Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday: How We Made It Through

I don't know what possessed me.  I had the carpet cleaners come Wednesday evening.  We went to my in-laws Thursday for lunch.  And when we got home in the late afternoon, I decided to sell my car on craigslist.  Not quite realizing that it might conflict with the dinner for 10 I'd planned on Friday.

Stand back, please!
So in between simmering and stirring, sweeping and dusting, moving furniture, chopping onions and setting tables, I reached out for a bit of good old-fashioned spirits, in the form of sangria.  It was a cold, windy, blustery day, but a batch of sangria always makes it feel like summer.  Here's the recipe:

60 ml (2 ounces) brandy
.5  liter (or about 2 cups) Triple Sec
1 liter (34 ounces) Tom Collins mix
1-1.5 liters red wine (1-2 bottles)
1 orange, thinly sliced
2 apples, cored and thinly sliced

Combine and pour over ice in pitchers.  Apply as needed to stressful day.  As for craigslist, you're on your own!


  1. What a great way to toast any Black Friday.I do not drink hardly ever and that sounds like it would put me back on my butt, lots of alcohol.:grin:

  2. Occasionally I have a glass of wine or vodka but that looks most tempting! Your guests must've loved it!