We are a few weeks into Spring, and Winter is just leaving us. For some reason, I can’t pry Winter’s icy cold fingers from my psyche. But we enjoyed a few sunny, but chilly days this weekend–perfect spring cleaning weather. I laced up my cleaning shoes and got to work.
I started on the car first. I don’t think it’s been cleaned since last summer, because the amount of sand I dislodged from the front seat could have built a sizable sand castle.
Next up was my closet. I say “my” closet, but really, I share it with Mr. Rache. It’s not very big, so I keep my summer and spring things in two other closets–that’s THREE closets in total. I thought this amount of clothing was out of hand, so I bagged up the items I haven’t worn in over a year to donate to one of our local clothing banks. Twelve bags later, my closet was pristine. Yes, twelve bags. I was ashamed and proud at the same time.
The next item on my spring cleaning agenda was the garage. With a firm resolve I opened the door, gazed inside, lost my resolve and slammed the door shut.
Instead, I went through my piles and piles of books. Some of them reside neatly on the living room bookshelf, while others are mounded on my night stand, and even more are placed haphazardly on the floor of my office. Because I’ve recently discovered 2nd and Charles, a used bookstore that takes my old books and gives me credit toward new books, I knew I needed to purge, lest I be overrun.
Sorting books is exhausting work. So is spring cleaning. That’s why I treated myself to some Strawberry Wine Granita. I can’t wait to make this with fresh strawberries, which should make an appearance in my neck of the woods soon.
Strawberry Wine Granita
2 1/4 cups strawberry wine (I used the rest of a local bottle the lovely Misty from Misty’s Laws gifted me. Thanks, Misty!)
2 tablespoons sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 lemon
Chill a 9 x 13 pan for while you get the ingredients together. Mix all ingredients together in the pan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Chill overnight, covered.
This is the lazy way. If you want to do it the non-lazy way, you can fluff the mixture with a fork every 30 to 60 minutes.
This method will give you a fluffier granita with smaller ice crystals. I just let mine go overnight and enjoyed the end result just as much.