South Georgia Sweet Tea

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One of my favorite drinks is a tall glass of good ole sweet tea. I’m not talking about the iced tea mockery they try to slip past you at most restaurants these days, I am talking down-home-front-porch-rockin-put-a-lemon-in-it-good-ole-southern-sweet-tea. If you are like me and can’t take the flavorlessness of unsweet or the sugar inducing coma pre-made sweet tea at the store, then try out my family’s recipe for South Georgia Sweet Tea. A perfect pitcher every time and good until the last drop.

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 Liter pitcher
  • 3 Luzianne family size tea bags
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Fill a 1 quart glass measuring cup with water and microwave on high for 5 minutes. (You can also use a tea kettle if you prefer. The microwave is just quicker.) Remove from the microwave and drop the three tea bags in the water and let steep for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes lightly pinch the tea bags to drain the remaining water and then throw away. (For stronger tea let steep at least 30 minutes.)

Add a cup of sugar to the bottom of your three liter pitcher and then pour the steeped tea over the sugar to melt. Stir, stir, stir. Add water to the tea mixture to fill to the 3 liter mark. Place in the fridge to chill before serving.

Pour over ice and add a lemon slice!

sweet tea

Sip and Enjoy!

xo – M

 

 

Double Berry Banana Smoothie – With a Surprise Ingredient!

Double Berry Banana Smoothie With a Surprising Ingredient - Double Knotted Apron

You will love this Double Berry Banana Smoothie this summer, or any time of year. It’s creamy, full of flavor and has a surprising ingredient that gives it an incredibly refreshing flavor!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 large banana, peeled
  • 3 large strawberries, cut off the leaves
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 6 – 7 ice cubes
  • SURPRISE INGREDIENT: Orange Juice (1/4 cup)

Add the ice cubes to the blender first, followed by the yogurt, orange juice and then the fruit. Make sure you cut the banana into four or five pieces and cut the strawberries into halves.

Double Berry Banana Smoothie Ingredients - Double Knotted Apron

Once everything is in the blender, use the ice crush function for the first few seconds to grind up the cubes and then start blending. Blend until smooth and serve immediately. This recipe makes one delicious serving!!

Double Berry Banana Smoothie - Double Knotted Apron

Enjoy!

xo-M

Double Berry Banana Smoothie Recipe Card – Double Knotted Apron

Easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie - Double Knotted Apron

Summer is here and it’s that time of the year – Smoothie Season! Who doesn’t love an ice cold, creamy smoothie on a hot summer day? Whether you are lounging by the pool or running a few errands, this smoothie is quick and simple to make.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 large banana
  • 7 medium strawberries
  • 1/3 cup of nonfat Greek yogurt (if you aren’t a Greek yogurt fan, try nonfat vanilla yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk (or your preference: skim, whole, soy, or almond)
  • 6-7 ice cubes

Cut off the tops of the strawberries to get rid of the leaves and peel your banana. Cut the fruit in halves and add to the blender. Add the yogurt, milk and ice cubes. Blend for the first 10 seconds of so to mix the banana and strawberries and then pulse until the ice is chopped. Blend again until smooth and creamy.

This recipe make 1 serving and fits perfectly in a mason jar (16 oz). Garnish with fruit and add a straw. You are all set to enjoy a refreshing and hunger satisfying smoothie!

Easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie - Double Knotted Apron

Enjoy!

xo-M

Easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe Card – Double Knotted Apron

Detox Ice Pops

Did you over indulge during Memorial Day weekend and now feel like you need to get back on track? Here is an easy way to cool off this summer while enjoying a refreshing and healthy Detox Ice Pop. You may already drink detox waters to help rid your body of all of the extra water, bloating and impurities – now here is a way to enjoy the same benefit in popsicle form!

What you’ll need to get your detox on!

  • Mojito Mint leaves, washed
  • Fresh cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • Meyer Lemon, sliced
  • Water

Detox Ice Pops Ingredients - Double Knotted Apron

Add a slice of lemon, cucumber and mint leaves to each popsicle tray and then add water. Let chill in refrigerator overnight to infuse flavors. Freeze the next morning and then enjoy!

You can adjust the amount of flavor by adding to or taking away as much as needed. If you aren’t a ‘water drinker’ then another great way to help add a little flavor to these ice pops is by adding water flavor infuser liquids or powders. Just be sure to check the sugar intake in the infuser to keep from detracting from what your goal is with the Detox Ice Pops.

Detox Ice Pops - Double Knotted Apron

Enjoy and stay cool!

xo-M

Memorial Day Munchies – THREE recipes in ONE post!

I am extremely excited about this post – it’s THREE in ONE! That’s right, three brand new posts and recipes all in one place! Aren’t you pumped?!  I am dedicating this post to Memorial Day and to help all you out there who are looking for a few easy treats to help “festive up” the festivities this weekend. Here goes nothing! In order of appearance, Memorial Day Munchies – Chocolate Covered Yummies, Corn Puppies and Berry Blue Coconut Rum Sippers. There is a little something for everyone and all of them are simple and easy to make.

Memorial Day Munchies - Chocolate Covered Yummies - Double Knotted Apron

Corn Puppies - Double Knotted Apron

Berry Blue Coconut Rum Sippers - Double Knotted Apron

Memorial Munchies – Chocolate Covered Yummies

First things first, let’s look over the ingredients list for this easy, kid friendly creation!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lb. Baker’s Chocolate (Almond Bark, I used two squares and made 12 treats)
  • 1 Go-Pack Mini Nutter Butters
  • 1 Go-Pack Mini Oreas
  • 1 bag Mini Pretzels
  • 1 bottle Red, White and Blue Sprinkles
  • Wax Paper

Memorial Day Munchies Ingredients - Double Knotted Apron

Alright, let’s gather the troops – are they any kids helping with this? Good! They will love it and can get messy at the same time. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Break apart the chocolate bark blocks (however much you would like to make. Remember, two squares for me made a dozen treats, so use that to help you calculate.) Once you have determined how much chocolate you want to melt place the squares in a microwave safe bowl. Melt for 1 minute in the microwave, stopping every 15 seconds to mash and stir. (I would recommend an adult doing this part since the bowl can get hot.)

Once the chocolate has melted, start step 2.

Step 2: Pick out a pretzels and either a Nutter Butter or Oreo to combine. Coat one at a time using a fork (or fingers) and then stack the cookie piece on top of the pretzel. Place the yummy creation onto a sheet of wax paper to let harden. Repeat this process until you have used all of the melted chocolate.

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Step 3: This is probably the easiest step in the whole process – SPRINKLES!!!! Who doesn’t love sprinkles. Get creative and coat those yummies treats with as few or as many red, white and blue sprinkles as you like.

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Step 4: Once the chocolate has hardened you can remove from the wax paper and store either in an air tight container or present these Chocolate Covered Yummies on a star-spangled platter and serve!

Memorial Day Munchies - Chocolate Covered Yummies - Double Knotted Apron

Enjoy – they are addicting!!!

Corn Puppies

Ah! I love these little guys. Could they be any cuter or tastier? Probably not. Now these are still easy, but will require hot cooking oil to make. Just take precaution around the youngsters if you have them. (Thanks!)

Note: This recipes has a lot of step-by-step photos, just a heads up!

What You’ll Need:

  • Hotdogs (I cut each hotdog into thirds, so however many people you are serving consider three corn puppies (or one dog total) per person.)
  • Wooden skewers or popsicle sticks
  • Vegetable oil (I used a mini deep fryer with about 2 inches deep of oil)
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk (you can use buttermilk as well)
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)
  • 2 tsp minced jalapeño (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp minced chives (optional)

Step 1: Start heating the oil either in a deep fryer or large cast iron skillet on the stove top. (Use caution whenever cooking with oil as it will get EXTREMELY HOT!!!) You can test to be sure the oil is ready for frying by placing the handle end of a solid wooden spoon in the oil to the bottom of the pan or cooker. If bubbles surround the spoon’s handle, it’s ready.

Step 2: Combine all of the dry ingredients except for the last three and whisk to blend. Add egg and milk and stir until completely mixed. Add in the cayenne, jalapeños and chives. Remember, if you don’t want the spice, you don’t have to add it.

Corn Puppies Batter - Double Knotted Apron

Step 3: Slice the hotdogs into thirds and the add wooden skewers or popsicle sticks into each piece.

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Step 4: Dip each hotdog piece into the batter.

Corn Puppies - Pre Batter Dip - Double Knotted Apron

Step 5: Coat well and let excess batter drip off of the hotdog before frying to ensure an even coating and even cooking.

Corn Puppies - Batter Dip - Double Knotted Apron

Step 6: Slowly place batter covered hotdog pieces into the hot oil. (USE CAUTION.)

Corn Puppies - Pre Deep Fry - Double Knotted Apron

Step 7: Let fry for at least 1 minute or until golden brown. Rotate the skewer to ensure that the soon to be CORN PUPPY is cooking evenly. (Can you smell it!? That’s pure corn dog deliciousness right there.)

Corn Puppies - Deep Fry Time - Double Knotted Apron

Step 8: Remove from oil and let the corn puppy hang out over the oil for a second or two to let any excess drip back in the pan. These little guys are extremely hot, so let them cool before indulging in one. I know that will be hard, but trust me… scorched taste buds are no fun!

Corn Puppies - Post Deep Fry - Double Knotted Apron

Step 9: Alright my friends, the time has come. Take that long awaited and hard earned bite. DELICIOUS right?! I can’t wait to make more. 🙂

Corn Puppies - Take a Bite - Double Knotted Apron

Step 10: Either eat them all now or take out to the back porch or picnic with the next recipe and serve!!

Corn Puppies on a Stick - Double Knotted Apron

YUM! Enjoy and remember to share!

Berry Blue Coconut Rum Sippers

So these are for all your hard work whipping up the two tasty treats above. These can be kid friendly as well, just substitute the rum for water… yes, that simply means make jello. 🙂

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 package of Berry Blue Jello (or more than one pack depending on guests)
  • 10 plastic punch cups
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup coconut rum

Berry Blue Coconut Rum Sippers - Ingredients - Double Knotted Apron

Step 1: In a large glass measuring cup, boil 1 cup of water. Add boiling water to gelatin mix and stir until all of the mix has dissolved.

Berry Blue Coconut Rum - Add Boiling Water - Double Knotted Apron

Step 2: Pour in 1 cup of coconut rum and stir well.

Berry Blue Coconut Rum Sippers - Add Rum - Double Knotted Apron

Step 3: Pour the Berry Blue Coconut Rum mixture into punch cups. Place on a baking sheet and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours or until solidified.

Berry Blue Coconut Rum Sippers - Double Knotted Apron

Cheers and Enjoy! (Please Drink Responsibly.)

I hope you have enjoyed this THREE in ONE blog posting and love all of the yummy Memorial Day Munchies! Have a safe and happy weekend. Remember to thank those who proudly serve and have served our country! Thanks to them we can celebrate and enjoy our freedom with our family and friends this weekend.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Happy Memorial Day!

xo-M

Summer Day Lemonade!

Summer Day Lemonade - Double Knotted Apron

To achieve this refreshing thirst quencher all you need is a light lemonade packet, water and a fresh lemon slice! Grass sold separately. 😉

Once I attempt to do fresh squeezed lemonade, I will let ya’ll know.

Enjoy! Stay cool this summer.

xo-M