Friday, July 26, 2013

Catered Crop: Let's Make Lemonade

The current challenge at Catered Crop is Summer Lovin'.  Here's my problem.  I do not love summer.  I truly hate being hot and Colorado just seems to get hotter and hotter every summer.  Older homes, like mine, weren't even built with central air.  We did add a swamp cooler - but swamp coolers rely on dry air and the storm clouds seem to come in every day just to raise the humidity and make me miserable. So I just can't get away from the heat!  (Of course, those of you who live in Colorado are shaking your heads right because we have actually had a couple of wonderfully cool days in a row!!)

So Summer Lovin' challenges are always a problem for me.  My inspiration this week comes from my children's complaints!!??  I have a frozen drink that I make a batch of at the beginning of each summer and my kids have just reminded me that I forgot this year.  It's a fruity frozen slush drink that does include lemonade.  There is nothing redeeming about it - as it begins with a sugar syrup (not only not healthy but it also takes forever to get the sticky remnants out of the kitchen each time a drink is made!)  This whole discussion put summer drinks into my mind and, while my frozen drink isn't lemonade, what is more representative of summer than a frosty glass of lemonade!

Let's Make Lemonade

I also used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I used it exactly as is because I loved the fresh, clean and open look for my summery card.

I've had my frozen slush drink recipe for 40 years.  I got it from a family friend when I was just a child and typically make a batch every summer.  If you are not concerned about the sugar - nor the mess - here's how you do it...

4 cups sugar
6 cups water
46 ounces pineapple juice
24 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
12 ounces frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
5 bananas, mashed
6 bottles ginger ale

Measure sugar and water into saucepan.  Heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.  Refrigerate until cold.

Mix chilled mixture with pineapple juice, OJ, lemonade concentrate and mashed bananas.  Pour into 5 1-quart containers, cover, label, and freeze.

At serving time, half fill glasses with ginger ale; spoon in frozen mixture to fill.  Stir. Enjoy!

  • Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps Lemon Squeezy
  • Paper: Simple Stores I {Heart} Summer 6x6
  • Ink: Memento black, copics
  • Accessories: Avery Elle sequins, Papertrey Ink tag die, The Twinery Caribbean Twine, Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter


  1. I love this Kim! So cheerful and yummy and CAS!

  2. Darling card! Just love the sparkly slushy :)

  3. Hi Kim,
    what a cute and fresh card! Just the right thing at those temperatures!
    Love the sparkling lemonade and the sequins!
    The recipe sounds so tasty!

  4. darling card, Kim! but, I missed the tequila part of the recipe :)

  5. Love this, Kim! The sparkly, sugary drink and the summer-y colors make me happy. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  6. Love this card, Miss Lady!!! Tim and I were just talking about this cray cray!!! Colorado is sooooooo!! Thanks for the recipe.....need to try this!! :)

  7. Fabulous card Kim! I love your FMS cards, always spot on :)

  8. Sweet summer card Kim!! I'm with you, I don't like humidity OR being overheated!!

  9. Absolutely love this card - so fresh and bright. The sparkle on the lemonade glass is super.

    I think the recipe sounds very, very sweet - just the sort of drink that Jonathan and Kathryn love! I might try it for them.

  10. Too cute that yummy looking lemonade.

  11. What a clean and fresh card! I must try your recipe. Sounds yummy! Btw, I love summer! Ha!

  12. Love seeing the summery cards! Your recipe sounds delicious! Pinning for sure! Hugs xxx

  13. Love the colors for this card! The sequins are the perfect touch, too.

  14. Wonderful card! Love those stamps...and how you did the tag!


  15. I'm with you when it comes to heat; swelter-fests are a challenge! Your card is fantastic! Love the colours, the images, the sentiment. Fabulous+++ As for the recipe: it may be messy and sugary, but wow, does it ever sound delicious!! Thanks for the inspiring treats for the eyes and the tastebuds! Perfect pairing!!

  16. Hahaha! I'm with you on the summer thing, but I think I'm less fond of winter!!! Thank goodness for air conditioning here in the Midwest!!! I can take heat, but the humidity is another thing!
    This card makes summer seem MUCH more enjoyable! We had fresh lemonade at the county fair this week and it tasted SO good! your drink mix sounds like something my boys would love!!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  17. What a fun and refreshing card! Love the sequins!

  18. To be honest, Summer wasn't one of my favs either until we bought a house that had a pool. It teases us most months of the year, but June, July and August - I'm all about the summer heat. I love, love your summer card - that drink looks so refreshing!

  19. I HATE summer! I don't do hot. Nope. Your card is a refreshing break from the heat and I totally appreciate the recipe too! It sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing your card with us at Freshly Made Sketches. to look for lemonade....

  20. I'm with you, Kim, I'm not a big fan of summer either. No Central Air in my house either...and No pool anywhere that I can cool off in...So most of the time it just seems long and HOT! (although this week is thankfully cooler) Your lovely card does make me feel cooler just looking at it.
    And in regard to my Hubby coloring my images. He just loves to do that coloring and doing the snowy winter days it gave him something to do. Summertime he's busy working in the yard/etc. Tell your hubby he also had made some cards from start to finish.

  21. LOVE LOVE this card. It is so happy and I love the twine, the sequins, the glitter....uh...everything. And I can certainly close my eyes to the sugar content to a tropical slushy drink whose recipe has been a favorite for 40 years. And being a mom of a toddler boy....yeah...messes phase me less and less every day. Can't wait to try it!


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