A personal kitchen diary. I try new recipes and make notes on what works and what doesn't. Sometimes I can things, and sometimes I dry herbs. This is the story of my kitchen.

Month: July 2018

Gimme Some Oven Roasted Artichokes

Gimme Some Oven Roasted Artichokes

Gimme Some Oven is one of my favorite blogs to follow. I had noticed a post on roasted artichokes last spring, and it was at the back of my mind to make. Last week I was at Sprouts and they had gigantic artichokes so on […]

Enchilada Style Chili Rellenos

Enchilada Style Chili Rellenos

I had thawed a container of red chili sauce this week, intending to make something else, but never got around to it. I needed to use the thawed sauce though. I remembered that I had a block of Monterey Jack cheese that was getting rather […]

Vodka Suns aka Adult Capri Suns

Vodka Suns aka Adult Capri Suns

I don’t really get why everything is called a hack these days, but one so-called hack caught my eye last week—Adult Capri Suns. Mix vodka and lemonade, put it in a plastic bag with a straw, and you have your very own Capri sun!

And it was on.

I made lemonade:

I had one opened and one unopened bottle of vodka, and right beside them I had a bottle of limoncello. That sounded promising.

There was about a cup of vodka left in the opened bottle, so I poured it into the lemonade.

Then I poured in a couple of shots of limoncello. Then I poured some in a cordial glass. You know, to taste test.

Next I lined four small glasses with sandwich size plastic bags. This made it easier to fill the bags with the vodka mix.

All filled up and sealed.

And into the freezer they went!  I wanted them to be a slushy-like consistency when it was time to drink them.   The plan was to take them with us when we went golfing the next day.

I got them out that morning and packed them in a freezer bag with some ice packs and stainless steel straws.

As we started the 9th hole, it was time!  They were still a little solid so you had to squish them around a little. And then my golfing partner took a drink.

My other golfing partner also took a drink and declared, ‘This does not suck!’  So I’m thinking we should probably make them again.

Vodka Suns


4 lemons, sliced

3/4 cup sugar

4 cups ice water

Place the lemon slices in a large flat bottom bowl. Pour the sugar over them and let them sit for at least one hour. Take a potato masher or large spoon and mash the lemon to release as much juice as possible. Add four cups of ice water and stir.

Vodka Mix

1 cup vodka

4 cups lemonade

2 shots limoncello

Add the vodka and limoncello to the lemonade. You can add more of either, but it will probably change the frozen consistency.

Assembling the Suns

Place sandwich-sized resealable plastic bags into short glasses. Pour the vodka mix into the glasses, seal, and put them (glasses and all) in the freezer overnight.

When you are ready to drink them, take them out of the freezer a short time before serving. Knead the bag to make them more slushy-like. A stainless steel straw makes it easier to pierce the frozen drink.


Sausage and Peppers

Sausage and Peppers

Two weekends ago I went to St. Louis to visit my nephew and meet my new great-niece. While I was there I went to the Tower Grove Farmers Market, and while I was THERE I visited the Salume Beddu stand.  I bought four different types […]