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Frosty Lemonade

Cool off from the heat with a tall glass overflowing with refreshing Frosty Lemonade.

2 ingredient Frosty Lemonade

It’s creamy, tangy and just a little messy — in a good way that is!

It’s the perfect drink to serve to your kids and their friends during the hot summer days…

that is if you want to have a house full of kids the entire summer!

2 ingredient Frosty Lemonade

As well, you may become dad’s favorite person if you whip this up for him on Father’s Day!

This super simple sweet drink will have dad singing your praises all day long as you keep his glass filled!

And, who doesn’t like sharing a lemony milkshake with their dad?

2 ingredient Frosty Lemonade

Or even if you want to sweeten up the father of your kids — this drink is the ticket that will keep you on the fast-track to his loving heart!

And with my hubs, this a great way to spoil him, with just one more sweet thing he will love! That is besides me and the kiddo that is!

You can’t go wrong with combining two simple ingredients – tangy fresh lemonade with cool and creamy pure vanilla ice cream – into one lip-smacking summer drink!

2 ingredient Frosty Lemonade

Frosty Lemonade

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life 2 ingredient Frosty Lemonade

Ingredients:
8 oz. freshly made lemonade* (or store-bought lemonade)
2 cups vanilla ice cream (about 4 scoops, slightly softened)

Instructions:
Pour lemonade into a blender then add the ice cream. Blend on high-speed until fully combined. Pour into a large glass, garnish will a slice of lemon and serve!

*Note: to make fresh lemonade, squeeze 1 cup of lemon juice into a large pitcher, add 1/2 cup granulated sugar and stir until dissolved, then add 2-1/2 cups water and stir. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

2 ingredient Frosty Lemonade

Celebrate the hot summer days and the special men in your life with this creamy Frosty Lemonade!

Cheers!

Sheila

 

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Copycat Orange Julius

This frothy Copycat Orange Julius is so easy to make that you’ll never dish out money for this concoction at the mall again!

Copycat Orange Julius- -- taste just like the real thing!

You see, my husband and son love anything sweet – including what they drink! They are always picking up some sweet drink when they are out and about doing their “bonding”. They also have a favorite that they grab at the market — it’s a powdered packet of orange dust that you combine with water or milk and ice. I think it’s supposed to be like an Orange Julius, but it really isn’t!

So when the weather reached 77 degrees last week, it really got us all in the mood for cool, refreshing things to eat and drink. Like smoothies, ice cream, and pretty much anything that is sweet and cold. Nothing like having spring in February!

And of course, my “boys” were all over this — looking for something sweet and craving that favorite mall staple, Orange Julius. This got me thinking, hmmm…I wonder how I could make this delicious drink at home. With a quick Google search, I found just what I was looking for. And amazingly it included ingredients I already had at home; orange juice concentrate, milk, water, powdered sugar, vanilla and ice.

I quickly put all the ingredients in my blender, gave it all a whirl, and in less than a minute, I had that frothy sweet orange drink. I gave it the taste test and let me tell you, it tasted exactly like the stuff you purchase (for a lot more money) at the mall.

Now, how easy is that?

Get your blender ready to whip up this creamy Copycat Orange Julius — your family and your wallet will love you for it!

Copycat Orange Julius - simple and delicious!

Copycat Orange Julius

3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup water
4 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix on high-speed until fully incorporated. Add more ice if you like a thicker consistency.

Makes about 4 cups.

Copycat Orange Julius-a mall favorite at home!

This delicious Copycat Orange Julius is the perfect drink to have any time of the day; great as a breakfast pick-me-up, and afternoon treat or even as an evening sweet after dinner.

Sheila

 

{recipe adapted from Fabulessly Frugal}


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Creamy Banana Pie Smoothie

A pie for breakfast — I’m so there! Start your morning off on the right track with this Creamy Banana Pie Smoothie. Sipping on this goodness will surround you with a glow of sunshine and provide a great boost to the beginning your day!

Creamy Banana Pie Smoothie

Did you know that September is National Breakfast Month?

So to celebrate the most important meal of the day I’m raising my glass filled with rich, thick banana delight! And if you love banana pie, you’re sure to love this Creamy Banana Pie Smoothie. Get your blender ready to whirl some ripe banana, creamy Greek yogurt, chilled milk, tasty vanilla and cold ice. You’re boring morning routine will be turned into a pleasantly flavorful experience that you won’t mind repeating often!

For me, I always struggle with eating breakfast. I never seem to have enough time to get-it-together when it comes to eating first thing in the morning. What about you? During the week I’m usually so busy I seem to forget about myself, unless of course I prepare something in advance — and unfortunately that does not happen very often.

This Creamy Banana Pie Smoothie is easy enough to whip up and take with you on-the-go during the week days and can also be thoroughly enjoyed over a lazy weekend reading the newspaper. And who wouldn’t want to sip the flavors of an incredible creamy pie for breakfast? Let’s get ready to take the plunge!

Creamy Banana Pie Smoothie

Creamy Banana Pie Smoothie

1 cup Greek yogurt (I used vanilla)
1/2 cup milk (non-fat, almond, your choice)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large ripe banana
1 cup ice cubes
crushed graham cracker for garnish
dash of cinnamon for garnish

Add yogurt, milk, vanilla extract, banana and ice cubes to blender. Pulse on high until well blended. If you like thicker consistence add more ice.

Pour into tall glass. Sprinkle with a bit of crushed graham crackers and cinnamon and drink immediately.

Creamy Banana Pie Smoothie

Now wasn’t that easy? Have it as a breakfast or mid-afternoon snack, either way you can’t go wrong. Cheers to mornings and cheers to a satisfying Creamy Banana Pie Smoothie!

Sheila


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Spiced and Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Get ready to snuggle up with mug of this fabulous Spiced and Spiked Hot Apple Cider. You’ll definitely find me in the kitchen whipping up a batch of two of this satisfying cider over the holidays — my guests always rave about it! I even make it in smaller quantities over the weekends (sans the “spike” for my son) so that my entire family can enjoy this warm and yummy drink. Not only does it taste good, but your home will be filled with the wonderfully warm and comforting aromas of apples and cinnamon!

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Spiced and Spiked Hot Apple Cider
(note, you can make this with out the “spike”)

2 quarts Apple Cider (your favorite)
1 large orange, sliced
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 oz. Tuaca citrus liqueur (for each spiked serving)
Freshly whipped cream (for garnish)
Ground cinnamon (for garnish)
Ground nutmeg (for garnish)

Pour apple cider into a large pot and add oranges, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Turn heat to medium and bring to a soft boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer on your stove until ready to consume!

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To serve, add 1 oz. Tuaca into a glass coffee mug. Ladle the warmed apple cider until full and top with whipped cream and garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg.

This Spiced and Spiked Hot Apple Cider will definitely warm you as the wind begins to whip around outside!

Here’s to the fall — Cheers!

Sheila