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Cool Treats for Summer

I am so punished behind how hot it is outside.  We have been having temps in the high 80’s lately and it’s just a little too much for this former Florida girl to handle.  I choose to cool off with some refreshing treats, of course.

I whipped up a batch of Cherry Limeade I found from Pioneer Woman.  It was good, but add more cherry juice and don’t let your limes just sit in the pitcher of limeade.  It makes it very bitter.  Can you guess how I discovered this?  *pucker*

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Bottoms up Cherry Limeade

From Ree Drummond, Pioneer Woman

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 liters lime-flavored soda water, chilled
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 8 maraschino cherries, with stems
  • 8 lime slices

DIRECTIONS

In a bowl, combine lime juice and sugar. Cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, stir carbonated water into lime juice mixture. For each serving, place 1 tablespoon cherry juice in a glass. Add crushed ice and about 1 cup of lime juice mixture. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a lime slice.

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Is there any snack that says summer more than Guacamole?  I think not.  Fresh and fast, this is an awesome one:

 

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Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe Avocados, medium sized
  • 1 -2 jalapeno, seeded, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium tomato, cored, seeded and diced

directions

Cut avocado in quarters, discard pit and peel. Place in mixing bowl and mash minimally with a potato masher. Add remaining ingredients. Mix just until combined. Serve immediately, or store in fridge with pit in bowl to prevent browning.

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Another treat that I equate with summer is Cream Cheese Olive Spread.  Make ahead and pull out with crackers for a cool creamy treat while you are sitting by the lake watching then sunset with a glass of wine.

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Cream Cheese-Olive Spread

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pimiento-stuffed Spanish olives
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

directions

Stir together cream cheese, Spanish olives, and 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise. Shape cream cheese mixture into 2 (6-inch) logs; wrap in plastic wrap, and chill at least 30 minutes, or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 2 days.

Place pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan.  Bake pecans at 350° for 8 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally. Let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool.

Roll cream cheese log in chopped chives and toasted pecans just before serving.

 

 

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Cooked Custard Eggnog

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So, eggnog isn’t everyone’s bag, baby.  I never experienced this dairy-licious delight until I married a good Midwestern born man.  It’s sweet, creamy…and pretty thick.  If you think that will turn you off, you might wanna move along.

Still here?  Then, enjoy.  We certainly did.

Cooked Custard Eggnog

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 quart milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
  • ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat milk in a large saucepan, don’t boil.
  • Beat eggs and salt in a large bowl; gradually add sugar, mixing well.
  • Gradually stir about 1/4 of hot milk into egg mixture; add to remaining hot milk, stirring constantly.
  • Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until misture thickens and reaches 160 degrees.
  • Stir in 1/4 tsp nutmeg and vanilla.
  • Set saucepan in larger pan of ice for 10 minutes to rapidly cool mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate up to 48 hours.
  • When ready to serve, fold in whipping cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.
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Hot Cocoa Reindeer

The kids always love to do these simple Christmas crafts, and this one was the most fun for my sweetie.  I have to tell you, if you aren’t a crafty person, getting all of these items at once may be a little costly, but my little chick had fun using the leftovers for various craft projects later.

Hot Cocoa Reindeer

You’ll need:

  • Hot Cocoa Mix or make your own: Dad’s Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Disposable Pastry Bags
  • Red pom poms (or black, I guess)
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Brown pipe cleaners

Add enough cocoa in each bag to make 2 cups of cocoa.  Top with marshmallows, chocolate chips and sprinkles.  Seal with pipe cleaners.  Glue on googly eyes and pom pom noses.  Give to your buddies!

I got this idea at Little Wonders’ Days

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Garden Party

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Spring makes me want to get out and have a party!  Here is a party idea that’s sure to please!

You’ll need:  Evite

Menu   Shrimp Salad

Music

  • Garden Party by Ricky Nelson
  • Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
  • The Rose by Better Midler
  • Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  • Chantilly Lace by The Big Bopper
  • Safe in My World by the Mamas and the Papas
  • Top of the World by The Carpenters

Activities

• Plant Swap—Celebrate your garden by asking guests to bring a flower arrangement or potted plant to swap with another guest. Guests can either fight over the foliage or pick names out of a hat to see who gets what.

• Flower Arranging—Ask guests to bring blooms and vases, and invite a floral expert or a friend with very green thumbs to show you different ways of putting them together.

Checklist for the party