Sunday, August 12, 2007

Fruity Yogurt and Minty Lime Fizzler

I have two recipes today, both of which are wonderful for these hot, humid days. According to the online weather maps I've been perusing, our weather in Nebraska this year is pretty close to the weather in Louisiana. I've always wondered what it was like to live in the swamplands. Now I know: HOT and HUMID with clouds of mosquitoes and biting flies. I'm praying for Fall.

But until then, we refresh ourselves as best we can.


32 oz. plain yogurt (whole milk yogurt is the best, if you can get it)
3/4 cup sugar
Fresh fruit: 1 lb fresh strawberries, cut up. Or 2 small cans of mandarin oranges, drained. Or 3 bananas, sliced. Or 3 or 4 fresh peaches, sliced. Or any combination of the above.
Optional: 1 tsp. vanilla (especially good with bananas)

Stir the sugar and yogurt till the yogurt is creamy and the sugar is no longer gritty. Then add the fruit. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to eat. Serves 6.

This next recipe is SO refreshing. Even the aroma of it is enough to send me on a mini-vacation. It all depends on getting fresh mint leaves, which is no problem for us-- we have a mint plant next to the porch...!


1 12-oz can ginger ale
6-8 mint leaves
3 lime slices
1 tsp. sugar
Crushed ice

Put the mint leaves in two pretty glasses. Squeeze one slice of lime, dividing it between the two glasses. Fill glasses with ice. Put one whole lime slice into each glass. Pour ginger ale over the ice. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. of sugar over each glass. Serve immediately. Makes 2.

You can refill your ginger ale once or twice, using the same mint and lime, and it's still good.

Happy Summer!

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