Here is an easy and refreshing treat for those last days of summer.
Berry Smoothie Popsicles
(makes about 12 pops)
3/4 c fresh blueberries
1/2 c fresh raspberries
1/4 c sugar ( add more if you like it sweet)
1 c vanilla yogurt
1 T lemon juice
Add all ingredients to a blender and puree.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Eat and enjoy.
Well here is another thing I won’t need to buy at the grocery store, I just made my first granola bars and they were easy! I am already thinking of new flavor combinations, They are perfect for on the go snacks and breakfasts.
Raspberry and Nutella Granola Bars
2 c old-fashioned oats
1/2 c dried raspberries
1/2 c nutella
1/3 c brown sugar
Mix oats and raspberries in a large bowl. Melt butter over low in a saucepan, mix in nutella, sugar, and honey. Pour over oats and place in an 8×8 pan lined with tin foil, that has been sprayed with cooking spray of butter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, cool and cut into bars.
A delicious and refreshing drink for summer parties
Raspberry Tequila Sangria
3 c frozen raspberries
1 liter lemon lime soda
1 bottle rose champagne or sparkling wine
Cut 1 orange and 1 lime into thin slices, add to a large pitcher. Add raspberries, 1 cup tequila, juice from 1 orange, juice from 1 lime, champagne and soda, stir with a wooden spoon serve over ice.
Hosting an Olympic themed party, try this cute and festive dessert, you may take home the gold.
Olympic Fruit Tart
2 packages of dry sugar cookie mix
1 80z tub Cool Whip
12 oz cream cheese softened
1 t vanilla extract
2 T sugar
1 cup apple jelly
about 1/2 c each of:
Raspberries, Blackberries, Pineapple, Blueberries, and Green Grapes
Mix up sugar cookie dough according to package directions, spread into a large rectangular cookie sheet sprayed with non stick spray. Cook for about 15 minutes or until cookie is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Flip cookie onto a large flat board or platter (you can leave in pan if desired). To make frosting, combine cool whip, cream cheese, vanilla and sugar in a large bowl, I used my kitchen aid mixer with the paddle attachment, you could use a hand mixer or food processor. Beat about 4 minutes on high or until no longer lumpy. Spread on cooled cookie.
To make olympic rings use a small bowl and make circular indentations onto the frosting.
Use the fruit to make rings, Chop black berries and grapes in half, and pineapple into small pieces
Melt apple jelly in a small sauce pan over med/low heat and brush over tart with a silicone brush.
Put in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Sweet, smokey and a little spicy, try this with chicken too. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, elegant enough for company, and romantic enough for date night.
Raspberry Chipotle Pork Chops
2 pounds boneless pork loin chops ( although this would work on any pork or chicken cut)
2 T veg oil
For the rub
1 t salt
1 t lemon pepper
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t chipotle chili powder ( I used Mc Cormick’s)
For the sauce
6 0z fresh raspberries
2 T red wine vinegar
1 t chipotle chili powder
2 t sugar
Mix together the ingredients for the rub in a small bowl (Salt, lemon pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and 1/2 t of chipotle chili powder) Sprinkle on both sides of the chops.
Heat oil in a large pan, add chops and cook for approximately 5 min per side on med heat, depending on thickness.(use a meat thermometer to check doneness)
Remove chops to a plate. There will be juice left in your pan.
Add red wine vinegar, sugar and raspberries to pan, cook over low heat about 3 minutes of until raspberries fall apart and sauce thickens slightly. Break up raspberries with the back of a spoon until smooth. (You may add water if you did not have enough pan juices)
Spoon sauce over chops and serve.