Category Archives: Beverages

Jack-O-Lantern Smoothies

Am I the only one who enjoys watching holiday TV specials on the night they’re aired, instead of on DVD whenever you want? There’s something about watching a Charlie Brown special on TV and knowing that everybody you know is watching it at the exact same time as you.  Which, due to DVD players, TIVO, DVRs, Netflix, online viewing, etc, etc, etc… probably isn’t even true. I don’t care, I still like to watch them on the night they’re on. Which means I’ll have to leave the PTO meeting a wee bit early this week, so I can watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with my kids (and every other person I know who will also be watching it at the exact same time as me).

Just kidding, PTO, I actually have something really important that I have to do that night at 8:00 EST, that’s why I have to leave early.

Drawing by Curious George, age 5

Jack-O-Lantern Smoothies

makes 4 small child-size smoothies

  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 large banana
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • small, clear plastic cups


  1. Using a small utensil or toothpick, create a Jack-O-Lantern face on the inside of each cup with the melted chocolate.
  2. Place remaining ingredients in a blender together and blend until smooth. Pour into prepared cups.

Jack-o-Lantern smoothies

We had some guest critics over the morning I made these. Everyone loved them, kids and adults alike. They were especially impressed that the faces were made with chocolate, and not drawn on the cups with marker, as they originally thought.

I got the idea for these from someone else’s blog about healthy Halloween treats. I like to give credit where credit is due, but for the life of me, I can’t remember which blog it was, and googling it has not helped. So if it was your blog, or you know whose it was, please let me know!

Happy Halloween!


Watermelon Martinis

I did it! I set out to blog every single day for a month, and I did it!

When I heard about NaBloPoMo, I thought, ‘How hard can it be?’ Well, you know what? It’s kinda hard.

And now it is over, so to celebrate, Don Corleone and I sat in the backyard, watching the kids splash around in the baby pool, and sipped

Watermelon Martinis

from Bunkycooks

  • 1 cup fresh watermelon juice
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ice
  • sugar to rim the glasses


  1. Dip rims of martini glasses in a little water and then immediately dip into sugar. Set aside.
  2. Quickly mix ice, watermelon juice, vodka and fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Only shake two or three times or else it will become watery. Pour into sugar rimmed glasses. Tell the kids to go play.

Click for printable

Watermelon Martini

Now that my month of blogging is through, I’m going to take a little break. My poor family will probably enjoy at least one day of not hearing, “This is for my blog, what do you think?”

For those of you who read every single post in July, thank you!! You rock!!

And for those of you who are new here, don’t worry, I’ll be back after a short blog-cation with some new recipes!

See you soon 🙂


It’s hot.

I woke up at 3 a.m. and the thermometer in my living room read 80˚. That’s just wrong.

Can someone please tell me if the period goes before or after the degree sign in the above sentence? It just doesn’t look right either way, and that’s the sort of thing that bothers me.

Sorry, I digress.

As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one thing appropriate to eat when it’s this hot.


Click on each image for the recipe.

I made this yesterday. Holy cow, is it good:

Watermelon Granita from The Pioneer Woman

This is so cute I can’t stand it:

Watermelon Lime Sorbet Slices from Food for My Family

I love when food is paired with the word ‘bombe:’

watermelon sorbet

Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe from Foodista

This looks interesting:

Grilled Watermelon "Burger" from The Nervous Cook

Watermelon and chicken is a refreshing summer combination:

Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Salsa from Kristine's Kitchen

This one’s for my sister:

vegan soul strawberry watermelon smoothie

Watermelon smoothie from Alisa Cooks

Or maybe you prefer:

Watermelon Smoothie Popsicles from One Ordinary Day

Watermelon is not just for kids:

Strawberry Watermelon Mojito from Baking with Basil

Or perhaps you prefer your watermelon with vodka:

Watermelon Martinis – Oh, sweet sugar baby!

Watermelon Martini from Bunkycooks

And of course, you could go old school:

Watermelon from God

Enjoy your watermelon, however you like it!

Sweet Iced Tea

I love sweet iced tea. So I never make it.

Do you have anything that you can’t make, or products you can’t buy, because you simply have no self-control around them?

For me, Nutella is one. I can’t buy it, because me + spoon + Nutella = regret. Although, I do have a Nutella recipe coming up soon… but I won’t buy the ingredients until the day I’m going to make it!

Oh, not just Nutella. No sir. Reese’s peanut butter cups. Or Reese’s pieces. Or pretty much anything with the chocolate/peanut butter combination.

Trader Joe’s version of the Oreo, in vanilla. So good. I can eat the whole package before you can say, “I love you, Trader Joe, run away with me!”

Soda. I don’t know why, I don’t even like it that much. But I can’t keep it in the house, because I will drink it all. You know what soda is? It’s a crappy reality show starring really annoying people that I can’t stand, that ends up on my t.v. no matter how hard I try to change the channel. I don’t like reality shows. I don’t want to watch them. But sometimes I get stuck on them, and I have to shamefully switch the channel, quick, before my husband walks into the room. At least Nutella is 30 Rock.

And sweet iced tea. I like unsweetened iced tea, too. But sweet iced tea is just so… summer. I love it. Sweet tea is no reality show.

Sweet Iced Tea

  1. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Pour over 10 tea bags in a gallon-sized pitcher. Let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Squeeze out the tea bags with the back of a long spoon (be careful!). Stir in 1 cup sugar.
  3. Fill the rest of the pitcher with cold water. Chill.

Sweet Iced Tea

Do you know the Frog and Toad stories? My kids love Frog and Toad. There’s a story called “Cookies” that gets quoted around my house an awful lot. Frog and Toad struggle with a bowl of cookies:

“We must stop eating!” cried Toad as he ate another.

“Yes,” said Frog, reaching for a cookie, “we need will power.”

After eating too many cookies, they take the bowl outside to feed the birds.

“Now we have no more cookies to eat,” said Toad sadly. “Not even one.”

“Yes,” said Frog, “but we have lots and lots of will power.”

“You may keep it all, Frog,” said  Toad. “I am going home now to bake a cake.”

I love Toad.

Here’s to not having will power!


So Simple Fresh Lemonade

Happy Independence Day! Whatever your Fourth of July plans are today, here are some fun facts to enjoy about America’s birthday:

Interesting Facts About Independence Day:

  • July 4 became a federal holiday in 1941.
  • July 4, 1776 marks the date the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress.
  • John Hancock was the only person to actually sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The other 55 signers did not sign it until August 2nd or even later.
  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the 50th anniversary America’s Independence: July 4, 1826.
  • The majority of the nation’s flags and patriotic paraphernalia is produced in China.
  • Over an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed today.
  • An estimated 2.5 million people lived in America on July 4, 1776.
  • An estimated 311.7 million people live in America today.
  • 11 places in the United States have “Independence” in their name.
  •  George Washington did not sign the Declaration of Independence. He was too busy fighting the British at the time.
  • Florida led the nation in watermelon production last year (818 million pounds).
  • Watermelon is a member of the squash family, so it is a vegetable, not a fruit.
  • What did one flag say to the other? Nothing, it just waved.

Disclaimer: All of these facts were found on the Internet. That’s how I know they’re true.

And all of this lemonade disappears very quickly after making it. That’s how I know it’s good. (Nice segue, right?).

So Simple Fresh Lemonade

  • 2-3 large lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 cups (1/2 gallon) cold water


  1. Slice lemons and place in bottom of a pitcher.
  2. Pour sugar over lemons. With a wooden spoon, push down on the lemon slices, so that you’re smashing the sugar into the lemons and releasing the juices.
  3. Fill pitcher with cold water and stir.

So Simple Fresh Lemonade

Click here for printable version.

My mother-in-law taught me how to make this lemonade. It is so easy, and so yummy. My Critics all love it. Darth Vader loves him a glass of fresh lemonade, too.

Enjoy your Independence Day! Happy Birthday, America!