April 11, 2014

since I last blogged...

I can't believe how long I've been M.I.A. on the blog lately. This last semester of school has just been so crazy. But, since I last blogged...

++ I've started applying for big girl jobs (growing up is exhausting).
++ The weather has finally gotten nicer in Wisconsin and I actually got to go to the beach for the first time of the year this week with Ryan.
++ I have done copious amounts of homework. Seriously, it's grotesque how much homework I've done.
++ I started planning my Nashville trip for early June.
++ I found out I will be going to New York City the week after Nashville (thanks to my mom and aunt!).
++ Oh, and only 37 days until graduation!

January 27, 2014

mix tape .003

001. Finally Begin by Cold War Kids
002. I Can Feel a Hot One by Manchester Orchestra
003. The Girl by City and Colour
004. Say Something by A Great Big World
005. Waiting for Superman by Daughtry
006. Let It Be Me by Ray LaMontagne
007. Live Forever by Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
008. Sun Hands by Local Natives
009. Sunshine by Matt Costa
010. Give A Little Love by Noah and the Whale
011. Better People by Xavier Rudd

January 23, 2014

homemade sangria recipe

Welcome to my first ever recipe on the blog! I know you might be thinking, "Really, Katelyn? Sangria in the middle of this frigid cold Midwestern winter?" But honestly, yes! I was visiting my best friend, Becky, in Whitewater recently and we decided to make sangria on a whim. We found a basic recipe and toyed with it a little bit and this is what we came up with. It turned out fantastic and would be perfect for a girls' night in, serving at a dinner party, or even for this summer at BBQ's and other outdoor parties.


1 750-mL bottle of red wine
3/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup brandy
1 apple, chopped with peel on
1/2 lime, chopped with peel on
1 lemon, chopped with peel on
1 cup club soda


For the red wine, we used Barefoot Red Moscato. We wanted a really fruity sangria and this wine has hints of red cherry, raspberry, and citrus to add to the overall flavor. Also, a bottle was only $8! As for the brandy, we honestly just used the cheapest brandy we could find. While the brandy definitely adds to the flavor and body of the sangria, it's not a very potent taste in the recipe.


Combine the wine, brandy, and orange juice in a pitcher along with the chopped fruit. Let it sit in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours. (If you need the sangria sooner, we tried squeezing half of the lemon and orange into the mix and letting the other half soak for about 1.5 hours and it tasted the same.) After the fruit has soaked in the mix, add the club soda and serve over ice. Serves about 5-6.