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When we first moved to Bristol, we were staying in a hotel across the street from a Starbucks – so you know where we went for breakfast in the morning!  The kids wanted some juice, and I think by accident Scott grabbed them this water.  It’s basically water, fresh-squeezed juice, and a little sugar.  The kids loved it!  So we decided once we got into our house, we’d make our own…

Squeeze 1 large lemon and 2 small limes into a pitcher.  Fill with water, stir.  Add a few spoonfuls of sugar to sweeten to your liking.  Slice some lime and lemon circles to make it pretty, and serve over ice.  Delicious!

variation:  use sparkling water to make it fancy!


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Now if I can only make this without my kids knowing I’m adding sorbet, because I can’t really leave it out, right?!


  • 1 cup chopped ripe strawberries (5 large strawberries)
  • 1 cup chopped seeded watermelon
  • 1 cup chopped fresh peach
  • 1 cup raspberry sorbet
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice


Place the strawberries, watermelon, peach, sorbet, and orange juice in a blender and puree until smooth and creamy. Add more orange juice if you’d like it a little less thick. Serve immediately in tall glasses with straws.


from Ina Garten’s kitchen


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Don’t let the simplicity fool you… this is so good, and so refreshing on a hot summer day!


frozen strawberries (I freeze my own during the season, or buy whole frozen berries from Costco)

prepared lemonade (not the powdered stuff!)

sugar to sweeten


Idea:  Freeze in dixie cups w/ popsicle sticks for a homemade popsicle!


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pineapple crush

Blend & Enjoy!

1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 frozen very ripe medium banana


from JulieCooks!

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orange julius

This is probably my favorite smoothie-type drink of all time.  I drank one almost every morning when pregnant with Kylie (in lieu of coffee), and now will add vanilla Carnation powder to make a healthy shake.  But best of all is my kids LOVE orange julius’!

In blender, combine & blend…

Ice (halfway full or so)

1/2 can concentrated orange juice

1 cup milk

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla


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cranberry tea

Perfect for a cold winter’s day!

Boil together:
2 cups sugar or less
3 cups water
3 sticks of cinnamon
2 quarts water
1 quart cranberry juice cocktail
1 large can pineapple juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups orange juice
Simmer for 30 minutes on the stove, or transfer to crockpot.

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Watermelon Lemonade

4 kiwifruit, peeled and cut into fourths
1 tablespoon sugar
8 cups cubed seedless watermelon
2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen lemonade concentrate
4 cups water

1. Place kiwifruit and sugar in blender. Cover and blend on medium speed just until smooth. Freeze 1 to 2 hours or until firm.
2. Place watermelon in blender or food processor (blender will be full until blended). Cover and blend on medium speed until smooth. Place frozen lemonade concentrate and water in large pitcher. Add watermelon mixture; mix well.
3. Pour watermelon lemonade into glasses. Spoon dollop of frozen kiwifruit on top. Serve immediately.


from Betty Crocker’s Kitchen

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