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Strawberry Sangria and Quick Garlic-Spinach Pasta

The munchkin is getting a set of molars and to say things have been crazy around here is an understatement. He pretty much hates the universe this week.

So after I convinced him to help me plant seeds this morning…

And after he decided it was much more fun to throw dirt in the air (before piling it on his dog)…

I crossed my fingers and rocked him til he finally fell asleep.

Then I made a Strawberry Sangria.

Do I have to tell you how much this hit the spot? And perhaps even better than the drink itself is the fact that there are wine soaked strawberries to spoon out of your cup when you’re done. Ahhhh… so nice.

Yes, I did stop eating the strawberries in order to take a picture. Never doubt my affection for you.

I also made myself a bowl of garlic-spinach spaghetti. Everyone needs a quick, simple dish like this. It takes about 10 minutes to put together and need I mention how well it goes with sangria?

I’m not sure how much longer the munchkin will nap today, but I’m feeling ready. Maybe we’ll even tackle another round of gardening! After all, as my friend Naomi said this morning: “Gardening takes a lot of patience and hope. Kind of like parenting.”

Here’s hoping my son is in a good mood when he wakes up. :)

Strawberry Sangria
Serves: 1
  • 8 large strawberries
  • Sprite
  • Red wine
  • Ice
  1. Trim and dice the strawberries. Add half of the diced strawberries to a large glass. Mash the other half of the strawberries and add them to the glass. Make sure you get all the strawberry juice in your glass!
  2. Fill the glass halfway with Sprite. Fill the remainder of the glass with red wine. (Use a good wine since it will greatly affect how good your sangria tastes.)
  3. Stir, add ice and enjoy.
Quick Garlic-Spinach Pasta
Serves: 1
  • ⅓ box of pasta (I prefer spaghetti or fettuccine)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Red pepper flakes (just a pinch)
  • 1½ cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook ⅓ of the pasta in a box according to package instructions.
  2. In a medium-sized pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil and cook the garlic 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the spinach, red pepper flakes and salt/pepper to taste. Cook until the spinach has wilted.
  3. Add cooked pasta to the pan and toss with the spinach mixture. Add 3 tablespoons of Parmesan and cook 1 more minute, stirring constantly, just until the cheese has melted. Toss, then serve with an additional tablespoon of Parmesan, if desired.


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