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I’m back at it with the sweet tea! This time with a simple frozen treat that will have you rethinking how you drink, I mean eat, your sweet tea. A friend of mine actually posted this recipe on Facebook one day and I immediately went and bookmarked it and knew I’d be making it asap. It’s so easy to make and really doesn’t differ fro preparing sweet tea. All you have to do is set aside a day when you are home so that you can visit the freezer every 20 minutes or so, but it’s so worth it.

This is perfect for a hot day. You can enjoy it as a frozen treat, but if it melts then you have yourself a wonderful beverage as well. I’m pretty tempted to keep this in the house at all times since it’s great either way. The recipe calls for black tea bags, but being from the south I used Luzianne tea. If you have access to those than go ahead, I have it brought up from South Carolina by mom.

Sweet Tea Granita

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 black tea bags, preferably English breakfast or other good-quality tea

Bring sugar and water to a boil. Add tea bags and steep for five minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Pour liquid into a shallow, freezer-proof dish and cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer.

After an hour, run a fork through the mixture to break up any large pieces of ice; return to the freezer. Repeat every 15 to 20 minutes until the consistency is fluffy and no large ice crystals remain, about two or three more times. Scoop into glasses and serve.

Granita may be made ahead and stored in a plastic-covered container in the freezer for up to three days. Fluff with a fork before serving.

Source: Garden & Gun

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It’s blueberry season here in Maine and we take full advantage of it. While at camp or on a hike we love taking a break and finding wild blueberries to snack on. We also have a great blueberry farm just around the corner from our house that offers high bush berries, which are great for my knees and easy for Caroline to pick. Last Friday we went for the first round of blueberries, we’ll head back again this week, and brought home 3 quarts of blueberries. Since my husband only likes them fresh, I don’t bother getting mass amounts since we go back a few times so keep the supply of fresh berries high for him. Luckily, Caroline and I like blueberries any way we can get them.

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Last month my mom was visiting and we hit our favorite local ice cream stand. My daughter has been on a kick with trying every flavor there. She is not like her parents who always get the same flavor, every single time for the many years we’ve gone! So, last time we were there either she or my mom chose Maine Blueberry. Caroline loved it and asked if we could make some at home. Never one to let her down I accepted the easy challenge and told her as soon as blueberries were ready to harvest, she’d have ice cream. We picked on Friday and by Saturday morning ice cream was made!

This was such an easy and fun recipe to make with my daughter. There aren’t a lot of ingredients to get bogged down with, the process is easy and the wait time is minimal. Plus, she loved watching the berries turn purple. The finished product is also pretty gorgeous as well.

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Blueberry Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • pinch of salt

In a blender, puree blueberries. Add blueberry puree and sugar to a medium-sized saucepan and simmer until sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and refrigerate until cooled or overnight.

Add cream, milk, and salt to cooled puree and stir well. Add to ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s directions.

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Tequila Watermelon Refresco

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This summer has been our busiest yet. Every time I think things will slow down and we can enjoy those “lazy days of summer” more things get added to our schedule! The good thing is we’ve been catching up with family and friends. That means lots of entertaining and with entertaining comes delicious beverages and this delicious refresco is definitely one of them! Since we are part of the “adults with kids” crowed now I always set a little bit of the punch aside before adding any alcohol that way they can leave us alone and wont keep asking for a sip.  I also omit any kind of soda I am using as well.

So, sit back and relax when you can and enjoy some of this summer sunshine before it’s gone. With this hectic pace we’ve been setting, sometimes just a few sips of this on my back deck after the kids have gone to bed is all I need to relax and recharge.

Tequila Watermelon Refresco

 Ingredients

  • 5 1/2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 6 Tbsp Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
  • 5 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups club soda, chilled
  • 6 lime wedges

Process watermelon in a blender until smooth. Pour the puree into a sieve over a large bowl and extract as much liquid as possible, discarding the solids. Pour 3 cups of the watermelon liquid into a pitcher and combine with tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, and salt and stir. Gently pour in the club soda and serve over ice with lime wedges.

Serves 6 (about 1 cup)

Nutritional Information

Per serving: 138 Calories, 0.2g Fat, 1g Protein, 13g Carbohydrate, 0g Fiber, 0mg Cholesterol, 119mg Sodium, 12mg Calcium

Source: Cooking Light June 2014

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We’re in the thick of summer now which means sprinklers, pools, lakes, and the ocean. It also means it’s watermelon time! As a kid, most summer memories were the best but there is something to be said of satisfying your sweet tooth and quench for thirst with a few bites of watermelon. Having sticky hands afterwards and the sides of your mouth, along with your shirt, stained red from the drops of delicious juice. Since my daughter loves anything on a stick I thought I’d try these watermelon lime popsicles. Who am I to deny her a delicious frozen treat? These are so easy to make and worth the few minutes it takes to prepare. Since it is a frozen dessert item, it feels so indulgent, but it still qualifies as healthy since it’s a fruit item with wholesome ingredients! While we don’t often have leftover watermelon, this is a great way to use up some of the leftover watermelon you have after a fun filled weekend!

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Watermelon Lime Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 2 Tbsp freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp agave nectar (or honey)

Add watermelon, lime juice, and agave to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.

Yields 8 to 10 popsicles

Source: Kiwi Magazine June/July 2014