Fresh Lemonade

Tangy fresh homemade lemonade with juicy bits of pulp
Yield: 

6-7 cups
Ingredients: 

2 large lemons, washed
1 c sugar
6-7 c water
Instructions: 

1. Slice lemons as thinly as possible.

2. Put lemons and sugar into a large bowl or stainless steel pan, and
mash with a potato masher until juiced. Alternately, juice lemons and
combine sugar and juice.

3. Add water until lemonade is to the strength you desire. Drink fresh, or strain out seeds and rinds for longer storage.*

Fresh Lemonade
Fresh Lemonade

This recipe is from Tammy’s Recipes.




Iced Sweet Tea

A refreshing summer drink: Orange Pekoe tea, stepped, sweetened, and iced
Yield: 

1 gallon
Ingredients: 

8 (2-cup) Orange Pekoe tea bag
4 C water boiling water
Cold water
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 C sugar
Instructions: 

1. Boil 4 C water in saucepan.

2. Drop 8 tea bags into boiling water. Turn heat off; let seep for 5-8 minutes.

3. Pour tea into gallon pitcher. Pour water over tea bags and continue filling pitcher. Put sugar in and stir until dissolved.

4. Add ice cubes when served. Refrigerate.

Iced Sweet Tea
Iced Sweet Tea

This recipe is from Tammy’s Recipes.




Three Citrus Homemade Lemonade

A fresh lemonade made with the juices of lemons, limes, and oranges
Yield: 

about 1 gallon
Ingredients: 

2 lemons
2 limes
2 oranges
2-3 quarts of water (to taste)
3/4 to 1 cup sugar (to taste)
Additional slices of lemon, lime, or orange, for garnish (optional)
Instructions: 

1. Squeeze the juice from the lemons, limes, and oranges. Pour juice into a gallon container.

2. Add water and sugar to juice and mix well. (Start with lesser amounts of water and sugar, and add to taste.)

3. Chill and serve with additional fruit slices for garnish if desired.

Three Citrus Homemade Lemonade
Three Citrus Homemade Lemonade

This recipe is from Tammy’s Recipes.




Hot Chocolate

Homemade milky hot chocolate
Yield: 

6 cups
Ingredients: 

6 cups milk
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa (unsweetened)
Marshmallows or whipped cream, for serving
Instructions: 

1.
Combine sugar and cocoa in 2-quart (or larger) pan, whisking to remove
lumps. Whisk milk into mixture, starting with 1/2 cup of milk and
gradually adding the rest.

2. Heat on medium heat, stirring frequently, until milk is hot (but not boiling).

3. Ladle into mugs and top with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.

Homemade hot cocoa

Additional Notes: 

To make one serving of hot chocolate:

Stir together 3 teaspoons of baking cocoa and 4 teaspoons of sugar. Add about a tablespoon of milk and mix. Add remaining milk to fill mug; stir. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes or until hot. Stir and enjoy!

Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate

This recipe is from Tammy’s Recipes.




Mint Hot Cocoa

A homemade hot chocolate with a sweet minty flavor
Yield: 

4 cups
Ingredients: 

4 cups milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa (unsweetened)
4 starlight mints (remove wrappers, of course)
Instructions: 

1. Combine sugar and cocoa in a 2-quart saucepan. Whisk in milk and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until warm.

2. Add the four starlight mints and continue heating and stirring
until hot chocolate is hot (but not boiling!) and mints are melted.
Additional Notes: 

To make one serving of mint hot cocoa:

Combine 1 tablespoon of sugar and one tablespoon of baking cocoa in a mug. Stir. Add about 2 tablespoons milk, stirring to remove any lumps. Add remaining milk and stir. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes until milk is hot (but not boiling). Add one starlight mint and stir until dissolved.

Mint Hot Cocoa
Mint Hot Cocoa

This recipe is from Tammy’s Recipes.




Eggless Egg Nog

A smooth, creamy, spicy “egg nog”, made with milk and cream, vanilla pudding, nutmeg, and cinnamon
Yield: 

8 servings
Ingredients: 

2 quarts (8 cups) cold pasturized milk
1 package (3.5 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla*
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Instructions: 

1.
Pour pudding into a pitcher or jug with a tight-fitting lid; an empty
gallon milk jug works very well. If using an empty milk jug you may want
to use a funnel.

2. Add milk and shake until pudding powder is thoroughly mixed and dissolved, about 2 minutes.

3. Mix sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a small cup or bowl. Stirring
the mixture with a spoon will allow you to use the sugar as an abrasive
to break up the spices and allow them to mix smoothly into your nog.

4. Add sugar and spice mixture as well as the vanilla to the milk and pudding mixture. Stir or shake vigorously.

5. Add heavy whipping cream and stir thoroughly.

Eggless Egg Nog
Eggless Egg Nog




Strawberry Orange Julius

A creamy strawberry orange smoothie with milk and a hint of vanilla
Yield: 

2-3 servings
Ingredients: 

3 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2 cup milk*
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 banana, optional
1 cup frozen strawberries
6 regular-sized ice cubes (or until desired consistency)
Instructions: 

1. Blend together orange juice concentrate, milk, water, sugar, vanilla, and banana (if using) for 1 minute.

2. Add strawberries and blend for a couple minutes, until smooth.

3. Add ice cubes to blender, one at a time, blending after each one until smooth. You don’t want chunks of ice in your smoothie! 🙂

Strawberry Orange Julius
Strawberry Orange Julius

This recipe is from Tammy’s Recipes.




Almond Joy Hot Chocolate

A creamy hot cocoa with vanilla, almond, and coconut essence
Yield: 

4 cups
Ingredients: 

1/3 cup baking cocoa powder
1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons sugar
4 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
Instructions: 

1. Combine baking cocoa and sugar in a bowl; using a spoon, mix, paying special attention to break apart all cocoa clumps.

2. Add dry mixture to a large pan and add 1/3 cup milk to mixture.
With  a spatula or whisk, thoroughly mix until a smooth texture.

3. Slowly stir in the remaining milk.

4. Stir in the vanilla and extracts.

5. Pour mixture into a saucepan or stock pot and heat at medium. Stir frequently and do NOT bring to a boil.

6. When hot, ladle into mugs. Enjoy!

Almond Joy Hot Chocolate
Almond Joy Hot Chocolate

This recipe is from Tammy’s Recipes.




Strawberry Pie

Fresh juicy strawberries smothered in a homemade glaze, served in a pie shell
Yield: 

one 9-inch pie
Ingredients: 

3 T cornstarch
1 c sugar
1 c cold water
2 T white corn syrup
2 T strawberry flavored gelatin
3 drops red food coloring (optional)
about 3 c washed strawberries, sliced or diced
one 9-inch baked pie pastry
Instructions: 

1. Combine and cook first 4 ingredients for 5 or 6 minutes, stirring until thick to prevent lumps.

2. Remove from heat and while still hot add strawberry gelatin and red food coloring (if using).

3. Pile strawberries high in baked pie shell and pour glaze over strawberries.  Chill and serve!

Strawberry Pie
Strawberry Pie




Tapioca Pudding

My mom’s old-fashioned recipe for a super easy and very delicious tapioca pudding!
Yield: 

about 2 quarts
Ingredients: 

9 tablespoons granulated/instant/Minute tapioca*
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, beaten well
8 1/4 cups milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Instructions: 

1.
In a large stock pot, whisk together the tapioca, sugar, salt, and
eggs. Whisk in milk and let mixture stand for 5-10 minutes.

2. Bring mixture to a full boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

3. Allow to cool for 20 minutes and then stir once. Cover until cool,
or serve warm! Refrigerate leftover pudding in an air-tight container.

Additional Notes: 

*From
what I understand, granulated, instant, quick-cooking and Minute
(brand) taipoca are the same for use in recipes. I get my granulated
tapioca at a bulk food store. It looks similar to coarse kosher salt,
with some crumbs. 🙂

This tapioca pudding recipe was originally found many years ago on a paper of recipes titled “Bulk Food” which my mom picked up while visiting Smith’s Bulk Foods, a Mennonite (or Amish?) owned store near Dalton, Ohio.

Tapioca Pudding
Tapioca Pudding

This recipe is from Tammy’s Recipes.