Archive for Beverages
September 26th, 2013
Nothing is better to me on a cold windy day than a warm cup of apple cider. This slow cooker Apple Cider is great for get-togethers where people may be coming and going. It will stay warm in the slow cooker and as an extra bonus it keeps your stove top free for any other tasty treats you may be making. If serving a large crowd you may need to double or even triple the recipe.
Slow Cooker Apple Cider
2 quarts apple cider or apple juice
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp whole allspice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 orange, sliced
Add the apple cider and brown sugar to crockpot and stir until sugar dissolves. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice. Place the orange slices on top. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Spoon out spices before serving.
August 21st, 2013
One of the great blessings of summer is time to slow down, relax and enjoy each day a little fuller. So here we are at the end of August- school has probably started and will start soon. Before these warm summer days completely fade away, here’s a delicious smoothie with the classic taste of pineapple and coconut. It’s a simple and easy way to celebrate and savor the beauty of summer!
Pina Colada Smoothie
1/2 cup vanilla low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup ice
Place in blender in order listed. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
August 16th, 2013
If you remember, not too long ago I had the opportunity to host a Barbecue with some friends and family. You may also remember I said that the food was a delicious big hit, however there was another star of the evening and that would be a Flavored Lemonade Bar. You may have noticed it in the background of one of the pictures. I have been dying to share this fun idea with you!! I know we often think of lemonade as a summer drink, but I promise you could serve this year round at baby showers, family parties, Bunco night; I think you get the idea. No matter when you serve this people are going to LOVE it.
Of course, you are going to want an amazing statement in your drinkware and aren’t these mason jar lids just adorable. Mason jars are so fun to drink out of for some unknown reason. I have found these lids all over Etsy, so be sure to take a look there for them. Just add some fun paper straws and you have a party going on already.
Putting together your own Flavored Lemonade Bar really is quite simple. To flavor the lemonade all you need is a few Torani Syrups. There are so many options; these are just a few of the ones that I have on hand. It is really fun to try different flavors or even mixing a couple together (I am really into raspberry and peach together). Be sure to clean your bathrooms though, because with this much lemonade tasting going on people are going to be frequenting the restroom.
Find a spot, line up your flavors, your cute little mason jars, and a lot of lemonade. Use your favorite lemonade, it doesn’t need to be a fancy homemade variety, because we are going to flavor it up anyway. To be honest I used a mix, and you couldn’t even tell after you add the syrups to it. Float a few lemons and some ice in there and you have it.
Of course, if you want to get really crazy you can have fresh fruit to match your flavors to throw in your guest drinks. Lemons are always a good idea, and then depending on the flavors you are offering just go with that.
July 22nd, 2013
Happy Monday and congratulations to the winner of our Ice Cream Giveaway: #254 Ann H. who wants to try the Peanut Butter Klondike Bars! What a great celebration of National Ice Cream Day!! Thanks to Unilever Ice Cream Brands for the yummy giveaway.
For those of you who didn’t win, here’s a fresh summer ice cream treat to love! This Blueberry Fruit Cobbler Float is a cool, refreshing blend of two summer favorites – ice cream floats and berry cobbler. Just layer berries and ice cream, pour on a sparkling soda, and top it off with a crushed sugar cookie. Now sit back, put your feet up, relax, and enjoy! You’ll love the fresh summer taste. Try it with Peaches or Blackberries also!
Blueberry Fruit Cobbler Float
Vanilla ice cream
Blueberry flavored soda (such as Izze Sparkling Blueberry)
1 sugar cookie, crushed (about 1 Tablespoon)
In your serving glass, alternately layer ice cream and blueberries. Pour blueberry soda into the glass until it reaches the top and the ice cream is floating. Top with the crushed sugar cookie and a dash of cinnamon.
adapted slightly from Better Recipes
July 9th, 2013
It is good to be back. I spent the last week out of town visiting with my husband’s family. We had a great time, but it’s always great to return home. We are trying to get back on schedule after vacation and getting through our laundry. It is always lame to come home and have suitcases full of dirty laundry. Oh well, what can you do.
How about sitting out on the front porch with a glass of this Sparkling Peach Lemonade. That is where you could have found me last night. I love sitting outside with my family relaxing on a cool evening.
Sparkling Peach Lemonade
1 1/4 cups peach puree (about 4 large, fresh peaches)
1 1/3 cups lemon juice
3/4 to 1 cup sugar, or to taste
1 cup sparkling water or club soda
To make peach puree, first peel peaches and then cut flesh from peaches close to pit. Add peach pieces to blender and puree until smooth. Using blender, stir in the lemon juice and sugar. Pour puree into a pitcher and slowly add the sparkling water, stir to combine. Pour into glasses filled with ice. Makes six 8 ounce servings.
*Recipe from Peach Cookbook by Mimi Brodeur