Monthly Archives: June 2011

Iced Tea Lemonade

Ingredients:
1 gallon water
10 large tea bags (family-sized)
5 (1 oz) package of fresh mint leaves or 5 cups of loosely packed leaves
2 1/2 cup sugar
1 gallon cold water
30 oz frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
Fresh lemon slices
Fresh lime slices
Ice cubes

Directions:
1 – Bring 1 gallon of water to a boil.
2 – Remove from heat and add tea bags.
3 – Stir in fresh mint. Cover and let steep for 10-15 mins.
4 – Pour tea in beverage dispenser.
5 – Stir in 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate.
6 – Add ice cubes and garnish with lemon and lime slices.

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Strawberry Banana Trifle!

Delicious strawberry banana trifleIngredients:
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons strawberry gelatin powder
1 cup cold water
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
1 3/4 cup cold milk
1 package (3.4oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
3 bananas, cut into slices
1 tablespoon lemon juice
6 cups angel food cake, cubed
2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
Optional: additional strawberries or bananas, sliced

Directions:
1 – Combine the sugar, cornstarch and gelatin in a saucepan. Add in water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
2 – Remove from heat. Stir in strawberries and set side.
3 – In a large bowl, combine milk and pudding mix. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes and set aside.
4 – Toss bananas with lemon juice, drain the lemon juice and set aside.
5 – Place half of the angel food cake cubes in a trifle bowl.
6 – Layer with half of the pudding, bananas, strawberry sauce and whipped cream. Repeat layering.
7 – Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or more.
8 – If desired, garnish with additional banana and strawberry slices.

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Be the Perfect Guest; Bring Bareware to a Party!

I pride myself on being the ideal guest. Anytime I stay at a friend’s house, I bake her cookies or a cake to show my appreciation. I try to adhere to my grandmother’s motto to “Leave a place nicer than you found it.” I clean up after myself, don’t make a mess, and even take short showers (something that does not come naturally to me).

My “bake for the host” rule suffices for all gatherings except housewarming parties. For those functions,I feel that I should contribute something to the new home. I like to contribute barware, a flatware caddy, a beverage dispenser or the like; something that is festive and practical. If I am feeling particularly ambitious, I may even present a celebratory cake and glass cake stand as a two-part gift. Unfortunately for my Emily Post tendencies, I just started a new job and thus do not have the time to browse stores looking for the right present. As a result, I have embraced online shopping. I can buy all different types of other hospitality gifts in a fraction of the time it would take me to purchase them instores.

Shopping for tabletop accessories online enables me to show my appreciation to my friends. The wide variety of products offered means that I feel I am still adding a personal touch to whatever I give them.

Beverage Dispensers for the New Place

It’s moving season. This time of year is the biggest time of year for searching for a new place, especially with new college grads coming out of school and into the real world. And when you move into your own place, whether alone or with a roommate or two, it can be hard to think of all the things you need. But you definitely need to pick up beverage dispensers, especially if you are going to throw a housewarming party. You need to be able to handle all the guests and serve them drinks.

But you also want to have it for when it’s just you and your roommates or significant other, or whoever else you may be living with. Sometimes you want to make some iced tea and you need a place to make it. The perfect beverage dispenser can hold your fresh drink the fridge when you aren’t using it and look beautiful on the dining room table when you are.

So whether its for the parties you’ll be holding or just for the residence living there, when you move out, put beverage dispensers on the top of your list when it comes to kitchen supplies.