Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!
I would like to proudly announce that Emily from The Bookshelf of Emily J. is the winner of the first Wonderland Giveaway with her family vacation tale of a car sick sister who just couldn’t keep it in anymore. Congratulations, Emily! If you could please message me your address, I will get your prize pack mailed out to you this week.
Now, since there was only one contestant (the odds were ever in your favor, Em!), there was only one winner which means that I still have another prize pack to give out. I will be holding another giveaway shortly so please, stay tuned.
But for now, on to July’s Wonderland Registry!
For the Experience:
There’s just something about a county fair that brings back fond memories of cotton candy, Tilt-a-Whirls, and stuffed animal prizes. Tomorrow is the first day of my county’s annual fair and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I love everything there is to love about fairs: the exhibits, the rides, the concerts, the pig races, but most of all, the food.
My family and I like to make one trip each year and eat our way through the annual event. We fast all day long and then go hog-wild (Get it? Hog-wild at a county fair? *slaps knee*) in anticipation of corn dogs, funnel cakes, and fudge. It seems like every year there is a competition among the fair circles to see who can produce the most unhealthy food imaginable. And it’s usually deep-fried. Last year, the big hit was deep-fried Kool-Aid and deep-fried butter. I didn’t try either and I’m sure my arteries are quite thankful of that. However, the Butter Beer (inspired by the Harry Potter series) was delicious! This year I hear the inspired food is deep-fried cereal. Not too sure how I feel about that one.
For the Lazy Weekend:
Binge viewing has been making headlines lately for the way it is changing how we watch television. Instead of waiting for a favorite television show to air at its regularly scheduled time, more and more people are utilizing internet-streaming, Netflix, and Wi-Fi Blu-Ray players to watch every episode of a series one right after the other until the series is complete. This is no news to me as I have been practicing this since college. I am the type of person who needs background noise in the house. I’m not necessarily vegging on the couch with glassy eyes watching episode after episode, but something is usually on while I clean the kitchen, fold laundry, write blog posts, etc. Right now, I’m in the middle of my annual Sex and the City marathon. I’ve seen the show so many times that I don’t have to pay attention to it anymore, but it still comforts me like seeing an old friend after months apart.
For the Taste Buds:
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love sangria. It’s the perfect drink to remind you of the fruit punch you had as a kid, but with the “kick” you enjoy as an adult. I found a great bar in Los Angeles—though I can’t remember the name of it—that served a sangria that rivaled the one I once had in Barcelona. But you can whip this up at home! Here’s a recipe for the perfect summer-y adult punch:
Summertime Pineapple Sangria (modified from this recipe)
- Bottle of red wine
- 1 cup of orange juice (I like Pineapple Orange)
- 1 cup of pineapple juice
- 1 cup of fresh berries
- 1 cup of diced pineapple
- 1 lime, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds
- 3 cups club soda (lemon-lime soda if you like it sweeter)
- Spoonful of sugar to taste (optional)
Combine all ingredients except soda in a pitcher. Chill for 24 hours to let the flavors soak together. Add soda before serving.
For Time in the Sun:
There’s something about the summer that makes you want to dive into a juicy page-turner. Whether on a beach towel, by the pool, or in a hammock, beach reads are the perfect escape from the hectic life that no longer goes on summer vacation for three months. These are the stories that you can devour in a few sittings and make you feel good. Definitely not something that college professors would ever ask you about.
Check out some of my favorite beach reads and please share some of yours.
- Anything by comedian Chelsea Handler — the first author who has ever made me burst out laughing
- Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto — a unique story of love, travel, and mystery
- Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner — great chick lit with a heroine worth admiring
- The Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown (Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol) — suspense and history rolled into one
- Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman — the ultimate collection of pop culture essays
- Young adult series: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson and the Olympians (you can skip Twilight)
Grab your sangria, your book, and your funnel cake and enjoy these last few weeks of summer.
They’ll be gone before we know it.