We are camp hosting at Millerton Lake for the Summer and it's so hot I saw two trees fightin' over a dog. It's 112 degrees outside and humid as well. This is my go to summer mix to keep everyone cool. It's a few simple things to keep on hand and mix whatever you like. Here's the basics you need and the recipe for this yummy blend pictured above.
1 Cup of Sugar
1 Cup of Water
* Bring this mixture to a boil and shut it off as soon as it does start to boil. Let it cool and keep it in a jar in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Strawberry Lime and Basil Refresher
16 Ounce Glass
2 Sliced Strawberries
3 Fresh Basil Leaves Torn (releases flavor)
3 Lime Slices
1/4 Cup of Simple Syrup
Club Soda to Finish Filling The Glass
In the glass place the strawberries, lime slices, basil and simple syrup. Use a spoon and mash it around a bit in the glass. Fill the remaining space in the glass with ice and pour club soda over the top. Give it a stir and serve. I guarantee you will make bunches of these. You can make it with any combination of fruit and herbs. Get creative and share a few Mason Jars full of these with friends. My loved ones always smile when they see me bringing them one.
These Dessert Cups are fantastic! The granola is homemade (don't run away, it's easy) and the combination of the peaches, whipped cream and the added pie crust topper seal the deal for greatness. I make dozens of different dessert cups but this one is a favorite. Let me know what you think.
What is a crostata you ask? It's nothing fancy, just a pie without a pan and it's delicious! I make these when I have extra fruit around or vegetables with a little change to a couple of ingredients in the dough. You can make several batches of the dough and freeze them. This makes it easy to whip one up any time you want. I'll add a picture below of a little variation using a jar rather than the traditional way.
This is a very simple recipe that my mom Carla used to make for our family growing up and so did many other moms. We would just stand over the kitchen waiting for it to be done only to be told every time that it had to cool off. We'd sulk off or mumble about how we didn't see why it made any darn difference since. I don't ever remember ever having leftovers in the house! I have also been making this since I became a wife and mom on days when I want to show my family some love. They love this dish, mostly rushing through dinner making sure to save room for their banana pudding. This is easy to make, only takes about twenty minutes or so to make and will be a staple in your recipe book the first time you make it. Don't let that meringue make you nervous, it's so easy.
Chocolate, stout, baileys and sprinkles. What's not to love? This recipe was the hit of our St. Patrick's Day celebration this year. Yes, the guys loved the idea of a booze cupcake but they were also delicious and devoured quickly. I adapted my cupcake recipe from here, one of the best sites I know of if you are a cake addict. She got the recipe from here. The recipes are all about a large community of baker's who have a passion for food and recipes that we have found to work and we share it with gusto! We have some of our own originals but we also know what works and give credit where it's due. Now onto this recipe!
I start with a good chocolate stout instead of Guinness, this one is outstanding for recipes and as an ice cold sippy.
Frost, decorate, devour!