Monday, July 2, 2012

Cool Summer Treats and Cool Stuff to Do in the Heat of Summer!

Happy Monday Morning to you!
Looks like it's going to be another HOT one.
Coming from south Florida, we're used to the miserable
heat and humidity.
the only thing we have going for us in the summer heat 
is that it isn't the busy tourist season......
so we can park at the beach, go to the movies when we want,
go out to dinner without a reservation a week in advance,
get places quicker...and that's about it.
Otherwise, we are suffering right along with you.
so how about some FUN for these red HOT days?


The kiddies are gonna love some of these drinks!
just in time for July 4th.....
A red/white/blue kiddie 
Firecracker!
3 ounces fruit punch
3 ounces blue Gatorade (not sugar-free)
3 ounces diet 7-Up or Sprite (must be sugar-free; so diet only)
ice
Fill glass 1/3 full with ice cubes. Pour fruit punch almost (but not quite) to top of ice cubes. Fill another 1/3 with ice cubes and slowly pour blue Gatorade almost to top of cubes. Fill final 1/3 ice cubes and slowly pour sugar-free Sprite. Add straw and voila!


or check out this super easy kiddie drink.....

let's see.....what should we call this one?
something with rainbow in it, obviously.
you make up the name......cause your kiddies are gonna love it, and you will too.
it's SO refreshing!
Rainbow Blast
Freeze different fruit juice in ice trays and put in glass. 
Pour sprite over ice cubes. That's it!

how about a 
Raspberry Lemonade Slushie
Raspberry Lemonade Crystal Light Slushy
Ingredients
2 Cups of Ice
1 Packet of Raspberry Lemonade Crystal Light
1 Cup of Frozen Raspberries

Directions:
Make packet of Crystal Light as instructed with water.
Pour ice, frozen raspberries and then crystal light drink into blender, blend and enjoy!



Check out this "good for you" protein drink.....



and another healthyish one, courtesy of Paula Deen.....
Pina Colada Smoothie.

1 cup fresh pineapple chunks 
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk  1 banana  1/4 cup ice cubes  2 teaspoons honey, optional  pineapple wedges, for garnish
Directions

In a blender, combine the pineapple chunks, coconut milk, banana, ice and, if desired, honey. Puree until smooth. Pour into 2 large glasses. Garnish each serving with a pineapple wedge.



if you're feeling artistic, because these are so pretty.....
you could make some summer fruit cookies!


If you have read my blog, you know I am addicted to
homemade Caramel Corn!
Hopelessly.
Addicted.
So you can imagine how i felt when i saw this.......
Marshmallow Caramel Corn.
1/2 c. brown sugar 1/2 c. butter 9-10 marshmallows 12 c. popcorn. Microwave brown sugar and butter for 2 minutes. Add marshmallows. Microwave until melted, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Pour over popcorn.

yikes...this is good!
make a batch and chow down while looking at this list of FUN things
to do this summer.....

or if you would rather psych yourself out with sone
"SNOWBALLS",
then you have to try these...


Lemon Snowball Cookies
1/2  cup lemon drop candies
1  cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2  cup powdered sugar
1  teaspoon grated lemon peel
1  teaspoon lemon extract
2 1/4  cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/4  teaspoon salt
Additional powdered sugar
Directions
  • Heat oven to 400ºF. Crush lemon drops in food processor or blender. In large bowl, beat butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, the lemon peel and lemon extract with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, 1/4 cup of the crushed lemon drops and the salt.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies 8 to 9 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet; roll in powdered sugar. Cool 10 minutes; roll in remaining crushed lemon drops. Cool completely on wire rack, about 30 minutes. Reroll in crushed lemon drops if desired.

 if you have a pool, sprinkler or plain old hose...
just go out and get wet.
that always works to cool off in the summer heat:)
just be sure to
HAVE FUN!

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