, so now it’s just a gorgeous rainbow.  You can admire mine, or there’s still time to run to the grocery store and get the stuff to make your own.  Up to you!

White Summery Sangria

  • 1 bottle dry white wine (chardonnay, pinot grigio, etc)
  • 1-2 C of orange juice
  • 1/2 L of club soda (or one or two cans)
  • 2 T sugar (adjust to taste–it all depends on how sweet you like your drinks!)
  • Fruit–whatever you like!  We used 2 lemons, 1 lime, 1 C blueberries, 10-12 big strawberries, and a handful of cherries

Wash and slice the fruit, layering and arranging them in a large pitcher (we actually used a small 1-L pitcher for the table, and a large plastic one for “refills” later). 

Pour the orange juice and wine over the fruit and gently stir.  Add sugar according to taste. 

Chill the sangria in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.  Right before, pour the club soda over the top, give it a mix, and enjoy.  All these pictures are pre-club soda, since we haven’t had dinner yet!

It is so refreshing, light, and delicious.

A perfect summer drink that also makes a beautiful centerpiece for a nice dinner–you can arrange leftover limes and lemons on the table for gorgeous look, too.  We’ll be slicing lemon to be served with the fish, and it’ll look great next to the sangria.

I also like the white sangria better than the traditional red–it just feels lighter and brighter.  It reminds me a bit of Fritz’s favorite summer drink, a gin and tonic (or a G&T, if you’re in the know).

We also celebrated Memorial Day by going to my hometown’s parade this morning, and we ran into some friends there.

Hi Sarah, Josh, and Cora!

I love this parade because it goes by literally in a flash–small town, small parade.  I used to march proudly in this parade with my girl scout troop–go Brownies!

Hope you have a beautiful Memorial day, and happy anniversary to the best husband, student, dentist, brother, son, friend, cat owner, and all-around good guy I have ever known:

And of course, happy birthday to Eber:

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