Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bark Painting Placemats and The Best Sangria EVER

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  I just wanted to share our most favorite sangria recipe (and craft) because there is still time to stop at the liquor store on your way home from work! This evening, sit your kids down to design your tablescape while you have a drink!!  Talia and Lola worked on their placemats after nap today but Riley's bark paper is ready to be painted (and my sangria is ready to drink)!

Sangria (Recipe from Spain of Narragansett)
1/2 cup brandi
1/2 cup triple sec
1 bottle red or white wine (they use Fortissimo but if I can't find it I use my favorite wines:  Las Perdices Sauvignon Blanc (white) or Rook ~Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot blend (red)
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup Peachtree
splash of sprite

 Combine all ingredients in a pitcher, stir and refrigerate!  Yum!

"Bark Painting" Placemats
We used paper bags to imitate a Mexican papel amate (bark paper) painting. Traditionally, bark paper is made by boiling bark and pounding it flat. You can easily substitute a brown paper bag to mimic the look of pressed bark!  Here is how we made out placemats...

a rectangular section of a brown paper bag
paint brushes
(we used fruit for stamping)

1.  Wet the brown paper bag with water and ring out the excess water.
2.  Carefully unfold the paper and press it with a warm iron on a flat surface to dry it.
3.  Paint away!!!

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