Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Most mixed drinks with an umbrella are from bars or fancy restaurants.  They are expensive, hard to make, and not safe/legal for children.  Luckily, we have found a non-alcohol alternative that is still fun to create and refreshing.  It is, a Mocktail.  And even better, the ingredients are common, few, and cheap.

Step 1. The ingredients- there are 3.  As is our style, this drink is not only delicious but also cheap and simple.  All you need is some OJ, maraschino cherries, and then either tonic or club soda.  You can buy any at your neighborhood grocery store and come home prepared to be your own wannabe bartender.

Step 2: Start by pouring in the tonic/club soda.  We made both, but as you can see there isn't much of a difference.  They taste almost the same too so its all up to you.  Pour in the tonic (amount depends on cup size.  For these larger cups, you use a little less than half of a bottle).

Step 3: Add the OJ!
Next you'll pour in the orange juice.  There isn't an exact amount for this either, but it should be about 2:1.  Twice as much OJ as tonic.

Step 4: Add some color.
The last step is to add the cherries.  Begin by pouring some of the cherry juice into the glass.  It will sink to the bottom and give this mocktail it's sunset-like colors.  Add in about 1/4 cup but its mostly just by eye.  You can also do it to taste.  Lastly, pick out a cherry and throw it in (optional).  Either way, its gonna taste great!

For a little more fun, you can add umbrellas and a straw to give you that real Mocktail feel.  Bottoms up!

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Churros, churros, churrros. Probably one of the best things about amusement parks by far. Of course recreating that great taste is no easy feat, even Del Taco has tried and its kind of hit or miss.  So we found this recipe online here and had a go at our own.

All you need is a package of puff pastry sheets, butter, cinnamon and sugar.  Where to find the puff pastry sheets? In the frozen dessert section-- we originally looked in Ralph's and found them for $6.99. Disappointed with the price we headed to Target and found success, only $4.67.  This yields about 36 churros so ... about 13 cents a churro.

Let the frozen sheets defrost and then cut them into 1in strips and then in half length wise. We used a pizza cutter, it's super easy.

Place on either a baking sheet with slightly greased parchment paper or we used stoneware by itself. (note the picture has wax paper but don't use wax paper.  It's not meant to be baked in the oven and will smoke)

Bake for 10 minutes at 450F and then dip in 1/4 cup of melted butter, quickly followed by a mix of 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.  Place on a wire rack to cool.


1 pkg puff pastry sheet (1 sheet makes 18 churros)
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Defrost puff pastry sheet. Cut into 1 inch strips width wise, then cut length wise in half.
Place lightly greased parchment paper on a baking sheet or use stoneware.
Bake for 10 minutes at 450F.
Dip into melted butter.
Dip into mix of sugar and cinnamon immediately after.
Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes or until dry.