Monday, July 7, 2014

Kyle's Mint Mojito Slushy

Hot summer days call for cool summer drinks.  The other night my husband came up with this drink  It is sort of a version of a mint mojito drink, without the alcohol, and lots of crushed ice.  We all loved it, and have had it several times since.  A friend we had over for dinner said that the mint just makes it "over the top!"
Before I go any further, I want to thank you for all the good wishes for my son.  He dropped using a walker this past week -- that is progress!   He is now using crutches.  He drove for the first time in over 5 weeks for a little bit -- more progress!!  Hopefully in about 3 weeks he will be off the everyday IV antibiotics.
So my husband's recipe is very simple. 
Kyle's Mint Mojito Slushy
1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade
Ice Cubes
4 tablespoons sugar -- add more or less according to your taste
About 30 small mint leaves -- we used peppermint leaves
Add the can of frozen limeade to an Osterizer container.  Fill the container with ice.  Then fill up the spaces of the Osterizer container with water to the top of the container.  Then add sugar and peppermint leaves, starting with 10 and then tasting, adding 10 more leaves then tasting, until you reach desired flavor.  Don't even think of using dried leaves. Blend until mixture is completely incorporated and the ice has been crushed finely and mixture is smooth.    Note:  At our Sprout's market they sell Mojito Mint plants; this would also be great, but we just used the mint we had growing in a container on our deck.
I hope you make this!  We love it.  Enjoy your summer day.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hospital Stays, Amazing Medical Care, and Wonderful Visitors -- Why I am Not Blogging

Joni Culp Larsen's photo.

Dear Red Couch Readers, thanks for dropping by.  At the end of May my son became very ill.   Last Friday,  after three MRIs, two hospitals and a 12 day stay, two surgeries, and many other procedures, he came home.
Our hearts are so thankful for all his friends who came to visit him in our local hospital.  They were so fun and cheered us up.  Our hearts are also so thankful that when he was moved to a new hospital to get more specialized care. 1.5 miles away, we were near family.  They visited us, brought us treats, and we had a place to crash when we weren't spending the night a the hospital  They really cheered us up.   As you can see, even Miss Utah County and Little Miss Utah County came to visit!  Little Miss Utah County is Jaqueline's grand daughter, my great niece,
Our hearts are so thankful for nurses and doctors who have worked so hard to be where they are and for the expertise they bring with them.  Our hearts are so thankful for modern antibiotics that helped him get better.  He will be on IV antibiotic therapy for at least 4 more weeks; the antibiotic costs $15,000 per week, but we are thankful it is available, and that we have insurance to help us pay the costs of his health care.

Our hearts are so thankful to our Heavenly Father who answered our prayers, in that he is healed.  Thanks to the many who prayed and fasted for him.
Our orthopedic surgeon said he was within a week of losing his leg, so we are very thankful he didn't.  Yes, he has a lot of therapy to get back to where he was, but he will make it thanks to wonderful medical care, new antibiotics, and physical therapists.

So I will be back to blogging soon I hope. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

German Chocolate Cookies

Dear Readers, where has the month of May gone?   Really, it is one of my favorite months of the year.  We made these delicious German Chocolate Cookies for my daughter's high school graduation, and then have made them several times again.  They are simply delicious, and after eating them you think, "Well, I probably won't be making German Chocolate Cake ever again." You get the taste of German Chocolate Cake without the fuss.  
Tatianna is the second on the left.


The cookies are made with three steps
This idea is not original with me.  I am sure that I saw this idea somewhere on the Internet and it hid in the back of my mind until I wanted to make something different for Tati's graduation party. 
The chocolate sugar cookies are from Lila Loa's blog.  She was a presenter at Cookie.Con this year.  She is a wonderful cookie maker and her chocolate sugar cookie recipe is very good. 
 Step 1
 Lila Loa's Chocolate Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening -- I didn't add this; I added 1/4 cup of butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup cocoa
3 or 3 1/2 cups flour (see below for guidance)

Cream butter, shortening and sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add baking powder and salt and mix again. Stir in the cocoa until well blended. Add flour 1 cup at a time. She advises that if you are going to make the cookies right away only add 3 and 1/2 cups of flour.  If you are going to chill them or make them on another day only add 3 cups.  The dough will be soft and look all wrong, and she advises not to add more flour.  I have only made them when I am planning to bake them right away.  Bake at 375 F for 6 1/2 minutes. She rolls her cookies 3/16-inch thick.  This makes a very nice cookie -- it doesn't spread a lot.  It makes about 12 large cookies (I double it).    I always under cook the cookies a little, and then I let them cool on the pan for about 10 minutes.  I then place them on a cooling rack for at least and hour before decorating or frosting.
Step 2
German Chocolate Frosting
(via Betty Crocker)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 egg yolks
1 -1/2 cups flake coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
Mix sugar, butter, milk, vanilla , and egg yolks  in a medium saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until thick, about 12 minutes.  After about 12 minutes, stir in coconut and pecans (sometimes I toast them).  Beat until spreading consistency.  Don't worry it if doesn't thicken right away; it will thicken as it cools.  When cooled, spread on chocolate sugar cookies.
Step 3
Melt chocolate chips, semi-sweet or milk, in microwave in micro-wave proof bowl, in ten second intervals, making sure to stir after each time.  Take the chocolate and a fork and drizzle over the cookies.  Allow chocolate to harden, before serving. 
I made some royal icing cookies with this chocolate cookie recipe for a friend who just had a baby.

These cookies are notes made for Tati's piano teacher.  She just had her last piano recital.

Thanks for dropping by my couch. 


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