Eric’s Watermelon Gin Fizz


As one often does at this time of the year, we had a large quantity of fresh watermelon and had tired of binging on its raw, watery flesh, refreshing as it may be.  So, characteristically, Eric devised a way to turn the this favorite summer fruit into a vehicle for alcohol.  It proved to be a fantastic poolside cocktail.

Behold, Eric’s Watermelon Gin Fizz:

2 parts fresh, de-seeded watermelon cubes
1 part gin
1 part club soda
~1/2 tsp powdered sugar (per serving)
ice to taste
lime slices to garnish (optional)

1. In a blender, purée watermelon until smooth.

2. Mix two parts watermelon with one part each gin and club soda, add sugar, and stir.

3. Serve over ice.

If you are using the lime slices, go ahead and squeeze a little lime juice into your glass, too.


Stella’s Peach Cobbler

What could be more Texan than peach cobbler?  It’s prime time for Fredericksburg peaches, so I decided it would be worth heating up the oven to make this pan of crunchy, sweet, peachy deliciousness.  And I was right.

This is a simply, straightforward, budget-friendly recipe.  You have no excuse not to buy a bunch of fresh, in-season peaches and make this immediately.

4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar, divided
1 flat Tbsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup milk
~8 fresh peaches, blanched, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place butter in a large baking pan or Pyrex dish in the oven and allow to just melt, then remove. This will both grease your pan and impart rich flavor.

2. Meanwhile, mix flour, half the sugar, baking powder, and salt, then add milk and stir lightly until the ingredients are evenly mixed and moistened. Pour this batter into your baking dish, on top of the butter.

3. In a stock pot, bring remaining sugar, peaches, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Once mixture begins to boil, remove from heat and spoon into your baking dish, over the batter. Do not stir them together.

4. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and bake for 45 minutes or until the batter is nice, crispy, and golden brown.

You can serve the cobbler immediately, or serve it cold. Warm cobbler fresh out of the oven with a big scoop of rich, vanilla ice cream is heavenly. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator, covered with foil – if you have any left!

Makes about 8 servings.

Avocado Banana Smoothie

Ooh, look at this one!

This quick and easy smoothie recipe will start your day off luxuriously.  Smooth and mild, an avocado and banana smoothy is also pretty filling, and a great way to use up any extra avocados that didn’t quite make it into your guacamole.

You can thank me later.

1 cup apple juice (home juiced or bought)
1-2 bananas
1 avocado
1 heaping tsp ground flaxseeds
2 ice cubes

1. Pour juice, bananas, avocado meat, and flaxseeds into blender. Liquefy.

2. Add more juice if the mixture is too thick. Add ice cubes and blend on “ice crush” for a few seconds to achieve a lovely, shake-like, ice cold consistency.

3. Enjoy! It may look and sound a little weird, but, trust me, it’s delicious!

Not So Blue Blueberry Smoothie

This smoothie is really healthy, as blueberries carry more antioxidant capacities than most other fruits and vegetables. The easy recipe below makes a smoothie that is sweet but fruity, with a lovely lavender color! A great start to your day.

1 banana
two handfuls fresh blueberries
2 strawberries*
1 heaping tsp yogurt
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp ground flaxseeds (optional)
*if strawberries are not frozen, throw in one or two ice cubes

1. Liquefy in blender and enjoy!

Clementine Smoothie

Another smoothie, y’all!

Anybody else ever find themselves with a whole bag of clementines, and not enough appetite to finish them off? I start making smoothies! The secret to this one is the cranberry juice, and it’s one of my favorites. Enjoy!

2 clementines, peeled and separated
handful fresh blueberries
2 fresh strawberries
1 Tbsp yogurt
splash milk
splash cranberry juice
drop vanilla extract
2 ice cubes

1. Put all ingredients except ice into a blender and liquefy.

2. Add ice cubes and mix on “crush ice” setting until desired consistency is achieved.