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Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade and Iced Tea Lemonade

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Lemonade always sounds good on a hot day, and I think the fresh-squeezed kind is always the best! I don’t know why I don’t make this more often, because it tastes so good! And it’s not that much work to use fresh-squeezed lemon juice. This is a variation of a recipe from Domino Sugar. Sadly, there’s only about a month left of summer! I’m not sure where the time has gone, but we might as well enjoy what’s left of the season with some lemonade! Or try some Iced Tea Lemonade…see instructions at the end of the recipe below.

Before you make your lemonade, check out these helpful tips:

1. To extract the most juice from lemons, soften them by rolling and pressing them on your counter top before juicing them.

2. To keep your lemonade from becoming too diluted from ice cubes, make your ice cubes out of lemonade–you can make some lemonade ahead of time for that purpose and keep them in the freezer so they’re ready when you need them!

FRESH-SQUEEZED LEMONADE by NancyCreative, adapted from Domino Sugar

Makes 2 to 4 servings

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice (about 3 medium-to-large lemons)
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup sugar, depending on how sweet you like your lemonade
  • Fresh mint for garnish (optional)
  • Lemon slices for garnish (optional)

Combine water and lemon juice in a pitcher, then add sugar. Mix well, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour into ice-filled glasses, and garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices if desired. You can double the recipe and use a larger pitcher if you need more servings.

ICED TEA LEMONADE: I like to mix iced tea and lemonade together–it’s a nice variation if you like a lemony flavor in your tea. To make it, all you need to do is combine equal amounts of your favorite iced tea with this lemonade recipe. Add additional sugar if desired, to taste.

Do you make lemonade often? Fresh-squeezed or from a mix or concentrate?

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Orange Julius

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It is hot outside today…the type of day you think about having an Orange Julius. I had found a recipe at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe that I wanted to try, and I thought it was really good! I added a little more sugar to mine, but if you don’t want a sweeter Julius, then stick with the lower amount of sugar in the recipe (see below). I especially love the frothy, creamy foaminess of this drink…I’m sure it partly has to do with the powdered sugar in it. It’s a real treat, and great to have any time of day…for breakfast, brunch, or as an afternoon refreshment. Super easy to make, too!

ORANGE JULIUS slightly adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Makes 3-4 servings

  • 6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup milk (can use lowfat or whole milk)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 to 12 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients, except the ice cubes, in a blender and process until smooth and frothy. Add ice cubes and blend until smooth (I used the “ice crush” setting on my blender and that worked out great).

Then sit in a shady spot and enjoy your Julius!

Have you had very hot weather where you live? What types of things do you like to make on hot days?

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Jumbo Hot Chocolate Cookies

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Lately, I’ve been in this jumbo cooking-making mode. I think it’s because jumbo cookies look so much like bakery cookies. They’re nice and thick and chewy…a cookie you can really sink your teeth into! So when I saw a recipe for Hot Chocolate Cookies at Blue Jeans and Cotton Tees, I decided to give them a try. I just used milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips, leaving out the white chocolate chips from the original recipe; but even without the white chocolate chips, these cookies are still stuffed with plenty of chocolate! The batter is very thick, too, so your arms will get a good workout when you’re stirring these up! 🙂 This recipe makes 22-24 good-sized cookies. I think they’re a great winter treat…with a big mug of hot cocoa, of course!

JUMBO HOT CHOCOLATE COOKES (adapted from Blue Jeans and Cotton Tees)

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup of your favorite hot cocoa mix (don’t use sugar-free)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, hot chocolate mix, salt and baking soda. Add to wet ingredients slowly, making sure it is all incorporated. Then fold in the milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Like I mentioned earlier, this batter is really thick, so you may need to work the chocolate chips into the batter with your hands.

Using a 1/4 cup measuring scoop, place the dough on a greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet (I baked 6 cookies at a time on the sheet because of their bigger size).

Bake for 11-15 minutes (the original recipe says 9-11 minutes, but my baking time was longer). Let the cookies cool slightly before removing from the pans. Cool on wire racks or eat them hot and gooey from the oven–they’re great both ways!

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NOTE: If you like marshmallows in your hot cocoa, you may want to make these cookies with a hot cocoa mix that has those tiny marshmallow bits in it!

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Eileen’s Cranberry Almond Breakfast Scones

My artistic friend Eileen made these delicious scones and gave me the recipe (and this wonderful photo she took of them!) so I could share them with you, too! Eileen adapted her recipe from a cranberry scone recipe she found in a cookbook called Scones, Muffins, and Tea Cakes: Breakfast Breads and Teatime Spreads. These are buttermilk scones made without eggs, flavored with dried cranberries, almonds, and almond extract, and topped with a sweet touch-of-cinnamon glaze–doesn’t that sound yummy? Here is Eileen’s recipe…it makes 16 scones.

CRANBERRY ALMOND BREAKFAST SCONES

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2  teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into 6 to 8 pieces
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk

GLAZE

  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.

In a large bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the butter and beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Add the dried cranberries and almond slivers. Pour in the buttermilk and almond extract and mix with spatula until blended.

Gather the dough into a ball and divide in half. On a lightly floured board, roll into 2 circles, approximately ½ to ¾ inch thick. Cut each circle into 8 wedges.

To make the glaze, combine the cream, cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl;  set aside.

Bake the scones on the prepared baking sheet for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are golden. Remove scones from the oven and brush with glaze. Makes 16 scones.

Not only is Eileen a very good baker, she is also a talented artist! Here’s a still life she painted…

Isn’t that beautiful? Eileen is involved in art shows from time to time and has her work shown in galleries, too. She is such a talented artist!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful scone recipe with us, Eileen!

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins

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This recipe gives you the best of both worlds…the yummy taste of a moist cinnamon streusel-topped coffee cake, drizzled with glaze and sprinkled with chopped pecans…all in an easy-to-eat muffin! It’s the perfect thing for breakfast or brunch (with a hot cup of coffee, of course). If you’re not a morning person, it makes getting out of bed a little easier knowing you have a delicious muffin to look forward to! 🙂  I found the recipe at myrecipes.com and made a few changes to it. This recipe makes 6 jumbo muffins or 12 regular-size muffins.

SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE MUFFINS by NancyCreative, adapted from myrecipes.com

Makes 6 jumbo or 12 regular-size muffins

Streusel:

  • 3 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 1  cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon

Batter:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs (or 1/2 cup egg substitute)
  • 1 cup sour cream (regular or light)
  • 2 tablespoons milk or half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Glaze:

  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons orange juice
  • additional chopped pecans for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

FOR STREUSEL, in small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, chopped pecans, and cinnamon; set aside.

FOR BATTER, place granulated sugar and softened butter in large bowl; mix until well-blended. Add eggs or egg substitute and blend well. Beat in sour cream, milk, and vanilla.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in another large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture and add sour cream mixture. Stir just until combined.

Place 6 jumbo paper muffin liners in a jumbo muffin pan or 12 regular-size liners in a standard muffin pan. Fill cups half full with batter. Sprinkle batter evenly with some of the streusel mixture (don’t use any more than half of the streusel; you’ll need the rest for the topping). Top muffins with remaining batter, then sprinkle with more streusel. Bake at 375 degrees for 22-25 minutes for jumbo muffins and 12-15 minutes for regular-size muffins, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let muffins cool a few minutes, then place on a wire rack. Cool 10 more minutes.

FOR GLAZE, combine powdered sugar and orange juice in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Drizzle glaze over muffins, and sprinkle with additional chopped pecans, if desired.

Then grab a cup of coffee and enjoy one of your muffins! 🙂

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