makes 8 servings (about 64 oz.)    total time: 30 minutes

3/4 c sugar
5 large lemons, thinly sliced
16 oz. strawberries
1 lime, thinly sliced


  1. in a large pot, combine sugar, strawberries, lemons and lime.
  2. mash with a potato masher for 5 minutes.
  3. stir in 6 cups water and let sit 15 minutes.
  4. pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a large container, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
  5. discard lemons and lime.
  6. serve over ice if desired.


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makes a 36 oz. drink


1/3 c. non-fat instant dry milk
1/3 c. granulated sugar
2 T dry Ghirardelli cocoa
1 T dry Hershey cocoa
1 T dry Scharffenberger cocoa (if you don’t have this, just add 1 more T of Ghirardelli cocoa as a substitute)
1 c milk
3 c ice
whipped cream
a bar of semi-sweet chocolate


  1. mix all dry ingredients together in bowl.
  2. pour milk into blender first, then the mixed dry ingredients. lastly, add the ice.
  3. blend well.
  4. pour into cups to serve.
  5. use a carrot peeler to create chocolate shavings from semi-sweet chocolate bar.
  6. top the drinks with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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homemade lemonade

February 27, 2011

prep time: 10 min.          level: easy          yield: 6-8 servings

2 c sugar
1 c hot water
2 c fresh lemon juice (6-8 whole lemons)
1 gallon cold water


  1. in a 1 gallon container, place sugar and hot water, and stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. add lemon juice and cold water to render 1 gallon. stir until well mixed.
  3. pour lemonade over glasses of ice.

source (who can resist paula deen?)

i can’t wait until summer…

stoltzfus goodies

February 22, 2011

Stoltzfus Iced Tea
5 regular Lipton tea bags
1 mint tea bag
4 cups water
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice

Microwave the first 3 ingredients in a microwaveable container for 4 minutes. Let sit for at least 1 hour (maximum 24 hours). Pour iced tea into 1-gallon pitcher and stir in sugar and lemon juice. Refrigerate until chilled.

Stoltzfus Dinner Rolls
3 1/4 c water (warm enough so you can put your finger in it without it being too hot – a little warmer than lukewarm)
2 1/2 T yeast
12-13 c flour, divided (bread flour preferred or at least 1/2 bread flour)
1 c butter or margarine
1 c sugar
1 T salt
3 eggs

Put yeast in water and stir.  Microwave butter until just melted, whisk in eggs, then add sugar and salt.  Pour this into yeast/water mixture and stir.  Stir in 6 c. of flour until smooth.  Stir in remaining flour until soft and not sticky.  Knead until smooth.  Allow to rise at least 1 hour until about doubled in size.  Knead again then cut in small pieces and put into little rolls, then into pans.  Probably makes about 9 dozen or more.

Esther’s Poppyseed Salad Dressing

Salad ingredients:
Feta cheese
Fruit, such as apples/oranges, if desired.

Dressing ingredients:
1 t salt
1/4 c honey
1/2 c sugar
1 T poppy seed
1/4 c vinegar
1 c oil
1 t mustard

This is quite a lot of dressing, probably enough to cover salad for at least 50 people.

i personally have not tried these recipes, but i have tasted the dinner rolls and the iced tea and both are phenomenal. i can’t wait to make the dinner rolls and iced tea myself. i’m not a fan of sweet salad dressings, so i’m not sure that i’ll be making the salad dressing anytime soon.

[edit] my mom made the rolls recently and they are just as good (if not better) when i had them at sm’s wedding. and i made the iced tea too. i doubled the recipe and kept the sugar down to 1 cup for the 8 cups of water instead of doubling it to 2 2/3 cups. delicious ! summer, please get here soon ! you showed your head last week, but this week it looks like you’ll be gone for a while…