Rubber Ducky Punch (for a Baby shower)

What an adorable, colorful, and fun punch to make for any baby shower! This punch was a big hit today for a co-worker’s Dr. Seuss themed baby shower!  So easy and quick to make and so much fun!  There are so many versions of this punch on the internet, this is the one I tried and I have to say, it’s definitely a KEEPER!  Give it a try and watch it disappear!

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1 packet unsweetened BLUE colored Kool-aid (I used Berry Blue)
1 cup granulated Sugar
1 cup Water
1 (2 liter bottle) 7-Up, Sprite, or Ginger ale, chilled (I used 7-Up)
1 (64 oz. bottle) White Cranberry juice, chilled (I used White Cranberry Peach juice)
8 – 10 large scoops Vanilla ice cream (I used Breyer’s brand)
NEW Rubber duckies, washed well

Refrigerate the 7-Up and White cranberry juice and allow them to chill overnight or for a few hours.  Allow the vanilla ice cream to sit on the counter to soften slightly for easy scooping, roughly about 15 – 20 minutes before starting to make this punch.

Once you are ready to prepare the punch; in a large punch bowl, combine the packet of blue kool-aid and sugar.  Add the water; stir and allow the kool-aid and sugar to dissolve.

Carefully pour in the white cranberry juice and 7-Up.  Stir to combine well.  Add in the large scoops of vanilla ice cream and stir slightly, not too much.

Strategically place the rubber duckies, if using more than one, throughout the punch.  SERVE immediately!

NOTE:  Try using PINK colored kook-aid for a baby girl shower AND pineapple sherbet instead of the vanilla ice cream.

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Apple Cider Sangria

This recipe was shared by a friend, who shared the link for it.  I’ve had several requests for the recipe and now I’m sharing it, with of course, a bit of tweaking on my end, lol! CHEERS! 😉


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1 regular sized bottle Pinot Grigio (I used Barefoot brand)
2 1/2 cups fresh Apple Cider
1/2 cup Ginger Brandy (I only found Ginger “flavored” brandy)
1/2 cup Sugar, to taste
1 cup Club soda
3 Honeycrisp apples
3 Pears
Ground Cinnamon, for garnish
Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Turbinado sugar, for rimming glasses

This is such an easy recipe! Combine everything into a large pitcher or container, except for the club soda, ice, and garnishments. Stir well and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight!

When ready to serve: Rim the glasses with the turbinado sugar, by wetting the rim first. I used a wedge of lemon to moisten; dip into the turbinado sugar, then add the ice. Add the club soda to the pitcher of Sangria, stir well. Pour Sangria into each glass along with some of the fruit. Sprinkle some ground cinnamon (optional) and garnish with a cinnamon stick. SERVE immediately!

Ol’ Time “Mall Favorite” Orange Julius

I’m not sure how many of you remember WAAAAAY back when Orange Julius was being sold in malls across America!  You don’t see them anymore!  Well, no worries, you can still create those favorite drinks right in your own home.  Here’s how!

Serving suggestion.....

Serving suggestion…..

1 (12 oz.) can FROZEN orange juice concentrate
2 cups lowfat or whole Milk
1  1/2 cups Water
1/2 cup Powdered sugar
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
3 – 4 cups Ice cubes, more a thicker drink

In the container of a heavy duty blender (I used my Vitamix), add the frozen orange juice concentrate.











Add the rest of the ingredients, in order.











Cover the blender container and process slowly at first, then revving up the speed until the ice has been completely crushed and drink is smooth.  Check for consistency and add more ice, process again until smooth.  Serve immediately!
NOTE: This recipe can be easily halved. Other frozen juice concentrates and frozen fruits can be substituted out for a variety of flavors.