Frozen blueberry lemonade slushies – for kids and grownups!

Frozen blueberry lemonade slushies - for kids and grownups!

Frozen blueberry lemonade slushies - for kids and grownups!

My kids are always, always, ALWAYS asking me for treats. In the summer they want ice cream, popsicles, or any sort of yummy frozen things all the time. Who can blame them? It’s freaking hot out there!

I totally get the need for frosty goodness when it’s 92 degrees out, but yet I don’t want to overload them with sugar. Even the frozen fruit bars I buy have a good amount of sugar in them.

So, being the sneaky mom I am, I figured out a fantabulous way to get extra fruit in my not-so-excellent eaters:

Slushies!

My homemade frozen drinks use both fresh and frozen fruit and very little sugar. Last year I created my Watermelon Slush. Soon I’ll post my Strawberry Citrus Slush. But today … today I have my Blueberry Lemonade Slush for you!

It’s a great way to use up those loads of fresh blueberries you over-enthusiastically gathered when you went berry picking the other day. Or a fab way to take advantage of the rock-bottom blueberry prices at the store right now!

Easy. Freezy. Yum.

Frozen Blueberry Lemonade

Makes 2 servings

2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice (or 1/2 teaspoon True Lemon powder)
1/2 cup water
1-2 tablespoons sugar
8 ice cubes
1/2 shot of vodka per glass
Fresh mint, for garnish

– Throw all ingredients except vodka and mint into a blender
– Blend it all up
– Pour into two glasses, such as stemless wine glasses
– Stir in vodka, if desired
– Garnish with mint
– Kick back and cool down!

Happy summer!

Round up: Easy, quick appetizers and snacks for holidays, book clubs, and more

7 easy and quick appetizers and snacks

7 easy and quick appetizers and snacksWhen I’m having people over, the last thing I think about are the appetizers. Whether it’s for the holidays, for book club, or for a last-minute get together, I get lazy with the apps. My standbys: cheese, crackers, grapes, store-bought dip and chips, and heat-and-serve apps from Wegmans. That’s what I resort to because I’m either totally focused on the main course, or I’m cleaning the house like crazy because dust bunnies EVERYWHERE.

But sometimes, even I want to try something new. So last time I hosted book club, I attempted to get a little more creative. I found a bunch of easy apps on Pinterest, and also made an onion jam pizza recipe (below) that I got from my friends at Moms Who Need Wine. They provided the book we read – The Missing Something Club – some delicious wine, and some appetizer recipes.

Needless to say, the new appetizers were a hit, and it wasn’t that much more effort on my part. So don’t be boring at your next party or book club. Try these appetizer ideas – there are both savory and sweet options. I bet they’ll make your night a little more tasty and interesting.

Quick and easy appetizer ideas

I know I’m advocating trying something new, but along with whatever newfangled recipes I attempt, I always set out some mixed, marinated olives, a variety of cheese and crackers, some grapes, and some mixed nuts. Old habits die hard. And really, who doesn’t like cheese? Bring on the brie! And the blue. And the manchego, and the cheddar, and the gouda…wait, what was I saying? Right. New recipes. Here you go…

Parmesan baked edamame
Parmesan-baked edamame from Spoon University

 

crack dip
“Crack dip” from Plain Chicken

 

Caprese skewers with balsamic drizzle
Caprese skewers with balsamic drizzle from Iowa Girl Eats

 

Roasted garlic onion game pizza
Roasted garlic onion jam pizza from Stonewall Kitchen

 

Pumpkin chocolate chip bars
My own pumpkin chocolate chip bars

 

Cheesecake dip
Cheesecake dip from Craftaholics Anonymous

 

Easy Pretzel Turtles
Easy pretzel turtles from The Gunny Sack

 

A Quick, Easy, Frozen Watermelon Drink (with or without rum)

delicious watermelon slush

This healthy frozen watermelon drink can be made with alcohol (rum, anyone?) for a great summer cocktail!

I cannot get enough of this amazing cocktail that I whipped up tonight. It’s easy, it’s delicious, and it’s pretty healthy! Well, until you add in the rum. 😉 But come on. What could be more perfect on a steamy hot summer’s night? Frozen watermelon + ice + lime + rum for the grownups = heaven. My drink and smoothie experiments don’t always go over well around here, but my kids and Hubs loved this one. Hooray!

Extra bonus of this drink? We always have too much watermelon, and I hate it when it goes bad because we can’t get through it all. Now it’ll never have to. I’m always going to chop up half that big old melon and throw it in the freezer so I can whip up a batch of these drinks whenever the mood strikes. Which will be often!

Watermelon Slush

Makes 4 servings

4 cups of frozen, seedless watermelon cubes (if you want this NOW and your melon isn’t frozen, give it a go anyway. The texture will just be a little more watery.)
1 cup of water if using frozen watermelon, 1 cup ice if using fresh
2-3 tablespoons lime juice
1 scant tablespoon of sugar (not needed if your watermelon is super sweet!)
1 shot of rum per glass for the grown-ups
Fresh mint, for garnish

– Throw the watermelon, ice, lime juice, and (optional) sugar in a blender
– Blend it all up
– Pour into four glasses, such as stemless wine glasses
– Stir in rum, if desired
– Garnish with mint
– Kick back and cool down!

Happy summer everyone!