~ July 2014 Archives ~

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere: Cream Soda & Vodka Spritzers! / July 30, 2014

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I’m kicking off a new category of posts today that I like to call It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere! It’ll be made up of drink recipes – some posts will feature original recipes and others will just be fun drinks I come across here and there and would like to put up on the site as well. These little beauties were created quite a few years back during a cottage weekend and they are bright and delightful and I thought they would be a great drink to start with. They’re nicknamed Nylees, which is a smushing together of a few of my friends’ names who created the drink that weekend — I am the y part of the Nylee, and proud of it!

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Here’s the recipe in case you are looking for a refreshing & simple summertime beverage!

Cream Soda and Vodka Spritzers (aka Nylees):
6 oz cream soda
4 oz lemon lime soda (such as Sprite)
the juice of half of one lime
2 oz vodka (or to taste if you’d prefer less – I find it needs a bit more than a standard shot to offset the sweetness of the cream soda)

In a cocktail glass filled with ice, add vodka, cream soda and lemon lime soda. Squeeze in lime juice and stir. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Cheers!

It’s the Little Things: Sugar Snap Peas / July 18, 2014

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Sugar snap peas: fun to say, fun to peel, fun to eat. That about sums them up! They are a summertime favourite and I just can’t resist them at the farmer’s market whenever I see them. Happy Weekend!!

Nanny’s Butterscotch Squares / July 10, 2014

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I was going through the recipe box this week and came across one of my very favourites when I was growing up. This one was written in my sister’s handwriting and I’m thinking she was pretty young, because not only were there some highly entertaining drawings of stars and suns and squiggles alongside the recipe, it also said 1 THSP of butter. Glad to say that although she’s still not exactly a baker, she figured out it’s actually a TBSP not long after.

I say this about a lot of recipes I post here, but this one seriously couldn’t be easier. It’s a cinch to whip up on a summer day because it doesn’t require baking and you can basically eat these right from the freezer (also known as the only way I ate them growing up — the risk of a chipped tooth aside, I just couldn’t wait for that whole annoying thawing process!). These are all the ingredients you need:

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Yep, that’s it.

Nanny’s Butterscotch Squares:
1 tbsp butter
1 pkg (300g) butterscotch chips
3 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup peanut butter

Over a double boiler (or a pot placed over a larger pot of simmering water) melt together butter, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter. Set aside to cool, or to speed up the process, place pot in a bowl of very cold water. (If doing so, it only takes 15 minutes or so to cool, but be sure to stir the mixture every few minutes to prevent it from hardening on the bottom of the pot.) Add in mini marshmallows and stir until coated. Press into a greased 8″ square pan and place in freezer.

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There you have it. When I say it couldn’t be easier, it truly couldn’t. Enjoy!

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