Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Quick and Easy Strawberry Lemonade


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Quick and Easy Strawberry Lemonade:  Savor the last days of summer with this DELICIOUS drink!  Slice of Southern

I've been making this Quick and Easy Strawberry Lemonade all summer long and we absolutely love it!

With the Labor Day holiday and all the festivities coming up I think that this is a good time to share this recipe with you.  With a few simple ingredients you'll be sitting outside, sipping strawberry lemonade, in no time!


Quick and Easy Strawberry Lemonade:  Savor the last days of summer with this DELICIOUS drink!  Slice of Southern


QUICK AND EASY STRAWBERRY LEMONADE

A pint of strawberries, your favorite jarred lemonade, and a little sugar is really all you need to make this thirst quenching drink.  It's a semi-homemade thing and there is nothing wrong with that!  Especially if you are short on time and dying of thirst.  NOTE:  you may not need any sugar if your strawberries are really ripe and sweet, as the jarred lemonade will already have sugar in it.  Our strawberries were juicy sweet and I didn't have to use any sugar, but you will need to taste test to see.


Quick and Easy Strawberry Lemonade:  Savor the last days of summer with this DELICIOUS drink!  Slice of Southern

I blended the strawberries until they were a puree and added that to my bottle of lemonade.  Tasted it for sweetness and it was perfect as is. 


Quick and Easy Strawberry Lemonade:  Savor the last days of summer with this DELICIOUS drink!  Slice of Southern

Next thing I know, is we are sitting by the pool drinking Quick and Easy Strawberry Lemonade, listening to the birds sing, and savoring the last days of summer!  Man that's good....

Enjoy!





Quick and Easy Strawberry Lemonade

4 cups of jarred Lemonade (any brand)
1 pint of strawberries, cleaned and hulled
sugar or simple syrup (optional for sweetness)

Pour ready made lemonade in a bottle or pitcher.  In a blender puree the strawberries.  Pour in to a mason jar.  (This will keep for about 1 week in the refrigerator.)  Add about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of strawberry puree to the bottle or pitcher.  Stir and taste for sweetness.  Add sugar or simple syrup to adjust sweetness to your liking. (You may not need any sugar, so be sure to taste.)  Stir vigorously and then serve over ice.


Quick and Easy Strawberry Lemonade:  Savor the last days of summer with this DELICIOUS drink!  Slice of Southern

Quick and Easy Strawberry Lemonade:  Savor the last days of summer with this DELICIOUS drink!  Slice of Southern



Sunday, August 20, 2017

The BEST Broccoli Pasta Salad


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The BEST Broccoli Pasta Salad - An easy yet scrumptious side dish that's perfect for Labor Day! Slice of Southern

Labor Day is coming up and a great holiday to celebrate with the last of summer food.  I'm going to be bringing you several posts with dishes to celebrate with.  First up is another great pasta salad.  

Everyone needs an easy yet scrumptious side dish and this is absolutely The BEST Broccoli Pasta Salad I've ever had.  It was adapted slightly from a recipe I found on Pinterest from Tiffany's blog Pics and Pastries.  To me this pasta salad screams summer!

The BEST Broccoli Pasta Salad - An easy yet scrumptious side dish that's perfect for Labor Day! Slice of Southern

THE BEST BROCCOLI PASTA SALAD

Imagine a pasta salad that includes fresh crunchy broccoli, sweet & tart cherries, and doused in a creamy 3 cheese ranch dressing.  Oh yum!  The combination of sweet/tart (cherries) and spicy/savory (bell peppers) just work wonders with the crunch of the broccoli.  The perfect way to use fresh summer vegetables.  I can truly say this is the best broccoli salad around!


The BEST Broccoli Pasta Salad - An easy yet scrumptious side dish that's perfect for Labor Day! Slice of Southern


The BEST Broccoli Pasta Salad - An easy yet scrumptious side dish that's perfect for Labor Day! Slice of Southern


So whether you are having a last summer bash for Labor Day, a summer picnic, concert in the park, or a potluck block party, make this dish!  Everyone will be raving it's praises and asking for the recipe.  The BEST Broccoli Pasta Salad is on the menu!

Enjoy!







The BEST Broccoli Pasta Salad

serves 6



6 oz bow-tie pasta
1/2 - 1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 - 1 orange bell pepper, diced
1 head broccoli
1/3 cup dried cherries
3/4 cup Three Cheese Ranch dressing (such as Kroger or Kraft brand)
Kosher salt &  fresh ground pepper to taste


In a large pot of boiling water cook pasta according to box directions.  During the last 4 minutes of cooking add the broccoli head to blanch.  Broccoli should turn bright green.  Remove broccoli and drain pasta.  Allow pasta to cool.

Chop broccoli into florets.  Add to medium bowl.  Add diced bell peppers to the bowl along with the cherries. Add cooled pasta and toss to combine.  Add dressing and toss to coat.  Refrigerate 1 hour.  Serve cold or room temperature.  May add extra dressing if needed.

The BEST Broccoli Pasta Salad - An easy yet scrumptious side dish that's perfect for Labor Day! Slice of Southern


The BEST Broccoli Pasta Salad - An easy yet scrumptious side dish that's perfect for Labor Day! Slice of Southern



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Low Carb Pancakes & a Product Review (Bob Mills)


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Treat yourself to some AMAZING Low Carb Pancakes!  Slice of Southern

We are always striving to eat healthier and cutting carbs has been part of our regime for several years now.  However, there are just some things that you want to eat (Pancakes & Waffles!) that are full of carbs, so we eat those sparingly but want them in our lives!!!  I can't imagine never eating a pancake!  It's my favorite breakfast treat to get when we travel or go for a quick breakfast.

Treat yourself to some AMAZING Low Carb Pancakes!  Slice of Southern


Well now you can have your pancake and eat it too!!!  I recently came across an ad for Bob Mills Whole Grain Low Carb Baking Mix.  So I started researching it and the more I read the more I knew I wanted to try this.  Having a baking mix to make low carb biscuits, waffles, and pancakes is such a plus.  I hunted it down and found it here.  I patiently awaited it's arrival and then it was here!  Pancake time!


Treat yourself to some AMAZING Low Carb Pancakes!  Slice of Southern

With only 8 grams of net carbs this mix has a lot of wholesome whole grains.  You use is just as you would all purpose flour, so making pancakes is a cinch.  The recipe is even on the package.


Treat yourself to some AMAZING Low Carb Pancakes!  Slice of Southern

So let's talk about the result.  These pancakes were light and fluffy, not dense like I expected them to be.  I was pleased at how good they tasted, with a slight nutty flavor, but overall tasted just like regular pancakes!  I will definitely be using this product more often and trying waffles and biscuits next.

Try this mix for yourself and enjoy some low carb pancakes!

Enjoy!





Low Carb Pancakes

1 cup Bob Mills Low Carb Baking Mix
1 Tbsp Canola Oil
2 Eggs
1 cup Water
3 tsp Baking Powder
4 packets of your favorite low carb sweetener
1/2 tsp Vanilla

Heat griddle or skillet over medium low heat. 
Grease with cooking spray or butter.  Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl.  Stir until well blended.  Pour batter onto the griddle in desired sized pancakes and cook until bubbles form, top is slightly dry and bottom is golden brown.  Flip and cook the other side until golden and steam stops rising from pancake.  Serve warm with sugar free syrup or fruit.


Treat yourself to some AMAZING Low Carb Pancakes!  Slice of Southern

Treat yourself to some AMAZING Low Carb Pancakes!  Slice of Southern



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