Raina and I had crossed paths last year when she was assigned to my blog - in August - and whipped up some hoecakes based on my family's tradition of hoecakes for Presidents' Day. But this was my first time exploring her culinary creations.
Not edible, but I love that she has a recipe for Oobleck on her blog. While you can't ingest oobleck, it is fun, fun, fun; it's a slime that has properties of both liquids and solids. Though I didn't have a chance to make it this month, I have before. The boys love it. Click for Raina's slime recipe: here.
When I was searching for something to cook for the SRC, I was enamoured with every single one of her recipes in her 'alcoholic beverages' tag. I really wanted to whip up a batch of her Rhubarbaritas. But, unlike other people who seem to have a stash of rhubarb in their freezer (green with envy over here!), I cannot keep rhubarb for longer than the season. We eat it all! And our growing season here on California's central coast is brief. I also liked her Orange-Julius, Adult-Style. But the recipe that won out and inspired me this month was her Sangria. I've made sangria before; I made a jug of Cherry-Chardonnay Sangria as liquid courage during our adults only kickball tournament last summer. So, I went with that. I just winterized Raina's creation a little bit, serving it warm and changing the fruits with what was in season...
2 C water
Though you can't see all the yummy fruit in the photo - sorry, I should have used a clear mug! - this was fantastic. And all that boozy fruit at the bottom of the drink was my favorite part. Thanks, Raina, for the inspiration.