Recipe Review: Two Fruit Smoothie

I can't say that I'd make this drink again. I didn't like the nutmeg and cinnamon at all. Though it was in a contest winners cook book, so I guess some people do.
I usually like a smoothy, so I'd definitely like to try just the peaches and blueberries together. I had another recipe lined up to make, but it also has cinnamon in it, and now I'm not so sure I will enjoy it. About the only place I really like cinnamon and nutmeg, is in a pumpkin pie.

Two-Fruit Frosty
Taste of Home, Contest Winners - 2006
1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries or huckleberries
1 cup frozen peach slices, thawed
1 cup milk
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 to 1/3 cups honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Cinnamon sticks, optional
1. Combine blueberries, peach and milk in blender; cover and process on high. Add yogurt, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg; blend well.
2. Serve immediatly. Yields: 4 (1 cup) servings.


Bigelow; Mango Chamomile Herbal Tea

I've tried other mango teas, and just didn't like them. But after having a hot cup of this one, I wondered what it might be like cold, so I got out a cup of ice and tried it. It was really nice. So, I like cold mango, not hot. :)
Just make sure to let the tea cool off, before adding the ice, otherwise it melt and dilutes the tea. Also, you might want to add a little extra sweetener. I think that because its cold, your taste buds get a little numb.


Ashby, Vanilla Spice Tea

More tea from Rebecca! :D

This one was really yummy! I liked how it's a little like chai tea, but not so spicy! :P the flavor is nicely balanced between Black tea, Vanilla and Spices.

Ashby Tea has been around since the 1850's so it would be great for taking along for re-enacting events, etc.


Recipe Review: Hot Mocha Drink

This was probably the best tasting homemade mocha drink that I've had yet. And I think the difference is the use of un-sweetened chocolate.
Now, I would tweak the recipe a bit, less chocolate, more sugar, and skip the water and instant, using fresh brewed coffee in it's place.

Hot Mocha Drink
Companies Coming Cookbook
2 cups water
1 - 1oz. Unsweetend Chocolate Baking Square
1/4 cup Instant Coffee
2 T Sugar
2 cups Milk
1/2 t Vanilla
Some sort of whipped topping (I chose to use the kind that comes in a can) or marshmallows
Chocolate curls (garnish)
Stir first 6 ingredients in small saucepan. Heat slowly, stir often, until chocolate is melted and mixture is steaming hot. Pour into mugs. Add more sugar if desired.
Top with a dollop of whipped topping. Garnish with chocolate curls.
Makes 4 cups.

Recipe Review; Orange Lemonade

This is a super nice summer time drink. Tangy and sweet. Lemonade, with a orangey twist.
I would definitely make this again. Grandma Lulu said it was wonderful and Grandpa Bob said "Great for a hot summer day" and that he would prefer it over a coke or pepsi, I took that as a compliment. :)

Orange Lemonade
Taste of Home, Contest Winners - 2006
1 3/4 cups Sugar
2 1/2 cups Water
1 1/2 cups Fresh Lemon Juice
1 1/2 cups Fresh Orange Juice
2 T Grated Lemon Peel
2 T Grated Orange Peel
1. In medium size saucepan, combine sugar and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Cool.
2. Add juice and peel to cooled sugar syrup. Cover and let stand at room temp for 1 hour. Strain syrup, cover and refrigerate.
3. To serve, fill glasses or pitcher with equal amounts of water and syrup. Add ice and serve.
Yields 12 servings.


Recipe Review: Coffee Cooler

I loved the orange in this drink. I was unsure about the pineapple juice in it before I had tasted it, and I have say, next time I make it would just leave it out. It's not gross tasting, just kinda off, in my opinion. Plus is curdles the milk a little. I also had my Grandma Lulu, Auntie Marlys, Grandma Evi and Auntie Carol try some, and they all said it was interesting, and not bad, and Auntie Carol said it got better as she sipped it.

Coffee Cooler
A tall frosty drink is always welcome on a warm summer day. Serve this to your afternoon callers and yours is sure to be the most popular house on the street!
1/2 cupful of sugar
1/4 cupful of water
1 teaspoonful of grated orange rind
3 cupfuls of freshly made coffee, cooled
1 cup of chilled pineapple juice
1/2 cupful of light cream
Combine the sugar, water and grated orange rind, and simmer together over low heat for 10 minutes. Then cool, strain if desired, and add to the cooled coffee. Just before serving combine with the pineapple juice and cream. Serve in tall glasses with plenty of crushed ice or ice cubes. This makes 4 tall drinks.--J.R.H., Escondido, Calif.

When we brewed the coffee we made sure the make it dark, with the ice and all, we didn't want it to get watered down.

This Recipe is from my sister Susi's "Sunset-Kitchen Cabinet Recipes-volume two"


The Republic of Tea, Earl Greyer Black Tea

Rebecca (who's visiting Grandma and Grandpa) sent Abi and I some tea to review on Sippen.

She bought it from a little store called "Bread and Honey" (bakery and health food store) in Mora Minnesota, if you happen to be near, I highly suggest stopping there, it's such a neat store.

Earl Grey is my favorite black tea, I love the citrusy smell of bergamot! This Earl Grey was delicious, I especially liked it brewed very strong :P Being out of stevia :( I used honey and added milk too :D

Here's The Republic of Tea's website www.republicoftea.com