Smoothie Shake

Yummy shake.

Combine all these ingredients into your blender until smooth

1 cup skim, low-fat milk, soy, rice – whatever milk you wish
1 sliced banana
1/4 cup orange juice – optional
1 small container yogurt – any flavor

Experiment by adding additional fruits, berries, etc. Make it what you want.

Ice Cream Cookie Shake

This makes 2 delicious cookie shakes.

3 cups vanilla ice cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
7-8 Oreo cookies

Mix the ice cream and milk in your blender on low speed until smooth. If you need to, stir it to incorporate.Break up the cookies over the blender while adding them. Cover and mix on low speed for about 5 – 10 seconds; there should still be little chunks of cookies in there; stir with a long spoon to help combine but still leave some chunks. Pour into glasses and serve.

Note: If you’d prefer to, use any flavor ice cream you want. I chose vanilla for simplicity, but if you like mint, or chocolate – which will make it killer good – use whatever you want. Enjoy your choice!

Frappaccino

img_0138.jpgOh, to have one of these by the poolside. If I only had a pool! I enjoy them anyways If you prefer a Mocaccino¬† just add about 3 Tbsp. Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Don’t forget the straws.

Makes two refreshing drinks
3/4 cup double strength coffee
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 cups crushed ice
1 cup whole milk

img_0137.jpg Make a small pot of double strength coffee (decaf is okay, too); chill. Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Serve.

Honey-Ginger Lemonade

This spiced homemade lemonade is great with a dessert, family, and friends.

3 cups cold water
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup minced, peeled, fresh ginger
1-1/4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice

Place 1 cup of the water, honey, sugar, and ginger in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Boil this for 5 minutes. Cool. Then strain this syrup into a pitcher. Mix in the lemon juice and the remaining 2 cups of water. Add ice to the pitcher and let stand for a full 5 minutes. Serve.

Slushies

Your kids will love making these treats at home. Make one for yourself too, they’re that good!

This recipe makes one 32-ounce drink:
2 cups club soda – cold!
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 tsp. + 1 good pinch cherry-flavored unsweetened Kool-Aid
1/2 tsp. cherry extract – (baking section of grocery store)
Crushed ice

Using a blender, put 1 cup of the club soda in. Add sugar, Kool-Aid and cherry extract. Blend this until all the sugar is dissolved – will take about 1 minute. Add the crushed ice and blend on high until it becomes a smooth, slushy consistency but there are no chunks of ice left. Add the rest of the club soda and blend this very briefly, just until mixed. Stopping the blender to mix will probably be a good idea at this point, so you can stir up the contents from the bottom of blender.

Iced Tea

You can use decaffeinated or regular tea bags for this recipe. It makes 2 quarts, but double it for a gallon.

4 back tea, tea bags (I like Tetley’s British Blend)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 quarts boiling water
3 oz. lemonade concentrate – from the frozen can

Put the tea bags and the sugar into a 2 quart container. Fill this with the boiling water, stir and let this steep at room temperature for no less than 2 hours. Remove the tea bags and throw them away. Stir in the lemonade. Refrigerate for a couple of hours and serve. Really good made into ice cubes, too.

Fancy Iced Tea

A fancier version of basic iced tea. Looks nice in a glass pitcher. Add some fresh mint, if you wish.

4 tea bags of your choice
4 cups boiling water
1 thawed can frozen cranberry-raspberry juice
Cold water

Place the tea bags in a pot and add the boiling water. Cover and steep for 5 full minutes. Remove and toss out the teabags. Cover and refrigerate the tea for several hours. When you are ready to serve it, combine the thawed juice and 4 cups cold water in a pitcher, add tea and stir. Serving with some fresh mint leaves is optional, but good.

Iced Tea Sparkle

Delicious anytime, but especially in the warmer months.

6 regular tea bags (not the flavored kinds)
3 cups boiling water
1 28-oz. bottle of lemon-lime flavored soda (Sprite, 7-Up, Sierra Mist, etc.)
Ice cubes

Place tea bags in a pot or teapot and pour the boiling water over; steep for 5 minutes then remove and toss out the bags. Pour into a large pitcher and let stand at room temperature to cool – this will take about 1 hour.

Stir in the soda. Place some ice cubes in glasses and add the iced tea.

A Really Good Pot of Coffee

coffee-beans.jpgIt’s a no-brainer to tell you that the better the coffee. . .

But, you don’t have to spend a small fortune on coffee if you can make a good cup. I buy Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in the large bags at the wholesale club. Occasionally I receive very expensive coffee as a gift and that’s a real treat. Here’s my way, and everyone always elects me to make the coffee, so there’s your proof.

Determine how many people are having coffee. Those automatic drip coffee pots are for 8 oz. cups of coffee. When was the last time you had an 8 oz. cup of coffee? I get my mugs at Pier 1 imports, and it’s probably 10+ ounces. Either way, here’s what you do:

For each person, use the 2-cup line on the coffeemaker carafe as a determination for howcup of coffee much water to add then double the number. For 2 people, use the 4-cup line, for 3 people, use the 6-cup line and so on, then add 1 more cup water. You don’t have to add that extra cup; if you don’t then your coffee will be more “rocket fuel” – do what you prefer.

Use 5-1/2 teaspoons (Scant 3 tablespoons) for each 2 cups of coffee. Add the amount of coffee grounds you need to the machine.

Turn on and enjoy.