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Fancy Pink Lemonade Jello Shots. Like my cake pops, my fancy jello shots are no stranger to this blog.

Fancy Pink Lemonade Jello Shots

(Check out my Blood Orange, and Watermelon Jello Shots) They have been so popular and they are so much fun that I had to try a different flavor/color variation for our Southern themed Gold Cup tailgate. Meet the pink lemonade jello shot. 10 lemons, *one box watermelon (or any kind of pink color) jello * 1 cup vodka *1 cup boiling water - 10 lemons makes 40 jello shots - The step by step recipe for these awesome adult treats are posted here (with photos) in my watermelon version. Tips: I've learned so far that you must buy "Jello" brand jello or the shots are way too strong. In addition to our jello shots we had collard greens, blueberry corn muffins, pimento cheese dip, a feta and green apple salad, brown sugar and pecan cookies, deli sandwiches, a cheese and crackers spread, and more.

Gold Cup was so much fun that we already have our outfits and menu planned out for next year. Classic Orange Julius. Orange Julius’ have been part of my life for forever, really.

Classic Orange Julius

My older sister made them for us all the time growing up and over the years, we must have consumed gallons and gallons of the frothy, orange, cool and creamy mixture. My kids, thanks to their inherent Orange-Julius-loving genes, also love the classic combination and our entire family’s adoration has been rejuvenated since our newest family member, the Blendtec, came to join us. A popular after-school snack around here, the Orange Julius can be made in any kind of blender, Blendtec or not, and the lovable and classic flavors always seem to please my kids (and of course myself). Enjoyed year round, everyone needs a recipe for the classic Orange Julius in their repertoire, if you ask me! One Year Ago: Mulligatawny SoupTwo Years Ago: Hot Fudge Pudding CakeThree Years Ago: Chicken with Green Curry Sauce Note: our favorite variation (albeit not very original) is to throw a handful of frozen or fresh strawberries into the mix.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini. Reese’s Peanut Butter cups happen to be quite a commodity in our household.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini

And, for some very strange reason their value seems to increase exponentially during Halloween. Thanks to my careful and thoughtful planning I invested in a small Reese’s Peanut Butter hedge fund anticipating their upcoming increase. Which has allowed me to prepare such a delightful cocktail during the height of trick-or-treating season. Wether or not Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a high commodity in your household, past trends have shown that after a week or two post Halloween they seem to come back down to what I would consider “normal” value. Keep in mind that to make this “candy-like” martini you’ll be infusing your own vodka, so there is a week of planning ahead that you’ll have to do.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini To prepare the infused vodka, combine vodka and Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups in a clean mason jar. #version# Happy Trick-or-Treating! Be Sociable, Share! Drink. I love lemonade in the summer!

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I found this recipe a while ago and make it every time I have a watermelon. It is really refreshing and my kids love it! 8 cups cubed and seeded watermelon 1 cup strawberries, halved 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup white sugar. Basil Lemonade. I hereby declare this week Basil Week.

Basil Lemonade

And when you see what I’ve got in store for the rest of the week you’ll see why. Granted, it was a completely unintentional coincidence. Maybe I was having a subconscious butter rebellion during my first weekend cooking for myself and not for an editor, but basil was the center of my attention. No less than four of my culinary projects involved the bright summer herb. Watermelon Lemonade — Delish. This week was my turn to host Project Pastry Queen.

Watermelon Lemonade — Delish

Its hard choosing a recipe from a cookbook where every recipe looks and sounds fantastic, especially as we continue to try more recipes and learn that Rebecca’s recipes are in fact just as tasty as they look and sound! There are some caramel brownies in the cookbook that I am dying to make but the end of summer is approaching (wishful thinking?) , so I decided to make a practical recipe choice — Watermelon Lemonade. Locating watermelon in a few months will be tricky so I figured now would be a good time to try this one out! I honestly didn’t read the recipe until after I picked it out. I served it immediately and ended up loading up my glass with at least 1/2 cup of watermelon and eating/sipping my lemonade with a spoon!

Its delicious… a perfect summer beverage!! Watermelon LemonadeYields: 12 servings Sugar Syrup: 2 cups water 2 cups sugar To make sugar syrup: Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan.