This recipe is pretty going into the cooker, makes your house smell amazing for a few hours, provides you with a tasty hot beverage, then later a delicious cold drink, all with just a few ingredients, and it's very easy to make. Does it get better than that? Well, yes it does, because you can enjoy those delicious Oregon blackberries from the freezer in the cold of winter…Read more
When our brief-but-glorious strawberry season hits, I try to make the most of it. As luck would have it, we were recently asked to bring a dessert to a barbeque, and I was on my first crate of berries. After a drool-filled Pinterest session, I came away with a winning recipe for Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups from Like Mother Like Daughter. I put a bit of my own spin on it, so that’s what I’d like to share with you today…Read more
Last month, for a minute, it looked like we might get summer early. Temps were in the 90s and we all pulled out our shorts and sandals. But then…it was over. We should have known better, because it happens almost every year. On one of those nice days before the sun disappeared I was making lime bars to take to a party. I was a little short on time, so instead of juicing limes I bought some bottled lime juice in the produce section. I wasn’t sure how much I needed when I was at the store, so I overbought. A lot. It was fresh juice, so it wasn’t something that was going to last long in the fridge, so I was left trying to come up with a way to use it.
I had recently featured limes in one of my Friday Favorites collections, so I had lots of options. I really wanted to try the Brazilian Lemonade recipe from The Recipe Critic, but it called for fresh limes rather than just juice, and those whole limes are a pretty integral part of the recipe. However, as I was reading I started to wonder if I could bounce off of it to make a little different version. Somehow alcohol snuck into the picture, and then it just felt like I should freeze it.
This is one of those drinks that just makes you want to sit in a lawn chair while you sip it and enjoy the sun. The only thing I’m sad about is that I didn’t have a little paper umbrella to put in it.
Frozen Lime Cream Pie Cocktail
6 cups cold water
1 cup sugar
Mix well and set aside.
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 1/2 cup lime juice
14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
3 cups sugar water (from above)
Blend in blender until smooth. Stir in the remaining sugar water and 1 cup of rum (for a non-alcoholic version, simply leave the rum out). Measure 1 – 2 cups of liquid into a quart size freezer Ziploc bag. Repeat with remaining liquid. Freeze 6 – 8 hours.
Remove a bag from the freezer and squish the contents around a bit. Cut off one corner and squeeze the frozen drink into a glass. Add a straw and enjoy!
Our boy is home! We’re so excited to have him in the house again. Now that he’s done with boot camp and advanced school, his next stop is his first full-fledged duty station in Italy. And yes, we will be visiting him there…Read more
I have one of my sewing machines back from the shop. Hooray! I thought by having two I would always have a backup, but Murphy’s Law prevailed. As I mentioned last week, while I was sewing machine-less, I did some cooking. Desserts, of course. Even though it’s fine for my husband and I, the Peanut Butter and Jelly Braid was definitely not gluten free and I seem to involuntarily consider that, just in case my daughter and her husband end up at my house. Turns out, the day after I made these they did. I think they smelled the cookies from the next town over…Read more
It’s been quite a while since I shared any recipes here. To be honest, my time in the kitchen has been spent trying to learn how to cook for only two people. So weird. Way back when it was only the two of us the first time, before the kids, my husband did most of the cooking. Now that it’s my job, I have to try and remember it takes far less food. I have a lasagna in the freezer that might get us through February…Read more