Saturday, August 1, 2009

Fabulous Friends, Divine Dinner and Perfect Punch

One of the things we enjoy around here is having friends over and sharing our home and our lives while we indulge in some yummy food. Yesterday was just such an occasion. Friends we've known since before we were married joined us, along with their 2 sweet little boys. If you didn't know this about me, I love to cook and bake and especially love trying new recipes. Cookbooks are a treasure in this house and I have way too many for the space they are supposed to occupy. One great recipe makes any cookbook worth its price! So, what did I serve? Lemonade Chicken (, white rice (I would have preferred brown but I didn't start it soon enough), grilled peppers and mushrooms, and fresh carrots from the garden! Yum, yum, yum!! I also made a fabulous punch, courtesy of my neighbour! Here is the recipe for your drinking pleasure!

Annette's Awesome Punch

1 can frozen concentrated lemonade
1 can frozen concentrated limonade
frozen strawberries, partially thawed
2 L gingerale

Blend lemonade and limonade in blender. Gradually add strawberries, blending well. (I only add stawberries until my blender is full) Pour punch mixture into a punch bowl. Add gingerale, mixing gently. Garnish each glass with slices of lemon and lime? Rim top of glass with a nice fruity sugar mix? Easy to make this wonderful beverage look really classy. Serves 8-10ish (this is only a guess - it depends on how much you drink!!)

What are your favorite summer beverages?


  1. Sounds delicious!!! Will have to give that drink a try some time :).

  2. I've made that same lemonade chicken from Taste of Home, but it's been a long time. I have more of their magazines than I care to count and more cookbooks than I could ever hope to try all the recipes from! To me, they're as interesting to read as novels - and I agree that one great recipe makes it worth the price. A few favorites - the Barefoot Contessa, Eat Shrink &Be Merry (etc.), Giada de Laurentiis, Company's Coming, Matt Amsden (raw "cooking") to name a few.

    Favorite summer drinks? A nice iced coffee with some milk and sweetened vanilla syrup and smoothies made with lots of fresh fruit and veggies.


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