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Summertime Strawberry Limeade drink

Strawberry Limeade Easy Summer drink

When it is hot, there is nothing better then a refreshing cold drink that taste to good! It just hits the spot everytime. And when summer drinks are easy to make and take no effort it makes prep time even easier to manage in the heat of the summer! Nothing is worse in the summer time heat then to have to spend time cooking or heating up the house over the stove. Why add more heat to the stifling summer weather, when you can make meals and drinks that require no extra cooking. That’s one reason why I love this Summertime Strawberry Limeade drink. It is so easy to make and takes no time at all! You can get all the ingredients ready and keep them in the fridge and make one drink at a time or make an entire pitcher full of refreshing beverage! easy strawberry limeade drink

It takes just a few ingredients that can be found in most kitchens!

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Limes
  • Sugar
  • Crushed Ice

ingredient summer drink strawberry limeade

Cut with a knife or crush the strawberries with a fork. You want to smash them quite well to help release the juice inside. For how ever much strawberries you use you will want to use half that in sugar. So as in the recipe card below you can use one cup strawberries and half a cup sugar. Mix the strawberries and the sugar well and place in the fridge to rest and draw more fluid out of the strawberries.

While that is drawing juice, slice the limes in halves and then take one half and cut it into quarters. Sqweeze the two quarters into your mixing container or glass. Take the other half and slice it along the outside to make a round garnish to hang on the side of the glasses.

virgin strawberry limeade
Next pour some crushed ice into your glass to about half full. Next add some Sprite or other Lemon Lime drink into your glass about 3/4 the way full. next spoon in some strawberries and juice from the bowl in the fridge. Add the juice from your 2 quarter limes, and place the lime garnish on the glass rim. Add more lime and strawberries to taste. And enjoy the cooling and refreshing Summertime Strawberry Limeade!

Strawberry Limeade
 
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Refreshing Summertime Strawberry Limeade
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • Sugar soak strawberries:
  • 1 Cup chopped strawberries
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 1 lime
  • Sprite
  • Crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Soak strawberries in bowl with sugar mixed in refrigerator till liquid is pulled from strawberries
  2. In a large glass add in crushed ice.
  3. Smash up the sugar soaked strawberries.
  4. Add strawberries to glass and pour in desired amount of sprite.
  5. Squeeze in 1 lime and toss lime into drink for an extra lime taste.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Strawberry Limeade Easy Summer drink

 

 

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How to Make a White Castle Burger

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WHITE CASTLE BURGER COPYCAT RECIPE, BAKED IN THE OVEN SO EASY, White Castle sliders recipeHi everyone and welcome to our site. We created this post a few years ago it was not planned, we were making White Castle Burgers for dinner and decided to snap a few last minute photos on our phone.  But when I see this recipe photos I have to cringe a little… so I decided to keep the recipe as is, but I wanted to add a few updated photos. Yes I know it is a fast food recipe so who cares if it is pretty or not… but it just makes me feel better having a photo that is actually in focus, lol. Enjoy!

White Castle Burger Copycat recipeSo many grew up on the famous White Castle burgers. They are even know as the first chain restaurant! So how do you make a White Castle Burger or “Slider“? It is quite easy and I will even show you an easy way to cook them up too so you get the nice thin patty of meat! And the best part out side of taste is that they are cooked in the oven! Yes cook your hamburger in the oven in 20 mins! The patties come out so nice and flat and are cooked perfectly on the onions!

WHITE CASTLE BURGER COPYCAT RECIPE, BAKED IN THE OVEN SO EASY, White Castle sliders recipeIngredients:

  • 1 pound Hamburger – 80/20 is best
  • 2/3 cup Onion – finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 package Dinner Rolls

 white castle burger recipeMix hamburger in bowl with black pepper, bread crumbs and eggs.

Thoroughly mix meat. 

white castle burger recipe onionsFinely chop onion and spread evenly over 13×9 baking pan.

white castle burger recipe holesSpoon portions of hamburger on top of onions. Evenly spoon meat around top of onions. Pat meat evenly on top of onions to cover entire pan. Then with straws poke holes close and evenly over entire meat. This allows the onion juice to rise through the meat, just as they do at White Castle.

Place in pre-heated oven at 400 F (bake) for 20 mins

white castle burger recipe cheeseRemove to add cheese if you want it- Place back in oven till cheese is melted – about 1-2 mins
Remove and cut into squares the size of your rolls 

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White Castle Burger Copycat Recipe - Baked in the oven - so easy
 
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Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 pound Hamburger - 80/20 is best
  • ⅔ cup Onion - finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 package Dinner Rolls
Instructions
  1. Mix hamburger in bowl with black pepper, bread crumbs and eggs.
  2. Thoroughly mix meat.
  3. Finely chop onion and spread evenly over 13x9 baking pan.
  4. Spoon portions of hamburger on top of onions. Evenly spoon meat around top of onions. Pat meat evenly on top of onions to cover entire pan. Then with straws poke holes close and evenly over entire meat. This allows the onion juice to rise through the meat, just as they do at White Castle.
  5. Place in pre-heated oven at 400 F (bake) for 20 mins
  6. Remove to add cheese if you want it- Place back in oven till cheese is melted - about 1-2 mins
  7. Remove and cut into squares the size of your rolls

Fun gift idea for a classic hamburger lover…. and the SLIDER SCENT is sure to make them smile, or gag a little lol. 

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Penne Rustica Macaroni Grill Copy Cat recipe, feed a large group and is amazing #Pasta recipe, #Soul FoodPenne Rustica Casserole Recipe

My friend Laurie gave me this copy cat recipe about 12 years ago for Penne Rustica at Macaroni Grill.  I changed it up a bit, for example I do not put shrimp, pimentos, shallots or wine in mine.  But here is the way my family has been eating it the last 12 years.  Matt loves it, I should make it more often… plus it feeds a large group.  We always have left over for the next day or two.

Gratinata Sauce:

  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  •  2 cups white grape juice (can use Marsala wine)
  •  1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper (I use black pepper)
  • 6 cups heavy whipping cream ( or you can use whole milk, but sauce will be MUCH thinner)
In a large stock pot, bring water to boil and cook on box of Penne Pasta 14-16 oz , cook to package directions.
In a large sauce pan heat butter, garlic and rosemary for a minute on medium heat.  Then add the rest of the ingredients in, stir on medium heat till it comes to a boil.  Make sure you stir it so the cream does not scald.  Boil for 5 minutes, sauce will thicken.  Take off heat and set aside.

In a large skillet cook 2-3 strips of  bacon, cut into small bits (or you can use Pancetta).  Once it gets crispy take out of the pan, and set aside…. but leave bacon drippings in pan.

 

In the same pan you cooked the bacon in, add 1/3 cup minced onions, 2 large chicken breast cut into thin strips, season with 1/2 teaspoon paprika, pinch of salt and pepper.  Once the chicken has started to brown and has a nice color, add 6 Tablespoons butter. (At this point if you want to add 18 shrimp peeled and deveined, cook till pink but still translucent… cause you will cook them again in the oven)

 

Once Chicken in fully cooked add the Gratinata Suace (that you made earlier) and 1 cup Culinary Circle  Parmesan Cheese.  Bring it all back up to a boil, and cook for 1 minute.

 

Add your Penne Noodles and sauce with the chicken into a LARGE greased baking dish OR  bake it in TWO 9/13 pans… yes it makes a lot.

 

Then top with 1 cup grated Parmesan, crumbled bacon and a dash of salt and pepper.

 

Bake at 450  for 10-15 minutes.  Take out of oven and let stand for 5-10 before serving.  Serves 6-12 people (depending on serving size)

Penne Rustica Casserole Recipe

 

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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • 2 cups white grape juice (can use Marsala wine)
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper (I use black pepper)
  • 6 cups heavy whipping cream ( or you can use whole milk, but sauce will be MUCH thinner)
  • Gratinata Sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • 2 cups white grape juice (can use Marsala wine)
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper (I use black pepper)
  • 5 cups heavy whipping cream ( or you can use whole milk, but sauce will be MUCH thinner)
  • Other Ingredients needed:
  • 2-3 strips of bacon chopped
  • 2 large chicken breast sliced thin
  • 6 Tablespoon butter
  • ⅓ cup minced onions
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup Culinary Circle Parmesan Cheese (found in the specialty cheese bin at Albertsons)
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • optional 18 Shrimp Peeled and Deveined (or I use Italian sausage instead)
  • 1 box of Penne Pasta 14-16 oz (before you cook)
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot, bring water to boil and cook on box of Penne Pasta 14-16 oz , cook to package directions.
  2. In a large sauce pan heat butter, garlic and rosemary for a minute on medium heat. Then add the rest of the ingredients in, stir on medium heat till it comes to a boil. Make sure you stir it so the cream does not scald. Boil for 5 minutes, sauce will thicken. Take off heat and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet cook 2-3 strips of bacon, cut into small bits (or you can use Pancetta). Once it gets crispy take out of the pan, and set aside.... but leave bacon drippings in pan.
  4. In the same pan you cooked the bacon in, add ⅓ cup minced onions, 2 large chicken breast cut into thin strips, season with ½ teaspoon paprika, pinch of salt and pepper. Once the chicken has started to brown and has a nice color, add 6 Tablespoons butter. (At this point if you want to add 18 shrimp peeled and deveined, cook till pink but still translucent... cause you will cook them again in the oven)
  5. Once Chicken in fully cooked add the Gratinata Suace (that you made earlier) and 1 cup Culinary Circle Parmesan Cheese (found in the specialty cheese bin at Albertsons) . Bring it all back up to a boil, and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add you Penne Noodles and sauce with chicken into a LARGE greased baking dish OR bake it in TWO 9/13 pans... yes it makes a lot.
  7. Then top with 1 cup grated parmesan, crumbled bacon and a dash of salt and pepper.
  8. Bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes. Take out of oven and let stand for 5-10 before serving. Serves 6-12 people (depending on serving size)

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Chili's Salsa Recipe, copy cat version for Chili's salsa. Quick and easy made in less than 60 seconds in the blender #Chili's, #Salsa, #CopyCatrecipeCopy Cat Chili’s Salsa

If you need a quick and easy snack for the next tailgate party, football party or just as a late night snack.  Then you have got to try this quick and easy recipe. Get restaurant quality salsa at a fraction of the price and made in about 60 seconds.

Ingredients

  • 1 28 oz. Can Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1-4 Canned Jalapenos, stem ends removed
  • 1 teas. Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 teas. Salt
  • 1 1/2 teas. Ground Cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. Lime Juice
  • Sugar (optional)

Instructions

All Jalapenos are not created equal start with just one to begin with and add more to taste.
Add all ingredients except the sugar to a blender.
Blend until smooth (about 60 seconds_.
Check the heat and salt level, add additional peppers one at a time blending after each addition.
If it is a little bitter add sugar a little at a time until it’s just right.
Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
Serve with chips or on your favorite dish.

Chili’s Salsa Copy Cat Recipe ~ Made in less than 60 seconds
 
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 1 28 oz. Can Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1-4 Canned Jalapenos, stem ends removed
  • 1 teas. Garlic Powder
  • 1½ teas. Salt
  • 1½ teas. Ground Cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. Lime Juice
  • Sugar (optional)
Instructions
  1. All Jalapenos are not created equal start with just one to begin with and add more to taste.
  2. Add all ingredients except the sugar to a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth (about 60 seconds)
  4. Check the heat and salt level, add additional peppers one at a time blending after each addition.
  5. If it is a little bitter add sugar a little at a time until it’s just right.
  6. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  7. Serve with chips or on your favorite dish.

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