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A few weeks ago, I needed a mocktail that was light and tasted of spring.

I decided to go with a Baby Bellini. This peachy drink is, well, Peachy!

As on sweet, pink, juicy and delicious!

Oh, did I mention easy to make?

Well, technically easy if you can find peach nectar or syrup in your neck of the woods.

 

Ingredients

Ingredients

 

If you are like me and can't find any Peach Simple Syrup or Peach Nectar, you can make your own. You need three fresh peaches or I big can of canned peaches, along with a cup of sugar.

If you are like me and can’t find any Peach Simple Syrup or Peach Nectar, you can make your own. You need three fresh peaches or I big can of canned peaches, along with a cup of sugar.

Stir peaches, 1 cup of water and the sugar in a heavy saucepan until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until juice gets thick and syrupy. Remove from heat and let cool.

Stir peaches, 1 cup of water and the sugar in a heavy saucepan until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until juice gets thick and syrupy. Remove from heat and let cool.

Pour juice into a pitcher or bowl, straining out peaches. I ran mine through a colander and made sure I got every last bit of juice out of the peaches. Cover and store in fridge until ready to make the drinks.

Pour juice into a pitcher or bowl, straining out peaches. I ran mine through a colander and made sure I got every last bit of juice out of the peaches. Cover and store in fridge until ready to make the drinks.

Pour syrup into a champagne flute (isn't this vintage one pretty?) then add sparking peach juice.

Pour syrup into a champagne flute (isn’t this vintage one pretty?) then add sparking peach juice.

 

Finish it off with a hit of grenadine syrup. It looks like a bubbly party in a glass!

Finish it off with a hit of grenadine syrup. It looks like a bubbly party in a glass!

Baby Bellini

(serves one)

2 ounces Peach Simple Syrup (or nectar)

4 ounces Sparkling Peach Juice

1 ounce Grenadine Syrup

Pour peach syrup in a champagne flute, add sparking peach juice, then pour in grenadine syrup. Do not stir and be careful not to jostle the glass too much or you’ll lose the effect of the grenadine syrup in the bottom of the glass.

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raspberry muffins group platedNothin’ says “Be my Valentine” like a little lovin’ from the oven.

These raspberry muffins are easy to make and you can prepare them the night before (and days before and freeze) then warm up Valentine’s morning for breakfast. They are moist and sweet and guaranteed to be a hit with your sweetie (unless of course they don’t like raspberries, then you are on your own.)

Ingredients for Raspberry Muffins

Ingredients for Raspberry Muffins

Combine dry ingredients then stir in melted butter.

Combine dry ingredients then stir in melted butter.

Mix egg, milk and vanilla together then add to batter.

Mix egg, milk and vanilla together then add to batter.

Blend until mixed, but don't over stir. The batter will still be lumpy.

Blend until mixed, but don’t over stir. The batter will still be lumpy.

Gently stir in raspberries.

Gently stir in raspberries.

When they are well blended, spoon into paper-lined muffin cups.

When they are well blended, spoon into paper-lined muffin cups.

A heaping spoon should do it. I am not, however, the queen of uniformity.

A heaping spoon should do it. I am not, however, the queen of uniformity.

You need a box of sugar in the raw (turbinado sugar).

You need a box of sugar in the raw (turbinado sugar).

And sprinkle a little on top of each muffin before putting into your 400 degree preheated oven.

And sprinkle a little on top of each muffin before putting into your 400 degree preheated oven.

Serve warm with butter melting into every little crevice.

Bake about 12-15 minutes until tops are lightly browned. Serve warm with butter melting into every little crevice.

Bake about 12-15 minutes, until tops are lightly browned, then remove from oven.

Yum!

Raspberry Muffins

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup milk

1 egg

1/4 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cups raspberries

Sugar in the Raw (Turbinado Sugar)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Combine dry ingredients and set aside.

Melt butter then stir into dry ingredients.

Mix egg, vanilla and milk together. Pour into batter, stirring until blended, but you want to leave a few lumps in the batter.

Gently fold in raspberries.

Spoon into a muffin-pan lined with paper baking cups. Sprinkle tops with a little turbindo sugar (optional) for a sweet little crunch on top when they are baked.

Bake about 12-15 minutes until tops are lightly browned.

Remove and serve with butter (or plain).

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Peach Smoothie

For my sunflower themed party, I knew I wanted a fun, colorful drink.

Peach smoothies seemed perfect.

They were so easy to make and quite yummy (unless you ask Captain Cavedweller, but we aren’t giving him a vote in this particular instance).

The girls liked the drinks and I loved the straws!

Peach Smoothie ingredients

The ingredients are really simple (and I forgot to put ice in the photo – sorry!).

Dump everything in your blender, let it crunch and grind until it’s smooth. Pour in chilled glasses and garnish with a slice of peach.

Okay, here is the recipe…

Peach Smoothies

2 cups milk

2 cups frozen sliced and peeled peaches

1/4 cup orange juice

1 cup ice cubes

2 tbsp. sugar (optional)

1 fresh peach, peeled and sliced (optional)

Mix milk, frozen peaches, orange juice and ice in a blender. Mine has a smoothie setting. Use whatever will crunch up the frozen peaches and ice and get a nice smooth blend. Since I like things sweeter than normal people, I added a little  sugar to this, but you can skip if you want since you get some sweetness from the orange juice.

While the smoothie is mixing, set some glasses in the freezer to chill.

Once the smoothie is done, pour into glasses (six small or four large). For added panache, you can set a peach slice on top and finish with a fun straw. Mint leaves would also make a pretty garnish.

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I was flipping through my Schawn’s catalog the other day and saw this idea for serving summer beverages and loved it.

You can fill a tub, cooler, bucket or whatever container you like with ice, fill jars with your beverage of choice, screw on the lid and not worry about spills. I especially liked the idea of being able to have a variety of drinks without a bunch of pitchers or containers taking up valuable counter or table space.

Most of us have some canning jars running around and even if you don’t, they are super inexpensive and you can find them everywhere this time of year.

Schwans also has a fun lemonade recipe to go along with this fabulous idea.

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If you are looking for a delicious and easy punch to serve to a festive crowd of revelers this weekend, this one will fit the bill.

Not only is it beautiful, it is really, really tasty!

Punch Ingredients

Moisten the rim of your glass

Pour your rimmer crystals onto a flat plate. If you can't find rimmer, you could use large sugar crystals for the same look (although the taste will be decidedly different).

Place the rim of your glass in the crystals until coated, set aside.

Cut the top off your pomegranate.

Then cut down through the sections to get at the lovely red seeds. Scatter a few in the bottom of each glass.

Put ice into the punch bowl then add pop, juice and syrup. Stir briefly to mix.

Enjoy!

Pomegranate Punch

1 bottle Cranberry-Pomegranate Juice

1/2 cup Grenadine Syrup

1 bottle Raspberry Pop

Pomegranate Rimmer Crystals (I find mine at Cost Plus World Market)

1 Pomegranate

To keep the punch from being watered down, I froze the soda pop in silicone pans and added instead of ice. You could use ice cube trays to achieve the same thing. I thought the snowflake and tree shapes were just fun! Just do this a day or two before your party (or drop everything and do it now if you are hosting a gathering for New Year’s Eve).

Just before you are ready to serve, pour the Pomegranate Rimmer Crystals onto a very flat dish. Wet the rims of your glasses. You can do this with a lemon or lime wedge or plain ol’ water. I just dampened a paper towel and ran it around the rim. Dip the rims of the glasses into the crystals and set aside.

Cut the top off your pomegranate and then slice down through the sections. This is the easiest way to get the seeds and all the sweet-tart goodness out. Drop a scattering of seeds in each glass.

Place the ice in your punch bowl, pour in the pop, juice and grenadine syrup. Stir lightly to mix. Ladle into glasses and watch your guests turn into glass-licking crazies as they try to get every last little speck of the rimmer off their glasses and dig the last little seed out of their glass. (Besides being tasty, the punch will provide you with unlimited entertainment!).

Enjoy!

However you celebrate this New Year’s Eve, please be safe!

Wishing you a wonderous New Year!

Shanna

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If you are somewhere in the world where the sun is shining and it is warm and lovely heading into this Memorial Day Weekend. Enjoy it!

With our gray skies and rain, it doesn’t seem like it can be the end of May.

Here is an easy and fun drink that tastes best on hot days, but if you are being forced inside by the weather this weekend, plan an indoor picnic, cozy up by the fire and enjoy. This drink is also family friendly so the kids can smack their lips over it as well.

Ingredients

Sugar the rims of the glasses.

Scoop the slushy mix out of the pitcher and into the chilled glasses.

Strawberry Bliss!

Strawberry Bliss

1 can of Bacardi Mixers Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri concentrate

1 1/2 cans of water

1 bottle of Club Soda

granulated sugar

Mix concentrate with 1 1/2 cans (using the concentrate can) of water. Stir and freeze for a couple of hours, until it starts to firm up.

Wet the rims of your glasses and dip in sugar. Just put a teaspoon or so of sugar on a flat saucer and dip away. I like to put the glasses in the freezer after I sugar them so they are frosty when I serve the drink.

When you are ready to serve, remove the glasses and strawberry mix from the freezer. Scoop slush into glasses and fill about two-thirds full. Pour in enough club soda to fill the glass. You can garnish the glasses with a strawberry if you so desire or  a sprig of mint.

Sip, savor and smile!

Happy Entertaining!

Shanna

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