blackberry sangria

Ok we here at Garage-Girls are on a new kick, Sangria…… yummmmmm…  and when a friend hooked us up with this recipe, well we thought it would be just too damn rude not to share! Enjoy!
• 4  cups  fresh blackberries
• 3/4  cup  sugar
• 1 1/2  cups  water
• 2  750-ml. bottles  rosé wine
• 1  cup  cognac
• 1/4  cup  lemon or lime juice
• 3  cups  sliced peaches and/or plums
•    Fresh basil sprigs (optional)
1. For the syrup, in a medium saucepan* combine 2 cups of the berries, the sugar, water, and a dash of salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Strain through a colander, pressing gently without crushing the fruit; discard berries. Cool syrup.
2. For sangria, in a gallon jar or pitcher combine the blackberry syrup, rosé wine, cognac, lemon juice, fruit, and a few sprigs of basil, if desired. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours.
3. Serve with ice, additional fruit, and basil. Makes 13 cups (26, four-oz. servings).
4. *Test Kitchen Tip: Use a nonreactive saucepan, such as Teflon-lined, enamel, stainless steel, or silver. The acid in the berries may react with metal.


I am a spayed orange tabby, and rather good looking if I do say so myself. Perhaps that sounds a bit arrogant, but I figure there’s nothing wrong with having pride in one’s appearance. Besides, I have a marvelous ringed tail! At a year and a half I am mature enough to know the rules, but there is still a lot of kitten in me.
My buddy Merry and I were brought to Animal Friends because we were being neglected in our former home. I am certainly looking forward to getting lots of attention in my new home.
I really like to play! I am perfectly capable of amusing myself, but I love to have my person(s) interact with me using a cat toy. I love pouncing on a toy mouse (hopefully my new home won’t have any live ones) or running into an empty paper bag and pretending it is my lair in the wilderness! Come visit me at Animal Friends!


Phil is a friendly and sociable cat who is described by his former owner as being very affectionate. He shared his former home with children and got along with them very well.
Phil is a very handsome longhaired cat. To keep his coat looking great, he will need regular brushing to allow him to look his best. He loves being brushed and would appreciate finding an owner who will admire his appearance.
Animal Friend’s medical staff found that Phil is FIV-positive and will need to be adopted into a home where he can be the only cat, but please don’t let this stop you from talking to an adoption counselor to find out if Phil could be the cat for you. Come on over to Animal Friends and meet this cute guy!

Know Your Limits.. Speeding Gets You Nowhere Fast.

Know Your Limits.. Speeding Gets You Nowhere Fast.

This is am important, critical reminder in honor of a talented young man by  the name of Austin Guerra. At about 8:30 pm on August 8th 2010 Austin Guerra was involved in a car accident. He suffered two broken femurs and major head trauma. To those who know him, he is like family, and to those who don’t, he is a one of a kind person.

Austin’s family and friends have been so supportive of Austin, who is still in the hospital today receiving treatment for his life threatening injuries.  That amazing group of people gathered together to find something positive out of all of this, a message that can so easily be ignored.   SPEEDING…….

These young kids worked together to pull off a vigil car cruise for Austin and at the same time carry that important message. So Please take a look at the video, see how many lives Austin has touched and remember, Know Your Limits.. Speeding Gets You Nowhere Fast. As we are all enthusiasts of  the toys in our Garage, weather it be go-karts, cars, motorcycles or ATV’s, remember to think twice before acting reckless.

A special note to Austin; You are a very loved young man, you have so many friends and family praying for you, stay strong and all of us here at Garage-Girls will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers!

Bag Lady Sue takes on New York City

If your not familiar with Bag Lady Sue here is your chance to catch the outrageous comedienne in New York City.  Suzanne Austin will entertain you with a show you will not forget. Suzanne’s comedy is geared toward “Adult” or as they say “Mature” audiences. She has a hair trigger mind and a caustic wit that will destroy any preconceived notion of what a female comedian should be talking about.
Suzanne created a character named “Baglady Sue” who combines the physicality of Lucille Ball and Red Skelton with the finest traditions of Burlesque and Vaudeville.  She is liberated, uninhibited, gutsy and up for interacting with you, whether you can take it or not. Don’t miss your chance to see her live Wed. Sept 15th and Friday sept. 17th at the Comic Strip Live at Gladys Comedy Room also Thursday Sept 15th at the Comic Strip Live at 318 W. 53rd St. New York City.  for more info visit or catch her on facebook at Bag Lady Sue

Indian Larry Commemorative Issue

Have you been wanting to find a copy of the Indian Larry issue of Cycle Source Magazine?  Well you can grab a copy and support a true Pioneer of Cycling, English Don, who is in need of a liver transplant at the moment. Chris from Cycle Source has offered these copies to Don to try to raise some funds to get back to the states to get a second opinion on his liver transplant.
The Indian Larry commemorative issue that Don helped put together with Chris Callen from Cycle Source is the closest representation of Larry’s story and the classiest. It has great pictures, prose and is the only publication that has pictures of Don with Larry from back in the day.
This copy was a limited edition for Jan 2010 and has been selling  on e-bay for $30 to $50.
Don hails from London England. He grew up in the time of ‘Mods and Rockers’ and identifies with the ‘Greaser’ bike clubs of the ’60’s and ’70’s. With over 35 years experience in the motorcycle world he has retained a great knowledge of the culture. He co-founded New York Citys 2 legendary chopper shops ‘Psycho Cycles and SD Cycles along with the ‘Bayonet Brothers’ along with chop God , Indian Larry. Don is well known for his ‘Digger Swing-arm’ bikes, the most famous of these being ‘Babylon Taxi’ a 1981 4 speed Shovel-head. This and many of his wild creations have been widely used in TV, film and magazines. Don himself has appeared in numerous books, commercials, videos and documentaries. He is also an accomplished musician, lyricist and stage performer.  To get your copy and support a fellow enthusiast please contact English Don on Face Book at!/profile.php?id=1805732303&v=wall just send him a message!