Summertime is here and it’s time to cool off with a refreshing drink.
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
rinds of 2 lemons
1 cup lemon juice
4 cups cold water
In small saucepan, make a syrup by adding 1 cup water, sugar and lemon rinds. Stir on medium low heat until sugar dissolves completely, and boil for 7 minutes. Cool. In a large pitcher, combine syrup, lemon juice and 4 cups of cold water. Stir well and serve immediately over ice.
Great side dish for a BBQ (like we just had today!). And of course, anything with bacon captures my heart 🙂 Makes enough for a crowd! I doubled this recipe recently, and would probably do a little *less* bacon next time (GASP!). But even with 20 people, I had tons of leftovers for a week. I’ll stick with a single batch next time, and when it’s gone — it’s gone!
1 large can (28oz) Bush baked beans (or 2 regular 16oz cans)
1 small can butter beans
1 small can kidney beans
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tblsp. vinegar
3 Tblsp. hickory smoke flavor (“Liquid Smoke”)
1 lb. bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces and fried
1 lb. ground beef, cooked & drained
1/2 cup onion, diced and browned
- Cook bacon on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Broil until crisp. Dry on paper towels (Or fry bacon in a pan and drain grease. I just find the cookie sheet method less messy and faster).
- Cook onion & ground beef together. Drain grease.
- Add all ingredients together and
a) bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes OR
b) combine all in a crockpot, put on low, and cook for 2-3 hours.
Source: Debbie Van Dusen
A classic apple dessert – similar to apple pie, but with a yummy streusel topping.
6 to 8 tart apples (I find that Granny Smith’s work best, but have used Fuji in the past)
1 cup sugar
3 Tblsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
- Slice apples as for pie.
- Mix with rest of ingredients.
- Place in 9″ x 12″ baking dish.
- Cover with following topping:
TOPPING: (which I always double for extra goody-ness)
3/4 cup oatmeal (1 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup flour (1 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup brown sugar (1 1/2 cups)
1/4 tsp. baking soda (1/2 tsp.)
1/4 tsp. baking powder (1/2 tsp.)
1/2 cup melted butter (1 cup or 2 cubes)
1 cup chopped walnuts (I don’t double this)
- Mix all together, adding the butter last. Stir until well incorporated.
- Spread on top of apple filling.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 Degrees.
- Serve with whipped cream or ice cream
Source: Leta Smith
A delicious treat for any celebration. Can have several fruit variations, as well as yummy vanilla.
2 eggs (beat well)
2 1/4 cup sugar
1 pint whipping cream
2 quarts (8 cups) milk (use whole milk if wanted)
1/2 tsp. salt
*2 Tblsp. vanilla (only if you are having vanilla ice cream)
- Beat eggs in large saucepan.
- Add sugar, 1 qt (4 cups) milk, cream, and salt.
- Cook on stove until lukewarm and sugar is dissolved.
- Add rest of milk to fill ice cream freezer
Strawberry, Peach or Apricot
- Add an additional 1 cup of sugar and delete the vanilla.
- In blender, add 2 cups of fruit and 3/4 cup lemon juice; blend.
- Add fruit flavoring to ice cream after it has started to set and gets a little hard to turn.
- Mix well, and continue freezing until very hard.
- Add an additional 1 cup of sugar and juice of 5 or 6 large lemons.