Punch Bowl

When I was a kid, I remember my Aunt Joyce making this slush for a family holiday. All the kids wanted it but we couldn’t have any because it had alcohol. The next time my aunt made it, she didn’t put any liquor all her nieces could enjoy it as well. Probably ever since then, that’s how my aunts make it.

For those of you who attended my wedding shower, this was served as a punch in the bee hive container. Here’s hoping you have a baby shower, brunch, wedding shower, or summer party you can serve this tasty drink.

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Photo courtsey of Pinterest

Fruit Punch/Slush by Joyce Miller
1 can frozen orange juice
1 can frozen lemonade
46 oz. can pineapple juice
46 oz. can apricot nector
1 – 2 liter bottle Sprite

Mix and serve. Add vodka if desired. Freeze for slush.

Notes:

  • I have a hard time finding a bottle of apricot nector in Kansas City grocery stores. I can usually find it sold in a six pack of cans near the tomato juice.

Zero Calorie Slushy

In the Weight Watchers world, fruit is zero points. This recipe with diet soda and fruit is considered 0 WW Points. It makes two serving so if you aren’t sharing, note the banana taste will be stronger after refrigerated. It made me think of my grandma because she always had Diet 7-UP in her house. You were always welcome to them but you had to drink a whole can or take it home with you.

Zero Point SlushyZero Calorie Slushy from Stiletto and Legos.com
1 c. banana (2 bananas)
1 c. strawberries
6 oz. Diet 7-UP
1 c. ice

Crush ice. Add fruit and 7-Up. Blend. Makes four cups – two serves.

Note: Strawberries are out of season I used frozen fruit. It worked just fine.

Top 10

I was thinking about a recipe the other day that was one of my best. I thought I would share with all of you – the best of the best. Below are my top 10 in no particular order.

spaghetti1. Grandma Reith’s Spaghetti Sauce – I lied, this is probably my favorite recipe.
2. Mom’s Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes – This is the best cheesy potato recipe and I’ve sampled quiet a few.
3. Concord Lutheran Church Cookbook Meatballs – These go great with the potato recipe.
4. Chicken Penne Pasta with Salsa Con Queso – This recipe has a nice little kick.
5. Chocolate Crinkles – My mother made these when I was a kid but I love my recipe even more. These are probably my signature item.
6. Grilled Shrimp & Basil Orzo Pasta – Fresh basil and feta cheese nicely accent this dish.
7. Canyon Chicken – Chicken, ranch, cheese, and bacon. You can’t go wrong this recipe.
8. Lasagna Twist Around – Reminds me of my Grandma Reith Spaghetti Sauce.
9. Aunt Linda’s Slushies – I’ve made and drank a number of drinks over the years. This is my absolute favorite.
10. Cheesy Potato Soup – It’s as close as you can get to the O’Charley’s soup. I miss that restaurant so much.

Strawberry Slushy

I ran across this recipe for a strawberry slushy drink. Since I love strawberries, I thought I would give it a try. It’s pretty good but I still like my aunt Linda’s Brandy Slush the best. This recipe made about two large square Gladware containers. The recipe came from General Mills website – www.pillsbury.com.

Strawberry Margarita Slush
16 oz. strawberries (I used fresh but recipe called for frozen)
1 (12 oz.) can of limeade
1/3 c. sugar
1 and 1/2 c. water
4 c. Squirt (or another sour soda)
1 and 1/2 c. Tequila

Blend limeade, strawberries, and sugar together. Slowly add 1/2 c to 1 c. water. Pour into a nonmetal freezer container. Stir in remaining water, alcohol, and 1 & 1/2 c. Squirt. Freeze 4 to 5 hours or until icy, stirring twice after 2 hours. Spoon into glasses and top with a 1/4 c. carbonated beverage. Makes 10 – one cup servings.

 Nutritional facts per serving: 250 calories, 0 fat, 0 cholesterol, 10 mg. sodium, 43 g. carbs, 1 g. fiber, 40 g. sugar, 0 g. protein. Contains 30% daily value of Vitamin C.

Cool Summer Drinks

Is this summer heat ever going to break? You know it is bad when 95 feels cool. My sister and nephew came down the end of June. I thought it would be fun to go see Shakespeare in the Park. Unfortunately, the heat was so unbearable ended up going Cosmic Mini-golfing at the Great Mall of the Great Plains instead.

Today, I thought I would share a classic recipe from my dad’s sisters. I always thought this recipe was my aunt Joyce’s but just found out it is actually my aunt Linda’s recipe. The first time I ever remember it being made was for Christmas Eve at my Grandma Bourek’s house is Pilger. I remember the slushy looking yummy but I couldn’t have it because it had alcohol in it. Several years later, I would finally be old enough to enjoy this drink at family gatherings.

For my Wildtree/Purse Party/Jewelry Party fundraiser, I decided to make this beverage for all our guests. It was at that time I learned how easy it is to make. It makes a lot so make sure you have a ice cream bucket or a That-A-Bowl to freeze it in.

My Bourek side cousins and I at Jodi’s high school graduation in 2010.

Brandy Slush by Linda Vogel

1 can of frozen orange juice
1 can of frozen lemonade
9 cans of water
1 c. of sugar
2 c. of alcohol (My aunt said you can use any kind)
A 2-liter bottle of sour pop (7-up, Squirt, etc.)

Mix all ingredients together (except pop) in a ice cream bucket and stir. Freeze for at least 24 hours. Pull out freezer about 30-60 minutes before serving. Use an ice cream scoop to pull out. Add just a splash of pop to each glass and serve. Makes about 20 Solo cup sized drinks.

Recipe modifications:

  • My aunt said you have to use sugar or it doesn’t turn out right.
  • My aunt usually uses vodka. I made it with peach schnapps and I thought it was also good.
  • Remember alcohol doesn’t freeze so you have to have it in this recipe or everything will freeze and could explode all over your freezer.